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Dr. John H. Vanston is an internationally renowned consultant, educator, speaker, and award-winning author in the fields of technology forecasting, technology/market integration, trend analysis, and technology management in uncertain environments. He founded Technology Futures, Inc. (TFI) in 1978, building the Austin, Texas, company into a leading authority in custom research, forecasting, and trend analysis in telecom and other high-technology industries. He has worked for a wide range of organizations including Chevron Chemical, Kodak, Boeing, Nortel, the National Security Agency, and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, among many others. He is a popular speaker and has given presentations and seminars to organizations all over the world. Prior to establishing TFI, he served as a professor of nuclear engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and as deputy director of the university's Center for Energy Studies. Earlier, he served as a lieutenant colonel in the US Army.


"Vanston's company, Technology Futures, has been making predictions about technology and business trends since 1978. This title offers a new take on possible product development and investment avenues."- Library Journal

The Pinnacle Book Achievement Best Business Book Award Winner --Eric Hoffer
Business Book of the Year Winner --ForeWord Reviews
Business Book of the Year Finalist --USA Book News
Entrepreneurship & Small Business Book of the Year Finalist --Dan Poynter s Global Business eBook Award Finalist
"MINITRENDS" Wins Pinnacle Book Achievement Best Business Book Award

Technology Futures, Inc. is pleased to announce that "MINITRENDS: How Innovators & Entrepreneurs Discover & Profit From Business & Technology Trends "by Dr. John H. Vanston with Carrie Vanston has won the Pinnacle Book Acheivement Best Business Book Award. This award is in addition to four earlier book awards "MINITRENDS" has received.

Responding to the awards, Dr. Vanston states, "Many people will be starting the New Year with resolutions to achieve new goals. I am gratified with the attention "MINITRENDS" is receiving because I believe the book provides a path to make those goals a reality. The best way for individuals and businesses seeking to start new ventures or keep existing business innovative and competitive is to be constantly on the lookout for emerging trends that are not yet widely recognized. "MINITRENDS" is designed to help people do just that."

Based on Dr. Vanston's more than 30 years of experience in identifying and applying technical, social, and business trends, "MINITRENDS" provides practical guidance to individuals and organizations of all sizes for extracting business opportunities from emerging trends that have a realistic chance of becoming profitable in the next 2-5 years. By providing a mindset and process for initial idea generation and techniques to analyze and exploit these ideas, the book assists the reader in launching their own exciting, profitable "Minitrend Adventure."

Additional accolades for "MINITRENDS" include an Eric Hoffer Business Book of the Year Award and finalist nods from "ForeWord Reviews' "Business Book of the Year, "USA Book News' "Entrepreneurship & Small Business Book of the Year, and Dan Poytner's Global Business eBook of the Year. Excellent endorsements have also been received from top futurists Joseph Coates and David Pearce Snyder and many other opinion leaders and publications.

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