Our executive staff each has more than 30 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'
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.
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 new book MINITRENDS: How Entrepreneurs & Innovators Discover & Profit From Business & Technology Trends, written in collaboration with his daughter, Carrie Vanston, 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.
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 20 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 number of ongoing reports commissioned by the Telecommunications Technology Forecasting Group (TTFG), which is comprised of AT&T, Bell Canada, Qwest, and Verizon. Topics have included Internet access requirements, xDSL technologies, ATM switching, fiber optics, video services, and wireless communications. Many of the TTFG reports have drawn widespread industry attention.
Dr. Vanston is a popular speaker on the future of telecommunications and its significance to organizations and people. His views and the results of his research are regularly cited by prestigious general business and industry publications.