Rebecca Fannin

Journalist, Author & Global Innovation Expert
  • Expert on global innovation and author of four forward-looking books
  • One of the first American journalists to write about China's entrepreneurial boom
  • TV and radio commentator and contributor to CNBC
  • Founder of Silicon Dragon Ventures, focused on tech innovation and investment news and events

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Rebecca A. Fannin is a leading expert on global innovation, and the author of four forward-looking books. She began her journalistic career in New York City and later Silicon Valley, where she followed the venture capital trail to become one of the first American journalists to write about China’s entrepreneurial boom, reporting from Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. 


Inspired by the entrepreneurs she met and interviewed, Rebecca formed Silicon Dragon Ventures, a news and events platform with a weekly e-newsletter, videos, thought leadership reports, a membership club, an online show AskAVC, and regular forums in innovation hubs internationally.


Rebecca’s career has taken her to the world’s leading hubs of tech innovation. She is a contributor at CNBC.com, a Forbes columnist for 10 years, and her articles also have appeared in Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Wired, Techonomy, Inc. and Red Herring, where she was international news editor during the dotcom boom.  

Rebecca's latest book is Silicon Heartland: Transforming The Midwest from Rust Belt to Tech Belt (Imagine/ Penguin Random House). Her first book, Silicon Dragon: How China is Winning the Tech Race (McGraw-Hill 2008), profiled Jack Ma of Alibaba and Robin Li of Baidu, and she has followed these Chinese tech titans ever since. Her second book, Startup Asia (Wiley 2011), explored how India is the next up and comer, which again predicted a leading-edge trend. Additionally, she wrote the Asia chapter for a textbook, Innovation in Emerging Markets (Palgrave Macmillan 2016). Her next book, Tech Titans of China: How China’s Tech Sector is Challenging the World by Working Harder, Innovating Faster & Going Global, was published by Hachette’s Nicholas Brealey in September 2019. Her books have been favorably reviewed by The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times, and translated for multiple markets internationally.   

Rebecca is a frequent speaker at major business, tech, and policy forums, and has spoken at the Brookings Institution, Harvard, MIT, World Economic Forum-China, World Affairs Forum, Asia Society, China Institute, and many others. A media commentator, she has appeared on CNN, CNBC, Fox Business News, BBC, and Bloomberg TV, and has been quoted by The Economist, Wired, and BusinessWeek, among several outlets. In 2001, she provided testimony to a U.S. Congressional committee about China’s Internet. She is an advisory board member of the China-U.S. Business Alliance in New York and a member of the Overseas Press Club.


Rebecca resides in Manhattan and San Francisco, and logs major frequent flier miles in her grassroots search to cover the next, new thing.

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For too long ignored as “flyover country,” the once-mighty Midwest is experiencing a quiet but compelling revolution powered by savvy venture capital, high-tech innovation, entrepreneurial boldness, and good old American moxie. What has been known as the Rust Belt is now developing the shine of a tech belt. 
Restoring the former Heartland region’s vibrancy and prosperity with a social and economic turnaround that is diverse, contemporary, and solidly realized.

The Splinternet. a break in technology standards between China and the rest of the world. Its disruptive impact on global innovations.  

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Impact of US and China policy changes in the tech sector and how multinationals and emerging companies can prepare for a shift in greater scrutiny of cross-border investment flows. 

The biggest misconceptions about China technology innovation. How China has risen from imitator to innovator. How Tencent, Alibaba and a group of newcomers are changing the world order by innovating faster, working harder and going global. 

Is Asia About To Out-Innovate America? Americans have suffered the loss of jobs to East Asia, but have retained an edge in terms of advanced technological innovation. But now, start-up companies are emerging in China, India, Vietnam, Singapore, and Taiwan and are attracting some of the best and brightest from the West to create innovative new ideas and take them to global markets. Can they really do it? What should be the American response?

Top Strategies For Cashing In On Asia’s Innovation Boom. Author Rebecca A. Fannin gives a close-up view into the key growth trends shaping venture capital, and entrepreneurship in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Singapore, and Taipei plus Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. She shows how a new generation is no longer looking to the West for cues but is instead crafting their own local business models and succeeding in tackling the risks of doing business in Asia’s developing markets. Providing case studies from mobile communications, cleantech, social networking, gaming, and biomedical companies in Asia, she shows how Asian upstarts are going global, creating breakthroughs, and heading to Wall Street. 

The rise of Chinese tech titans and impact on global innovation and investment trends. How the U.S. can stay ahead. 

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