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10:03am EDT July 22, 2002

He's an adviser to world corporations and heads of state. He's an author of such forward-looking books as "Megatrends 2000" and "Re-inventing the Corporation." Yet even John Naisbitt can take a step back in time-in fact, he advocates it.

Naisbitt hand-addresses all of his business correspondence-a task, he says, that makes his work stand out amidst the stacks of impeccable, but impersonal, computer-generated mail flooding our offices today.

"We think about the high-tech side. Think about the human side," says Naisbitt, who visited Columbus earlier this year as part of a Deloitte & Touche-sponsored "National Millennium Panel: Looking Ahead to Business in 2005."

Another intriguing take on the future was offered by panelist George Gilder, president of Gilder Technology Group Inc. out of Housatonic, Mass. He boldly forecasted the rapid demise of one wildly popular entertainment medium.

"Television is dead," Gilder says. "In six years, television will be a monitor option."

Perhaps the bankruptcy filing by Sun Television & Appliances shows his prediction is on track.

Now that's stretching your dollar

If you think conferences are a waste of time and money, perhaps you should talk to Kathy and Jim Kamnikar.

The president and vice president, respectively, of Antique Networking in Grandview went looking for investors at a statewide venture capital conference in Cincinnati earlier this year-and inked a six-digit deal because of it.

The husband-and-wife team attracted interest in their 4-year-old online antique marketplace from a couple investors at Innovest '98 where Jim Kamnikar presented a Reader's Digest version of Antique Networking's business plan.

Within 60 days, the Kamnikars had secured a $100,000 investment from one of those deep pockets.

Who would've thought a $300 conference fee could go so far?