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Silicon Dragon Spotlights Top 10 Tech And Venture Trends for 2020

It's been more than 10 years since Silicon Dragon predicted that China could win the tech race. While once considered a ludicrous idea, this concept has been proven to be a trend to watch as China's economy has unfolded from manufacturing to services and tech. See our top 10 predictive list for 2020 .

1. China technology innovation and new business models will continue to gain momentum in many important tech sectors such as artificial intelligence, facial recognition, robotics, IoT, biotech and mobile communications. China will push the pedal on advancing these technologies, aiming to be a global powerhouse of our tech future. 
2. A "Splinternet" of the global tech economy into competing superpower spheres will form as the U.S.-China tech cold war intensifies. Expect separate standards for new technologies such as fifth generation telecom, which will roll out faster in China than in the U.S.
3.  Venture capital will flow into separate U.S.-China camps after years of collaboration. Startups backed by cross-border investors will face a cash crunch as former sources of funding dry up.
4. In China, startups will chase capital. A core group of venture firms will invest into the downward cycle and selectively back a next generation of China's emerging companies at lower valuations, which in turn will lead to good returns and an upturn in the VC cycle within a few years.
5. China's tech titans will spread their power by battling over new economic sectors and buying up newcomer rivals both within China and abroad, in an attempt to own it all.
6. Look for more Chinese business models to be copied or improvised for the rest of the world. The U.S. could come up with an American version of Chinese social commerce startup Pinduoduo and other ideas. 
7. Greater regulatory scrutiny of Chinese tech brands in the U.S. will result as more customers grow familiar with China technologies such as 15-second video app Tik-Tok, drone maker DJI, and electric vehicle BYD
To round out this futuristic list, see Silicon Dragon's
Top 10 for 2020.  

Silicon Dragon's Top 10 Trends of 2019
(In case you missed it last week)
  1. China tech innovations went mainstream, recognized globally after being dismissed as imitations. 
  2. Chinese business models and innovations filtered into the U.S., stirring up controversy over security issues and censored content (or not).
  3. Copy from China replaced Copy to China ideas.  
  4. China barged into 5G telecom, artificial intelligence, drones and robotics, and leapfrogged past the U.S. to mobile payments and New Retail.  
  5. Long-time US-China tech collaboration and co-investment became a politically charged issue. DC regulators cracked down on Chinese investment in the U.S. over security issues, forced tech transfer and intellectual property protection.
  6. The cross-fire led to blocks of U.S. sales to several  Chinese AI startups and tech leaders. 
  7. Chinese tech companies began developing more of their own technologies to become less reliant on American sources as frictions over the world's superpowers escalated. 
  8. China's venture boom fizzled as investments in Chinese startups fell and limits were put on Chinese venture funds investing in America.
  9. China IPOs in New York kept going despite talk of a possible ban on Chinese listings in the U.S.
    Read more: Top 10 Trends in 2019
ByteDance weighs stake sale of video app TikTok over national security concerns. Read more, Bloomberg.    

JD Logistics eyes a possible IPO of $8 billion to $10 billion in Hong Kong. 


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