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Spikeball Shark Tank Update: What Happened After Shark Tank?

SEASON 6 EPISODE 29
Pitchthe next great American team-based sport
EntrepreneurChris Ruder
Asked For$500,000 for 10%
Deal$500,000 for 20%
SharkDaymond John
StatusIn Business

Company Background

What is Spikeball?

Spikeball is a beach game that adopts volleyball features and has some other creative tweaks to make the game a marvel. The game is played by two teams having two players (2 versus 2). Unlike conventional volleyball, there are no sides, so you move with the ball. Additionally, instead of having a net, there is a trampoline.

Who is the Spikeball Founder?

Chris Ruder is the founder of Spikeball. Chris, a trained photographer, worked as a salesperson in several companies. He even worked for Microsoft while Spikeball was in its infancy. After Spikeball became stable, he quit working for Microsoft and became the company’s CEO, a position he holds to date.

Founder’s Story

It’s not every day that someone creates a new game. Interestingly, Spikeball was not an original idea of Chris Ruder. It was an invention of Jeff Knurek, who either forgot or didn’t bother to take out a patent for the invention. After the trademark lapsed, Chris and his friends registered the company.

Chris and his friends were motivated to launch Spikeball after a tour in Hawaii. They got curious stares and questions from strangers about where to buy Spikeball and related questions on playing the game.

The team immediately felt that reviving the game could be a terrific business idea, and they were right. The group raised $100000 to establish the business. However, they left the day-to-day running of the business to Chris. Even before featuring on Shark Tank, the game had already become popular. The company even hit a sales volume of $1,000,000 before the team had hired an employee.

What Happened to Spikeball After Shark Tank Update

Is Spikeball Still in Business?

Spikeball, which at first glance looks like an infusion of hand tennis and ping pong across a trampoline platform, is still in business. Customers can purchase the product on its website, e-commerce platforms such as Amazon, retail stores in the US, and distributors worldwide. Since 2008 the company headquartered in Chicago, IL, has grown to over 40 full-time employees. It also hosts on average 150 tournaments a year worldwide, with over four million players taking part.

Along with having an app from which organizers can plan these tournaments, the company is also very involved in schools (at all levels), with Physical Education teachers able to sign up for a free certification course on how to couch a game between learners, as well as condition players with exercise routines. Founder Chris Ruder is still the CEO of the company.

One of Spikeball’s most prominent competitors would be RampShot, played by up to four people. RampShot differs in its rules and equipment, but the concept remains the same; a fun and an engaging outdoor game involving hand-eye coordination, motor skills, and teamwork. Similarly, Kan Jam applies the same principles to frisbee and bucket-themed games, this time involving two players. It too is active in schools.

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