Jonathon Brown is the Vice President of Business Innovation at Trend Hunter and is responsible for overseeing business innovation research and business development efforts among other duties. In this role, he's helped increase Trend Hunter's research client base significantly, trained and managed a team of researchers and innovation experts and architected the launch of the New York Times Best Selling book Better & Faster, authored by Trend Hunter CEO Jeremy Gutsche.
He began his time at Trend Hunter as a Journalism/Social Media Intern in November 2012 after spending a summer studying and freelancing in Los Angeles. Prior to his west coast retreat, he completed an Honors Bachelor of Arts with a Specialist in Journalism from University of Toronto and worked as a writer, senior writer, columnist and regional editor at Urbanology Magazine and HipHopCanada.com. Also published in the areas of non-fiction and poetry, his passion for writing and communication has proven a lasting and important piece of Jonathon's personal and professional identity.
In early 2013, after writing nearly 2,000 articles on TrendHunter.com, Jonathon became a research expert. He went on to interview dozens of executive thought leaders at companies such as Under Armour, Adidas, Ben & Jerry's, Taco Bell, General Electric and more.
Personally, Jonathon is a sports enthusiast and dedicated gym-goer who loves to travel, recently visiting Qatar, Costa Rica, Dubai and Ireland.
What is unique that's not in your bio?
I have ONE tattoo and it's a design that reads 5&5. It's a philosophy that helps ground us and reminds us of the people around us who matter. The first 5 represents "blood." The idea is that your family is inherently worthy of your worry and energy. The second 5 represents your closest circle of great friends. 5 is simply a symbolic number that conveys the idea this group should be small. it is very difficult to think about having more than 5 relationships that you can put everything into. Some may only have 1 or 2 great friends. But the idea is you probably don't have MORE than five.
Once you start thinking about your 5&5, you can use those people to lean on when drama or difficulty comes from outside those 5s. You can turn to those people and know in your heart that they are who you should think about and worry about and also, they are thinking and worrying about you.
What's your favorite accomplishment?
I have a poem published in the same book as my mother.
How do you define cool?
Cool is an advanced perspective. It's achieved via the ability to see something happen or happening and immediately thinking of it's implications and applications.
What is your secret to uncovering trends?
That's a secret.
What do you enjoy most about Trend Hunter?
The variety of content is hard to find anywhere else on the net. You can come to Trend Hunter and stumble upon the greatest idea you never saw coming.
What are your tips for writing a juicy post?
Write in your voice. Think conversational. Think casual. Don't think too much. Think "If I'm hearing someone read this without looking at the page does it tell me what I need to know?"
How do you reset to be creative?
I crack my knuckles, go for a walk to the bathroom, get some food, listen to music.
What inspires or excites you?
Every new day.
Predict something awesome for 2020?
PayPass is no longer enabled on your credit cards, because there are no credit cards and we all pay with the brand new Finger PayPass.