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Jeremy Gutsche

Chief Trend Hunter and Innovation Keynote Speaker
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I'm an innovation keynote speaker, author and the Chief Trend Hunter at TrendHunter.com.

I founded Trend Hunter because deep down, all I ever wanted to be was an entrepreneur, but I could never find my own business idea. So I built a place where people from around the world could SHARE business ideas, hoping someone, somewhere would submit an idea to inspire me.

It turns out there were a lot of people looking for inspiration and Trend Hunter blossomed into something much bigger.
What is unique that's not in your bio?
I love interacting with people, brainstorming new ideas and thrill seeking. On the latter, I'm up for anything. So far I've been swimming with sharks, racing baja rally cars, jumping from planes, skiing off cliffs, bobsledding and motorcycle racing. Also, I have a short attention span. Also, I forget the question. What?
What's your favorite accomplishment?
I love everything about TrendHunter.com, and I'm most proud of the way that we have helped to connect a community of inspirational people.
How do you define cool?
Cool hunting isn't the search for what's popular. Cool hunting is the search for what's NOT popular yet. Once something becomes mainstream, its novelty and appeal is lost. Cool is unique, cutting edge and viral. Because cool is viral, marketers and product designers seek to attain it.
What is your secret to uncovering trends?
I like to hunt for Clusters of Inspiration. This might have you wondering why the Trend Hunter guy use a word like 'cluster' instead of 'trend'? Quite simply, the word 'trends' is to broad. It can refer to next fall's fashionable color, or macro-trends like the green movement, female buyers, consolidation, outsourcing, Web 2.0 and aging boomers. These trends are somewhat useful, but too generic to enable breakthrough thinking. Clustering is the art of identifying insights that are meaningful to your customer. To create clusters, you'll need to collect your observations from trend hunting and filter through the noise.
What do you enjoy most about Trend Hunter?
I've always been insatiably curious and obsessed with innovation. I am an entrepreneur at heart, although I spent years hunting for a business idea. In fact, I created Trend Hunter as a place where people could share business ideas, and I was hoping along the way that I would find my own idea... Fortunately, Trend Hunter grew into the business idea itself. For this, I have been truly lucky because I feel like I am working on a hobby. To me Trend Hunter is an obsession and a passion, but most certainly not a job. I am passionate about our Trend Hunter community and I get really excited every time someone sends an email that we helped them to get inspired.
What is your favorite trend?
If this was a serious interview, I'd note that my favorite PRO Trend is NEXT BESTING, which we define as way the recession changed consumer purchasing, enabling us to *try* the next-best-option, instead of simply purchasing the market leading brand. I like this trend because it creates entrepreneurial opportunity. I'm always a fan of the little guy, and I love entrepreneurial creativity. - Get a Personalized Phone Call from Samuel Jackson - The Half Suit - Business on top, Party Below - The Innespace Dolphin Personal Watercraft - The Rise of Shock Labels - Cocaine Energy Drink
What are your tips for writing a juicy post?
Find something ridiculously new that is edgy, bizarre and controversial.
How do you reset to be creative?
I let myself get lost in the trends at Trend Hunter. Although we advertise that the site gets ~40 million views, 1-2 million are actually from me. Basically, I like to expose myself to all the wonderfully brilliant innovations and along the way, I'll get inspired. When I get an idea, I become very obsessive about it. This leads me to a zone where I will no doubt work through the night to finish what I started. I don't look at 'all-nighters' as a bad thing. For me, I have realized that the wee hours of the morning make me remarkably more productive, so I embrace that.
What inspires or excites you?
Creativity. Ambition. Randomness. The NEXT BIG THING.
Predict something awesome for 2020?
My Dad told me that mobile phones would be big... So I used to stick with that as my answer... But then CNN invited me to come talk about Trends in 2020, and I realized I'd have to come up with something pretty quick. That led me to digital newspapers, robots that cut your hair and emotion sensitive technology... If you want to watch, you can catch it all HERE.
FREE 2022 Trend Report
FREE 2022 Trend Report
300,000 Smart People Like You Read Our Trend Report
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2022 Trend Report Report + Webinar
2022 Trend Report Report + Webinar
The Roaring 20s are Coming Back
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Create the Future Book Wins Gold Medal
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Find Your Opportunity in Times of Chaos
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Premium 5 Year Trend Reports
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2021 Trend Report Video Countdown
2021 Trend Report Video Countdown
Our Top 20 Trends PLUS Downloadable Trend Report
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Innovate Through Chaos, Crisis & Recession
Innovate Through Chaos, Crisis & Recession
Chaos Lessons from Jeremy Gutsche's Create The Future
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Free Innovating Through Chaos Webinar
Free Innovating Through Chaos Webinar
Trend Hunter CEO Jeremy Gutsche on Chaos & Innovation
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Create the Future (New Book)
Create the Future (New Book)
Plus The Innovation Handbook - Tactics for Disruptive Thinking
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Talking to Strangers
Talking to Strangers
Fascinating New Book by Malcolm Gladwell Releases Today
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Sustainable Tree Planting
Sustainable Tree Planting
Trend Hunter is Planting 1,000,000 Trees
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Future Festival World Summit
7 Reasons You Need to Join The World's Brightest
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2016 Trend Report Top 20
2016 Trend Report Top 20
Must See: Our 2016 Trends Forecast
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Better and Faster Book Trailer
Better and Faster Book Trailer
Trend Hunter's 2015 Innovation Book
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Airplane Internet Gouging
Airplane Internet Gouging
Singapore Airlines Billed Me $1200 for The Internet
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2014 Trend Report Top 20
2014 Trend Report Top 20
Our Favorite Trends for 2014
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Honoring Trend Hunter's Inspiration
Honoring Trend Hunter's Inspiration
Sig Gutsche, Father of Trend Hunter CEO, 1949-2013
Today, I mourn the loss of my father, Sig Gutsche, a charismatic serial entrepreneur, super dad, loving husband, pillar of the Calgary community, philanthropist, savior of the Calgary Stampeders and... MORE
Top 20 Trends in 2013 Forecast
Top 20 Trends in 2013 Forecast
2013 Trend Report Highlights by Trend Hunter
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Trend Hunter Hits One Billion Views
Trend Hunter Hits One Billion Views
Thanks to Our Awesome Trend Report Loving Community
Last night, Trend Hunter surpassed an epic ONE BILLION lifetime views!  Accordingly, today is a day of celebration, and we’d like to thank all of our Trend Hunters around the world for... MORE
Top 20 Trends in 2012
Top 20 Trends in 2012
2012 Consumer Trends Forecast by Trend Hunter
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Free Exploiting Chaos eBook
Free Exploiting Chaos eBook
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The New Generation of Office Space
The New Generation of Office Space
Colliers Presents The Trend Hunter Documentary
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Trend Hunter 2 Minute Trailer
Trend Hunter 2 Minute Trailer
The History of TrendHunter.com Documentary
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3 Years of Trend Hunter
3 Years of Trend Hunter
This Week's Newsletter, Looking Back, and SocialBusiness.org
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Trend Hunter Office
Trend Hunter Office
Inside Our Modern New Office Design
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Enchantment
Enchantment
Guy Kawasaki's New Book Will Teach You to Delight
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Top 20 Trends in 2011
Top 20 Trends in 2011
2011 Consumer Trends Forecast by Trend Hunter
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Innovation Keynote by Jeremy Gutsche
Innovation Keynote by Jeremy Gutsche
Trend Hunter CEO's 30 Minute Keynote Vid
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Tweetonomics
Tweetonomics
Sprint Firsts in the Twittersphere
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Stylish Tech
Stylish Tech
Sprint Firsts in Merging Technology and Fashion
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Virtutorials
Virtutorials
Sprint Firsts in Virtual Learning Tutorials
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Wrist-Worn Techcessories
Wrist-Worn Techcessories
Sprint Firsts in Wrist Technology
Pictogram bangles, digital dating bracelets and holographic wrist phones. Today we hunt: WRIST-WORN TECHCESSORIES - Sprint firsts in wrist worn technology. Many people no longer rely on wristwatches due… MORE
Projected Publicity
Projected Publicity
Sprint Firsts in Guerrilla Marketing
Pinball projections, interactive adult playgrounds and beamvertising. Today we hunt: PROJECTED PUBLICITY - Sprint firsts in guerrilla marketing. Billboards and print ads are stepping out of the spotlight… MORE
Social Media Upcomers
Social Media Upcomers
Sprint Firsts in the Next Gen of Online Communities
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Toddler Touchscreens
Toddler Touchscreens
Sprint Firsts in Hi-Tech Development Tools
Interactive tables, iPad learning apps and mini laptops. Today we hunt: TODDLER TOUCHSCREENS – Sprint Firsts in hi-tech development tools. While usually thought of as adult-only technology, touchscreen… MORE
Facebranding
Facebranding
Sprint Firsts in Facebook
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Artistic Barchitecture
Artistic Barchitecture
901 Tequila Presents Artistic Emphasis on Club Decor & Architecture
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Jay-Z to Push a Different Type of Coke
Jay-Z to Push a Different Type of Coke
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Samsung Files Patent App for Virtual Screen Input Device
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iPhone Nintendo Emulator
iPhone Nintendo Emulator
New Hack Lets You Play Nintendo Games
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Celebrity Banter
Jimmy Kimmel is F--king Ben Affleck
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Streetwear Couture
The Gillette Guide to Street Fashion
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