Born to blue collar, immigrant parents in a suburb of New Haven, CT, legend has it that Mario was born with a screwdriver in his hand and started voiding warranties shortly thereafter. Raised on a steady diet of New Haven “Apizza” and hacker conventions, he decided to pursue a degree in computer science (much to his parent’s apprehension). On the day he left for college, his father told him that he didn’t know if there was any money in “computers”, handed him a shovel and told him that if that whole “computer thing” didn’t pan out, this shovel would still be here waiting for him.
Mario DiNatale then went on to garner a reputation as one of today’s most prolific technology visionaries, while simultaneously distinguishing himself as a charismatic and versatile CIO/CTO, in both the public and private sectors.
Today Mario acts as a Mentor and Adviser to numerous startups. Even while acting in an executive capacity, Mario still remains regularly engaged as a trusted Cybersecurity Adviser to a multitude of Governments, Fortune 50 Corporations, Law Enforcement and Intelligence Agencies, as well as an ad-hoc member to cybersecurity “Red-Teams” when called upon.
Spare time activities include building Lego sets with his daughters, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Astronomy… And he still has that shovel his father handed him all those years ago.