William Bao Bean | Managing Director, SingTel Innov8
William Bao Bean is currently a MD for SingTel Innov8’s set up in China. William began his investment career 15 years ago as a technology analyst in Taiwan. Most recently he was a partner at Softbank China & India Holdings, an early stage venture capital firm backed by Softbank of Japan and Cisco. 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 Telecom Equipment and Digital Media companies with 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.
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 Massive Impact, Le Kan, InGameAd, SRT, Socbay, Peacesoft, iTalki, Ushi, kineticONE, Angelvest and the Techyizu and Digital Matters events.
William holds a BA from Bowdoin College.