'I built my software empire from a Stoke council house'
Stephen Parker was passionate about coding from early childhood and dreamed of creating a software company like his idol, Bill Gates.
But he was also very attached to his home town of Stoke-On-Trent. So it became his life's mission to create a 'Silicon Stoke' software giant.
Produced, filmed and edited by Dougal Shaw
This video was created as part of We Are Stoke-on-Trent, a BBC project with the people of the city to tell us the stories which matter to them.
This video is also part of a strand called CEO Secrets. You can also follow the series on the BBC News app by adding the topic 'CEO Secrets' in My News.