VIDEO: VIDEO: Spikeball’s Accidental Community

Chris Ruder, Spikeball

In 2003, while on vacation with his brother and some friends, Chris Ruder pulled out a battered toy he loved to play with on the beach and a phenomenon was born. He realized the game, which he later named Spikeball, might have universal appeal. He was right. Here, Ruder recounts the formation of his company and the role community has played in its success. "They are 99.9 percent of the reason we've done so well," he says. His story teaches Evergreen leaders the value of learning to listen when the marketplace speaks — both at the inception of a company and throughout its evolution.

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