I’m a serial entrepreneur, investor, former media executive, and Chinese-language speaker. I started Sinocism in 2011 in Beijing, where I lived on and off over the course of 13 years since 1989 and for ten years straight from 2005. Since moving back to the US with my wife and two daughters in 2015 I’ve lived in Washington DC.

In 1997 I cofounded MarketWatch, later acquired by CBS, and worked there until moving to China in 2005. In 2012 and 2013, I wrote the China Insider column for the New York Times Dealbook, and I’m frequently quoted in major media, such as Bloomberg, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, New York Times, and The Guardian. In 2015, I was named to Foreign Policy’s Pacific Power Index as one of 50 people shaping the future of the US-China relationship. I have an MA in China Studies from Johns Hopkins SAIS, and a BA from Middlebury College.

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  1. Bill,
    I have been wondering what happened to your site.  Wishing you well in getting it back up.


  2. One thing I could never figure out when I visited China was how Mao’s picture is still on everything. Wouldn’t that be like Germany still having Hitler’s picture on their money? How many people do you have to order killed to be persona-non-grata in China?

  3. My first visit…Sinocism, interesting name. I’ll be back for more. I have friends in Beijing and will let them know about your wife’s cake store. Good luck. Keep writing.

  4. The link at Bill Bishop: The Invisible China Hand., above, seems to be a dead link.

    I think they may have caught on to the hegemonist attitudes you show over your work unit.


  5. In the Nov 7 Sinocism, the link to: Fly High the Banner of Socialist Rule of Law with Chinese Characteristics! What Does the 4th Plenum Decision Mean for Legal Reforms in China? : SSRN does not seem to work. Sounds like an interesting article. I hope the link can be activated.

    • Yes sorry about that. the mail service I use adds tags to tall links and ssrn’s site had a problem with it. here is the original link: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2519917

      Almost as soon as the email went out I corrected the link on the newsletter post on this blog and via Twitter. In the future if there is a similar problem you can always check the blog or Twitter for corrections. I just can’t correct the email once it is sent


  6. 1 – Ben Thompson on Business and Tech | Traffic.Ventures Social

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