About Silicon Dragon Ventures





Silicon Dragon Ventures is a news, events and research group covering innovation and investment hubs in the Silicon Valleys of the world, formed in 2010 by Rebecca Fannin to provide insights into the world’s emerging tech innovation centers. Her strong network spans entrepreneurs, founders, deal makers, venture capitalists, angel investors, crowd financiers, investment bankers and service providers from legal, accounting and management consulting firms. Rebecca’s media group publishes a newsletter, produces and hosts online shows, and programs global tech innovation and investment forums.

Rebecca is a journalist, book author, and media entrepreneur. She began her journalistic career in New York City, and later Silicon Valley, where she followed the venture capital trail and became one of the first American journalists to write about the entrepreneurial boom in China, reporting from Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. Rebecca’s journalistic career has taken her to the world’s leading hubs of tech innovation as a current special contributor at CNBC and a columnist at Forbes for 10 years. Her articles have appeared in Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Inc., Techonomy, The Deal, BBC Capital and in Red Herring, where she was an editor.
Her 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 third book, Tech Titans of China  (Hachette Books, 2019), won a Silver Medal in International/Globalization in the 2020 Axiom Business Books Awards.
Rebecca’s most recent book is Silicon Heartland, How the Midwest is Transforming from Rust Belt to Tech Belt (2023, Imagine/Penguin Random House.
Her books have been translated into Chinese, Korean, Thai, Russian, Vietnamese and Arabic, and have received favorable reviews from the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, China Daily and New York Times.
Rebecca also has contributed to several KPMG thought leadership reports on global technology innovation.
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 regular e-newsletter, produces online webinars, runs a membership group, and programs and produces live and virtual events. She has a strong following in both VC and startup circles globally.
Represented by Leading Authorities in Washington, DC, Rebecca is a frequent speaker/moderator at major business, policy and tech forums, and has offered commentary on NBC TV and Bloomberg TV. Additionally, she provided expert testimony about the China Internet to a U.S. Congressional committee in 2010.
Rebecca resides in New York City and San Francisco, and logs major miles in her grassroots search to cover the next, new thing – including her hometown region in the Midwest.