CEA Unveils Inaugural Innovation Scorecard

June 29, 2015
Entrepreneurs and innovators decide where to design, manufacture and sell their products and services based on a myriad of business-related policies. A state’s ability to provide its residents with fast and reliable Internet service, educate and employ qualified workers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields and offer a favorable tax system are among the key factors. However, not all U.S. states offer the same environment that fosters innovation and supports entrepreneurs. In order to recognize and account for favorable and unfavorable policy actions and business environments at the state level, CEA unveiled the inaugural Innovation Scorecard at the...

CEA's D.C. Innovation Week and CES on the Hill

June 26, 2015
CEA’S D.C. INNOVATION WEEKCEA’s 11th annual 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 during the week 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...

Telecommuting and E-Commerce: Driving a More Efficient America

June 18, 2015
Technology has shifted not only the way we live our lives, but how we work as well. From telecommuting to e-commerce, new and innovative technologies can streamline our weekly business routines, while also reducing our carbon footprint and overall energy consumption. A new study commissioned by CEA examined the effects of the combined trends of telecommuting and e-commerce that have been seen in recent years. Conducted by the Fraunhofer USA Center for Sustainable Energy Systems, the Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Impacts of Telecommuting and e-Commerce study illustrates how our country’s total energy usage and greenhouse gas(GHG) emissions have fallen as more of the country...

Tech Hub: Shanghai

June 08, 2015
As host of the inaugural 2015 International CES Asia™, Shanghai is also home to some of the most creative, innovative and forward thinking minds in Asia. China’s population is more than 1.3 billion people, with more than 14.3 million living in Shanghai. With a well-established web industry, Shanghai is transforming into having a great startup ecosystem along with other Chinese cities like Beijing and Shenzhen. Incubating, Investing, AcceleratingOne of the top accelerators in China is Chinaccelerator. Twice a year the accelerator picks a number of startups and invests a small amount of money for up to seven percent equity in each startup. The startups are then moved to...

Triad Speakers: Made in America

June 04, 2015
Established in 1982 by President Larry Pexton (a founding member and Chairman of the Custom Electronics Design and Integration Association), Triad Speakers Inc. provides loudspeaker solutions for multi-room residential and home theater system applications. A top choice by many custom integrators worldwide, Triad continues to make significant advancements in the area of in-wall, in-ceiling, on-wall and freestanding designs. More than 80 percent of Triad’s products are built in Portland, OR, utilizing lean manufacturing. Its 47 employees manufacture, engineer, design, sell and market its premium line of speakers to seamlessly integrate high-quality sound into sophisticated living...

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...
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