MiniTrends, a project of Technology Futures, Inc., provides the keys for innovators and entrepreneurs who are interested in growing businesses with an engaged and innovative culture. Through attention to ideation, inspiration, interaction, collaboration, and incorporation, organizations of all sizes can gain from the creativity and imagination of all their stakeholderrs to create strong purpose-based cultures that succeed and thrive.

John Vanston and Carrie Vanston, Co-Directors, MiniTrends ProjectMany of the concepts we support are discussed in the MiniTrends Blog and our award-winning book MINITRENDS: How Innovators & Entrepreneurs Discover & Profit From Business & Technology Trends.

Let’s talk about how we can help you engage your team to answer your challenges and celebrate your successes. Contact us now to set up a free half-hour consultation.

Carrie Vanston, VP, Commmunications, TFI
Dr. John H. Vanston, Chairman, TFI
Co-Directors – MiniTrends Project

Purpose/Value Statement: Using maximum engagement of leadership and employees to solve challenges at all levels and to grow innovative cultures and thriving businesses built on caring and purpose

Welcome Letter from Dr. John Vanston


Dr. John H. Vanston

Chairman, Technology Futures,  Inc.
Co-Director, MiniTrends Project
Author, MINITRENDS: How Innovators & Entrepreneurs Discover & Profit From Business & Technology Trends.

John H. Vanston, Ph.D., is Chairman of Technology Futures, Inc. (TFI) and an internationally-renowned consultant, educator, and award-winning author in the fields of technology forecasting, minitrends, technology/market integration, and technology management in uncertain environments. He founded TFI in 1978, building the Austin, Texas-based company into a leading authority in custom research and forecasting in telecom and other high-technology industries. His MiniTrends concept, designed to increase creativity, innovation, and success, is summarized in his award-winning book MINITRENDS: How Entrepreneurs & Innovators Discover & Profit From Business & Technology Trends.

Dr. Vanston has worked with such groups as Boeing, 3M, Chevron Chemical, DuPont, Coca Cola, Kyocer, Exxon, IBM, Kodak, Nortel, Duke Power, Southern Company, Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, National Security Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, Georgia Tech, and the University of Texas. He is Chair of TFI’s annual MiniTrends Conference and gives presentations and conducts workshops and seminars all over the world. In addition to the MINITRENDS book, Dr. Vanston has authored or coauthored books many books. He is on the Editorial Advisory Board for the World Future  Society’s World Future Review.


Carrie Vanston

Vice President, Technology Futures, Inc.
Co-Director, MiniTrends Project
Co-Author, MINITRENDS: How Entrepreneurs & Innovators Discover & Profit From Business & Technology Trends

Carrie Vanston helps organizations grow engaged and innovative cultures that lead to high employee retention, satisfaction, productivity, and profitability.  She is a consummate connector, who enjoys bringing like-minded people together to share, learn, and grow through culture coaching, workshops, presentations, and facilitation. She is co-author of the award-winning book MINITRENDSThe book is a “how-to” on finding new ideas and running with them.

She directed TFI’s popular MiniTrends Conference Series for three years with themes including “The Integration of Profit & Social Responsibility,” “Insight, Innovation & Strategy,” and “Translating Emerging Trends into Business Opportunities.”

Carrie enjoys speaking about how to create and grow engaged and innovative cultures. Presentations include Morgan Stanley’s Investing with Impact Conference; WorldFutures 2013 and 2014 Master Courses; RISE Conference; BiG AUSTIN’S Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development – Latin America Regional Project and Women in Technology Multi-Regional Project; Product Camp; The University of Texas’ SAGE Program; and TFI Technology Forecasting for Valuation Conference. 

Recent articles by Carrie have appeared in Texas CEO Magazine and the Austin Business Journal.


Minitrends Conference Speaker - Dr. Lawrence Vanston

Dr. Lawrence Vanston

President, Technology Futures, Inc.

Thank you, Larry, for yours and Technology Futures’ continuing support for the MiniTrends Project! We are growing and making a difference one trend at a time!!

Dr. Lawrence Vanston is an internationally recognized authority on technology forecasting for the telecommunications industry. As president of Technology Futures, Inc., he has conducted and managed future-looking studies of the telecom and other high-tech industries for more than 20 years. His current research and consulting interests include broadband, wireless, IP video, VoIP, and convergence. Dr. Vanston’s research reports and forecasts are used and referenced extensively by managers and professionals worldwide. An expert on the impact of technology change on equipment depreciation and valuation, Dr. Vanston frequently testifies in regulatory, tax, and legal proceedings.

Since 1985, Dr. Vanston has been the director and principal author of a number of ongoing reports commissioned by the Telecommunications Technology Forecasting Group, which is presently comprised of AT&T, CenturyLink, and Verizon. Topics have ranged from Internet access requirements to the impact of wireless communications. The flagship TFI/TTFG publication,Transforming the Local Exchange Network, is in its fifth edition.

Technology Futures, Inc.Since 1978, Technology Futures, Inc. (TFI) has helped organizations plan for the future with outstanding technology forecasting, trend and leadership management, and strategic market research services in high- technology and telecom technologies. Drawing on proven, quantifiable forecasting methods and strategic applications, the vision of the futurist is combined with the down-to-earth judgment of the technologist to be “Your Bridge to the Future.”

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