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.
Monthly Archives: March 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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…
“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.”
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.