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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
Trend Hunter’s long-awaited 2022 Trend Report research is ready—and this year it’s free! You can get our 2022 Trend Report HERE. Here’s my intro letter about why the 2022... MORE
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
Create the Future Book Wins Gold Medal
Find Your Opportunity in Times of Chaos
The next few years are going to be one of the most exciting creative period in modern history!  The Roaring 20s emerged from the Spanish Flu.  The Renaissance Period Emerged from the Black... MORE
Premium 5 Year Trend Reports
Premium 5 Year Trend Reports
Well-Researched Guides to the Future
This year, break into your strategic planning process earlier and easier with our brand new 5 Year Trend Report. This report will grant you a Futurists’ perspective on the top disruptive trends... MORE
2021 Trend Report Video Countdown
2021 Trend Report Video Countdown
Our Top 20 Trends PLUS Downloadable Trend Report
It’s that magical time of year when we reveal the Top 20 Trends for 2021, based on our 2021 Trend Report and our market research on TrendHunter.com.  This year, we completed more than 2,... MORE
Innovate Through Chaos, Crisis & Recession
Innovate Through Chaos, Crisis & Recession
Chaos Lessons from Jeremy Gutsche's Create The Future
Crisis and chaos are different stages, and what you will learn in this innovation keynote video is that chaos creates predictable opportunity.  In short, chaos shuffles the deck and switches... MORE
Free Innovating Through Chaos Webinar
Free Innovating Through Chaos Webinar
Trend Hunter CEO Jeremy Gutsche on Chaos & Innovation
I’d like to invite you to a free innovation webinar / virtual innovation keynote I’m hosting on my birthday, April 7th. The webinar is about innovating through chaos, being recession-... MORE
Create the Future (New Book)
Create the Future (New Book)
Plus The Innovation Handbook - Tactics for Disruptive Thinking
I’m thrilled to announce my new double-sided book, Create the Future + The Innovation Handbook - Tactics for Disruptive Thinking.  The 360 page guide is loaded with tactics, tools and... MORE
Talking to Strangers
Talking to Strangers
Fascinating New Book by Malcolm Gladwell Releases Today
Today, superstar thinker Malcolm Gladwell launches his new book, Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know.  The book explores how our understanding of... MORE
Sustainable Tree Planting
Sustainable Tree Planting
Trend Hunter is Planting 1,000,000 Trees
The Amazon Rainforests are on fire, which some global leaders have declared as a global emergency.  If you’re like most people, you’re probably worried but unsure about how to help.... MORE
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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
Our Top 20 Trends / 2016 Trend Report video is out!  Every year, this forecast video is our most popular video, so please check it out.  This year’s Top 20 Trends were distilled from... MORE
Better and Faster Book Trailer
Better and Faster Book Trailer
Trend Hunter's 2015 Innovation Book
This is the trailer for Better and Faster, set for release in March. So far the book has been the #1 bestselling business book pre-sell on Indiegogo, and has been the #1 new release on Amazon in... MORE
Airplane Internet Gouging
Airplane Internet Gouging
Singapore Airlines Billed Me $1200 for The Internet
You know that epic feeling when your flight ends and you finally get to your destination? Now imagine taking those first steps off the plane, syncing your phone, and getting a $1200 bill for... MORE
2014 Trend Report Top 20
2014 Trend Report Top 20
Our Favorite Trends for 2014
Our 2014 Trend Reports are now out, which leads us to a favorite video that we do each year, highlighting 20 of our favorite new trends. Accordingly, these are the trends in 2014. If you want Trend... MORE
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
Social Fitness, Digital Graffiti and Pop Culture Vacations -- Today we hunt Trends in 2012! 20. Digital Eating - Internet martini bars, paperless cafes and robot-ran restaurants. Digital devices in restaurants… MORE
Free Exploiting Chaos eBook
Free Exploiting Chaos eBook
Our Award-Winning Innovation Book is Now Free
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The New Generation of Office Space
The New Generation of Office Space
Colliers Presents The Trend Hunter Documentary
Colliers International and Chris Fyvie not only helped Trend Hunter find our new space in Toronto, but they sponsored this Trend Hunter documentary video, produced by Crucial Pictures. (SPONSORED) Say… MORE
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
THANK YOU FOR 3 YEARS! - Today's newsletter is sentimental and nostalgic for a number of reasons... First off, it's my birthday! More importantly, my birthday marks the 3rd year anniversary from the day… MORE
Trend Hunter Office
Trend Hunter Office
Inside Our Modern New Office Design
Take a tour inside Trend Hunter's modern new office design. We've been calling our new Toronto location home for a month... and now, and it's time to share it with the world! The office is a brick and… MORE
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
Projected Publicity, Tweetonomics and Rockstar Self-Expression Today we hunt Trends in 2011 20. Projected Publicity - Marketers turning to large-scale, low-cost and ultra viral mediums like these projected… MORE
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
Secret agent shirts, texting underpants and earring hearing aids. Today we hunt: STYLISH TECH - Sprint firsts in merging technology and fashion. Making their way into the hearts of the fashionable and… MORE
Virtutorials
Virtutorials
Sprint Firsts in Virtual Learning Tutorials
Fashion how-to videos, YouTube makeup artists and virtual kissing lessons. Today we hunt: VIRTUTORIALS - Sprint firsts in virtual online tutorials. Increased connectivity has spawned a more expansive… MORE
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
Social networks for entrepreneurs, bookworm dating and Facebook rivals. Today we hunt: SOCIAL MEDIA UPCOMERS - Sprint Firsts in the Next Gen of Online Media. And now, the Sprint Top Ten. 10) Flipboard… MORE
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
Profile pic photoshoots, facebooking frocks and social media mugs. Today we hunt: FACEBRANDING – Sprint Firsts in Facebook. Social media is no longer confined to the Internet, as Facebook gets its own… MORE
Artistic Barchitecture
Artistic Barchitecture
901 Tequila Presents Artistic Emphasis on Club Decor & Architecture
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Window Shopping
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Portable LED Lamp Rings
Designer Dorota Kulawik gas developed a LED lamp concept that is very unique. A base station is used to charge a number of LED rings which you can then transport anywhere you like. Use the rings for… MORE
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Silver Octopus Necklace
Silver Octopus Necklace
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Snowtastic Innovation
Rally Car Snowboarding, Prop Powered Snowmobiles and Ice Diving
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