It was December 2014, on an early sunny morning in L.A. My teenage daughter and I ventured off to roam the local mall as we did frequently during this stage of her life -- she was 13 years old and couldn't resist going to ANY mall.
The mall was open, but all of the stores inside were closed until 10 AM except for a Coffee Bean. We went in and I got my normal double espresso and she got her normal cafe mocha with double whip cream.
The mall was like a big playground with nobody in it - I thought "It's too bad we don't have a football to throw around; we could have some fun." Sitting at the Coffee Bean, we started talking about how fun it would be to have a small football. We could run pass patterns across the mall and over the open areas three floors below.
I was wearing a beanie, and she had a hair tie, so I took off my beanie, bundled it up, and we used her hair tie to fashion it into a ball. After throwing it around for a while, we were sitting there talking and as we looked at the top of the beanie, the crisscross pattern of the stitching reminded us of the top of a football.
That was the "ah ha" moment - BeanieBall was born. We immediately ran home and stapled together some material and created the first BxB football. Dad and daughter formed the company in 2015. Fast forward five years: we have added three key partners, we now have our patent, trademark, and a production model available for sale.
We are currently raising money for marketing, product development and to accelerate our sales. As our journey continues, we will be creating more products for kids of every age to have fun.