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Delane Parnell

Founder & CEO
PlayVS

Delane Parnell is currently the Founder and CEO of PlayVS, the venture-backed startup that is the leading amateur esports platform in the United States. Prior to starting PlayVS, Delane worked at IncWell Venture Capital where he became the youngest black venture capitalist in The United States. Delane was then part of the early team at Rocket Fiber that raised $31M and focused on retail strategy directly with the CEO. While at Rocket Fiber, Delane founded Rush Esports, an esports team that was acquired by Team Solomid. A lifelong entrepreneur, Delane started his first job at 13, working 40 plus hours a week during the school year. At 17, Delane used the money he saved to purchase three cell phone stores and joined the founding team of Executive Car Rental that now has 16 locations across Michigan. 

In 2017, Delane was introduced to Science founders Peter Pham and Mike Jones, where they discovered a common interest in esports. After a few months of speaking with Science, Delane founded PlayVS. In April 2018, PlayVS announced their exclusive partnership with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) to collaborate on the national rollout of esports in high schools. Partnerships with top game publishers enable the PlayVS club product to power high school esports league play across the nation for League of Legends, Rocket League and more. PlayVS College operates official, national leagues for its partnered publishers to offer titles such as FIFA 21, Madden NFL 21, Overwatch, Rocket League and Fortnite. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the company has raised more than $107 million since its founding in January 2018.

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