Bean, William Bao

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Did Facebook become a WeChat clone? – William Bao Bean
Investment Partner at SOS Ventures and Managing Director of Chinaccelerator, the first and longest running startup accelerator program in China based out of Shanghai

Travels from Shanghai

SOSventures is a US$235m evergreen fund known as the “Accelerator VC” with six partners running five global accelerator programs: HAX for hardware in Shenzhen, Indie.bio for biotech in San Francisco and Ireland, Food-X for food in New York and Chinaccelerator for Internet in Shanghai.  SOSventures invests in over 140 companies per year and over its 22 years has a net realized IRR of 36% putting it in the top 3% of VCs in the world.

Chinaccelerator invests in two batches of 10 startups per year in the Spring and Fall.  The focus is on Internet, helping companies from China and across Asia attack the global market and companies from across the world enter China and SE Asia

“Your contribution was well received and really helped the others to see through the smoke and mirrors.
Thanks for making the trip.”

Wilfred Fan of Agoda on William speech for Priceline.com in Hong Kong

“Our group loved your presentation and appreciated your direct approach to describing Chinese business culture.  Your presentation was fascinating and engaging, delivered with humor, and had our members discussing it for the next two days, which say a lot. Although we have had similar types of presentations delivered by Chinese business people and lawyers, no one has been willing to discuss some of the important but somewhat uncomfortable aspects of Chinese business culture that Westerners really need to understand.  You were the first to address the good, the bad and the ugly for everyone to consider.”

Kathleen Deutsch, vice-chairperson of the Lawyers Associated Worldwide about William´s speech in October 2015.

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William Bao Bean was managing director of Singtel Innov8 between 2010 and 2014. Singtel Innov8 is focused on investing in and driving innovative services and technology from around the world, especially China, to its 350m subscribers in Asia and Africa.
Before that, William Bao Bean was for three years a partner at Softbank China & India Holdings, an early stage venture capital firm that is backed by Softbank of Japan and Cisco and focused on the technology, media and telecom sectors. William began his investment career 12 years ago as a technology analyst in Taiwan. Most recently 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 Telecom Equipment and Digital Media companies with Bank of America Securities in San Francisco. William also worked as an associate analyst with the team covering PCs, Enterprise Hardware, Handhelds, Storage and Semiconductors at Bear Stearns in New York.

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 companies including Punch Entertainment, Radiance, Tokiva, TalkDaTalk, Iotum, iTalki and the Music Matters and ad:tech China conferences. He holds a BA from Bowdoin College.

William Bao Bean explains An European audience in 2017 why China is no.1 in e-commerce

William Bao Bean explains an American audience the advantages of China’s social commerce

And the extended edition (from Germany) is here:

e27 published in their interviews “Meet the VC´s” also the life story of William Bao Bean. Click here for the first part. Part two is here.

William Bao Bean explains how mobile payments by 600 million Chinese are hurting traditional banks and credit card companies

What can governments do to stimulate innovation? William Bao Bean: get out of the way and give visas

Has Facebook become a clone of WeChat? William Bao Bean discusses

Tencent is organized in a different way than most traditional large companies. William Bao Bean discusses the Tencent structure.

William discusses in 2015 in Tel Aviv the competitive climate for tech companies in China