Gary Shapiro

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Gary Shapiro
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Nationality American
Occupation Lawyer, writer and businessman
Known for Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Companies and The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream

Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, which represents more than 2,200 tech companies and owns and produces CES - The Global Stage for Innovation. Shapiro authored of the New York Times best-selling book[1] s Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses[2] and The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream.[3] Through these books, media interviews,[4] and hundreds of opinion pieces in publications such as The Wall Street Journal,[5] The New York Times[6] and The Washington Post,[7] Shapiro explains the economic importance of innovation. He is considered an “influencer[8]” on LinkedIn, and is a highly sought-after speaker, having taken the stage at conferences including DLD,[9] Milken,[10] The Next Web[11] and SXSW.[12]


Gary Shapiro with CTA's 2016 Digital Patriots Sen. Corey Booker and Rep. Blake Farenthold, in Washington, D.C.

Shapiro holds a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the Binghamton University, where he majored in economics and psychology.

Prior to joining CTA in 1982, Shapiro was an associate at the law firm of Squire, Sanders and Dempsey.[13] He also worked as a legislative aide on Capitol Hill.[14][15][16]

Shapiro helped found and chaired the HDTV Model Station, and has served on the board of the Advanced Television Test Center.[16] He co-founded and chaired the HDTV Model Station, served as a leader of the Advanced Television Test Center (ATTC) and is a charter inductee to the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers, receiving its highest award as the industry leader most influential in advancing HDTV.

Shapiro is chairman of the Home Recording Rights Coalition.[17][16] The HRRC is a nonprofit advocacy organization in the United States whose mission is to protect the right of consumers to view, listen to and record radio and television broadcasts. Founded in 1981 in response to the Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc. case, the group more recently has urged the U.S. Congress and Federal Communications Commission to prevent for-profit corporations and their trade organizations (like the Motion Picture Association of America and Recording Industry Association of America) from eroding or even destroying the private, in-home "fair use" recording of new digital audio and video technologies.

While Shapiro was at Georgetown, J. Edward Day, a senior partner at Squire, began to mentor Shapiro. He instructed Shapiro to begin monitoring developments in the Sony case. The case was filed to prevent Sony and retailers from making and selling video cassette recorders. Movie studios claimed the exclusive right to copy their works and said Sony was contributing to copyright infringement by allowing consumers to record broadcast television using VCRs. In 1979, a federal district court rejected the movie industry's claims. This decision was appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which held that the VCR was an illegal product. Sony and the other defendants appealed to the United States Supreme Court.[15][16][18]

The decision by the Ninth Circuit against Sony spurred a group of retailers, consumer groups and manufacturers, such as 3M, General Electric and RCA, to start weekly meetings in order to coordinate their fight against the verdict. These meetings quickly resulted in the creation of the HRRC. As chairman of the coalition, Shapiro has testified before Congress and has helped ensure the growth of the video rental market, VCRs, home computers, and audio-recording equipment, including MP3 technology.[15]

Public service and recognition[edit]

Shapiro testified on a Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee hearing on the risks to innovation caused by over-regulation.[19] In 2015 and 2016, The Hill[20] named Shapiro “one of the most influential lobbyists” in Washington, D.C. In 2015, Shapiro was named one of DC Inno's 50 on Fire[21] of DC Government and Advocacy. Shapiro has been repeatedly named one of the 100 most influential people in Washington by Washington Life magazine and a Tech Titan by Washingtonian magazine. He was inducted into the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers and in 2003 received its highest award as the industry leader most influential in advancing HDTV.[14] He has held many exhibition industry leadership posts and received the IAEE Pinnacle Award. In 2004, the Anti-Defamation League honored Shapiro with its American Heritage Award at its annual dinner in recognition of his "long commitment to the humanitarian goals of civil rights and justice."[16][22][23]

Shapiro sits on the State Department's Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy,[24] the No Labels Executive Council, the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore Board of Directors and the American Enterprise Institute Global Internet Strategy Advisory Board.[25] He has served on the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Technology Council,[26] the Economic Club of Washington,[27] the Commonwealth of Virginia's Commission on Information Technology, which created policy positions for using the internet as a medium for business, and on the Board of Visitors of George Mason University. He has also been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a “mastermind” for his initiative in helping to create the Industry Cooperative for Ozone Layer Protection (ICOLP).


Shapiro divorced and later remarried. He has two sons with his second wife, Dr. Susan Malinowski,[28] and two sons from a previous marriage.[15][29]


  • The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream (2011)
  • Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses (2015)


  1. ^ "Best Sellers – The New York Times". Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  2. ^ Shapiro, Gary (2015-01-06). Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World's Most Successful Businesses (Reprint ed.). New York: William Morrow Paperbacks. ISBN 9780062242334. 
  3. ^ The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream (1 ed.). Beaufort Books. 2011-01-10. ISBN 9780825305627. 
  4. ^ "Should jobs at high-tech firms go to Americans first?". Fox Business. 2015-08-18. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  5. ^ "Gary Shapiro: 'Great Minds Discuss Ideas'". 2013-05-03. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  6. ^ "Using Hands-Free Devices to Chat and Drive". The New York Times. 2013-07-04. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  7. ^ Shapiro, Gary (2015-08-26). "Counting on government to protect cars from hackers isn't our best option". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  8. ^ "Gary Shapiro | LinkedIn". Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  9. ^ "Gary Shapiro". DLD Conference. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  10. ^ "Global Conference 2015 Speaker: Gary Shapiro". Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  11. ^ The Next Web (2013-05-03), Keynote Gary Shapiro: Ninja Innovation, at The Next Web Conference Europe 2013 | The Next Web, retrieved 2016-04-25 
  12. ^ "SXSW 2016 Event Schedule: Be the Next Tony Stark". SXSW Schedule 2016. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  13. ^ "Computer History Museum's Oral History of Gary Shaprio" (PDF). 
  14. ^ a b "Best-Selling Blueprint for Economic Recovery: The Come-back Now Available as Audio Book" (Press release). Consumer Electronics Association. January 10, 2012. 
  15. ^ a b c d Shapiro, Gary (2011). The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream. Beaufort Books. p. 224. ISBN 0825305624. 
  16. ^ a b c d e "Board of Directors". Northern Virginia Technology Council. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  17. ^ "Blueprint for Economic Recovery, The Comeback, Debuts as New York Times Bestseller | Business Wire". Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  18. ^ Steve Smith (October 28, 2002). "Shapiro Outlines CEA's Copy Protection View". This Week In Consumer Electronics. 
  19. ^ "A Growth Agenda: Reducing Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens". U.S. Senate Committee On Commerce, Science, & Transportation. Retrieved 2017-09-27. 
  20. ^ Dickson, Rebecca (2016-11-02). "Top Lobbyists 2016: Associations". TheHill. Retrieved 2017-09-27. 
  21. ^ Inno, DC. "DC Inno Announces the Winners of the 3rd Annual 50 on Fire Awards". Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  22. ^ "ADL HONORS TOP ELECTRONICS, APPLIANCES EXECS; Anti-Defamation Leagueawards; Jerry Throgmartin of Gregg Appliances Inc.; Dick Komiyama ofSony Electronics Inc.; Noel Lee of Monster Cable Products Inc.; Brief Article". HFN The Weekly Newspaper of the Home Furnishing Network. November 21, 2005. 
  23. ^ "Anti-Defamation League honored Shapiro with its American Heritage Award" (Press release). Anti-Defamation League. April 5, 2004. 
  24. ^ "Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy Membership List". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  25. ^ "GIS National Advisory Board". AEI. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  26. ^ "Board of Directors | Northern Virginia Technology Council". Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  27. ^ "Economic Club of Washington 2015 Annual Report" (PDF). 
  28. ^ "Susan Malinowski, Gary Shapiro". The New York Times. 2004-09-12. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-09-27. 
  29. ^ "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS; Susan Malinowski, Gary Shapiro". The New York Times. September 12, 2004. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 

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