HERE'S A PLUG for Rebecca Fannin, a fellow journalist and clearly the leading U.S. media expert on entrepreneurs and startups in Asia. It's safe to say that Fannin, a Forbes contributor and a former editor at the Asian Venture Capital Journal, is a true first mover who has covered the rise of entrepreneurial Asia for many years with her former boss, Dan Schwartz, chairman emeritus of the AVCJ and author of The Future of Finance: How Private Equity and Venture Capital Will Shape the Global Economy.
Skeptics at first pooh-poohed Fannin's early trend-spotting that entrepreneurs were emerging in Asia. Not now. Fannin's new book, Startup Asia: Top Strategies for Cashing in on Asia's Innovation Boom, is required reading for doubters who've suddenly leaped on the bandwagon. The book provides exclusive access to innovative movers and shakers in China, India and Vietnam, and it also offers advice for entrepreneurs. In a new media era, Fannin is a real journalist-entrepreneur who speaks worldwide, plans sold-out venture-capital workshops and keeps building her personal brand. And in a profession of huge egos, she's refreshingly humble and generous with her time.
If you're near Silicon Valley or Stanford University, Fannin speaks at Kepler's bookstore in Menlo Park, California, on Friday, December 9, 2011, at 6 p.m. with moderator Eric Savitz, Forbes' San Francisco bureau chief. Disclosure: Fannin has shared professional advice and spoken to a writers' lunch group I'm involved in.
- VentureBeat and Washington Post, "Can Asia Out-Innovate America?" by Rebecca Fannin.
- Forbes Silicon Asia blog, "Tech Gets Exciting in India, Five Years Behind China" and "Kai-Fu Lee Talks Steve Jobs, China Angels, Next Gen Tech" by Rebecca Fannin.
- Wall Street Journal, "Growth Spurs Asian Entrepreneurship" by Emily Veach and Andrew LaVallee.