William Bao Bean
Investment Partner, SOSV; Managing Director, Chinaccelerator
William is a General Partner at SOSV – The Accelerator VC – with US$300m under management where he is the Managing Director of Chinaccelerator, SOSV’s global Internet accelerator and the first accelerator to launch in Asia, and Managing Director of MOX, the Mobile Only Accelerator with 160m smartphone users on its platform. SOSV is the #1 most active seed investor in the world according to TechCrunch Crunchbase. William joined SOSV from SingTel Innov8 Ventures where he was Managing Director supporting China investments. While at Innov8 he led investments including Yodo1 – mobile games, GMobi – smartmobile platform, DemystData – fintech, Lekan – children’s media platform acquired by Condé Nast, and Massive Impact – mobile adtech acquired by GMobi. Previously, William was a Partner at Softbank China & India Holdings, a venture capital firm backed by Softbank and Cisco, leading investments in China and South East Asia. William spent 11 years as an equity research analyst most recently with Deutsche Bank where he was responsible for Internet and Telecom Equipment in Asia and China technology, media and telecom. Previously he covered Digital Media at Banc of America Securities in San Francisco and PC/Enterprise Hardware at Bear Stearns in New York. William was an active angel investor with 39 investments between 2004 and 2014.
In 2006 he was ranked #3 All-Asia analyst for Technology/Software and IT Services by Institutional Investor Magazine Asia. In 2005, he was ranked #3 stock picker overall for Hong Kong/China and #1 stock picker in Technology, Media and Telecom by Thomson Reuters Starmine. He currently sits on the boards of advisors/directors for a number of companies including Neonan, Robin8, Yodo1, DYAD, GMobi, Silk Road Telecom, iTalki, and kineticOne as well as organizations including Angelvest, Angelcrunch (天使汇), AAMA Shanghai, Digital Matters, Techyizu and the US China Strong Foundation. He holds a BA from Bowdoin College.