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Bowdoin College, BA 1995
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William Bao Bean

William is Managing Director for SingTel Innov8 and supports the the funds China investment activities.

William joined Innov8 from Softbank China & India Holdings, an early stage venture capital firm backed by Softbank of Japan and Cisco, where he was a Partner responsible for early stage investments In China and SE Asia.

Past investments include Playspan (acquired by Visa) and Punch Entertainment (acquired by DeNA). Previously at Deutsche Bank, he was responsible for Internet and Telecom Equipment across Asia as well as China technology including telecom equipment, Internet, media, PCs, display, handsets and software.

Prior to this, he covered Digital Media and Telecom Equipment companies at Bank of America Securities in San Francisco and as an associate analyst with the team covering PCs, Enterprise Hardware, Handhelds, Storage and Semiconductors at Bear Stearns in New York. William began his investment career 17 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 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 as well as was a ranked analyst by Institutional Investor Magazine Asia.

William is a regular presenter at industry conferences and has authored a number of white papers including: The Digital Home Handbook - Intelligence At The Edge and China Internet WVAS - The Second Coming.

He currently sits on the boards of advisors/directors for a number of companies including Yodo1,, Uniqlick, Qvivo, GMobi, Massive Impact, Le Kan, InGameAd, SRT, Socbay, Peacesoft, iTalki, kineticONE, Angelvest, AAMA Shanghai and the Techyizu, Beijing Hive and Digital Matters events.

He holds a BA from Bowdoin College.

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Company Date Round Size Participants
HengZhi 1/2010Seed$400k2
Tokiva Technologies 11/2007Seed2



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