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William Bao Bean
Partner, Softbank China & India Holdings

William Bao Bean has been a partner at Softbank China & India Holdings, an early stage venture capital firm backed by Softbank of Japan and Cisco and focused on the technology, media and telecom sectors, since March 2007. Mr Bean began his investment career 14 years ago as a technology analyst in Taiwan. Most recently at Deutsche Bank, he covered 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 Banc of America Securities in San Francisco. Mr Bean 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. Mr Bean 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, SRT, Radiance, Massive Impact, Naiscorp - Socbay, Peacesoft - Chodientu, IVIVI, Tokiva, iTalki Niurenku, Angelvest Shanghai, and The Music Matters, as well as ad:tech China conferences. He holds a BA from Bowdoin College in the US.

 

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