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Reddit Founder Keynotes At CEA Forum

SAN FRANCISCO – A keynote presentation by Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, was among the highlights at the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Fall Forum.

During a luncheon at the event held here in Oc- tober, a variety of news items were stuffed into it, including a vote on its new executive board mem- bers and an update from president/CEO Gary Shapiro.

In his remarks Shapiro projected CE industry manufacturer shipments coming in 6 percent high- er this year, to $200 billion, with another 4 percent gain expected for 2013.

Shapiro added that the CEA added 460 new members this year, and announced the formation of the 4K working group, under the chairmanship of Gary Yacoubian of Specialty Technologies/SV- Sound, to plan how the industry will promote this new format.

Shapiro also announced that he has authored a second book, called “Ninja Innovation,” which chronicles 10 killer strategies from the world’s most successful technology companies. It will de- but at International CES in January.

The 2013 slate of CEA executive board and in- dustry leaders was announced during the lunch, with Jay McLellan of Home Automation becoming chairman of CEA on Jan. 1, replacing Randy Fry of Fry’s Electronics, who remains on the executive board as past chair. Pat Lavelle of Voxx International has been named vice-chairman. (Visit TWICE. com for a complete list of board members.)

Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, regaled the luncheon audience, discussing his involvement in defeating the anti-Internet SOFA and PIPA leg- islation that was before Congress earlier this year, the Internet Freedom bus tour from Denver to St. Louis, his path from the first presidential debate to the vice-presidential debate, to talk Internet free- dom and to highlight successful web startups from the Rockies to the Midwest.

In one of Ohanian’s many quotable quotes, he said, “While the world is round … the world wide web is flat! We need a level playing field for entre- preneurs to thrive … now and in the future.”