Silicon Dragon News
December 2011 

Startup Asia

Book Talk

Can Asia Out-Innovate America? Go East!

Young Entrepreneur


Kepler's Books

Menlo Park, CA 

December 9, 2011, 6pm

Eric Savitz of Forbes
Chats with
Author Rebecca Fannin


Eric Savitz
Eric Savitz, Forbes
Book Signing 
and Cocktails





Kleiner China

Co-Founder Tina Ju

is departing the firm with launch of new fund for investing in the Mainland. Getting the right formula for dealmaking proves

to be tricky.

Read more in my post 




  Kai-Fu Lee is raising a second fund of $300 million to expand his angel investing to Shanghai after a quick start in Beijing with his Innovation Works. See 

my video and HK event
coverage in Forbes.



 Delay of IPO for Lashou,

a leader among many GroupOn copycats in China, may point to lessons for future listings in the U.S. Lashou had filed for a $100 million public offering on NASDAQ but backed out to clarify accounting issues. 



Signs keep pointing to Alibaba and Softbank in reports of a deal to buy  Yahoo, but other bid teams from TPG and Siliver Lake are in the running.  I wouldn't bet against Jack Ma.  


  2012 EVENTS

Nixon Peabody and

Asia Society host

Startup Asia Talk With

Author Rebecca Fannin

and Sean Randolph of the Bay Area Council

January 12, 2012


Nixon Peabody

One Embarcadero Center, 18th floor

San Francisco, CA 





Buy Chinese Edition



Stay Tuned for Release of Startup Asia Translations for Vietnam and China


Tech Gets Exciting in India

5 Years Behind China


The only other tech market in Asia that is halfway as exciting as China is India. It has the promise to close the gap with China but is no match yet. India's mobile market is large, venture spending is vibrant, and high-profile IPOs such as MakeMyTrip are happening, with more on the way soon from up such swift up and comers as mobile ad service inMobi and PC help center iYogi.

Keep reading Startup Asia book excerpt at Forbes post.





Joshua Maa



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See Silicon Dragon Shanghai 2011 Photos

Sam Goldman of d.Light



See News

  See Silicon Dragon Hong Kong 2011 Photos


Thanks to KPMG for sponsorship of this Silicon Dragon Entrepreneur of the City Awards in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.  Next year, we expand to Singapore and India.



Rebecca going east

       Startup Asia          

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Praise for Startup Asia

by Rebecca A. Fannin (Wiley, Oct. 2011):

Gady Epstein, The Economist: "Follows the money to see where we should be placing our next bets in the world of technology"

Pat McGovern, IDG: "No one has done more field research or has more thoughtful analysis and insights"

Jason Pontin, Technology Review: "no better guide"

Bill Draper, Draper International: "must read about Asia's burgeoning startups"

Dick Kramlich, NEA: "starts out with a bang and picks up steam"

Ron Schramm, Columbia University: "should be on Kindle shelf for every B school course on Asia or  entrepreneurship" 

David Lam, WestSummit Capital & AAMA: impressive facts, stunning anecdotes, insightful visions

Dan Schwartz, AVCJ: "original research and unique insights"

Peter Lighte, banker and Sinologist: "takes a still picture of a scenario moving almost too fast to photograph."

Tony Nash, Economist Intelligence Unit: "splendidly woven narrative"

More Praise 


Write Your Review on Amazon

Author and journalist Bill Holstein did!


Media Coverage

China Daily: November, 10, 2011

Channel News Asia, November 16, 2011



Startup Asia Book Tour: See Photos

Foreign Correspondents Club, Shanghai, Nov. 7, breakfast

Silicon Dragon Shanghai, Nov. 7, program and reception 

China Club, Hong Kong, Nov. 9, 5pm with Keynote by Kai-Fu Lee

China Mega Forum, Beijing, Nov. 10, 3pm, panel

Bay Area Delegation Dinner, Beijing, Nov. 10

Beijing Bookworm, Beijing, Nov. 10, 7:30pm with Q&A by David Wolf

Silicon Dragon VIP Dinner, Beijing, Nov. 11

National University of Singapore, Nov. 16, 6:30pm

Overseas Press Club, NYC, Nov. 29, 1pm with Q&A by Bill Holstein

Harvard Club NY, Nov. 29, 7pm

World Affairs Council, San Francisco, Dec. 1


Who's in the book: @williambaobean @richardrobinson @christinelu @elliottng @firstjames @timdraper @gadyepstein @brunobensaid @dominicpenaloza @pohkam @sudhirksethi @indus @kitevc @wadhwa + 100 interviews with entrepreneurs and venture investors in China, India, Vietnam, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore 



Fans of the Kindle electronic reading device can order a digital edition of

Startup Asia for only $9.99. just click Kindle.

For Speaking Engagements and video clips of presentations, see


See Rebecca's schedule at Talks


See Video Clip from BizTechDay TV