MiniTrends 2013: The Integration of Profit & Social Responsibility, Oct. 2-3, 2013, Austin, TX

MiniTrends 2013: The Integration of Profit & Social Responsibility, Oct. 2-3, 2013, Austin, TX
Event on 2013-10-02 08:30:00
MiniTrends 2013: The Integration of Profit & Social Responsibility


October 2-3, 2013, Holiday Inn Town Lake, Austin, TX
Conference Overview:

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
8:30 am – 5:30 pm, Reception 5:30 – 7:15 pm

Discover, Profit, Do Good! 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 with complementary social values.

By understanding minitrends—emerging trends that will soon become important, but not yet widely recognized—you will discover effective ways to find profitable  minitrends that lead to business opportunities that make a positive difference in the world.

Achieving and sustaining success in the current environment of unprecedented marketplace innovation means being constantly alert to new and exciting minitrends that provide business and technological opportunities. Minitrends offer great opportunities to those alert enough to recognize them, perceptive enough to appreciate them, and clever enough to take advantage of them.

Austin is a 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 MiniTrend 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 Professional  in a Small and 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!

Post-Conference MiniTrends Workshop: How to Discover and Profit from Emerging Trends

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, basic MiniTrend principles will be discussed and participants will have hands-on opportunities to find, analyse, and profit from emerging trends that also offer a socially responsible aspect. Participants will leave with a solid basis for developing their own “Minitrends Mindset.”

MiniTrends Workshop BONUS!! Copy of  award-winning book MINITRENDS: How Entrepreneurs & Innovators Discover & Profit From Business & Technology Trends, written by Dr. John Vanston and Carrie Vanston. 

To encourage you to attend this valuable post-conference half-day workshop, we are offering it at an exceptionally low price! Only early bird for general admission attendees! (0 after Sept. 1.)
What Attendees Say


Conference Chair: Dr. John H. VanstonChairman, 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 VanstonMedia 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 Trendsshe brings a distinct real-world quality to MiniTrends activities, particularly in the media communications and social media areas.

Andre AngelCo-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 FryPrincipal, 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 GoswamiCofounder & 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 MREyouPlusU and Bootstrap.

Christopher JusticeChief 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 MillerMarketing 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 RichterVP 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 VanstonPresident, 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.More speakers to be announced soon! Venue:

Holiday Inn Austin Town Lake

The Holiday Inn Austin Town Lake Hotel is a wonderful location to experience a variety of Austin special events, entertainment, and attractions. Located less than a half mile from Austin’s downtown major Austin attractions, the hotel offers complimentary shuttles to/from Austin Bergstrom International Airport and Austin’s famous Sixth Street entertainment district. In addition to having direct access to Town Lake’s hike-and-bike trails and being close to famous 6th Street, the hotel is near the State Capitol, University of Texas, South Congress Bridge–home to Austin’s famous Mexican free-tail bats, the Governor’s Mansion, and the Bob Bullock Museum.

Please contact the hotel directly to book sleeping rooms.

For more information about Austin, please visit Austin 360Austin Chamber of Commerce, and Austin Live Musical Capital of the WorldSponsors:

If you would like information about becoming a MiniTrends 2013 sponsor, please contact Carrie Vanston at (512) 258-8898 or

 MiniTrends 2012 ArchiveRegistration: General Admission: Wed., Oct. 2, Early Bird 5 (after Sept. 1, 5)

at Holiday Inn-Town Lake
20 North IH 35
Austin, United States

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