William Bao Bean presented at NEXT16 on Sep 22, 2016  

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Investment Partner @
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63 Investments in 58 Companies
Gender:
Male
Location:
Shanghai
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William is a Partner at SOSV, a US$250m accelerator focused venture capital fund, and the Managing Director of Chinaccelerator, China's first startup accelerator as well as MOX, the mobile only accelerator. William joined SOSV from SingTel Innov8 where he was Managing Director supporting China investment activities. While at Innov8 he led investments in Yodo1 (mobile games), Gmobi (Android platform), Lekan (online video platform), and Massive Impact (mobile advertising) 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. While at SoftBank he led investments in Silk Road Telecom (mobile enterprise cloud SaaS), Playspan (payment platform acquired by Visa), Punch Entertainment (mobile game developer acquired by DeNA) and Peacesoft (Vietnam eCommerce and payment platform backed by eBay and MOL). William 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 and Telecom Equipment companies at Bank of America Securities in San Francisco and PCs and Enterprise Hardware at Bear Stearns in New York. William began his technology investment career 18 years ago as a technology analyst in Taiwan.

In 2006 he was ranked #3 All-Asia analyst for Technology/Software and IT Services by Institutional Investor Magazine. In 2005, he was ranked #1 stock picker in Technology, Media and Telecom, and #3 overall for Hong Kong/China by Thomson Reuters Starmine as well as was a ranked analyst by Institutional Investor Magazine. He currently sits on the boards of directors/advisors for a number of companies including GMobi, Massive Impact, Silk Road Telecom, Socbay, iTalki, kineticONE as well as organizations including Angelvest (天使谷), the largest and most active angel investing group in Asia, and AAMA Shanghai and the Techyizu, Beijing Tech Hive, and Music Matters events. He holds a BA from Bowdoin College.

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Managing Director

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2012 - Current   (over 4 years)
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Nov 1, 2010
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DateInvested InRoundDetails
Jun, 2016undisclosed amount / Convertible Note
May, 2016undisclosed amount / Venture
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Apr, 2016undisclosed amount / Convertible Note
Apr, 2016undisclosed amount / Seed
Apr, 2016undisclosed amount / Convertible Note
Apr, 2016undisclosed amount / Convertible Note
Mar, 2016undisclosed amount / Convertible Note
Mar, 2016undisclosed amount / Seed
Mar, 2016undisclosed amount / Seed
Feb, 2016undisclosed amount / Convertible Note
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Jan, 2016undisclosed amount / Venture
Jan, 2016undisclosed amount / Convertible Note
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Jan, 2016undisclosed amount / Venture
Jan, 2016undisclosed amount / Convertible Note
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Jan, 2016undisclosed amount / Convertible Note
Dec, 2015undisclosed amount / Venture
Oct, 2015undisclosed amount / Seed
Oct, 2015undisclosed amount / Venture
Sep, 2015undisclosed amount / Venture
Aug, 2015undisclosed amount / Venture
Aug, 2015$1.8M / Seed
Aug, 2015undisclosed amount / Seed
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Jul, 2015undisclosed amount / Seed
Jul, 2015undisclosed amount / Venture
Jul, 2015undisclosed amount / Seed
Jul, 2015$150k / Seed
Jun, 2015undisclosed amount / Seed
Jun, 2015undisclosed amount / Venture
May, 2015undisclosed amount / Venture
May, 2015$1.2M / Seed (Lead)
Apr, 2015undisclosed amount / Seed
Apr, 2015undisclosed amount / Seed

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