Founder/Editor at Silicon Dragon & Forbes
Rebecca A. Fannin is an editor, author and expert on global innovation and investment trends. She leads Silicon Dragon Ventures, a news, events and research group formed in 2010 to focus on covering the world’s leading startup hubs. Well known for its series of tech innovation and venture capital forums globally, Silicon Dragon publishes trends, viewpoints and news online, hosts a talk show, and produces a weekly newsletter with a circulation of 20,000.
A contributor to Forbes since 2010, Rebecca writes a weekly online column on technology and startup investments. She also contributes to the Forbes Asia’s Rich List, Women to Watch, and 30 under 30 special reports. Rebecca’s books, Silicon Dragon (McGraw-Hill, 2008) and Startup Asia (John Wiley, 2011), document the rise of a digital economy in Asia’s emerging markets, profiling such leaders as Jack Ma of Alibaba and Robin Li of Baidu. Her books have been translated into Chinese, Vietnamese and Arabic, and have received favorable reviews from the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, China Daily and New York Times. She is a contributing author of the forthcoming Innovation in Emerging Markets (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) with fellow contributors from the World Bank and leading universities.
Highlights of her global journalism career include: editor of the Pulitzer-owned International Business magazine in New York, international editor at Incisive Media’s AVCJ in Hong Kong, and international news editor at Red Herring in San Francisco. Her articles have appeared in Harvard Business Review, BBC Capital, Inc., CEO, Fast Company, The Deal and CNBC, where she has written a China series.
Additionally, Rebecca is the lead writer for the annual KPMG thought leadership report on global technology innovation and has consulted on editorial projects for multinational companies. Rebecca’s public speaking appearances span the World Economic Forum, Asia Society, China Institute, World Affairs Council and NASSCOM as well as talks at many universities and organizations worldwide. She has been interviewed by CCTV, CBC, Discovery Asia, Times of India, China Daily, Bloomberg and CNBC. In 2010, Rebecca provided expert testimony to a U.S. Congressional committee about China’s Internet.