August 21, 2014
We’re only 5 weeks out from MiniTrends 2014: Insight, Innovation & Strategy scheduled Sept. 26, at the beautiful Holiday Inn Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin. The conference is really shaping up to be fantastic. Our Keynotes alone—Brett Hurt of Bazaarvoice, top Futurist David P. Snyder, award-winning Author Dr. John Vanston, and USA Today’s Road Warrior of the Year Joyce Gioia—make the conference worth its weight in gold!
If you are interested in staying ahead of the curve and turbo-charging your company’s profit and success by combining MiniTrends methodology with your innovation strategies, then you need to be at this event!
In addition to our Keynotes, a host of other visionaries and thought-leaders will be speaking. As a special bonus this year, time for direct interaction with the speakers by attendees about their special interests is provided in the schedule.
A full day conference of this caliber is usually $1000 or more! Register by September 5th to take advantage of the Early Bird rate for General Admission: $345, Non-Profit/Government/Small Business: $240, Student: $60.
The breadth and depth of the speaking talent and schedule is exceptional. The content is invaluable and the event provides a great chance to meet futurists, innovators, and trendsetters. And fun and entrepreneurial-spirited Austin offers the ideal location!
BONUS!! Receive a free copy of our award-winning book
MINITRENDS: How Innovators & Entrepreneurs Discover & Profit From Business & Technology Trends
We hope you will join us for this great event!
MiniTrends 2014: Insight, Innovation & Strategy
8:30 am – 5:30 pm followed by a Reception
Friday, September 26, 2014
Holiday Inn Lady Bird Lake, Austin, TX
Contact us now or call us at (512) 258-8898 or email@example.com to become a Sponsor to this important event!
July 21, 2014
Increase your business and branding by becoming a Conference Sponsor of MiniTrends 2014: Insight, Innovation & Strategy on Sept. 26 in beautiful downtown Austin. The event provides a highly targeted group of decision makers focused on new business opportunities, new technologies, collaboration, innovation, and creativity. Contact us at 512-258-8898 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss options.
There are a variety of sponsorship plans to fit your business and communication goals. If you’d like other options, please contact us at email@example.com.
The theme this year is turbo-charging the attendee’s company’s profits and success. Keynotes include world-renowned Futurist David P. Snyder, Austin Tech Leader and Bazaarvoice Founder Brett Hurt, and award-winning Author Dr. John Vanston, plus other distinguished thought-leaders and visionaries.
Special Limited Offer: Send two attendees and you will receive a FREE sponsorship.
Sponsorships Levels: $500 – $5,000. Contact us to customize.
Contact: Carrie Vanston, firstname.lastname@example.org, (512) 258-8898
If you are not the appropriate person for discussing sponsorship, please let the person who is know about this important conference. Thank you!
Why Be A Sponsor?
- Establish valuable and profitable business relationships with attendees and their organizations.
- Enhance your company’s image and brand to valuable new markets and clients
- Grow your organizations reputation as a company that is on the cutting edge of business and technology.
- Showcase your organization at the MiniTrends Conference and post-conference activities.
- Empower your organization and stakeholders to combine MiniTrends methodologies with new innovation strategies.
- Customize sponsorship opportunities based on your specific interests
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* Sponsorship can be tailored to your individual needs
Contact us now or call us at (512) 258-8898 or email@example.com to become a Sponsor to this important event!
June 17, 2014
MiniTrends’ leaders Dr. John Vanston and Carrie Vanston are excited to be conducting a day-long Pre-Conference Master Course at the World Future Society’s annual conference WorldFuture 2014: What If? Our Master Course, MiniTrends and Macro-Change: Turbo-Charging Your Future, also includes our co-presenter and long-time partner, the highly-esteemed futurist David Pearce Snyder and will be held on Thursday, July 10 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
This inspring day begins with David describing the changing world and the forces driving it. He helps you see the future through a matrix of many emerging trends – MiniTrends – that reflect the macro-changes that you must anticipate to be successful as the future unfolds.
John and Carrie, authors of the award-winning book MINITRENDS: How Innovators & Entrepreneurs Discover & Profit From Business & Technology Trends, then provide you with the foundation for a strong MiniTrends process with seven ways for you to find, analyze, and profit from important minitrends and their potential business opportunities.
Participants will leave this course with an understanding of:
- How predictable forces are rapidly reshaping our demography, economic structure, productive technologies, and decision-making processes.
- How monitoring these forces can enable participants to identify and profit from emerging trends and attractive business opportunities.
- How participants can apply the information, ideas, and insights presented in this course to guide their business, cause-related, personal, and investment decisions.
We hope you will join us in Orlando for WorldFuture 2014: What If? and our Pre-Conference Master Course: MiniTrends and Macro-Change: Turbo-Charging Your Future.
VOTE for MiniTrends Panel for SXSW Eco 2014 by May 16 – “Creating a Profitable & Purpose-Driven Business”
May 11, 2014
The panel includes Carrie Vanston, VP, Communications, MiniTrends/TFI; Jeffrey Fry, Chief Executive, The Profit Prophet; Andre Angel, Founder/CEO, TangoTab; and Joy Miller, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, City of Austin Small Business Development Program..Short videos of each panelist can be found at http://vimeopro.com/
A third of the decision is directly from votes! You do have to sign in, but it does not take long to vote. Please go to http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/29857 and VOTE NOW.
Thank you so much for supporting the creation and growth of purpose-based businesses and making a difference in the world!
November 12, 2013
I was honored to participate in this year’s MiniTrends Conference, an exciting gathering based on exposing that sweet spot where new and established businesses can find the tools and directional choices to profit and inspire themselves and their employees.
The message that making money does not require tossing out your social responsibility was uplifting and contagious. The conference attendees I met were especially eager to learn more about being successful while making a positive difference.
Carrie Vanston, MiniTrends Conference Director, was her usual self: a powerhouse of preparedness and always carrying a smile.
As for me, I was pleased to be invited to be the moderator for Expert Panel Two: “Taking the Plunge: What you can learn from those who have initiated successful, value-driven businesses.”
The enthusiastic panelists were all knowledgeable and spoke from strong entrepreneurial backgrounds.
- Andre Angel, Co-founder/CEO at TangoTab; Co-Founder/Chairman, WorkMeter; Co-founder, Servoyant, LLC; Co-Founder/Chairman, CODEKKO Software
- Jeffrey Fry, Principal, Help Find Care; Chief Executive, Profit Prophet; Director/CMO, MainGain; Board Member, baqpak; Executive Dir, Firefly Funds; Executive Dir, SHINE Night; President, SEDA RICO, LLC
- Christopher Justice, Chief Executive Officer at Sparksight, Inc.
- Stacy Zoern, CEO, Community Cars
- Trust your gut.
- Listen and change your course when needed.
- It’s not about YOU. Remove your ego.
- Fail often. Test and try.
- Be flexible.
- Choose your team wisely.
- Manage your stress, your health is important.
I can’t wait to continue the conversation at next year’s conference.
This blog post originally appeared in Pearson’s Strategy News.
October 16, 2013
Little did we know when MiniTrend’s friend Vicki Flaugher invited our Dr. John Vanston to speak on Oct. 17 at the Austin Downtown Founder Lions Club that is was the “world’s oldest continuously operating Lions Club”! Yes, the club was chartered January 18, 1916! The charter members were a “Who’s Who” of Austin civic leadership. (“Founder Club” is a term of recognition bestowed by Lions International on those clubs that were represented at the formation of the international organization at its first convention in 1917.)
Although they enjoy this delightful slice of fame, they like to think that their efforts in community service are simply typical of Lions Clubs the world over. It’s a story of stage shows, garage sales, rodeos, rose sales and other fundraising activities. It’s a story of answering the needs of the community and of disadvantaged groups and individuals. And it’s a story of building and working with other Lions Clubs to promote teamwork in service.
Being that our MiniTrends book and activities are designed to help people find their passions and make a difference in the world, we are also thrilled to see that our host’s motto is “Follow Your Dream.”
John will be giving the club some new ideas as they go into the future! Please see details below. Hope to see you there!
Austin Downtown Founder Lions Club Presents:
MiniTrends: A Foundation for an Innovative Organization
- Individual entrepreneurs will learn how to identify, assess, and exploit new business opportunities.
- Decision makers in small and mid-size businesses will learn how to gain advantage by recognizing and utilizing emerging trends.
- Innovative thinkers in large businesses will learn how to distinguish themselves by their special perceptiveness.
- Investors will learn how to uncover attractive new investment opportunities.
When: 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM, Oct 17, 2013
Where: Wells Fargo Bldg, 400 W 15th St, 3rd floor
–Lion Members and Walk-in Guests – $15.00 (USD)
–No Meal – Member or Non member – Free
–Please note there will be a $5 fee for parking in the garage
Featured Lunch Menu: Smothered pork chops with apricot & madera sauce, roasted sweet potatoes and fresh green beans; mixed field green salad with assorted rolls and a featured daily dessert. Vegetarian meal or Grilled Chicken Caesar salad are available alternatives as well.
Please register by noon on Wednesday: We order meals based on your reservations and must pay for them even if you do not show up. Please keep this in mind if your plans shift and cancel your reservation so we can adjust the headcount.
September 26, 2013
MiniTrends is Event Partner for July Green Drinks Event, July 30, 6-8 pm, Austin, TX – Free MiniTrends 2013 Registration Drawing
July 28, 2013
We are excited to be Event Partner for July Green Drinks Event, 6-8 pm, July 30, at the Rattle Inn, 610 Nueces Street, Austin, TX. The event is hosted by our friends at Net Impact Austin and Austin Green Drinks.
We are providing a FREE registration to our 2nd Annual MiniTrends 2013: The Integration of Profit & Social Responsibility (Oct. 2-3) and a copy of our award-winning MINITRENDS book for a drawing at the event!!
The event will celebrate the Green Workforce in Austin. Everyone is welcome, especially those interested in all things green and sustainable wanting to meet others with similar interests to meet the challenges of a sustainable future.
Employers, employees, summer interns and fellows can have fun while reflecting on current and future projects and discussing potential opportunities. This event provides an opportunity to welcome summer interns to Austin, appreciate their great contributions and maybe even tell them why you love working in sustainability in our fine city.
The following are promotional partners that extended invitations to their employees, interns, fellows, and students:
City of Austin, Office of Sustainability
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Public Citizen of Texas
Austin Community College, Environmental Stewardship Program
Environmental Defense Fund
The Sierra Club, Lone Star Chapter
Where: Rattle Inn, 610 Nueces Street, Austin, TX 78701 (map)
When: Tuesday, July 30th 6pm -8 pm. Come at 6pm for mingling, networking and happy hour specials.
The Austin Green Drinks Happy Hour series creates opportunities to meet with other accomplished environmental, sustainability, and clean tech professionals in an informal atmosphere; after all, that’s how the greatest ideas are born. Austin Green Drinks attract professionals who routinely initiate innovative ways to meet the challenges of a sustainable future.
July 12, 2013
The World Future Society’s annual conference WorldFuture 2013: Exploring the Next Horizon brings together the world’s premier minds to discuss the long-range future of science, technology, humanity, government, religion and many other topics.
MiniTrends’ leaders Dr. John Vanston and Carrie Vanston are co-presenting with top futurist David Snyder at the Pre-Conference Master Course: Succeeding in a New Normal World on July 19, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 pm. (The additional fee is $245.)
This session describes the New Normal, the forces driving it, and how you can use the MiniTrends Concept to discover and profit from emerging trends within these forces. These minitrends offer opportunities to be successful personally and professionally, while making a postive difference in this changing world.
The session increases understanding of the principles and practices covered and allows participants to take advantage of the experiences and insights of the group.
Highlights: What Attendees Will Learn from this Session:
- How forces are predictably reshaping our demography, economic structure, technology advances, and decision-making processes.
- How these forces can assist participants in identifying and taking advantage of emerging trends and attractive business opportunities.
- How participants can apply the information, ideas, and insights presented in the class as guidance for business, personal career, and investment decisions.
The Snyder Family Enterprise
Contributing Editor, The Futurist
Chairman, Technology Futures, Inc.
Conference Chair, MiniTrends 2013: The Integration of Profit & Social Responsibility
Media & Mktg Director, Technology Futures, Inc.
Conference Director: MiniTrends 2013: The Integration of Profit & Social Responsibility
Co-Author, MINITRENDS: How Innovators & Entrepreneurs Discover & Profit From Business & Technology Trends
We hope you will join us in attending WorldFuture 2013: Exploring the Next Horizon and signing up for our Pre-Conference Master Course: Succeeding in a New Normal World.
June 21, 2013
Second Annual MiniTrends Conference
October 2-3, Holiday Inn Town Lake, Austin, Texas
Discover, Profit, Do Good!
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
8:30 am – 5:30 pm, Reception 5:30 – 7:15 pm
You CAN be profitable and socially responsible. This event exposes that sweet spot where new and established businesses can find the tools and directional choices to profit and inspire themselves and their employees in whatever their line of business.
Join us in Austin, the place Forbes’ calls the “Best Big City for Jobs,” to listen and participate as all-star business leaders and forward thinkers reveal how to start new ventures and grow established organizations leveraging MiniTrends.
By understanding MiniTrends—emerging trends that will soon become important, but not yet widely recognized—you will discover effective ways to balance capitalism with complementary social values and philanthropy in your business.
Find out what future trends and convergences are on the horizon and, of equal importance, how you can find profitable emerging trends of your own integrated with socially responsible values.
Austin is an exciting, growing entrepreneurial hub that offers a culture built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and caring. What better place to find out how you, too, can develop a Minitrends Mindset!
You Should Attend if You are a Value-Driven:
- Entrepreneur wishing to identify, assess, and exploit attractive new business opportunities
- Decision Making Executive, Director, Manager, or in a Small or Mid-Size Business wanting to gain advantage by recognizing and utilizing emerging trends
- Innovative Thinking Executive, Director, Manager, or Professional in a Larger Business aspiring to distinguish yourself by your special insights and perceptiveness
- Investor interested in uncovering attractive new investment opportunities
- Job Seeker wishing to define employment opportunities
What You will Gain:
- A creative mind-set and resources for finding and taking advantage of emerging trends and opportunities relating to your own area of expertise and interest.
- An understanding of how to integrate profit and socially responsible purpose and value in your business.
- A preview of MiniTrends that thought leaders see developing.
- Experience from innovative leaders sharing how they use emerging trends to start new ventures or grow established organizations for profit with attention to all stakeholders.
- Tactics to identify untapped business opportunities from converging trends in the business and social arenas.
- Interaction with speakers and fellow participants to learn, mix, and share ideas.
- Strategy and insights to create or grow your organization and, in the process, find your bliss.
- An opportunity to enjoy the Live Music Capital of the World!
Conference Chair: Dr. John H. Vanston, Chairman, Technology Futures, Inc.
John founded TFI in 1978, building the Austin, Texas-based company into a leading authority in custom research and technology forecasting. His MiniTrends concept, designed to increase creativity, innovation, and success, is summarized in MINITRENDS: How Innovators & Entrepreneurs Discover & Profit From Business & Technology Trends. The book has received several Best Business Book awards and excellent reviews and endorsements.
Conference Director: Carrie Vanston, Media and Marketing Director, Technology Futures, Inc.
Carrie has many years of experience in public relations, marketing, and sales at TFI and in the entertainment industry. As co-author of MINITRENDS: How Entrepreneurs & Innovators Discover & Profit From Business & Technology Trends, she brings a distinct real-world quality to MiniTrends activities, particularly in the media communications and social media areas.
Andre Angel, Co-founder/CEO at TangoTab; Co-Founder/Chairman, WorkMeter; Co-founder, Servoyant, LLC; Co-Founder/Chairman, CODEKKO Software
Based in Dallas, Andre is a serial entrepreneur with global experience. His latest venture, TangoTab, is a real-time, online social enterprise business that offers diners discounts at participating restaurants, and donates a meal to the community each time you use the service. “When you eat, they eat.” Prior to Tango Tab, he co-founded, grew and sold numerous high-tech companies including CODEKKO, Experticity, NTR, Elastic Edge, and WorkMeter. Earlier, he was Global Vice President of Sales at Nortel Networks.
Jeffrey Fry, Principal, Help Find Care; Chief Executive, Profit Prophet; Director/CMO, MainGain; Board Member, baqpak; Executive Director, Firefly Funds; Executive Director, SHINE Night; President, SEDA RICO, LLC;
Jeffrey has launched a new type of in-home healthcare service that empowers healthcare service professionals to go into business for themselves while better connecting in-home healthcare needs. Riding the minitrend of baby boomer parents needing innovative ways to care for their parents, this model empowers all stakeholders and drives the cost of home healthcare down. Jeffrey also has been involved in several startups and plays roles in several civic programs.
Bijoy Goswami, Cofounder & Evangelist at ATX Equation, The Bootstrap, Aviri Consulting; Founder, Organizer, Bootstrap Network; CEO, Aviri Inc.
Bijoy Goswami deeply interested in how we steward unique journeys for individuals, organizations, communities and beyond. He sees our unique human capability of building mental models as a vital part of this endeavor. He loves building and sharing simple, yet powerful models, including MRE, youPlusU and Bootstrap.
Christopher Justice, Chief Executive Officer at Sparksight, Inc.; Founder, Justice Pest Services
Christopher co-founded Sparksight® in 2006 and has built the company into a well-respected design agency that specializes in event management, high definition video production and digital marketing. Combining wisdom and humor with common sense, Chris is a master at building better businesses through a combination of face-to-face and online marketing techniques. Christopher is a conscious leader that works hard to have a company that benefits all involved.
Joy Miller, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, City of Austin Small Business Development Program
Joy is a marketing and outreach professional with over 20 years of leadership experience in process improvement, human resources, and operations. She communicates with and counsels aspiring and existing small business owners in presentations and in personal communications to ensure understanding of City of Austin resources and assistance available to them.
Steve Pearson, Lead Strategist, Founder, Visionex Solutions, LLC
Steve’s passion is accelerating innovation and R&D by identifying emerging, adjacent and disruptive technologies. Companies ranging from Fortune 500s to small startups rely on Steve and his analysts to provide Competitive Intelligence, Innovation Support and Informed Strategic Development. He works with high-tech, electrical, mechanical, energy, construction and transportation industries.
Eve Richter, VP of Community & Partnerships, door64
Door64 is a huge group community of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) industries influencers serving more than 30,000 STEM professionals in the Austin Area. Previous to door64, Eve served as the Emerging Technologies Coordinator in the Economic Development Division at the City of Austin, helping businesses, startups, entrepreneurs and individuals in the tech (and other) sectors to grow and be successful in the Austin community.
Dr. Lawrence Vanston, President, Technology Futures, Inc.
Larry is an expert on the future of telecommunications and its significance to organizations and people. Since 1985, he has been the director and principal author of ongoing reports commissioned by the Telecommunications Technology Forecasting Group (TTFG), presently comprised of AT&T, CenturyLink, Verizon, and Windstream. Larry directs TFI’s popular TFI Communications Technology Asset Valuation Conference, now in its 9th year.
Post-Conference Methods MiniTrends Workshop (Optional)
Thursday, October 3, 2013, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Go the next step to starting your own MiniTrends Adventure by attending this excellent applications workshop. In this session, we discuss basic MiniTrends principles and participants have hands-on opportunities to find, analyze, and profit from emerging trends that also offer a socially responsible aspect. Participants leave with a solid basis for developing their own “Minitrends Mindset.”
MiniTrends Workshop BONUS!! Copy of award-winning book MINITRENDS: How Innovators & Entrepreneurs Discover & Profit From Business & Technology Trends.
To encourage you to attend this valuable post-conference half-day workshop, we are offering it at an exceptionally low price! Only $75 early bird for general admission attendees! ($100 after Sept. 1.)
The Holiday Inn Austin Town Lake Hotel is a wonderful location to experience Austin’s major attractions. Located on beautiful Lady Bird Lake, the hotel has direct access to the lake’s hike & bike trails and is a mile from Austin’s famous 6th Street entertainment district. It’s also near the State Capitol, University of Texas, South Congress Bridge (home to Austin’s famous Mexican free-tail bats), and the Governor’s Mansion. The hotel offers complimentary shuttles to Austin Bergstrom International Airport and to 6th Street. Book online or call the hotel directly to book very reasonably-priced sleeping rooms. 800-593-5676. For more information about Austin, visit Austin 360 or Austin Chamber of Commerce.
General Admission: Wed., Oct. 2, 8:30 am-5:30 pm followed by reception. Early Bird $395 (after Sept. 1, $495).
Non-Profit/Government/Academic Admission: Wed., Oct. 2,
8:30 am-5:30 pm followed by reception. Early Bird $295 (after Sept. 1, $395).
Student Admission: Wed., Oct. 2, 8:30 am-5:30 pm followed by
Post-Conference MiniTrends Methods Workshop General
Admission (Optional): Thurs., Oct. 3, 8:30 am-12:00 noon. Early Bird $75 (after Sept. 1, $100). (Conference registration required.)
Post-Conference MiniTrends Methods Workshop Student
Admission (Optional): Thurs., Oct. 3, 8:30 am-12:00 noon. $15.00. (Conference registration required.)