Undoubtedly, in light of Apple's push into wearables, and the very low rumors that Apple may move into other areas ( self-driving cars, anyone?), Apple has begun to hire big guns in the lobbying world. Frankly, I cant help but see how this is anything but the future for tech companies across the spectrum. Technology companies – and many non-tech startups, for that matter – are by their very nature disruptive. They are looking for an opportunity to displace bigger players and promote new ways of doing business. Companies like Uber and Airbnb will not be alone for very long in being scrutinized by regulatory agencies from the federal, state, and local level. If the Internet Of Things really takes off as predicted, the regulators will not be able to resist themselves. Increasingly, businesses of all sizes will need some access to the legislative process.