Gary Shapiro

President and CEO, Consumer Technology Association

Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,000 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


Why a Border Tax is a Tax on Middle America

A proposal by House Republicans to reduce the corporate tax rate — the highest in the developed world — is an admirable attempt to make the U.S. more competitive, but combining the plan with a border adjustment tax is not the right path forward.

Trump and Tech’s Intertwined Goals

The tech leaders invited to Wednesday’s meeting with President-elect Donald Trump collectively represent more than 1.3 million U.S. jobs and have a total market capitalization of $2.9 trillion. In short, they are critical to our country’s economic success. While the tech industry did not openly support Trump in this election cycle, technology is not political by nature.

Politics Aside, American Voters Favor Free Trade

Trade has become the enemy in this political cycle. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have backed away from supporting trade agreements — ironic, because as president, Bill Clinton signed some of the most important trade deals of our time, and Trump’s empire relies on free trade to manufacture and sell his Trump-branded products.

Why Our Presidential Candidates Should Support Free Trade

Over the past five decades, ill-conceived, uninformed notions about trade have grown stronger and louder with every deal negotiated. Today, this opposition is culminating before our eyes in the 2016 presidential primaries with unprecedented attacks by candidates from both political parties. Opposition to free trade deals on the left is unsurprising. The Democratic Party has […]

Why Our Immigration Debate is an International Embarrassment

  Alain Juppe is the mayor of Bordeaux, France, and a former French prime minister. He’s also the leader considered most likely to become the next president of the country. Recently, Juppe and I had a chance to connect over dinner while I was in France for business. Our tablemates included an impressive group of European leaders. But […]

It’s Time for Business to Stand Up and Do What’s Right for America

Compare the stump speeches of the 2016 presidential candidates, and you get the sense of an attack — from the left and the right — on business. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) demonizes business and wants to take money from successful Americans. His chief rival, Hillary Clinton, pushes hard for programs that would overregulate business. Donald […]

When Did Business Become the Enemy?

From the Tea Party to progressives, Donald Trump to the president, American businesses are being skewered. They’re lambasted as unpatriotic for pushing American profits overseas and corporate inversion, greedy for paying huge CEO salaries while laying off workers, and unscrupulous for “buying” Washington tax loopholes and other favors. It’s difficult to disagree. Financial firms caused our […]