William Bao Bean General Partner at SOSV, serial entrepreneur and a capital markets expert. Being born in China and raised in the US gave William Bao the perfect background to understand both worlds and from his expertise in banking and capital markets, he now tries to bridge the Western world and China, helping companies enter the Chinese market and entrepreneurs through his accelerator.
William Bao Bean is a General Partner at SOSV – The Accelerator VC – the #2 most active angel and seed stage investors 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.
William Bao Bean 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, William Bao Bean 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.
SOSV is a multi-stage venture capital investor. We run multiple world-class vertical accelerator programs, and provide seed, venture and growth stage follow-on investment into superstar companies. Our unique full-stack model has delivered a net IRR over the last 20 years that puts us in the top 10% of all venture funds worldwide.
SOSV provides intellectual and financial capital to accelerate founders’ big ideas for positive change. SOSV has funded over 900 startups to date. We currently fund over 150 startups per year through our programs: HAX (hardware and connected devices), IndieBio (life sciences), Chinaccelerator and MOX (cross-border internet and mobile in Asia), dlab (blockchain, data and decentralization), and Food-X (food innovation).
The company’s vision is to pledge more than funds. They provide the seed capital to get founders moving, a global staff of hands-on engineers, designers, accountants, and scientists to accelerate product development, over 1,000 global mentors with deep market and technical expertise, and a network of fully outfitted laboratory and maker spaces to help startups go further, faster.
“Building a better future means empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs and scientists to solve the biggest challenges that our world is facing today: addressing global health, sustainable food systems, advanced manufacturing, connectivity in the developing world, and beyond. Nearly half of our portfolio companies directly align to the UN’s sustainable development goals and SOSV is proud to be a top investor for female founded companies,” said the company.