I've concluded that the world needs EIP more than I ever knew.
Despite high hopes for finding really great consumer products, the reality is that there just aren't a lot of them out there. When you set out some rules about limits on technology products, it's shocking how fast the world of innovation shrinks.
Seriously, remove high tech products (Vista sure is cool, wish I had a Wii, I love my new Blackjack phone, hot damn NetVibes is awesome, Google Calendar kicks Outlook in the ass, boy I hated the new Tivo HD), and ask yourself what you bought recently, that's a new to the world consumer product, that you're just giddy about. Now you see my problem!
OK, I'll blog my hole-free Crocs just to keep the blog alive to see if anyone can point me to a consumer product that is worth loving. I'm going to retract my 60 day ownership rule (as one reader pointed out, "dude, after 60 days, you're hardly a First Adopter anymore").
So, Crocs is a hysterical company in my mind. Make plastic/rubber shoes, put holes in them, and go public. But I gotta say that I now own 3 pairs of Crocs, and 2 of them don't have any holes in them. And I love them (the snow is a problem with holes). Crocs Endeavers are the ones without holes, but the whole notion of a quick/easy slip on shoe that I can throw into the utility sink, the dishwasher, spray off with a hose, whatever, is pretty cool. And for taking the dog out, going into the garage, running to the store, walking to the mailbox (as if I had one) is neat.
Crocs: 10 out of 10
I make no prognostications on their valuation or future success. I just think the product rocks and shame on every other shoe company for not thinking of this...