William Bao Bean is a General Partner at SOSV and the Managing Director of Chinaccelerator, China’s first startup accelerator based in Shanghai. A prominent practitioner, innovator and thought leader on tech investing in Asia, he founded MOX, SOSV’s Mobile-Only Accelerator, in partnership with GMobi, the largest mobile platform for Southest Asia and India. In addition to his work at SOSV, William is an active angel investor with 39 investments between 2004 and 2014.
William holds a BA from Bowdoin College and began his career as an equity research analyst, most recently with Deutsche Bank, where he was responsible for Internet and Telecom Equipment across Asia and China technology, media and telecom. In addition, he covered Digital Media & Telecom Equipment companies at Bank of America Securities in San Francisco and PCs & Enterprise Hardware at Bear Stearns in New York.
Prior to joining SOSV, William was the Managing Director at SingTel Innov8, where he led investments in Yodo1, Gmobi, Lekan, and Massive Impact, among others. Previously, William was a Partner at Softbank China & India Holdings, an early stage venture capital firm backed by Softbank of Japan and Cisco.
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 #1 stock picker in Technology, Media and Telecom, and #3 overall for Hong Kong/China by Forbes/SCMP/Starmine. He currently sits on the boards of advisors/directors for a number of companies including GMobi, Silk Road Telecom, Massive Impact, Socbay, iTalki, kineticOne as well as organizations including Angelvest (天使谷), the largest and most active angel investing group in China, AAMA Shanghai and the Techyizu, Beijing Hive, Digital Matters and AdTech: China events.
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