Selected 2015

Luis Paris

  • Current company Parclick

Luis Paris is the co-founder and CEO of Parclick. Luis was born and raised in Venezuela, where his family carries a 100-year old legacy of entrepreneurial ventures. Between exposure to the pharmaceutical firm Biotech de Venezuela that his mom’s family built and time spent with his paternal grandfather who operated the regional newspaper “El Impulso”, Luis formed his own entrepreneurial aspirations. But Luis’ dad pushed him away from the family business until he could manage to get at least ten years of experience and an MBA. Faced with limited opportunities during a politically turbulent time in 2003, the Industrial Engineering graduate moved to Spain to launch his career. Luis worked in a number of roles, including management consultant and service delivery manager at Hewlett Packard, overseeing a team of 100 employees worldwide. Later at HP, Luis created and led an internal innovation team to identify, fund, and carry out the ‘next big idea.’ He pursued an executive MBA at IESE and was recruited by British American Tobacco (BAT) at the same time. Luis did not personally align with BAT’s values, but in this role, he found the financial security he would need to quit nine months later in 2011 to develop one of his MBA projects into a business.

About Parclick makes travel more convenient and less expensive for visitors commuting by car in Spain, Italy, Portugal, and France. Targeting customers staying for multiple days in a given city, allows drivers to find a parking spot in advance of their arrival in over 550 conveniently-located parking garages in 100+ cities. Customers can secure these spots online at a discounted price of up to 70% of the cost they would pay in-person.

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