CEO, Spikeball Inc.@spikeballchris (Twitter and Instagram)
I launched Spikeball Inc in 2008 with no real clue about starting a business, let alone launching a new sport. Yet, here we are with 4+ million players (all over the world), 27 full-time employees, 150+ tournaments every year, and tons of love from Shark Tank, Casey Neistat, Dude Perfect, The Today Show, Inc Magazine, countless professional athletes and celebrities. I ran it for 5 years as a side business figuring out things like e-commerce, product design, customer service, shipping, finance, and more. My degree in Photojournalism didn’t really prepare me for this. I’d come home from my corporate day job, hang out with my wife and 3 young kids, and once they went to bed Spikeball work would begin. My typical Spikeball shift was 9pm to 1 or 2am every night with me heading to a late night post office around midnight to ship that day’s orders. Our first ‘warehouse’ was my basement. I had around 800 sets down there and could fit about 72 sets in my beat up, 1998 Outback (may it rest in peace). 5 years later, in 2013, we hit $1 million in annual revenue with zero full-time employees. At that time, I called up the boss, said “I’m out!”, and went full-time. We’re headquartered in Chicago (not in LA like most of you think) but most of our employees live all over the US. We’re firm believers in live where you want just do good work. The mission of the company is to create the next great American sport. That’s happening through tournaments, pick-up games (you can find them in your area on the Spikeball app), schools, and more. With that said, THANK YOU for joining me on this ride. Hopefully I'll see you at a tournament or at a pick-up game soon.