When Chris Meade, 27, was growing up, he found volleyball frustrating. “I never got to touch the ball,” he says. There was too much competition on the court for a newbie to get a chance to spike it.
But that’s changed. Today, he’s a co-founder of CROSSNET, a Miami-based business that projects $12-15 million in revenue from a four-way volleyball game by the same name that he and his co-founders invented in 2017. The game—a cross between Four Square and volleyball—divides the court into four quadrants. “We’re selling hundreds a day,” says Meade. “The stores can’t keep it in stock.”
And Meade gets plenty of opportunities to perfect his game on the sandy beaches of Miami and the places he travels.
Dreaming of being their own bosses, CROSSNET’s founders came up with their popular game in a late … [+] night brainstorming sessions. (From left to right, Mike Delpapa, Greg Meade and Chris Meade)
When Meade invented CROSSNET with his brother Gregory, 26, the company’s, CEO, and their childhood friend Mike Delpapa, 26, they didn’t realize they were creating the ultimate social distancing sport. With more people spending time in their backyards during the COVID-19 pandemic and schools looking for a safe activity for children in physical education classes, CROSSNET—where courts are divided into quadrants that are six feet by six feet—has been selling like mad. The startup now sells its products through Amazon and 1,500 retail stores run by brands including Academy Sports + Outdoors, DICK’s Sporting