Rebecca Fannin, author of Silicon Dragon: How China is Winning the Tech Race (McGraw Hill Professional, 2008), spoke April 24 for the China Business Network of the Northwest China Council in Portland on the founders of some of the leading high tech entrepreneurs in China. There is a good interview with Fannin about the book in Forbes.
Fannin is a journalist who has covered tech business in Asia since the mid-1990’s, first with Red Herring magazine and later with the Asian Venture Capital Journal and writing for diverse tech business publications. She also has a great network into the investors and drivers of new businesses in China, as well as India and elsewhere in Asia. She has a nose for “the story” on companies in a way that a lot of tech business publications don’t always capture and her talk put a personalized spin on companies like Baidu, Alibaba, and DangDang.
Since recently joining the board of the Northwest China Council, an Oregon 501(c)3 non-profit which puts on a series of China Business Network events, as well as intensive Chinese courses and cultural events, I’ve been working to bring more focus on technology business, as well as looking at ways to leverage web technology for this organization.