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Chippewa Five is a young startup with a limited product line but a powerful presence…despite having only one discernible product at the current time, their take on a classic campus game has become a veritable beast on the web circuit. Typically relegated to beer-soaked plastic folding tables, the game of beer pong has been a frat-house staple for years — Chippewa Five’s reimagination of the drinking game takes it to another level: a classy, well-crafted, beautiful level.
We would be remiss if we neglected to mention the media storm this product has ignited since the company’s inception in spring of 2011 — it has received great press from the likes of TrendHunter, Thrillist, etc. — but Ballista is more interested in what’s to come for this young startup. The company was founded by designer/proprietor/designer/craftsman/entrepreneur/jack-of-all-trades Joseph Mollo, a student at Depaul University scheduled to graduate this spring…Joseph is joined by business development director Daniel Manriquez, who is charged with the task of, you guessed it, business development. Having a signature product is fantastic, but in keeping with our mission as a platform for young talent, we are more excited to see what’s to come as their sophomore product.
In their own words: “You don’t have to be a college-age drunkard to enjoy a spirited game of beer pong, but the required furniture tends to expose the game’s juvenile roots. Until now. The Custom Beer Pong Table takes the tailgating favorite and moves it into lounge territory, with a seamless poplar wood exterior, red plexiglass triangles lit from underneath by LEDs, and a great-looking curved body that’s more at home in a swanky home bar than in a frat house basement”.