Leading Women in Technology Part II

February 10, 2015
Women in CE talk candidly about gender, innovation and starting their own companies. Perhaps Sarah Wood, the young founder of Unruly, a company focused on online advertising, says it best: “Women are generally seen as either too nice or they’re too bossy, caught in a lose-lose situation.” Her advice? “Let’s move on—we spend too much time worrying about what people are saying about us. Don’t think about the myths; thinking about them will hold you back. Just think about choosing the right company to work for and then doing an excellent job.” For Wood, as well as these other women, it’s not necessarily about finding that so-called...

Evolving Social Media

February 04, 2015
Jared Bridegan, CEO and founder of Mezy, originally came up with the idea for his social media app as a way to solve the problem of texting while driving. Mezy has since evolved into much more. With functions like geo-hidden content and looping videos, Mezy aims to be the “next evolution of social media.”What inspired you to create Mezy? When I originally came up with the idea for Mezy it was to solve the problem of texting while driving. When I was in college, I would drive to class every day and my wife would always text me. I played around with the idea of sending a message to a place, and then when that person arrived, they’d be able to receive the message instead...

Ridesharing: Disruptive Innovation

February 02, 2015
By Tamara Lytle Austan Goolsbee, former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, walked out of an inaugural ball in the cold wee hours of January 2013 looking for a ride. With many Washington streets shut to traffic, it might have been an impossible task. But he had something more powerful than a loud whistle or a hand to hail a taxi with. He had a smartphone to connect him with a driver who could tell him where to meet. Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, Bandwagon and other companies have taken the sharing economy into the transportation world to solve problems like Goolsbee’s. Line at the...

Live Green, Buy Green and Recycle

January 28, 2015
The visibility and importance of recycling and reusing consumer electronics (CE) devices have been increasing over recent years. A report by CEA released in November, Recycling and Reuse Study, 2014 Edition, presented findings from a consumer survey that showed the majority of U.S. adults (88 percent) place high importance on recycling unwanted products such as TVs, computer monitors and cell phones. Yet only three in five adults (59 percent) know where to recycle CE devices, slightly less than were aware in 2012 (63 percent). Even though there was a decrease in awareness of recycling locations, consumer recycling and donating have increased. Almost a third (30 percent) of adults say...

Working with the 114th Congress

January 27, 2015
For 2015, we hope Congress’ newly elected members will move beyond the gridlock that has prevented the Congress from dealing with our most pressing issues. The growing debt, out of control entitlements, a broken tax system and immigration reform, are real issues which we must resolve for the next generation. Our nation wants and deserves more from our elected officials. At CEA we stand ready to embrace this incoming Congress with a renewed sense of optimism. Critical policy issues we are asking Congress to address are not only vital to the technology industry, but will also provide numerous benefits to our...

Las Vegas: The Center of Innovation

January 20, 2015
The International CES comes to Las Vegas year after year and some might think this is the only dose of startups (Eureka Park) or innovative companies the city sees all year. But Las Vegas is more than just big casinos and hotels—it also houses a strong startup and technology community and provides ample opportunity for growth. Money According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the Las Vegas Strip’s gaming revenue last year was $6.5 billion. But this isn’t about how much money one can spend here, it’s about how much money one can actually save. Gaming aside, living and working in Las Vegas has its monetary value. Renters can expect to pay...

Protecting Free Speech Online

December 10, 2014
By Laurent Crenshaw, Yelp It’s old news these days that the Internet has changed the way people access information and make buying decisions. Instead of books, many people use e-readers. Rather than skimming through catalogs, shoppers check out their favorite e-commerce site. And if you plan to purchase goods or services from a local business, you no longer flip through the newspaper or yellow pages, but instead go to the Internet to learn what others have said about the businesses around you. According to a 2014 Nielsen study, 78 percent of Internet users go to a review site to search for a local business. Whether it’s a Fortune...

Pittsburgh: Innovation Heartland

December 08, 2014
From steel to technology, Pittsburgh has shifted from an industrial area on the Rust Belt to an up-and-coming innovation hotspot. Home to a thriving entrepreneurial landscape, venture capitalists, incubators, accelerators and esteemed universities, Pittsburgh is on the upswing and allows startups to flourish.Location Pittsburgh’s largest two universities, the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), serve as a central location for most of the innovation scene in the area due to the sophisticated students, especially engineers, they produce. There are startups east of both campuses, towards Bakery Square and Wilkinsburg, but the majority is to the west...

Leading Women in Technology

December 03, 2014
It’s not easy writing a story about women as a subset of an industry, as the women in this story prove. These women are not unique because of their gender, they are innovators, leaders and creators who are changing the tech landscape for the better, whether honing complex worlds of smart home technology and distribution for efficiency, for profit and for style or developing apps that allow smartphones to deliver vital medical data.  These leaders have important stories to tell about how they rose in the ranks at their own companies, inspiring not just other women, but a new generation of innovators who are building on their ideas. ...
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