New York - Gary Shapiro, president/CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), and now best-selling author of "The Comeback," promoted his book at an appropriate venue Tuesday night: the Samsung Experience at the Time Warner Center.
Shapiro visited with media and assorted guests prior to the main event of the evening, a conversation with technology correspondent Daniel Sieberg.
"The Comeback," which debuted during
in January, and has appeared on the
, discusses the role innovation can play in changing key policy issues -- free-trade agreements, lower corporate taxes, less government spending and open immigration.
Shapiro spoke with Sieberg about many of the issues he discusses in the book, which outlines a strategy for economic recovery that is led by innovation. Shapiro argues in "The Comeback" that America is in decline; the current generation is failing its children by excessive federal spending and a reluctance to make hard choices. And Shapiro is bipartisan by placing blame on both major parties for the current situation, but urging that it is not too late if the U.S. is using innovation as a plan.
In a conversation with TWICE during the reception and in the Q&A with Sieberg, Shapiro commented on recent events in the news.
When asked about the effects of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami on the CE supply chain, he noted, "I've been in touch with [CEA] members. Production of key components [for CE products] have been affected ... but it is still too early to say what the [long-term] effects might be" on the marketplace.
Sieberg asked about the approval of the AT&T / T-Mobile merger, and Shapiro reminded his audience that he started his career as an antitrust lawyer, noting, "Clearly the big winner will be Apple." But he quipped, "I have no idea if [the merger] will be approved."
Shapiro did note that with this type of merger there is always talk of "price fixing" and that, in general, "more competition is better." He thinks that with the approval of the Comcast/NBC Universal merger, anti-merger activists would be "motivated" to block this merger.
But, after "a lot of debate" on the merger, Shapiro believes that there is a "60/40 chance" that the merger will occur.
As for the location of last night's event,
is an interactive showroom -- not a retail store -- at the Time Warner Building that highlights the brand and, more importantly, Samsung's newest products was an excellent backdrop to discuss the concept of innovation.
In a conversation with David Steel, strategic marketing senior VP for Samsung, Shapiro was impressed with the showroom but couldn't believe it was the first time he had visited the location.