Gary Shapiro

Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,200 consumer electronics companies, and author of the New York Times best-selling books, Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses and The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream. His views are his own. Connect with him on Twitter: @GaryShapiro.

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Vive la Liberté! Why Freedom-Loving America Needs France in the Future

 

This past week, I had the privilege of hearing French President Emmanuel Macron’s speech to a joint session of Congress. In my previous meetings with Macron at CES® in Las Vegas and CES Unveiled Paris, I was impressed by his drive, eloquence and, above all, by his vision for France in the coming decades. Wednesday’s […]

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The Economy Is Booming

 

I did not support Donald Trump for president. I recall arguing with some of my pro-Trump Consumer Technology Association (CTA) board members in 2016 — smart business leaders who were convinced that as president, Trump would drive U.S. economic growth. I was skeptical and focused on Trump’s personal, divisive attacks. But within hours of Trump […]

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We Must Come Together as a Nation

 

President Trump is an unusual president. In his August 21 primetime address on Afghanistan, he reminded us he likes following his instincts. And his gut often trumps expert advice. Trump views his unpredictability as an asset. And it certainly has worked for him in business and in his surprising ascendancy to the presidency. Americans are divided, but […]

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Why Macron and Trump Need Each Other to Succeed

 

When French President Emmanuel Macron greeted President Trump in Paris on Thursday, their handshake was warm and heartfelt. Their awkward first handshake is behind them, and they have much in common. Both leaders are fairly new to politics. Their greatest qualifications are their business success, charisma and their belief in speaking truth to power. Both […]

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Firing Comey Proved Trump Acts Like America’s CEO

 

President Trump deserves credit for taking quick and decisive action in firing FBI Director James Comey. Every CEO knows that once it’s clear a top executive must move on, it’s best to act immediately. If you don’t trust someone, if they use bad judgment, or if they are hurting the enterprise, then every day of […]

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Ivanka Is the Business-Savvy Feminist We Need in the White House

 

During a panel with other female global leaders in Germany last week, Ivanka Trump responded with poise as she discussed the controversy surrounding her defense of her father regarding his comments on women. “I grew up in a house where there was no barrier to what I could accomplish beyond my own perseverance and tenacity,” […]

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A Check-In for President Trump

 

In his first address to Congress, President Trump submitted a self-review of his first few weeks on the job. He summarized the steps he had already taken and the steps that he planned to take to make America great again. It was a highly anticipated speech — and the president more than delivered. He gave […]

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Will Trump Be as Great as Lincoln?

 

As Republican presidential candidates, Abraham Lincoln and Donald Trump shared a passion for big ideas, unconventional oratory, and an establishment that discounted their chances to win. Both were surprise victors who won the Electoral College without getting a majority of the popular vote. Both entered the White House with optimistic supporters but a disdainful and […]

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How Driverless Car Technology Can Save Lives

 

If scientists developed a drug tomorrow that cured 90 percent of all cancer illnesses, would it be right to bring that medical innovation to market even as clinical trials continue? Consider that even what technically would be an “imperfect” cure could save half a million lives a year in the U.S. alone. How could anyone […]

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An Alternative to ‘Picking your Poison’ for President

 

Not in recent memory have both major-party presidential candidates been so roundly disliked. In a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump drew a staggering 70 percent disapproval rating. Hillary Clinton, the Democrats’ choice, didn’t fare much better with a 55 percent unfavorable rating. It’s hard to believe that a country of more than […]

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