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Rebecca Fannin on "Tech Titans of China: How China's Tech Sector is Challenging the World by Innovating Faster, Working Harder, and Going Global" (Nicholas Brealey, Sept. 2, 2019)

4:15-4:59pm check-in; 5:00pm sharp to 6:00pm book talk; 6:00-6:10pm book sale

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Speaker Series

Date: Wednesday September 04, 2019 | 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Speaker(s): Rebecca Fannin, Journalist, Author and Media Entrepreneur

Introduction By: Wendy Dobson, Co-Director – Rotman Institute for International Business and Professor Emerita, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto; Author
Topic: "Tech Titans of China: How China's Tech Sector is Challenging the World by Innovating Faster, Working Harder, and Going Global" (Nicholas Brealey, Sept. 2, 2019)
Venue: CIBC Room (Third floor, North Building) | map
Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto,
105 St George Street
Location: Toronto
Cost: $24.95 plus HST per person (includes 1 paperback copy of "Tech Titans of China" and 1 seat for the book talk)
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BOOK SYNOPSIS: The rise of China's tech companies and intense competition from the sector is just beginning. This will present an ongoing management and strategy challenge for companies for many years to come. Tech Titans of China is the go-to-guide for companies (and those interested in competition from China) seeking to understand China's grand tech ambitions, who the players are and what their strategy is. Fannin, an expert on China, is an internationally-recognized journalist, author and speaker. She hosts 12 live events annually for business leaders, venture capitalists, start-up founders, and others impacted by or interested in cashing in on the Chinese tech industry. In this illuminating book, she provides readers with the ammunition they need to prepare and compete.  The book includes detailed profiles of the Chinese tech companies making waves, the tech sectors that matter most in China's grab for super power status, and predictions for China's tech dominance in just 10 years.

ABOUT OUR SPEAKER: Rebecca A. Fannin is a leading expert on global innovation. As a technology writer, author and media entrepreneur, she began her career as a journalist covering venture capital from Silicon Valley.  Following the VC money, she became one of the first American journalists to write about China’s entrepreneurial boom, reporting from Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Today, Rebecca pens a weekly column for Forbes, and is a special correspondent for CNBC.com. Rebecca’s journalistic career has taken her to the world’s leading hubs of tech innovation, and her articles have appeared in Harvard Business Review, Fast Company and Inc., among others. Rebecca’s 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 new book, Tech Titans of China: How China’s Tech Sector is Challenging the World by Working Harder, Innovating Faster & Going Global, will be published by Hachette Book Group on September 2, 2019. 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 weekly e-newsletter, produces videos and podcasts, and programs and produces events annually in innovation hubs globally.  Rebecca also frequently speaks at major business, tech and policy forums.  She resides in New York City and San Francisco, and logs major frequent flier miles in her grassroots search to cover the next, new thing.


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