After a rejection on BBC Dragons’ Den, Ganesh Rao talks about bouncing back with his latest venture.

Spin is an app to help you find tennis partners and tennis courts nearby. The free app will match you with players based on your skill level, location and availability to ensure you have the perfect game.


Ganesh Rao is a former doctor who won £50,000 in a poker tournament, enabling him to quit medicine and start a health tech company. After a rejection on BBC Dragons’ Den, Ganesh bounced back to secure VC funding and then successfully sold the business last year. Here he talks about his latest venture into tennis...


I came up with the idea when…
After exiting my last business I realised life was all about work/life balance and not just work so I decided to get back into tennis. However, having recently moved to London I didn’t know anyone to play with so I tried joining a tennis club but unless you ‘knew’ people there I actually had the same problem – just an expensive one! I decided to create an app to make the whole process easier and that’s how Spin was born!

The biggest challenge is…
Staying focused! There are so many great features we want to build and so many things we want to do in tennis but it’s important not to try and run before we can walk.

The average day is spent…
There is no average day! Every day is completely different – one minute you’re live on BBC radio and the next you’re stood outside a tube station handing out flyers!

The team consists of...
We’re a dedicated team of two. Gary is the genius full stack developer who makes the app work, while I look after the marketing and operational side of the business. He builds it and I promote it!

My favourite quote…
'Just do it' - Nike

I am where I am today because of…
Never giving up. There’s always another way!

I am who I am because of....
All the mistakes I’ve made – I always have to learn the hard way!

The best advice I've been given...
Focus.

In five years I’d like to be…
Still doing what I love and for Spin to be helping millions of people to play more tennis more often.

The thing no one ever tells you about running your own business online...
It’s never finished. There’s always something to improve and another feature to add to make the app better.

My biggest mistake and what it taught me…
Raising investment from people that are not aligned with your vision taught me the difference between good money and bad money. A bad investor can be toxic to your business whilst a good investor will help you way more than the money they provide.

The most rewarding experience I’ve had to date
The first time I used Spin I was a little nervous but I ended up meeting a guy who lived nearby and we ended up having a great match. It was a great feeling to know the app actually worked but what was more amazing was my app had actually brought two random people together so in a very small way I had changed the world!

Download the app here.

August 2018