Detroit native Delane Parnell’s bio reads a lot like a Hollywood movie.
Born months after his father was murdered, he was raised in the care of a family friend, who struggled with drug addiction, while his mother scrambled for stability.
In spite of his challenging start in life, Parnell was ambitious and determined. By age 13 he had his first job at a cellular phone retailer, and four years later he owned three of the chain’s stores. Today, at just 25, Parnell is still succeeding against the odds.
He’ll share his latest achievement at a noon discussion and lunch June 8 at Bamboo Detroit, 1420 Washington Blvd., downtown. The chat, which will take place in Suite 301 of the building, will highlight PlayVS, the e-sports gaming company Parnell launched.
E-sports is reportedly a $700 million industry. PlayVS, which is developing software to help formalize high school gaming competitions, has generated investors including NBA veteran Baron Davis and hip hop legend Nas. Support from the National Federation of State High School Associations allows PlayVS to reach almost 20,000 high schools and lets students participate in a gaming program that functions like an actual school sport. The inaugural season begins in October.
Parnell will discuss his work and entrepreneurship, including his history-making turn as a black founder in the field of internet-based enterprises. Guests at the Bamboo Detroit luncheon, which is free and open to the public, should bring their own meal or snacks.
Call (313) 766-0134 for more information.