Derek Dahl & Sam Buss
It all started at a bar. Fraternity brothers Derek “Ducky” Dahl and Sam were procrastinating studying for finals when they noticed some board games on a shelf and thought, “What if we could make beer pong into a board game?" But alas, the boys had neither the money nor the skills to make it happen. One day, they happened upon a community makerspace where they could gain affordable access to and training on all the tools they needed to turn their idea into a reality. Many prototypes later, Mini Beer Pong was born. At first, the duo were assembling their games 1) afterhours, 2) in a corner of an unheated garage, 3) in the dead of winter, 4) in Minneapolis. With no prior sales experience, they tried to figure out how to get their game out to the world. But gradually, their game started appearing at more and more happy hours around the country, and their business slowly started to take off.