At Trends, we try to discover… well, trends, before they take off. Now that we’ve been running the show for over a year, we can look back and see how we did.

For starters, we got a lot of things right, like…

A few of our predictions didn’t pan out, including starting a trade show, opening motels, or our bullish thoughts on this “new movie industry” (AKA VR).

Post-pandemic, we still see opportunities with trade shows, many of which have 30-50% margins. And VR is still primed to be big — preorders for the latest Oculus Quest were 5x its predecessor.

As a New Year’s bonus, we’ve ungated 12 of our top Trends pieces from the past year. For one week only, you can read the following pieces for free:

👀 Looking back, we can only be sure of one thing: The year started with esports and ended with esports.