William Bao Bean
GENERAL PARTNER, SOSV & MANAGING DIRECTOR, CHINACCELERATOR AND MOX
William is a General Partner at SOSV - The Accelerator VC - the #2 most active angel and seed stage investor in the world 2019 with US$700m under management. At SOSV he is the Managing Director of Chinaccelerator the first accelerator to launch in Asia and the only accelerator in Asia to have a unicorn come through its program – Bitmex the #1 crypto exchange in the world by trading volume enabling anyone with a smartphone to access financial products and opening up investment to the unbanked. He is also Founder and Managing Director of MOX - the Mobile Only Accelerator - providing startups with free user acquisition to the 70m smartphone users on the platform. William joined SOSV from SingTel Innov8 Ventures where he was a founding Managing Director supporting China investments. Prior to that 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. Previously, William spent 11 years as an equity research analyst most recently with Deutsche Bank where he was a top ranked analyst for Asia Internet and China Tech, Media and Telecom and worked on IPOs for Alibaba, Kingsoft and eLong (Expedia China).
In 2005, he was ranked #3 stock picker in China/Hong Kong and #1 for Technology, Media and Telecom by Thomson Reuters Starmine. In 2006 he was ranked #3 equity research analyst in Asia for Software and IT Services by Institutional Investor Magazine for his work on China Internet. William has done over 200 early stage investments including Bitmex - crypto exchange, UShopal - social ecommerce, Snapask - online tutoring platform, italki - language learning platform, Yodo1 - mobile games platform, Carota/GMobi -mobility, DemystData - fintech, Orange Hotel - boutique hotel chain acquired by China Hospitality Group, Lekan - children’s media platform acquired by Condé Nast, Massive Impact - mobile adtech acquired by GMobi, and Playspan - payment platform acquired by Visa. He currently sits on the boards of advisors/directors of escapex, Phable, Goama, italki, SRT, and Carota as well as organizations including Angelcrunch (天使汇), Music Matters, Techyizu and the US China Strong Foundation. He holds a BA from Bowdoin College.