Companies Shaken by Patent Trolls

May 11, 2015
Starting up a technology company can mean long hours and short paychecks and now many entrepreneurs are adding another headache: picking through the minefield of patent lawsuits. Call them patent trolls or patent assertion entities (PAE), by any name they are still companies that don’t invent or manufacture anything but make money monetizing patents. And they are the bane of entrepreneurs like Austin Meyer, maker of the flight simulator application X-Plane, Todd Moore, head of TMSOFT, and Kate Doerksen, head of the online eyeglass company DITTO.The patent litigation problems follow a similar pattern: a company that has bought a patent sends a letter demanding money to license...

CEA’s 2015 Digital Patriots

April 24, 2015
The Digital Patriots Dinner kicked off a week of technology policy events in D.C., aimed at showcasing the importance of innovation to members of Congress and the D.C. tech policy community. Other event highlights included CEA’s Lobby Day to advocate for pro-innovation policies, and CES on the Hill, a technology exhibit that brought the excitement of the CEA-owned and produced International CES® to the nation’s capital. CEA honored Internet pioneer and Revolution Chairman and CEO Steve Case along with U.S. Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) for their instrumental roles in supporting and advancing technology innovation at CEA’s 11th annual Digital Patriots Dinner held...

Tech Hub: Austin

April 22, 2015
Everything is bigger in Texas. The state has some of the biggest buildings, food and personalities in the U.S. However, it also has huge innovation and entrepreneur scene. Texas was named the number one state to do business in by CEO Magazine’s Business Climate Index and Austin was named the number one fastest-growing city in 2014 by Forbes. As the fourth largest city in Texas, Austin has one of the most successful startup scenes in the country. Opportunity Texas offers companies almost $19 billion per year in incentives, which is the largest amount offered in the U.S. The Texas...

Reintroducing Efficient Energy Savings

April 06, 2015
Four years ago, the Department of Energy (DOE) published a final rule that imposed blanket third-party certification requirements for all products applying for participation in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR program. Unfortunately, the rule failed to recognize successful and existing industry programs and has increased the regulatory burden on manufacturers, as well as the cost of testing for manufacturers and the federal government. Earlier this year, Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.) reintroduced the ENERGY STAR Regulatory Improvement Act (HR-175). This legislation would provide an alternate option to the ENERGY STAR program’s third-party certification...

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler at the 2015 CES

April 02, 2015
During a standing room only SuperSession at CES, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler and CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro discussed many crucial topics before the FCC, including the FCC’s plans for the first-in-the-world voluntary TV broadcast spectrum incentive auctions planned for 2016. Here is a condensed, edited portion of their discussion on spectrum issues. Watch the video of the full SuperSession on CESweb.org/video. What has changed in your world? What is really cool about this job is that my fellow commissioners and I get to exist at the intersection of new technology and policy. Lots of things have changed in terms of technology, in terms of...

Global Caché’s Export Success Story

March 31, 2015
A leader in the control and automation industry, Global Caché, is a U.S.-based small business that exports its products all over the world. The manufacturer of Wi-Fi and network enabling connectivity products focuses on open systems, industry standards, strategic partnering and product innovation. This emphasis has kept Global Caché in a competitive position as the global market shifts. Their products also integrate easily with iPhone/iPad and Android apps. The company won a Mark of Excellence Award at the 2015 International CES® for its Control Tower the company’s new IR database in the cloud.   Global...

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...
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