Our executive staff each has many years of practical business experience in providing highly-regarded custom studies and consulting services. Backed by an outstanding team of professional associates and support personnel, we provide exceptional assistance in meeting our customers' needs.

We also regularly give keynote and event presentations and provide opinions and research material to a wide range of major business, industry, and telecommunications publications.

Seminar Speaker Dr. John Vanston, President, TFI


Technology Futures, Inc.

Dr. John Vanston is an internationally-renowned consultant, educator, and award-winning author in the fields of technology forecasting, technology/market integration, trend analysis, and technology management in uncertain environments. His book MINITRENDS: How Entrepreneurs & Innovators Discover & Profit From Business & Technology Trends, is an Eric Hoffer Business Book Award Winner, a ForeWord Review’s Book of Year Finalist, and has received many excellent reviews and endorsements from prestigious publications and distinguished individuals.

He founded Technology Futures, Inc. (TFI) in 1978, and served as its president for 14 years, building the Austin, Texas-based company into a leader in the technology forecasting, trend analyses, planning, and management fields.

During his career, Dr. Vanston has managed multimillion-dollar high-tech R&D projects, fashioned a computer-based program for planning and managing complex research activities, and developed a formal system for promoting and targeting innovation activities. He is the primary architect of TFI's popular forecasting concepts Five Views of the Future and Technology Advantage Management.

Dr. Vanston has provided services for a wide range of commercial, government, and academic organizations, including, among many others, 3M, Chevron, Kodak, Hughes Space and Communications, the National Security Agency, the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, and Rice University. He is a popular speaker on the subjects of forecasting, trend analysis, and minitrends.

Lawrence Vanston, Ph.D., President, Technology Futures, Inc.


Technology Futures, Inc.

Dr. Lawrence Vanston is an internationally recognized authority in the use of technology forecasting in the telecommunications industry. As president of Technology Futures, Inc., Dr. Vanston has been monitoring, analyzing, and forecasting telecom technologies and services for more than 30 years. His research reports and forecasts are used and referenced extensively by telecom managers and professionals worldwide. As an expert on the impacts of new technologies and markets on the public telephone network, he is frequently called upon to testify before state and federal regulatory commissions.

Since 1985, Dr. Vanston has been the director and principal author of a numerous ongoing reports commissioned by government agencies, industry organizations and individual companies including every major U.S. cable television company and every major U.S. wireline and wireless carrier. The Communications Technology Forecasting Group (CTFG), currently comprised of AT&T, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Time Warner Communications and Verizon, has been actively supporting TFI research since 1985. Topics have ranged from Internet access requirements to the impact of wireless communications. TFI's flagship publication, Transforming the Local Exchange Network, is in its sixth edition. Dr. Vanston is Editor of the CTFG blog and resource website.

Dr. Vanston often speaks on the future of telecommunications and its significance to organizations and people and has been director of the popular TFI Communications Technology Asset Valuation Conference for more than 10 years.. His views and the results of his research are regularly cited by prestigious general business and industry publications.

Carrie Vanston, Collaborator, Minitrends


Vice-President, Communications
Technology Futures, Inc.

Carrie Vanston excels at helping individuals and organizations connect and engage their teams to solve challenges and celebrate victories. With ideation, facilitation, workshops, presentations, and advice, she offers the opportunity to grow innovate and dynamic cultures around purpose and an improved bottom-line. She is leader in the TFI's new division, Corporate Cultures That ROCK!, and is co-author of the award-winning book MINITRENDS: How Innovators & Entrepreneurs Discover & Profit From Business & Technology Trends.

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. Recent presentations have included WorldFuture 2015, IEEE, and the West Point Society. Recent articles by Carrie have appeared in Texas CEO Magazine and the Austin Business Journal.