Monthly Meeting: Minitrends with John Vanston, Ph.D

  • 16 Feb 2010
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Marie Callendar's Restaurant 9503 Research Blvd. Austin, TX 78759

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Minitrends: Finding and Profiting from Emerging Business Opportunities


In this presentation, Dr. John Vanston will provide information, ideas, and insights that will allow you to enhance your professional standings, increase your cash flow, and add to your personal satisfaction. The vehicle for achieving these ends is the identification and exploitation of Minitrends.

Minitrends are trends that:

  • Have emerged to the point that reasonable projections can be made about their future direction
  • Have the potential to become significant in the relatively near future, and
  • Are not recognized or appreciated by the general public or most organizations

John will explain how you can uncover attractive Minitrends, evaluate their potential importance, and convert them into profitable business successes.
Commitment to the Minitrend concept will assist you in embarking on your own exciting and potentially profitable Minitrend Adventure.

John Vanston, Ph.D., is author of the new book, Minitrends: Finding and Profiting from Emerging Business Opportunity Gems. He is Chairman of Technology Futures, Inc. (TFI), a company he founded in 1978 and has built into a leading authority in custom research, forecasting, and trend analysis in the telecom, high-tech, and other industries. At TFI, John has conducted analysis of emerging technologies for a wide range of commercial, government, and academic organizations, including, among many others, IBM, Boeing, Johnson and Johnson, Duke Power, National Security Agency, National Science Foundation, Georgia Tech, Southern California, and the Industrial Research Institute.

Prior to starting TFI, John served on the nuclear engineering faculty at the University of Texas as Austin and as Deputy Director of the University's Center for Energy Studies. While at the University, he conducted a number of forecasts and trends analysis in the energy area. Earlier, as a Lt. Col in the U.S. Army, he commanded the Maintenance Battalion of the Third Armored Division and served a Test Group Director for two underground nuclear tests.

John's daughter, Carrie Vanston, who collaborated on the Minitrends book, will attend the meeting and assist in answering questions.

"Minitrends is one of the most important books for technology entrepreneurs written in the last decade. With diligent attention to processes and trends, it provides a specific set of factors that entrepreneurs should consider in order to maximize the opportunity for success in the marketplace." -- August E. Grant, Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina
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