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Silicon Dragon: How China Is Winning the Tech Race Hardcover – January 18, 2008
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Rebecca Fannin recently crisscrossed China to gauge its digital prospects and the dynamism of its computer-based economy. As she reports in "Silicon Dragon," she spotted a clutch of up-and-coming entrepreneurs and heard echoes of Redwood Drive in places like Beijings Zhongguancun high-tech district. And little wonder. Chinas Steve Jobs wannabes are desperately trying to make up for lost time.
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Rebecca A. Fannin is an internationally recognized author and journalist who has been writing about entrepreneurship and innovation trends for nearly 20 years. Her first book, Silicon Dragon, was published by McGraw-Hill in 2008 and translated into several languages. Her second book, Startup Asia, was published by Wiley in 2011.
Ms. Fannin is a contributor to Forbes.com. During the height of the dotcom boom, she was international news editor at Red Herring. Prior to that, she was an international editor at Ad Age, Incisive Media and International Business.
She writes about business strategies, culture, travel and lifestyles. Her articles have appeared in Inc., Worth, CEO and Fast Company. Additionally, she has penned thought leadership reports on China, tech innovation trends and digital marketing practices for KPMG, Sony Ericsson and Econsultancy.
Ms. Fannin has appeared as a commentator on Fox Business News, Sky TV, CCTV, and radio shows worldwide. Several business publications have highlighted her work and interviewed Rebecca, including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Financial Times.
Ms. Fannin is a dynamic public speaker, and has delivered speeches and led panel discussions at the World Affairs Forum, Asia Society, Always-On, European Technology Roundtable, Vancouver Board of Trade, Overseas Press Club, Foreign Correspondents Club, Tsinghua University and Harvard University.
Originally from Lancaster, Ohio and the daughter of an Ohio University professor and a kindergarten teacher, her career has taken her to live and work in Beijing, Hong Kong, London, San Francisco and New York City.
Top Customer Reviews
As readers go through the 150 pages of easy to read text, they find certain common themes. The first lesson is that a proven business model from the U.S. does not guarantee success in China. Whether it's Alibaba vs. eBay, Dangdang vs. Amazon or Baidu vs. Google, the local version has first mover advantage and can move quickly to localize the business model to ensure acceptance in China.
The established American competitors initially focused on their U.S. market and paid no attention to China. By the time they are ready for China, they attempt to leapfrog via acquisition of a local company. They then make the mistake of replacing the Chinese management team with culturally deaf and dumb managers from home or even move the headquarters back to the U.S. Thus they further handcuff themselves by removing the ability to react quickly to a fast changing market. The book offers many other gems on rules of conduct in China that readers will find useful.
Alas, the subtitle of this book: "How China is Winning the Tech Race" is unfortunately misleading.Read more ›
Fannin (whom I know profesionally) also treads lightly -- some might say too lightly -- over sweeping issues that could have huge consequences, such as challenges from the West over intellectual property or copyright infringement, or the potential strains on the country being placed by a new moneyed entrepreneurial class along the coasts that's leaving peasants to the West out of this industrial revolution. But that may be an unfair complaint.Read more ›
rather, i found she talked from inside, she had intimate interviews with true insiders, she observed with a trained, cool eyes toward important business and technical events, she commented objectively and helpfully on outcomes and policy announcements, she derived and formulate her view of china's past, current, and likely future technological scene based on true insight and, seemingly daring yet believable, hypothesis.
if one forces me to say something 'critical', i'd just say she is too modest and courteous to offer too many strong opinions deem too strong to many of our beloved and famous american venture capitalists :p we could all learn a great deal from her inside view and the interaction she has with those 12 representative entrepreneurs in china.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you go "googling"(not "baidu-ing") the key words "Silicon Dragon", it returns 2 entries on the Amazon. Read morePublished on November 7, 2008 by Tim H. Lin
The entrepreneurial profiles in "Silicon Dragon" are the best depiction of the "real" China that I have read yet. Read morePublished on October 31, 2008 by Edward M. Leonard
Having not only read the book, but having had the pleasure of seeing Ms. Fannin speak on the topics she covers in this book I can attest that her insights are both unique and... Read morePublished on June 4, 2008 by Carsly
Rebecca does a great job capturing the flavor of (largely web) entrepreneurship in China today. This first (or second, depending on perspective) generation of public market aware... Read morePublished on April 2, 2008 by William P. Tai
This is a must read for anyone interested in the future of tech industries, both in China and around the world. Read morePublished on March 5, 2008 by Amazon Customer
There is a "Huns are coming" school of thought about China and India and Asia's other fast-emerging economies. Read morePublished on February 22, 2008 by Amazon Customer
Rebecca Fannin has had over 15 years of experience in terms of covering China & Asia. The global scope and findings that she shares within this book represents just a fraction of... Read morePublished on February 15, 2008 by Tristan Zhang
Ms. Fannin points out entertaining and informative success stories in China and also the challenges these companies are facing. Read morePublished on February 13, 2008 by Brian C. Byrd