A few days ago we were featured on Future Sharks, a website that features the young entrepreneurs and their journey to success. Click the link above for the full story, but here are a few of our favorite excerpts.
Tell us about CROSSNET. How did you come up with this idea?
Michael Delpapa: The day after my college graduation, I was back in my hometown and made plans with my friend Greg to brainstorm business ideas. Greg had started multiple successful e-commerce businesses with his brother Chris and I wanted to work with him. That night Greg noted the need for more high quality beach and backyard games. Growing up we always played four square on the ground and I asked Greg what he thought about four square volleyball.
This is a childhood game that you guys put a spin on?
Christopher Meade: Yes, exactly! So if you are familiar with the childhood recess game called four-square, we took that concept and added a volleyball spin to it. There are four squares and everyone plays against each other until someone messes up. The remaining three players then rotate clockwise. The player who messes up goes back to the one square or the back of the line depending on how many people you are playing with. The objective is to be in the fourth square – the only square you can serve and score from. You play to 11 and win by two.
Is your game just for the beach?
Gregory Meade: Absolutely not! We actually have two models, an outdoor and indoor. Our outdoor model is supported by plastic pegs (like setting up a tent) so you can play CROSSNET on the grass and sand. We wanted to make sure that we didn’t limit the game to just beachgoers and that you could play almost anywhere.
Fun fact: When we were living in Connecticut and got one of our first CROSSNET models we actually played during a snowstorm. It was one of the best times we’ve had playing the game!
Our indoor model will be coming out later this year which is geared towards black tops, tailgates, and most importantly for gyms and schools to use.
Read the full article here at Future Sharks -