Aereo, TMSOFT and Uber Join the Tech Association
Arlington, Va., September 12, 2013 - The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® is proud to welcome Aereo, TMSOFT and Uber as new members of the 2,000-plus member tech association. These companies are among the most innovative in the U.S. and have used disruptive technology to transform established industries. All three companies have faced challenges from entities threatened by and seeking to stifle their innovative technologies and have successfully overcome serious threats to their businesses.
· Aereo - This New York-based tech company allows subscribers to watch live and recorded over-the-air TV content on Internet-connected devices. Since its founding, Aereo has been sued by broadcasters to stop the company from providing its service, claiming the technology is illegal because it retransmits copyrighted programming. However, federal courts appear split on whether the service is legal.
· TMSOFT - The company publishes unique mobile applications for smartphones including sleep aids (such as the extremely successful White Noise app), music visualization and games. This summer, TMSOFT Founder Todd Moore was targeted by the patent troll Lodsys. Moore fought back and has been an outspoken advocate for sensible patent policy.
· Uber - The San Francisco startup company is a mobile application that connects passengers to drivers. Available in more than 35 cities, Uber is rapidly expanding globally. However, in many cities across the U.S., Uber has been victimized by local municipalities attempting to preserve traditional transportation services. While the company continues to face threats, consumer choice and competition have generally ruled in favor of Uber.
The businesses join CEA's long roster of American disruptive technology members including: personalized Internet radio service Pandora; Hopper creator DISH Network; mobile activation startup Phone2Action; and 3D printer manufacturers MakerBot and Formlabs.
"We are excited to welcome these game-changing companies to our association," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. "CEA has a long history and an excellent track record in representing the most innovative companies and technologies challenging the status quo and bringing revolutionary new choices to consumers. New technology companies have historically been targets for incumbent industries and regulators because they threaten the establishment. As history has shown again and again, disruptive innovation is essential for economic growth and for empowering consumers. More than 80 percent of our members are small businesses and we are proud to stand with these disruptive innovators and will continue to advocate on the side of progress."
In the past year, CEA has also opened membership to qualifying startup companies. Startups who meet CEA's criteria can access the benefits of regular CEA membership at a reduced rate of $95 per year (regular membership dues start at $850) if they use priority code CESU13.
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