Is the Looming Spectrum Shortfall on the Agenda at the Mobile World Congress?

February 26, 2013
Spectrum: everyone’s talking about it.   When the Mobile World Congress’ annual conference gets underway this week in Barcelona, leaders in mobile technology will gather to discuss successes and challenges in freeing up the spectrum required to meet the needs of mobile broadband users worldwide. CEOs from Viber, Vodafone, Ericsson, Foursquare and more will be on hand at the MWC event to discuss cutting-edge technologies and issues facing the mobile internet economy today, including contactless payment systems, connected cities, cloud services and augmented reality.   But until more spectrum is made available, and as our dependence on mobile technology for...

Innovation and Policy Merge at the 2013 International CES

February 06, 2013
The 2013 International CES® was a showcase of innovation, launching some of the most cutting-edge technologies from the world’s greatest companies – established businesses and startups alike. Yet, the timing and success of many innovations in America is tied to our nation’s business and tech policies. CEA hosted events at this year’s CES to educate attendees about the interdependent relationship between U.S. public policy and innovation in America. For the last several years, CEA’s Innovation Movement has been highlighting the connection between innovation and policy by providing an outlet for some of America’s brightest entrepreneurs. The 2013...

The Faces of Innovation—Lief Larson

January 06, 2013
In 2012, CEA’s Innovation Movement launched a new campaign called “Faces of Innovation.” Every week, the Innovation Movement highlights a new innovator or entrepreneur on its website and “Innovation Conversation” newsletter. The individuals featured in the campaign are the real faces of American innovation and are job creators making a better America for today and for future generations. Each innovator has an opportunity to tell their story and voice which issues in the industry are the most important to them and their company. Their stories illustrate the struggles and highlights of running an American business, large and small. As an outlet for...

Innovation Movement: Policy Focus for 2013

January 06, 2013
The Innovation Movement made important steps in ensuring a thriving future for innovation with passage of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act in 2012, and approval of voluntary incentive spectrum auctions. However, reforms to the nation’s immigration policy to attract and retain the best and brightest failed to be enacted. Each year, the U.S. educates and trains tens of thousands of foreign students at our world-class universities. Once they complete their education, many of these students are unable to stay in America. Today’s system makes it difficult for...

Election 2012—Democracy Wins, and So Does CEA

January 06, 2013
On November 6, like millions of other Americans, I walked to my local polling place and stood in an amiable line with a diverse group of neighbors, as we cast our votes for the candidates of our choice. The election was well-organized, and resolved without controversy. Once again, we demonstrated why we are the world’s leading democracy. We joined together in thanking all those who fought, marched, protested and died to allow us to peacefully choose our leaders. Not only was the election a good day for democracy, it was also a largely victorious night for CEA. Out of the 38 candidates CEA supported in November’s...

Three Questions for FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski

January 06, 2013
Nominated by President Barack Obama, Julius Genachowski became chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2009. He had already played a leading role in the Obama campaign’s online strategy and remains a strong advocate for a free and open Internet. Genachowski attended both Columbia University and Harvard Law School with Obama and both were top editors at the Harvard Law Review. After Harvard, Genachowski clerked for the Honorable Abner J. Mikva on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and then at the U.S. Supreme Court for two years for Justices William J. Brennan and David Souter. He also served as chief counsel to FCC Chairman Reed Hundt. You may not...

Imagining the Future of Internet Radio

January 06, 2013
By Tim Westergren, Founder, Pandora Rarely in the world of technology and music can you find a true win-win opportunity—one that meets consumer needs and expectations, generates opportunity and value for artists, and nurtures innovative entrepreneurship and the creation of new businesses. That opportunity is here in the form of Internet radio. Radio is our pipeline to music. It accounts for roughly 80 percent of the 15–16 hours a week the average American spends listening to music. It remains the number one source for music discovery and the number one medium for promotion of new music. And this medium is undergoing a ...

Nina Innovation: The International CES Killer Strategy

January 06, 2013
When I took the reins of CEA in the recession of 1990–91, I had a job to do, and that was keeping CES alive. But in the back of my mind a larger goal loomed: making CES the grandest and most popular consumer electronics show in the world. I knew we needed a strategy that reflected my ambitions. What I didn’t know was that this strategy would encapsulate the very ninja innovator qualities I have described in CEA’s new book which I authored, Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses. Following is a condensed excerpt from the book.   1. Ninjas Follow a Code of Conduct: Honesty   In the old days, we used to...

Innovation Movement

January 06, 2013
Policy Focus for 2013 The Innovation Movement made important steps in ensuring a thriving future for innovation with passage of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act in 2012, and approval of voluntary incentive spectrum auctions. However, reforms to the nation’s immigration policy to attract and retain the best and brightest failed to be enacted. Each year, the U.S. educates and trains tens of thousands of foreign students at our world-class universities. Once they complete their education, many of these students are unable to stay in America.   Today’s system makes it difficult for foreign entrepreneurs to obtain visas, increasing the probability they will...
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