Business 100 – 2017

Finnegan Patrick Kelly/The Go Game

Finnegan Patrick Kelly is the CEO of The Go Game, the world leader in real world games, immersive entertainment, and corporate team building games.

A pioneer of the industry back in 2001, Finn drew upon his B.A. from Oberlin College in jazz piano performance and psychology, which he earned in 1995, as well as his early employment in the dot-com boom to build the first real-world game engine, which is now licensed around the world. He also performed in several jazz bands in San Francisco, created a performance venue for immersive entertainment, and was the brain child of the Karaoke Rickshaw, a Burning Man vision come to life.

His Irish roots are in County Roscommon. When the Kelly family arrived in the U.S., they joined a small but vibrant Irish enclave in Topeka, Kansas. His heritage, he says, has taught him to live by the Irish phrase, Ní saol gan ceol ná grá! – There’s no life without music or love!