About Bill Bishop

I am an American living in Beijing. I am bilingual and have experience working in both the US and China. I co-founded CBS MarketWatch in 1997 and stayed until the sale in 2004 to Dow Jones. I was never a journalist, and instead worked in several business roles over the years, the last as head of the MarketWatch consumer Internet business.

I have 6 academic years of formal Chinese language studies, an MA in China Studies from Johns Hopkins SAIS and a BA from Middlebury College. I have lived and worked in China on and off for over 10 years since 1989, and continuously in Beijing since mid-2005. I am often quoted in major media such as Bloomberg, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, New York Times etc.

Most recently I was CEO of Red Mushroom Studios, a Beijing-based developer and operator of online games.

My spouse runs CCSweets, Beijing’s best cake shop, and we have 5.5 year old twin girls.

In addition to writing Sinocism, I write the weekly China 中国 Insider column for the New York Times Dealbook [10.13 UPDATE: I decided to stop writing this column in September 2013] and am an active user of Twitter @niubi and Sina Weibo @billbishop. I was named by Foreign Policy Magazine as one of the top 100 foreign policy “Twitterati” and by Danwei as Twitter “Model Worker of the Year” for 2012.

PandoDaily has much more about me in its 3,000 word, August 2012 profile Bill Bishop: The Invisible China Hand.

Tips, comments, complaints, suggestions, and opportunities are always welcome, so feel free to contact me at bill at sinocism dot com. See also “Disclosures”.

Here is a picture of one of CCSweets‘ bestselling cakes. She tried a USD version but no Chinese were interested…

  • Lulu

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


  • Chris

    Fantastic bio.  And cake.  And blog.  Well done!

  • http://fundmymutualfund.com TraderMark

    lol @ last sentence

  • tommaso

    This cake represent well what’s going on in China now…good job!

  • Susan Finder

    Thank you for mentioning my blog, The Supreme People’s Court Monitor.

  • seandougherty

    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?

  • Jonathan Cooley

    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.

    • http://www.sinocism.com/ Bill Bishop


  • David_LloydJones


    A consistently good piece of work. Well done and thank you!

  • David_LloydJones

    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.