Suburban Philadelphia Speaker Series: esports, Out of the Basement, Into the Mainstream
The explosion of esports and how it exemplifies a transitioning society. Video gaming has experienced massive growth in just the last few years, having transcended its niche and broken through to the mainstream. What once was a subculture has surged in popularity and is now a spectator sport on par with any other. In fact, dozens of colleges – including the University of Utah, Miami (Ohio) and UC-Irvine – currently field eSports programs, offering scholarships to “student-athletes” who dream of playing video games for their career.
About Brian Selander
Brian is an Entrepreneur in Residence at SeventySix Capital, a leading venture capital firm based in Radnor. He helps drive the vision and growth of the firm, works with existing portfolio companies on their needs, connects the firm to new investment opportunities, supports due diligence on deals in flight, serves as a brand representative in public settings, and helps the firm stay ahead of emerging developments across industries.
“Brian is a leader in establishing disruptive, innovative brands both in the private and public sectors,” said Wayne Kimmel, SeventySix Capital’s Managing Partner. “He is a true architect of change.”
Prior to SeventySix Capital, Selander was instrumental in the growth of Whistle Sports, a global sports media company for millennial sports fans, to more than 270 million aggregate fans, followers, and subscribers across social media and digital platforms.
He previously served as the Chief Strategy Officer to Delaware Governor Jack Markell. Selander was integral in building Silver Oak Solutions, a professional services firm that was successfully acquired by global consulting firm CGI, where he served as National Director in the Spend Management Solutions Practice.
A graduate of both Rutgers and the University of Pennsylvania, Selander has served in roles under senators, governors, and presidential candidates in various capacities, including Press Secretary and Communications Director. He is also on the advisory boards of the Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundation, DoSomething.org, and Catalyst Investors.