Morgan Reed

Executive Director, ACT | The App Association

Morgan Reed is a widely respected expert on the intersection of government and technology. Beginning his professional career in Taiwan and China, Morgan brings to ACT the experience of working with foreign governments, telecommunications groups, software manufacturers and small business owners managing the core issues of innovation and intellectual property.

In his role as Executive Director of ACT, Morgan specializes in issues dealing with software development and intellectual property in the digital age. His commentary and insight has been sought by the Senate Commerce Committee, House Judiciary Committee, the Senate High Tech Working Group, the Congressional Caucus on Intellectual Property and Piracy, and numerous state governments. Morgan has been called on as a technology expert for major news networks including MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, and ABC Radio. He is consistently quoted in the trade and popular press, ranging from the Wall Street Journal to Slashdot.

Morgan has authored and contributed to several white papers dealing with applications development and government, including “A Crash Course on Open Source” and “A Software Developer’s Guide to the DMCA.” He was part of the developer team for the Linux Router Project (LEAF), and remains an active Apple and iOS licensed developer.

Morgan’s recent work has focused on developing a “culture of IP” within entrepreneurial organizations, encouraging companies to appropriately value and protect its intellectual property. Morgan has organized a team of IP attorneys, venture capitalists, and successful businessmen to join him on a series of lectures throughout the United States focused on the importance of treating intellectual property as a key business asset. This “Innovators Network” has reached more than 1000 small business members and is growing daily.

Before coming to Washington, Morgan worked for a Taiwan-based trading company specializing in the manufacture of technology products for the U.S. market. He served as managing director of North American sales, handling bilingual contract negotiation. During his time abroad, Morgan gave lectures in both English and Chinese on various aspects of U.S.-China trade, including building and maintaining long term partnerships in Asia.