CEOs

Tech conferences' spotlight shifts away from product launches

Andy Rubin debuts the Essential Phone at Code Conference 2017. Photo: Asa Mathat for Vox Media via Getty Images

Not that long ago, what people wanted from a tech conference was to hear from executives about the next shiny object coming down the pipeline.

What's new: Nowadays, tech CEOs aren't talking about what's fresh from their corporate ovens — instead, they're the ones being grilled.

Top CEOs dig in for prolonged trade friction

A businessman digging a trench in the shape of a dollar sign
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

The CEOs of IBM, JPMorgan and Cummins, the major engine manufacturer, have a gloomy outlook on what’s ahead for U.S. business if President Trump doesn’t back down on tariffs.

Why it matters: The executives said at a Business Roundtable event Wednesday that conflict with China is prompting decisions with long-term consequences — like how to shift supply chains — and the effects may show up in the economy, as companies rein in plans for spending and hiring.