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Rebecca Fannin
Rebecca A. Fannin is an international business journalist and author of two influential books, Silicon Dragon: (McGraw-Hill, 2008) and Startup Asia: (John Wiley & Sons, 2011).
With 20 years experience covering global business, innovation and entrepreneurship, in 2009, Ms. Fannin founded news, events and consulting group Silicon Dragon Ventures,
A contributor to Forbes for three years, Rebecca previously was international news editor at Red Herring (1999-2002), international editor at Incisive Media in Hong Kong (2003-2009), deputy editor at Advertising Age International (1996-1999) and editor of the Pulitzer-owned International Business (1990-1995). Her work has appeared in Chief Executive magazine, Inc., Wired, The Deal, Worth, Asia Inc. and Time Inc.’s AsiaWeek.
She has written several thought leadership papers for KPMG and Econsultancy on key technology and digital media trends. In 2010, she testified on Capitol Hill about censorship on the Internet in China.
Rebecca began her career as a copy editor at the Dayton Journal Herald, as a Dow Jones intern. She is a graduate of the Ohio University Scripps School of Journalism and a recipient of an Asian studies fellowship.
Combining her love for travel and passion for reporting and writing, Rebecca has been on assignment in many of the world’s capitals. She is a frequent moderator, panelist and presenter and industry events in Asia, Europe and the U.S.
Ms. Fannin is a member of the Overseas Press Club in New York, the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Hong Kong, and the World Affairs Council in San Francisco.
Ms. Fannin grew up in the small U.S. town of Lancaster, Ohio, where her father was an Ohio University professor of history and her mother a kindergarten teacher. Today Ms. Fannin resides in New York City and San Francisco, and travels frequently to Asia. Her website is
Silicon Dragon and Startup Asia are available at

Entries by Rebecca Fannin

Surprising Travel Treats in London and Shanghai

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 4:03 PM

One of the delights of travel, even for business, is discovering new places to explore and enjoy.

Now a lot of people wouldn't associate China with luxury travel or London with good restaurants, but I've found that these old stereotypes are changing. Discovering them with good company can take...

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Boutique Hotels Abroad and Bragging Rights

(1) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 3:19 PM

Sometimes selecting a hotel is not so much about the number of stars it rates, but more about the brand personality.

I've stayed in five-star and budget hotels alike. The greatest difference between these two types is not how much marble there is in the bathroom, but the hotels'...

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Getting Hooked on Huka Falls in New Zealand

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 3:49 PM

One thing about visiting New Zealand, don't do it in a rush! One week is clearly not enough time, even if you're only going to the North Island like I was.

Anxious to see more than Auckland and Wellington on this trip,...

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Changing China: The New Humility

(1) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 4:27 PM

I'm just back from Beijing and recognizing that there is a different China that is unfolding from what I've seen and experienced over the past decade during multiple trips there.

As China's citizenry became more confident, a new assertiveness and, yes rudeness, took hold where it was ok to fight...

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Silicon Valley's Sierra Backyard

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 7:00 AM

California Bay Area residents have all sorts of places nearby as summer weekend getaways. There's Big Sur, Yosemite, Redwood Forests, Half Moon Bay, Pebble Beach and Napa Valley. Nearby Lake Tahoe has normally been reserved for wintertime weekends, when the Sierra Nevadas beckon skiers and snowboarders.

With the economy...

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Westward Ho to Chengdu, China's Tech Frontier

(4) Comments | Posted August 1, 2012 | 7:03 PM

Best known as a place to see pandas, sample spicy Sichuan food, and trek to Tibet, Chengdu is aiming high, trying to take on a new identity as a tech innovation hub in western China, following the lead of Silicon Valleys in Shanghai and Beijing.

This surprisingly modern city...

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Wi-Fi On The Wyoming Range

(2) Comments | Posted July 29, 2012 | 8:30 AM

Today, in our always on world of communications, you can travel to even remote 15,000-acre ranches in Wyoming and still stay connected.

Type-A personalities and workaholics might fear they'll miss a VIP conference call if they take a few days of R&R for some fly fising, horse back riding or...

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Silicon Dragon Takes The Fast Track To Shanghai

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2012 | 7:00 AM

I recently took the high-speed train from Beijing to Shanghai and was surprised by how comfortable and enjoyable this trip of only five hours was.

Though traveling at 186 miles per hour, it's a bit like floating. You can barely feel the train moving, though the rapidly...

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Silicon Dragon VCs Weigh in on Google Quitting China

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2010 | 2:31 PM

My column at Forbes on the real reasons why Google is quitting China has generated a strong response. Check out the comments if you don't believe me. (Click here.)

I asked a number of leading venture capitalists in China and Silicon Valley if they agreed with my premise:...

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Venture Capital Firms Go for Supersize Status

(1) Comments | Posted January 15, 2010 | 3:30 PM

Super-size is the latest trend among venture capital shops that are still capable of raising funds in the current depressed economy. That's how I interpret recent developments such as the NEA's newly raised $2.5 billion fund plus a $1.2 billion fund for Norwest Venture Partners and $1.1 billion for Khosla...

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China Hotels Go for the Upgrade

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2009 | 5:10 PM

The concept of customer service is still fairly new in China. That's most noticeably true if you're traveling on business. Even the five-star hotels in Shanghai and Beijing struggle to train staff in such basics as English-language skills but also etiquette body language and a perennial -- when best to...

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China Venture Heats up Again

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2009 | 2:30 PM

If the recent National Day celebrations in Beijing weren't convincing enough evidence of China's rapid ascendancy on the world stage, then the super-charged spirit among Chinese entrepreneurs and investors in the San Francisco Bay Area had to be. Indeed, during the week-long holiday, seemingly half of China's venture capital community...

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Silicon Valley Takes Off Its Blinders

(8) Comments | Posted August 24, 2009 | 10:17 AM

It's taken a long time, but Silicon Valley has finally taken off its blinders and recognized that there are other tech clusters out there. Today, nearly every venture capital firm along the famed Sand Hill Road is in China, India -- or both. Bring up the topic of Asia tech...

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Sarah Palin and My Hometown

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2008 | 4:59 PM

McCain's presidential running mate Sarah Palin "packed a punch" at her convention speech -- and mentioned my hometown of Lancaster, Ohio! I had no idea that a Lancaster area resident -- former Air Force fighter pilot Tom Moe -- was a fellow prisoner of war with McCain at the Hanoi...

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Olympics Web 2.0? Not So Fast!

(1) Comments | Posted August 22, 2008 | 3:58 PM

The Beijing Games were billed as the world's first web 2.0 Olympics -- the time when social networking over the Internet and video streaming would shine as they reflected China's glory of hosting this grand event. But I found it not so.

Facebook was slow and often not accessible. Email...

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Living High: 3-Day Beijing Weekend

(2) Comments | Posted August 17, 2008 | 9:15 PM

What a whirlwind weekend in Beijing! While everyone was at the Games and the city was empty, I took a close-up tour of a few of the city's trendy new spots. Some are copycat ideas, others are purely original--just like the tech startups I write about in Silicon Dragon.

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Beijing Beyond the Village

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2008 | 11:22 AM

It was a week of surprises here in Beijing, where I'm writing about everything BUT what's going on at the Olympics Village. The normally congested city is a ghost town as visitors expected for the Games didn't arrive -- guess they had trouble getting their visas with the tighter security...

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Where's China? Tech Gurus Can't Find it on the Map

(5) Comments | Posted July 28, 2008 | 3:50 PM

China was largely missing from talk at two major conferences in California's Bay Area this week -- the Fortune Brainstorm Tech and the AlwaysOn Summit at Stanford University. Yet China is emerging as a tech trend-setter.

Instead, it was Twitter, clean tech and cloud computing that took the spotlight...

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Why Ohio Needs China's Fertilizer

(18) Comments | Posted July 7, 2008 | 7:35 PM

Just about every Fourth of July, I make the trek from New York City to my home state of Ohio. This year, I made this journey with fresh eyes, having spent a good deal of time in the booming economy of China in recent months.

It's always a bit...

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Staying Connected at the Olympics

(1) Comments | Posted June 23, 2008 | 2:38 PM

One place that could surely use a technology upgrade is the Chinese Consulate in New York City. With the Olympics in Beijing fast approaching, the line of people applying for visas snakes out the door and halfway down the block on Manhattan's W. 42nd Street.

Recent rules changes for...

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