Thompson didn’t always want to be a condom entrepreneur.
But after “one rough night” where he couldn’t get a condom on correctly, the architect decided he could do better. The a-ha moment came, Thompson says, as he was taking out the trash. “I opened the Hefty Cinch Sak, grabbed the handles, and pulled them. In a day, I had figured out the best way to roll into a condom,” he says. The Cinch Sak inspired Sensis’s QuikStrips—essentially, pull tabs for condoms. It’s hard to say whether Sensis has a chance against its larger competitors, but Thompson is game for the challenge. “We’re hoping 2011 is our year,” he says.