CES on the Hill

May 20, 2016
Innovation helps to create good jobs, grow the economy and provide solutions to some of the world’s largest challenges. CTA’s Tech Week focuses on innovation and includes CES on the Hill, Lobby Day and the Digital Patriots Dinner which recognizes congressional and industry leaders for their instrumental roles in advancing technology innovation. Other #CTATechWeek events included meetings of the association’s Board of Industry Leaders, its Foundation Board, Small Business Council and several committees. At CES on the Hill, policy makers experience firsthand how technology and pro-innovation policies benefit the U.S. economy. Held in Washington, D.C., this annual...

Innovation Scorecard Maps Startup Growth Across the U.S.

April 19, 2016
CTA’s 2016 Innovation Scorecard highlights which states best champion smart policies for tech startups. Twelve states and the District of Columbia emerged as the newest Innovation Champions—the highest honor a state can earn. Here’s why: Arizona Arizona joins the ranks of Innovation Champions by legalizing ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft statewide and improving its average Internet speed. Delaware Delaware Governor Jack Markell made good on his public support for ridesharing by ushering in a statewide legal framework for...

Industry Expands Sustainability at CES 2016

April 07, 2016
Every January, tech enthusiasts from all over the world travel to Las Vegas to attend the world’s largest trade show and global stage for innovation—CES®. This year was no different as CES 2016 covered a record breaking 2.47 million net square feet of exhibit space (the equivalent of 50 football field). But, as with any operation involving the construction and transportation of tons of resources, the resulting environmental impact can raise serious concerns. As such, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), owner and producer of CES, took significant steps to make this year’s show as green as ever. One approach to making a show as massive as CES more sustainable...

A Look Inside Cuba

March 30, 2016
By Lee Ann Evans, Engage Cuba It’s a common scene in Cuba: driving by what looks like a massive block party in Havana’s “La Rampa” area. Nearly 11 PM, the sidewalks were bustling with hundreds of Cubans of all ages. They came with smartphones in hand to log on to the first official public Wi-Fi hotspot in the capital, which had opened days before. It is exactly these people—entrepreneurs and average Cubans trying to connect with the wider world or even just with their relatives in Miami—that Engage Cuba is focused on. Engage Cuba is an umbrella coalition...

Policymakers Must Look Ahead to Realize the Potential of the Internet of Things

March 21, 2016
By U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Deb Fischer (R-NE) There are more devices connected to the Internet today than there are people living on Earth. From tracking fitness goals and teaching new languages, to helping run small businesses, these devices are improving our daily lives. Each of these Internet-connected items comprises a rapidly-expanding global network that connects people across geographic borders, industries, and socio-economic backgrounds: the “Internet of Things.” The Internet of Things is only beginning to take flight—and it has the...

Tech Hub: Denver

March 18, 2016
Colorado, and especially the Denver area, is a region that attracts the active, creative and intelligent. According to the Colorado Startup Report by Built In Colorado, more than 95 companies raised over $683 million in funding in 2015. That number is down from the $758 million in funding done in 2014, but overall funding is still up since 2013’s $461 million. Tech companies in the Denver area play a big part in driving success for Colorado startups and entrepreneurs. People attracted to this area tend to be independent and adventurous, the same spirit that great entrepreneurs have. The people, the money, the programs and the...

Andrew Byrnes: General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Public Policy, Shuddle

March 16, 2016
CTA members including Airbnb, Lyft, Uber and Yelp are disrupting legacy business models and emerging as leaders in the sharing economy. Now, ridesharing startup Shuddle joins the CTA ranks with its innovative service that helps families book safe and reliable rides to and from home, school, activities and appointments. The startup, founded in 2014 in the San Francisco Bay area, uses an app-based system to provide an end-to-end experience for parents looking for safe and reliable rides for their children. Shuddle’s platform allows a parent to input photos and information about the young passenger and book the ride on the child’s behalf. Key safety features include extensive...

Disrupting Roadside Assistance

February 25, 2016
Nothing can ruin a perfectly good day like your car breaking down, leaving you stranded on the side of the road. With few options for roadside assistance, we’re often left searching for help in the wrong places or we’re forced to accept longer-than-necessary wait times.In 2013, Chris Spanos, co-founder and CEO of Urgent.ly Roadside Assistance, and his other co-founders saw a unique opportunity to use the on-demand economy to help alleviate the anxiety that is associated with poor roadside assistance services. Their startup simplifies the process by guaranteeing help is on the way with just a few taps on your ...

A Snapshot of the Sharing Economy

February 18, 2016
What does the sharing economy really mean? It is a new way of thinking that is disrupting traditional businesses driven by forward-looking entrepreneurs, startups and average citizens. Some have suggested this focus on sharing is just a return to an older way of thinking where people pooled their resources to achieve things they often could not do on their own. The sharing economy has a new spin however, with apps that use the Internet to easily enable anyone to become an entrepreneur by offering an underused resource or service online for a price. America’s flourishing sharing economy with these innovative peer-to-peer businesses, however, brings new policy issues. Regulators...
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