Rebecca Fannin

International Business Journalist
Rebecca Fannin, International Business Journalist
  • Founder of Silicon Dragon Ventures
  • One of the first American journalists to write about China’s entrepreneurial boom
  • Writes a weekly column for Forbes
  • Special correspondent for CNBC.com

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Rebecca A. Fannin is a leading expert on global innovation. As a technology writer, author, and media entrepreneur, she began her career as a journalist covering venture capital from Silicon Valley. Following the VC money, she became one of the first American journalists to write about China’s entrepreneurial boom, reporting from Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.

Today, Rebecca pens a weekly column for Forbes, and is a special correspondent for CNBC.com. Rebecca’s journalistic career has taken her to the world’s leading hubs of tech innovation, and her articles have appeared in Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and Inc. magazine, among others.

Rebecca’s 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. She also contributed the Asia chapter to a textbook, Innovation in Emerging Markets (Palgrave Macmillan 2016). Her new book, Tech Titans of China: How China’s Tech Sector is Challenging the World by Working Harder, Innovating Faster & Going Global, which is published by Hachette Book Group, will be launching globally in September 2019. Tech Titans of China is the go-to-guide for companies (and those interested in competition from China) seeking to understand China's grand tech ambitions, who the players are, and what their strategy is.

Inspired by the entrepreneurs she met and interviewed in China, Rebecca became a media entrepreneur herself. In 2010, she formed media and events platform, Silicon Dragon Ventures, which publishes a weekly e-newsletter for 30,000 subscribers, produces videos and podcasts, and programs and produces events annually in innovation hubs globally. Rebecca also frequently speaks at major business, tech, and policy forums. 

She resides in New York City and San Francisco, and logs major frequent flier miles in her grassroots search to cover the next, new thing.

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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?

Go East, Young Entrepreneur! America is losing its best and brightest to Asia’s emerging markets as job losses mount in the US while China and India lead the way in attracting top talent. How can the US continue to keep an innovative edge when college graduates, entrepreneurs, investment bankers, lawyers, engineers, and professionals of all types find that they cannot resist the call of better opportunities in fast-growth Asia. Restrictive visa policies in the US add to a “brain drain” from Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley to Beijing, Bangalore and other Asian hot spots. 

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. 

Stopping Reverse Brain Drain. America is suffering from a ‘reverse brain drain’ as the best and brightest young professional talent hop over to Asia’s emerging markets for new, fast-growth opportunities. Restrictive visa policies in the US have escalated the problem as well-trained Chinese and Indian graduates of top universities return to their homelands. By just about any measure—job growth, new patents, research and development spending, software parks, venture capital investment, number of new start-ups, mobile communications, tech adoption, scientific breakthroughs, and entrepreneurial billionaires—China and India are beginning to close the innovation gap with the US How can America keep its innovative edge and keep churning out the kinds of Steve Jobs-like ideas the whole world looks up to?

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