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Mr. Mario M. Morino

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Morino Institute
11600 Sunrise Valley Drive Suite 360
Reston , Virginia 20191
United States

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  • B.B.S. degree
    Case Western Reserve University
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Cheryl began working with Mario ..., 8 Dec 2014 [cached]
Cheryl began working with Mario Morino in October 1992, during his "discovery/journey" phase, which led to the Morino Institute's formation in 1994.
Kyle joined MV in 2014 and is responsible for behind-the-scenes administration of project and program initiatives for Mario Morino and the rest of the executive team.
Mario Morino
Chairman, Morino Institute
Mario is chairman of the Morino Institute and co-founder of Venture Philanthropy Partners. His career spans more than 45 years as entrepreneur, technologist, and civic and business leader. He also has a long history of civic engagement and philanthropy in the National Capital Region and Northeast Ohio. He is the primary author of the book Leap of Reason: Managing to Outcomes in an Era of Scarcity (2011), which is informing efforts in more than 60 countries to increase the impact of nonprofits, foundations, and public-sector entities.
In the early 1970s, Mario co-founded and helped build the Legent Corporation, a software and services firm that became a market leader and one of the industry's 10 largest firms by the early 1990s. He retired from the private sector in 1992. Since then, he has sought to level the playing field for children of low-income families focusing almost exclusively on economic, social, and educational issues.
Mario founded the Morino Institute in 1994 to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship, advance a more effective philanthropy, close social divides, and understand the relationship and impact of the Internet on our society. In 2000, Mario co-founded Venture Philanthropy Partners as a philanthropic investment organization that concentrates investments of money, expertise, and contacts to improve the lives and boost the opportunities of children of low-income families in the National Capital Region.
In addition to his role with the Morino Institute, he is founding chair and serves as a member of the board of directors of Venture Philanthropy Partners; member of the board of directors of The Cleveland Clinic Foundation and the advisory board of the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Institute; an honorary trustee of The Brookings Institution; an Emeritus Trustee of Case Western Reserve University and member of their Research and Technology Commercialization Visiting Committee; and on the board of the Lawrence School. Mario has benefited from a 30-year affiliation with the global growth equity firm, General Atlantic LLC; is an advisor to Echoing Green and the Partnership for Public Service; and also informally advises scores of organizations and individuals across a range of areas.
He lives in greater Cleveland with his wife, Dana.
Steve Egan - Social Solutions, 6 Nov 2014 [cached]
The book is the product of decades of management insights from more than a dozen experts and practitioners, and from philanthropist Mario Morino, Chairman of Venture Philanthropy Partners and the Morino Institute.
Board of Directors, 3 April 2014 [cached]
Mario M. Morino
Co-chairman Mario M. Morino, Chairman, Morino Institute
Press Release: Internet Policy Institute To Be Formed, 12 April 1999 [cached]
"The willingness of senior people from the Internet community to devote their time and energy to this effort is, perhaps, the best measure we have of the importance and promise of this new venture," added Mario Morino, Potomac KnowledgeWay chairman.
Mario Morino, Chairman, The Morino Institute
Junior Achievement | Washington Business Hall of Fame | History | Past Laureates | 2001 | Mario Morino, 15 Sept 2013 [cached]
Mario Morino Junior Achievement | Washington Business Hall of Fame | History | Past Laureates | 2001 | Mario Morino
Junior Achievement of Greater Washington
Washington Business Hall of Fame > History > Past Laureates > 2001 > Mario Morino
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Mario Morino knows only one way to live - at double time. As a poor kid in Cleveland, he knew he would have to work his way through college. But part-time jobs paid peanuts when he graduated from high school in 1962. Morino decided to attend college full-time and also get a full-time job.
His timing couldn't have been better. General Motors, he recalls, had just decided to "hire a kid from the street and teach him the new computer technology. Mario Morino became that kid.
Years later, he was about to start his Ph.D. when all graduate-student draft deferments were canceled because of the war in Vietnam. Morino was recruited by the Navy to be part of its new technology program. Morino became an instant noncommissioned officer and joined a team of topflight young technologists. It didn't take long for him to convince some of his colleagues to start a software company in their spare time.
Morino worked all day at naval headquarters, then spent 5 PM to midnight working at the company.
Soon after, Morino met Bill Witzel, a dynamo who, according to techie folklore, was the first software salesman in America.
In 1973 Morino and Witzel started Morino Associates to create software for big mainframe computers that were then the state of the art.
Morino says he soon learned that his small company had to grow to survive and that it wasn't enough to develop good software if the client didn't know how to use it. Teaching customers to mange technology became a company hallmark.
Morino Associates went public in 1986, then merged with another software company to become the Legent Corporation. Between 1989 and 1992, Legent acquired other tech firms and went from $125 million in sales to about $500 million.
"I had to keep working harder because I knew people out there were brighter," Morino says.
In 1992 he retired from Legent, which Computer Associates acquired in 1995. He is now a special partner in General Atlantic Partners, a private equity-investment firm.
Morino didn't want to rest on his laurels; he doesn't rest, period. In the 1990s he became the godfather of area Internet entrepreneurs, coaching young start-ups.
In 1994 he created the Morino Institute. Its Reston headquarters, nicknamed "Planet Mario," serves as a kind of Internet incubator for tech start-ups. It also provides resources and tools to get community groups plugged into the Internet. The next year he launched the Potomac KnowledgeWay, a nonprofit organization created to boost the region's role as a high-tech center.
Morino chairs Venture Philanthropy Partners and serves on the boards of the Community Foundation, the Brookings institution, and other non-profits.
Equally important, he has encouraged other Northern Virginia entrepreneurs to follow his philanthropic lead and get involved in the Washington Community.
"We have a remarkable opportunity to effect change," he says.
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