William Bao Bean

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About William Bao Bean

William Bao Bean
SOSV - General Partner
Chinaccelerator - Managing Director
MOX - Managing Director

William is a General Partner at SOSV - The Accelerator VC - the #4 most active seed investor in the world 2017 with US$300m under management. At SOSV he is the Managing Director of Chinaccelerator the first accelerator to launch in Asia and the first to have a unicorn – Bitmex the largest crypto derivatives exchange in the world – go through its program. He is also Founder and Managing Director of MOX, the Mobile Only Accelerator with 167m smartphone users on its platform, helping mobile startups expand globally. 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 responsible for Internet and Telecom Equipment in Asia and China Tech, Media and Telecom.

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 #3 stock picker overall for Hong Kong/China and #1 stock picker in Technology, Media and Telecom by Thomson Reuters Starmine. William has done 160 early stage investments including Shopal - social ecommerce, Snapask - tutoring platform, Yodo1 - mobile games platform, GMobi - smartmobile platform, DemystData - fintech, Lekan - children's media platform acquired by Condé Nast, and Massive Impact - mobile adtech acquired by GMobi, Playspan - payment platform acquired by Visa. He currently sits on the boards of advisors/directors of Neonan, Robin8, DYAD, SRT IDC, italki, Yodo1, GMobi, iTalki, and kineticOne as well as organizations including Angelvest, Angelcrunch (天使汇), Digital Matters, Techyizu and the US China Strong Foundation. He holds a BA from Bowdoin College.

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SOSV is a global venture capital firm that operates early stage startup development programs.

SOSV’s programs are focused on revolutionary deep technology that promises the betterment of humanity and the planet.

The firm’s strategy is to invest in a small number of highly promising startups and use its deeply resourced programs to accelerate product development, acquire customers, and scale. SOSV companies consistently raise funding rounds led by top tier investors. SOSV joins seed, Series A, and later rounds while providing founders with ongoing support and community. 

As of January 2024, SOSV had more than 1,000 portfolio companies and $1.5 billion in assets under management.

SOSV’s programs include hard tech-oriented HAX and life-science driven IndieBio. Both offer deep technical and scientific expertise on-site as well as well-equipped lab and fabrication facilities and supply chain access. 

Among the top companies in SOSV’s portfolio are NotCo, Upside Foods, Unspun, Opentrons, Mycoworks, and Prime Roots. 

SOSV releases the annual Human Health 100, a list of the firm’s top human health investments in areas ranging from assistive robotics to therapeutics and diagnostics. 

SOSV also publishes the annual Climate Tech 100, a list of the firm’s top climate-focused investments working on solutions to climate change across five sectors: food, manufacturing, transport, energy, and building systems. 

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