Tech Titans of China

How China's Tech Sector is Challenging the World by Innovating Faster, Working Harder & Going Global

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Pub Date 26 Sep 2019 | Archive Date 03 Sep 2021
Nicholas Brealey US, Nicholas Brealey Publishing

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China’s Silicon Valley has evolved over the past two decades from a low-cost producer and flagrant copier into a potentially dominant worldwide tech leader in the near future. From copiers to originators, Chinese tech titans are showing the way forward with leading-edge advances that rival the West.

In TECH TITANS OF CHINA: How China’s Tech Sector is Challenging the World by Innovating Faster, Working Harder & Going Global (Nicholas Brealey, September 3, 2019), Rebecca A. Fannin delves into the Chinese technology sector and its influence and implications worldwide, in tech sectors and beyond. The book is the go-toguide for those seeking to understand China’s grand tech ambitions, who the players are, and what their strategy is.

In TECH TITANS ON CHINA, Fannin discusses:

• Detailed profiles of China’s “tech titans;” companies making waves in the tech sector and the broad economy

• The tech sectors that matter most in China’s grab for super power status

• Predictions for China’s tech dominance in the next 10 years

• The challenges the US faces in trying to crack the “China Code” and why even the most digitally savvy companies struggle beyond the Great Wall

• What China’s great leap forward in the global tech economy means for the United States and its future leadership

Predictions that China could win a global tech race were once considered laughable. But the world's second-largest economy and its expanding tech empire can no longer be under-estimated. TECH TITANS OF CHINA explores this rapidly-growing empire and what it means for the rest of the world.

China’s Silicon Valley has evolved over the past two decades from a low-cost producer and flagrant copier into a potentially dominant worldwide tech leader in the near future. From copiers to...


A Note From the Publisher

Rebecca A. Fannin is a leading expert on global innovation and the founder of Silicon Dragon Ventures, a media and events platform with an international following. She hosts tech innovation and investment forums in several key hubs globally, including San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, London, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Tel Aviv. As a technology writer, author and media entrepreneur, she began her career as a journalist in Silicon Valley. She was one of the first American journalists to write about China’s entrepreneurial boom, reporting from Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. 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. Today, Rebecca pens a weekly column for Forbes, and is a special correspondent for CNBC.com.

Rebecca A. Fannin is a leading expert on global innovation and the founder of Silicon Dragon Ventures, a media and events platform with an international following. She hosts tech innovation and...


Advance Praise

“This landmark book explores and explains how China is rushing to define the future of commercial technology.”—James McGregor, author, One Billion Customers: Lessons From the Front Lines of Doing Business in China.

"Tech Titans of China" is the most complete and updated chronicle of China's meteoric rise from imitator to innovator in the past decade.”— Kai-Fu Lee, chairman and CEO, Sinovation Ventures and author of bestseller AI Superpowers

“Those who do not learn from their competitors are doomed. We need this book.”—Ken Wilcox, Chairman of the Board, Asia Society Northern California, and Chairman Emeritus, Silicon Valley Bank

“Tech Titans of China is a fascinating read, and will quickly become the go-to resource to know who the key players are and how China’s tech sector is giving the US a run for its money.”—Dorinda Elliott, SVP, China Institute; former Beijing bureau chief, Newsweek

“Very few people know more about the rise of China as a competitor to the US than Rebecca Fannin. Tech Titans of China clearly lays out the battle for world supremacy.”—Harry Edelson, Chairman, China Investment Group

“Rebecca Fannin has done us all a great service, to de-mystify the Chinese tech scene."—Craig Allen, President, US-China Business Council

“A great informative read on China’s technological prowess without the cost of hiring your own consultant.”—Ronald M. Schramm, PhD; Author, The Chinese Macroeconomy and Financial System; Visiting Associate Professor, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and CEIBS, Shanghai

“This energetic and entertaining book guides us through the Chinese tech jungle. With the US and China facing off as tech rivals, this book is essential reading to understand what is at stake.”—John L. Holden, Senior Director, McLarty Associates; past president, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations

"The must-read book for anyone who cares about where tech is about to go over the next decade and introduces to us how the Chinese ecosystem works and the players in it."—Robert Scoble, Futurist

"Rebecca’s Tech Titans of China gives us all an insiders’ ring side seat into this dynamic and growing power."—Brian Cohen, Chairman Emeritus, New York Angels

“Rebecca Fannin’s insightful and timely analysis of the rise of Chinese tech and innovation is must reading for every entrepreneur and investor. If you want to understand what is at stake in the looming trade war between the US and China and how it will definitely transform your business, then get this book now.”—Jon Medved, CEO, OurCrowd

“Tech Titans of China is a must read to understand the entrepreneurial dynamics and business model innovations of China’s leading tech companies and how they will transform the world as they go global.”—Poh Kam WONG, Professor, NUS Business School and Senior Director, NUS Enterprise

“More often than not, Rebecca Fannin has the first line on players in China’s ‘new economy’ for those of us keeping score at home.”—Tim Ferguson, Former Editor, Forbes Asia

“Global innovation expert and China guru Rebecca Fannin has penned a brilliant, information-packed, cogent and engaging volume that is a must-read.”—Jerry Haar and Ricardo Ernst, professors respectively at Florida International University and Georgetown, and co-authors of Innovation in Emerging Markets

“Tech Titans of China gives us a very clear and concrete China innovation 101, and lays out how China tech giants are creating their own technology universe.”—Edith Yeung, Creator of China Internet Report, Partner at Proof of Capital and 500 Startups

“If you care about the future of innovation, then this is an absolute must read book.”—Mike Grandinetti, Faculty Chairman: Rutgers "Leading Disruptive Innovation" Executive Program; Faculty Member: MIT Enterprise Forum Startup Founders Program; Global Professor: Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Marketing, Hult International Business School

“Whatever the debate may be about Chinese government policies, no one should believe that China’s private companies aren’t innovative. Rececca Fannin’s new book couldn’t be more timely.”—Sean Randolph, Senior Director, Bay Area Council Economic Institution

“This landmark book explores and explains how China is rushing to define the future of commercial technology.”—James McGregor, author, One Billion Customers: Lessons From the Front Lines of Doing...


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If you read news about US companies in China and their counterpart competitors, you will know some of the companies mentioned in Tech titans of China. For exa - coffee, airbnb and so on. Recently I read Kai-Fu Lee's AI Superpowers. With this background, the author has provided lots of numbers on the money that is being pushed into startups, patents, R&D and the whole VC scene. You will definitely take notice of the trend and the tussle. Each of the big companies themselves will probably need a deep dig of a book on their own, to understand how the companies were able to achieve what they did.

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It has been a while since the last time I’ve read about the tech companies in China. Every time I read a new book about this topic I learn new things. This may reflect how fast innovation is going on in China today. This book is full of information on how tech companies in China such as Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, and others shape the digital landscape of the world. China is increasingly becoming a powerhouse of technological innovation in a very rapid way. Readers who are looking for what is happening in the tech sector of China will definitely enjoy this book.

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***I was granted an ARC of this via Netgalley from the publisher.*** China has become hard to ignore. After some false starts in the last century, the country has becoming one of the fastest and biggest economies in the world. One sector in which this is happening is technology, with advances in China doing just as well and, in some cases, surpassing Silicon Valley’s innovations. This is explored in the book, Tech Titans of China: How China’s Tech Sector is Challenging the World by Improving Faster, Working Harder & Going Global by Rebecca Fannin. Fannin is a technology writer, author and media entrepreneur that has have extensive experience in China and has written about the country before. Fannin puts that experience to good use by giving an in-depth look at how the technology sector where “China’s game-changers are already on par with and, in some cases, ahead of the United States.” She guides us through the rise of the Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent, three of the biggest tech companies in China and what strategies they are employing that have been key to their success. The reader gets a clear look at their efforts to expand market share, the big M&A’s they make to stay ahead and grow and the up and coming companies that may challenge them. If one comes to this book with the idea that the US is secure with its place on top in the tech sector this book will put that to bed. The author does an excellent job in surveying the fields of shared economy (shared bikes, ride sharing) AI, electric vehicles, drone and robots and showing the advances and innovations these companies have made in these areas. This has prompted many US companies to try to enter the Chinese market, but few have been successful. The ones that have survived, Starbucks, AirBnB and others are highlighted by the author and the reasons for their success explored. The author throughout the book makes it a point to tell the reader that the US at the moment may this be a leader in tech but the work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit of the Chinese may soon see them become where Silicon Valley looks to for inspiration and not the other way around. If you are interested in the growing technology sector of the Chinese economy, then this is the book for you. Rating: 4 stars. Would recommend to a friend interested in Chinese markets and business.

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I just reviewed Tech Titans of China by Rebecca Fannin. #TechTitansOfChina #NetGalley A well researched book and very detailed. I would highly recommend to those that want to learn more about China.

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