Relations between the US and China are at a low-point right now, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic among other things, but how is that affecting global innovation? Today’s guest on the WAM podcast is an innovation expert, author, public speaker, and media entrepreneur, Rebecca Fannin, who is the founder and leader of Silicon Dragon Ventures. Rebecca’s journalistic career began in Silicon Valley during the dot-com era. Following the venture capital trail to Asia, she was one of the first American journalists to write about China’s entrepreneurial boom, interviewing Jack Ma of Alibaba and Robin Li of Baidu, among others. She’s a regular media commentator and publics peaker, focusing on investments and emerging technology companies. Rebecca has just published her third book, Tech Titans of China, which documents the rise of China's tech companies and intense competition in the sector. In this episode, host Rosemary Coates and guest Rebecca dive into how Rebecca started her company and where it has led her, as well as the recent decision to take the events component of her business online due to COVID-19. Rebecca gives us her perspectives on global tech and innovation and how they affect manufacturing, as well as how the tech race between the United States and China may be hindering collaboration and innovation. Make sure not to miss out on Rebecca’s interesting approach!
Meet Our Guest, Rebecca Fannin
Rebecca A. Fannin is the founder of news and events group Silicon Dragon Ventures. Her journalistic career covering global innovation began in Silicon Valley during the dotcom era. Following the venture capital trail to Asia, she was one of the first American journalists to write about China’s entrepreneurial boom, interviewing Jack Ma of Alibaba and Robin Li of Baidu, among others. A regular media commentator and speaker, she also has frequently contributed to CNBC and Forbes, and her articles have appeared in Harvard Business Review, CEO and Inc. magazine. Rebecca’s three forward-looking books, Silicon Dragon, Startup Asia and her latest title, Tech Titans of China, are a go-to resource on top innovation trends and players.
Meet Your Host, Rosemary Coates
Rosemary Coates is the Executive Director of the Reshoring Institute. She is a seasoned executive with an MBA, 25 years’ experience in Supply Chain Management, Operations Management, Project Management and Systems Consulting. Prior to BSC, she was a Senior Director at SAP, the Supply Chain Practice Leader at KPMG Peat Marwick and at Answerthink, and a Regional Manager at Hewlett-Packard.
She has extensive knowledge and experience in manufacturing and outsourcing in China.