Monthly Archives: March 2013

March 28, 2013 | News, Press Releases, Videos

Internet on Main Street Tour Hits Austin

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Internet on Main Street tour recently stopped in Austin to highlight local entrepreneurs using the Internet in innovative ways to grow their businesses and create jobs. During SXSW this month, The Internet Association President and CEO Michael Beckerman was joined by Congressman Blake Farenthold (TX-27), the Austin Chamber of Commerce, the Austin Independent Small Business Alliance, the City of Austin, and the small business community on a business crawl along South Congress. The tour included stops at some Austin South Congress business staples including: Wet Salon, Parts & Labour, Heritage Boots, Lingo-Live, and Home Slice Pizza.

“The Internet opens up a whole new way for small businesses and consumers to communicate with the government,” said U.S. Congressman Blake Farenthold. “With just a click of the mouse you can be an advocate for whatever cause you want. It is important to advance public policy solutions that strengthen the Internet and encourage innovation.”

“In every city and town across America, the Internet is creating jobs and growing the economy in new and unexpected ways; we came to Austin during SXSW to showcase where and how this is happening,” said The Internet Association President and CEO Michael Beckerman. “Our small business crawl, targeting entrepreneurs in Austin, Texas, cemented the fact that the Internet has moved to Main Street. Highlighting these brick and mortar businesses along with local startups will be a key component of our messaging as we educate lawmakers that the Internet impacts every sector of the economy. ”

In coming months, the Internet on Main Street tour will continue with small business crawls in Virginia, Kansas, and Maryland.

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March 25, 2013 | ICYMI, News

ICYMI- Rackspace seeking wins in D.C. with lobbyists

My San Antonio
Rackspace seeking wins in D.C. with lobbyists
Posted: march 25, 2013 11:15

For most of Rackspace Hosting Inc.’s existence, its executives thought they could avoid the political machinations of Washington.  After all, San Antonio-based Rackspace is an Internet company, and if there’s one thing that has avoided almost all forms of regulation since its creation, it’s the Internet.

Then, in late 2011, the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act hit, threatening significant federal regulation. Under the act, the federal government would have had extensive powers to crack down on the theft of intellectual property over the Internet. Movie, television and music producers would’ve been SOPA’s big winners.

Critics, including Rackspace CEO Lanham Napier, blasted the bill as a flawed measure that could lead to censorship of the Web and create technical vulnerabilities.

The bill’s main sponsor was U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, then-chairman of the House Judiciary Committee — and one of Rackspace’s hometown members of Congress. Accusing SOPA’s detractors of spreading misinformation, the San Antonio Republican said in January 2012 that “it’s disappointing that some critics appear not to have read the bill, while others have an interest in stopping SOPA because they benefit from working with rogue sites.”

Rackspace, a cloud-computing and Web-hosting company, responded to the bill by doing something it had never done: It hired lobbyists to argue its case. In 2011, it spent nothing on lobbyists; the next year, it spent $376,000.

While SOPA is now off the table — thanks largely to a dogged industry campaign to stop it — Rackspace isn’t backing off its federal lobbying effort. Instead, it’s shifting focus to patent law reform and continuing to raise its profile in Washington. Indeed, the homepage of the Washington Post’s website featured three prominently placed Rackspace ads Monday morning.

The company began writing checks for the services of three Texans who are familiar names here and in Washington: former Congressman Henry Bonilla, a San Antonio Republican; John Montford, a former Texas Tech chancellor and former longtime state senator; and longtime lobbyist and former Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes and his firm, according to federal lobbying disclosure filings.

“We were slow to get into the game, and mainly because things were going well,” said Alan Schoenbaum, Rackspace’s general counsel. “We weren’t being pushed in any direction by government, but that changed with SOPA.”

Rackspace wasn’t alone.

“I think that SOPA really made (Internet) companies realize that decisions that are made in Washington can have a real impact on the future of the Internet and the future of their business model,” said Michael Beckerman, president of The Internet Association, a trade group in Washington, D.C., that lobbies on behalf of major Internet companies such as Google, Facebook, eBay and Rackspace.

When reached by a reporter, Montford referred questions to Rackspace. Bonilla and Barnes could not be reached, and Rackspace declined to make any of the three available for comment.

“We wanted people that had a reputation and expertise to give us good representation,” Schoenbaum said. “In everything we do, when we hire talent … we always try to get the best that we can — quality is very important to us.”

Rackspace’s new lobbying talent comes in addition to its membership in several trade groups such as The Internet Association, the Coalition for Patent Fairness and TechAmerica.

Schoenbaum said the company likely will spend about the same amount on lobbying in 2013 that it spent in 2012.

Before hiring the big guns, Rackspace did most of its own lobbying on Capitol Hill, said retired longtime Congressman Charlie Gonzalez.

“The way I remember it is that they ran a lot of their own interference” during the SOPA fight, Gonzalez said. “You had officers — that are Rackspace officers — that were contacting, meeting with staff, talking with me and such.”

But, Schoenbaum said, “Rackspace executives are as involved in legislative matters on an as-needed basis, but they spend a very small fraction of their time on legislative issues.”

SOPA died in early 2012

Now, Rackspace says it’s maintaining its presence in Washington to support a variety of efforts, including making changes to how the United States awards and enforces patents.

The fight over patents has been one of the driving issues in the technology community in the past few years, as litigation over who owns what rights to which technologies has dominated the industry. Under current law, if a company receives a patent, it has exclusive control of whatever technology it patented for 17 years.

“A patent can be like a monopoly on a whole area of technology,” said Daniel Nazer, an attorney and policy analyst with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which campaigns for consumer rights and protections online. “So if a patent is too broad or shouldn’t have been issued, it can really lock up people’s ability to compete and create.”

A burning topic in debates over patent reform has been “patent trolls” — individuals or companies that specialize in acquiring patents and suing other companies that use technology covered by patents they own, a practice known as “patent trolling.”

For instance, clothing retailer J.C. Penney has been sued more two dozen times for patent infringement in the past few years for a variety of reasons, including that there are drop-down menus on the company’s website, Nazer said.

He said patent trolls are now responsible for about 60 percent of patent litigation, up from about 5 percent 10 years ago, and that about 5,000 companies are sued every year for alleged patent infringement. And because the cost of defending a patent lawsuit costs nearly $2 million on average, Nazer said that most of the time, companies will settle to make the antagonist go away.

Schoenbaum said patent trolls are responsible for the bulk of Rackspace’s litigation costs, though he wouldn’t put a dollar figure on how much they cost the company. Rackspace did not disclose how much it spends on litigation in its most recent annual report, filed March 1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Rackspace, the EFF and others have backed a bipartisan bill — known as the SHIELD Act — that would make patent trolls pick up the tab for the legal bills that defendants incur if the trolls lose in court.

In February, President Barack Obama called for additional patent reform to stop trolling.

“The SHIELD Act is designed to level the playing field and take away the trolls’ unfair advantage,” Schoenbaum wrote in a blog post on Rackspace’s website.

He then urged friends and customers of Rackspace to lobby their members of Congress to support the measure.

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March 19, 2013 | News, Press Releases, Statements

The Internet Association Statement on Bipartisan Leahy-Lee ECPA Reform Bill ECPA law must be updated for the digital age

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Internet Association, the unified voice of the Internet economy, representing the interests of leading global Internet companies including Airbnb, Amazon.com, AOL, eBay, Expedia, Facebook, Google, IAC, LinkedIn, Monster Worldwide, Rackspace, salesforce.com, TripAdvisor, Yahoo!, and Zynga, issued the following statement regarding Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) introducing a bill today that would reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). The Internet Association supports updating the ECPA privacy law.

“America’s online privacy law was written 30 years ago, before the birth of the modern Internet. Currently, law enforcement agencies are not required to obtain a warrant to access email and other online documents stored for longer than six months. This analog era law must be updated for the digital age. The Internet Association strongly supports updating our privacy laws to preserve the principle that law enforcement access to online content should require a warrant, no matter where it is stored or for how long .An email in your inbox deserves the same legal protections as a letter in your mailbox.”

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March 19, 2013 | ICYMI, News

ICYMI- The Internet Association Launch Party at Capitale

Famous DC
The Internet Association Launch Party at Capitale
Posted: March 19, 2013 8:21

When you represent big names like Google, Facebook, Amazon, and eBay on the Hill, your launch party is definitely going to attract a cast of characters. The Internet Association (IA) pulled out all the stops for their much anticipated party at Capitale last Thursday, successfully bridging the gap between policy wonks, trendsetters, and the rising DC tech scene. Politico’s Mike Allen, Queen-Bee Heather Podesta, The Pink Line Project’s Philippa Hughes, a few of the BYT cast, and a few rouge Hill interns chewed the fat (actually, the sushi) with MOC’s and CEO’s like Rep. Paulson, Rep. Upton, and IA’s own Michael Beckerman. Rep. Judy Chu was also spotted tagging on the virtual “graffiti wall.”

While the Hill players were out in full swing, this wasn’t your standard cubed cheese and warm chardonnay reception in the Ag room. The IA party pulled out the stops with an open bar, sushi, and the most precious baby cupcakes you’ve ever seen. Daft Punk was playing while OnomonoMEDIA’s photobooth was crawling with people all night, because we all know—pics or it didn’t happen.

We were so impressed with IA’s DuPont Small Business Crawl in honor of Social Media Week last month, we knew their launch party wouldn’t disappoint. If you don’t know about The Internet Association, it’d be a good idea to get familiar with them pretty quick. Follow them on twitter @InternetAssn.

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March 15, 2013 | ICYMI, News

ICYMI- Partygoers Pick up Spray Paint

Fishbowl DC- Media Bistro
Partygoers Pick up Spray Paint
Posted: March 15, 2013 4:19 PM

At last night’s launch of The Internet Association, the turnout was cooler than one might think for such a geeky subject matter.

Hot spots at the party included the sushi table and the video graffiti wall, where you could insert yourself via green screen into the White House and the Capitol and then spray paint it with cans of virtual video spray paint. Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) was seen getting her virtual spray paint on.

Michael Beckerman, the Association’s alluring founder, opened his remarks by frightening guests, saying that the next portion of the evening was going to be an hour-long powerpoint presentation detailing the history of the Internet since the 1800s. He was thankfully kidding. Speeches were kept to a bare minimum. Drinks included the Dial-Up, a twist on an Old Fashioned and the Uploaded, a fruity pomegranate martini.

See who attended the party publicized by BrandLinkDC.

 

 

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March 15, 2013 | ICYMI, News

ICYMI- Broadband & Beltway Combine At The Internet Association Launch Party

Revamp.com
Broadband & Beltway Combine At The Internet Association Launch Party
Posted: March 15, 2013 15:20

(L-R) ObjectVideo CEO Raul Fernandez, Internet Association President & CEO Michael Beckerman, and venture capitalist Andrea Kaufman.

(L-R) ObjectVideo CEO Raul Fernandez, Internet Association President & CEO Michael Beckerman, and venture capitalist Andrea Kaufman.

NORTHWEST — In his 2013 State of the Union, President Obama made his case to the American people for a reformed immigration system that would attract “highly-skilled entrepreneurs and engineers that will help create jobs and grow our economy”. Around the same time, over a dozen of America’s leading Internet companies were in the process of organizing a new Washington-based trade organization that would serve as “the unified voice of the Internet economy.”

Because, while to most people, the Internet is just a tool through which they can play games, buy clothes, book a trip or post a picture, to the Googles, Amazons, eBays, Zyngas, and Facebooks of the world, the Internet represents billions of dollars in commerce and employment for millions of highly skilled workers.

Legislative issues surrounding immigration, copyright reform, and data privacy, among countless others, therefore have a real impact on these companies.

Enter The Internet Association, which was created to ensure that the voice of the Internet industry is heard by members of Congress and administration officials when new legislation is being drafted.

And the newly formed nonprofit, which was founded in September 2012, finally got a proper launch party early Thursday evening during a private event held at K Street’s Capitale.

Over bites of sushi and passed desserts, some two hundred of the District’s technology and political powerbrokers, including close to a dozen Congressmen, mixed and mingled in the heavily attended party.

Despite the weighty issues being discussed, fun was at the forefront of the night, with guests invited to interact with a variety of entertaining activities, including a virtual graffiti wall and a “green screen” photobooth.

Even the music boasted a technology component, with DJ Neekola wirelessly mixing the party’s playlist in real time from an iPad as she walked the room and took requests from attendees.

A good example of government going geek.

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To see all the photos from the event, click here. 

March 15, 2013 | ICYMI, News

ICYMI- Kate Upton’s Uncle, Google’s Adam Kovacevich: D.C. Scene

Bloomberg Business Week
Kate Upton’s Uncle, Google’s Adam Kovacevich: D.C. Scene
Posted March 15, 2013 8:48

Internet Association Party

Congressman Fred Upton, Michigan Republican, Heather Podesta, a self-employed lobbyist, and Michael Beckerman, president and chief executive officer of the Internet Association. Photographer: Stephanie Green/Bloomberg

“Bring your iPad!” said Republican Congressman Fred Upton of Michigan.

That was his advice to members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which he serves as chairman.

At a party hosted by the Internet Association last night, he said that under his direction the committee went “paperless” two weeks ago. He now relies on the Internet more than ever, and he feels “naked” without his BlackBerry.

He’s also known around town for being the uncle of Sports Illustrated cover model Kate Upton.

“She lives right down the street from me in Michigan,” he said. “She’s got great poise.”

He and his fellow committee member George Holding, a North Carolina Republican, came out to Capitale on K Street to celebrate the Internet Association, a trade organization started last September to work for major internet companies such as Facebook and Google.

Google was represented by Adam Kovacevich, head of competition public policy and public affairs, and Pablo Chavez, the company’s director of public policy.

Chavez talked with Matthew Hussey, an associate policy chief in the Federal Communications Commission’s Office of Engineering and Technology.

Holding said he likes scouring EBay for old books. “I’m a savvy bidder,” he said.

The legislators were joined by Democratic Congressman Jerrold Nadler of New York.

IPad DJ

DJ Neekola spun tunes wirelessly from her iPad. The cocktail of choice was the “Dial Up,” a kicky take on the Old- Fashioned. California rolls, which someone in the crowd cracked were “Silicon Valley” rolls, were nibbled from a table anchored by pink orchids.

Lobbyist Heather Podesta, sporting pale-blue nail polish, said her favorite site was Pandora: “I’m obsessed.” Verizon’s senior vice president of federal government relations echoed her enthusiasm for the music site, adding that he likes to work out to its tracks.

Cary Sherman, chairman and chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America, said he was a fan of Spotify.

Other guests included Jean Roehrenbeck, legislative director for Congressman Mike Doyle, the Pennsylvania Democrat, and Neil Fried, senior telecommunications counsel to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

(Stephanie Green is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)

Muse highlights include Scott Reyburn on art, Greg Evans and Craig Seligman on movies.

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March 14, 2013 | Letters, News, Other

Tech Immigration Letter

Excerpt: One of the biggest economic challenges facing our nation is the need for more qualified, highly-skilled professionals, domestic and foreign, who can create jobs and immediately contribute to and improve our economy. As leaders of technology companies from around the country, we want to thank you for your sincere efforts in addressing high skilled immigration and we urge that you and your colleagues enact reform legislation this year.

To read the Internet Association’s letter, click here.

 

March 14, 2013 | ICYMI, News

Could This Man Lure You to a Party?

Fishbowl DC- Media Bistro
This Man Lure You to a Party?
Posted: March 14, 2013 11:55

Organizers and observers are already semi-drooling over Michael Beckerman, CEO of The Internet Association, which is aiming to be the unified voice of the Internet economy .

The organization celebrates its launch tonight at Capitale on K Street. Handling the event is BrandLinkDC for those who wish to see him in the flesh. But be forewarned: He isn’t married, but has a serious girlfriend, so behave appropriately.

A former Capitol Hill rat, Beckerman was previously deputy staff director for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, policy director for Rep. Fred Upton and a legislative director for Congressman Mike Conaway

The Association’s members include Yahoo!, Amazon, TripAdvisor, Linkedin, Monster, airbnb, Expedia, ebay and more.

“The largest foe is just a misunderstanding of how the Internet works,” Beckerman, not just a pretty face, told Adweek in an interview late last year. “Individual companies are better suited in dealing with their users and customers than the government. Laws and regulations get written based on what we know today and aren’t mindful of innovations that might occur a year or five years from now.”

The party runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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March 14, 2013 | ICYMI, News

ICYMI- Over 100 Leading Tech Executives Urge President Obama and Congress to Enact High-Skilled Immigration Reform

Tech  Net
Over 100 Leading Tech Executives Urge President Obama and Congress to Enact High-Skilled Immigration Reform
Posted: March 14, 2013

Washington, DC – More than 100 executives from the technology sector and leading innovation advocacy organizations today called on President Obama and Congress to approve legislation this year to reform America’s high-skilled immigration system.

In a letter organized by TechNet, the bipartisan policy and political network of technology CEOs that promotes the growth of the innovation economy, the executives wrote to the President and Congressional leadership to call for reforms to enable a more open and flexible U.S. immigration system to embrace highly-skilled workers.

The following is the text of the letter from leading technology executives:

“One of the biggest economic challenges facing our nation is the need for more qualified, highly-skilled professionals, domestic and foreign, who can create jobs and immediately contribute to and improve our economy. As leaders of technology companies from around the country, we want to thank you for your sincere efforts in addressing high skilled immigration and we urge that you and your colleagues enact reform legislation this year.

 “As you know, the United States has a long history of welcoming talented, hard- working people to our shores. Immigrant entrepreneurs have gone on to found thousands of companies with household names like eBay, Google, PayPal and Yahoo! to name just a few. These companies provide jobs, drive economic growth and generate tax revenue at all levels of government.

 “Yet because our current immigration system is outdated and inefficient, many high- skilled immigrants who want to stay in America are forced to leave because they are unable to obtain permanent visas. Some do not bother to come in the first place. This is often due to visa shortages, long waits for green cards, and lack of mobility. We believe that numerical levels and categories for high-skilled nonimmigrant and immigrant visas should be responsive to market needs and, where appropriate, include mechanisms to fluctuate based on objective standards. In addition, spouses and children should not be counted against the cap of high-skilled immigrant visas. There should not be a marriage or family penalty.

 “According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are tens of thousands of unfilled jobs requiring highly skilled individuals. Four high-tech companies alone – IBM, Intel, Microsoft and Oracle – have combined 10,000 openings in the United States. Each one of these jobs has the potential to create many others, directly and indirectly. Bipartisan legislation currently introduced in the Senate, such as The Immigration Innovation Act of 2013, and the Start-Up Visa Act, will encourage innovation here in the U.S. by allowing American companies and entrepreneurs to have access to the talented workers they need while simultaneously investing in STEM education here in the U.S. We know what it will take to keep America in a position of global leadership. We know that when America is leading, our economic growth follows to the benefit of our nation’s workforce.

“We call on you to address the need for more qualified, highly-skilled professionals, domestic and foreign, and to enact immigration reform this year. We look forward to working with you and your colleagues in a bipartisan way as we move forward in our common interest.”

The following executives have signed on to the letter:

  • Jim Breyer, Partner, Accel Partners
  • Khaled Naim, Co-Founder and CEO, Addy Inc.
  • Eric Davidson, President, American Automation & Communications, Inc.
  • Bob Abernethy, President, American Standard Development Company
  • Pablo Diaz-Gutierrez, CTO, Appfluence LLC
  • Mike Splinter, CEO, Applied Materials
  • Robert Nelsen, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, ARCH Venture Partners
  • Jonathan Zuck, President, Association for Competitive Technology
  • Randall Stephenson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AT&T
  • Michael Pope, President, Audio Video Interiors, Inc.
  • Jim Wunderman, President and CEO, Bay Area Council
  • KR Sridhar, CEO, Bloom Energy
  • Ralph Dangelmaier, CEO and President, BlueSnap
  • David Hagan, President and CEO, Boingo Wireless
  • Bernard Yoo, Co-founder, Bombfell, Inc.
  • Robert Holleyman, President and CEO, BSA | The Software Alliance
  • John Chambers, CEO, Cisco
  • Todd Thibodeaux, CEO, CompTIA
  • Paige Rasid, COO, Connecticut Technology Council
  • Gary Shapiro, CEO and President, Consumer Electronics Association
  • Gary Yacoubian, Past Chairman, Consumer Electronics Association
  • Edward Aten, Founder and CEO, CopThis, Inc.
  • Cherian Thomas, Co-founder and CEO, Cucumbertown
  • Michael Baker, CEO, DataXu, Inc.
  • Don Means, Founder and Principal, Digital Village
  • John Donahoe, CEO, eBay, Inc.
  • Fabio Rosati, President and CEO, Elance, Inc.
  • Timothy Healy, CEO, EnerNOC, Inc.
  • Kevin Hartz, CEO, Eventbrite
  • Mark Zuckerberg, Cofounder, Chairman and CEO, Facebook
  • John McAdam, President and CEO, F5 Networks Inc.
  • Randy Fry, President, Fry’s Electronics, Inc.
  • David Inns, CEO, GreatCall Inc.
  • Gagan Biyani, Co-Founder, Growth Hackers Conference
  • Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google
  • Jindou Lee, Founder, Happy Inspector
  • Koichi Fujikawa, Co-founder, Hapyrus Inc.
  • Meg Whitman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hewlett-Packard Company
  • Robert Struble, President and CEO, iBiquity Digital Corporation
  • James Hamilton, CEO, Identity Ventures LLC
  • Fred Hoch, CEO, Illinois Technology Association
  • Dean Garfield, President and CEO, Information Technology Industry Council
  • Paul Otellini, CEO, Intel
  • Adriane Brown, President and COO, Intellectual Ventures
  • Peter Corbett, Founder and CEO, iStrategyLabs
  • Mitchell Gaynor, Executive Vice President, Secretary, & General Counsel, Juniper Networks
  • Vitaly Golomb, CEO, Keen Systems
  • John Doerr, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  • Shaun Cross, CEO, Lee & Hayes
  • George Nethercutt, Of Counsel, Lee & Hayes
  • Marty Beard, CEO, LiveOps, Inc.
  • Jake Sigal, CEO, Livio
  • John Hering, CEO, Lookout, Inc.
  • Karl Sun, CEO, Lucid Software Inc.
  • Matt McIlwain, Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group
  • Tom Savage, Vice President, Global Legal Affairs and Governmental Policy, Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.
  • Tom Hopcroft, CEO, Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council
  • Sagar Mehta, CTO, Meet Mikey
  • Bradford L.  Smith, General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft
  • Ted Smith, CEO, MIND Research
  • Loyd Ivey, CEO, Mitek Electronics & Communications Group
  • Bob Greifeld, Chief Executive Officer, NASDAQ OMX
  • Mark Heesen, President, National Venture Capital Association
  • Fred Kocher, President, New Hampshire High Tech Council
  • Maxine Ballen, CEO, New Jersey Technology Association
  • Erik K. Grummelmann, Ph.D., Executive Director, New York Technology Council
  • Brooks Raiford, CEO, North Carolina Technology Association
  • Safra Catz, President and CFO, Oracle
  • Peter Craig, Chairman, Orange County Technology Alliance
  • Joseph Taylor, Chairman and CEO, Panasonic Corporation of North America
  • Alan Wells, CEO, Pocket Labs, Inc.
  • Paul Lambert, President, Point B Management Consulting
  • Joshua Marti, CEO, Point Inside Inc.
  • Maryse Thomas, CEO, Pokeware
  • Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Qualcomm Incorporated
  • Timothy Lipton, Co-Founder and CFO, ReAllocate, Inc.
  • Kim Folsom, CEO, Reel Qualified, Inc.
  • Steve Case, Chairman and CEO, Revolution LLC
  • Jean-Sebastien Boulanger, CTO, Rewardli Inc.
  • Kathie Shields, Executive Director, Rhode Island Tech Collective
  • Michael Pope, President, Safety Technologies, Inc.
  • Kate Mitchell, Partner, Scale Venture Partners
  • Brian Toohey, CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association
  • Greg Becker, President and CEO, Silicon Valley Bank
  • Carl Guardino, President and CEO, Silicon Valley Leadership Group
  • Benoit Passot, CEO, SimPolaris
  • Brent Frei, Chairman, Smartsheet
  • Jim Weldon, CEO, Solar Junction
  • Michael Mayernick, Co-founder, Spinnakr
  • Daniel Pidgeon, Chairman, Starpower
  • Ron Conway, Partner, SV Angels
  • Aart de Geus, Chairman and Co-CEO, Synopsys, Inc.
  • Heather Kenyon, CEO, Tampa Bay Technology Forum
  • Mary Hale, CFO, Taos Mountain, Inc.
  • Scott Allison, CEO, Teamly Inc.
  • Shawn Osborne, President and CEO, TechAmerica
  • Rey Ramsey, CEO, TechNet
  • Tino Mantella, President, Technology Association of Georgia; Skip Newberry, President, Technology Association of Oregon
  • Doug Young, COO, The ASCII Group
  • Michael Beckerman, President and  CEO, The Internet Association
  • Steven Tiffen, President and CEO, The Tiffen Company
  • Jonathan Swanson, Co-Founder and President, Thumbtack
  • Michael Green, CEO, TipTopMed
  • Ariel Camus, CEO, TouristEye
  • Lew McMurran, Vice President of Government and External Affairs, Washington Technology Industry Association
  • Marissa Mayer, CEO, President and Director, Yahoo!
  • David Rusenko, CEO, Weebly
  • Anush Ramani, CTO, Xola Inc.
  • James Zimmerman, CEO, Xola.com, Stanford Medical Center
  • Mark Pincus, CEO, Zynga

The leading technology associations joining TechNet in this effort include: Association for Competitive Technology; Bay Area Council; Business Software Alliance, Consumer Electronics Association; Information Technology Industry Council; Internet Association; National Venture Capital Association; SEMI, Silicon Valley Leadership Group; and TechAmerica.

A copy of the letter is available here.

Media Contacts:
TechNet:  Jim Hock, 463 Communications, 202-463-0013 ext. 202, moc.364@kcoh.mij
Association for Competitive Technology: Jonathan Godfrey, 202-331-2130,gro.enilnotca@yerfdogj
Bay Area Council:  Rufus Jeffris, 415-946-8725, gro.licnuocaerayab@sirffejr
Business Software Alliance: Randolph Court, gro.asb@chplodnar
Consumer Electronics Association: Laura Hubbard, 703-907-4326, gro.ec@drabbuhl
Information Technology Industry Council: Meghan Fletcher, 202-524-4389,gro.citi@rehctelfm
Internet Association: Betsy Barrett, gro.noitaicossatenretni@ysteb
National Venture Capital Association: Emily Mendell, 610-565-3904, gro.acvn@lledneme
SEMI: Deborah Geiger, 408-943-7988, gro.imes@regiegd
Silicon Valley Leadership Group:  Steve Wright, 408-501-7853, gro.glvs@thgirws
TechAmerica: Stephanie Craig, 202-682-4443, gro.aciremahcet@giarc.einahpetS

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