About William

William Bao BeanIn March 2007, William joined with former colleagues who started Softbank China & India Holdings an early stage venture capital firm that is backed by Softbank and Cisco and focused on the technology, media and telecom sectors.

Over his 11 years in equity research William covered a number of industry sectors including PC and enterprise computing, storage, display, peripherals, handsets, semiconductors, telecom equipment, wireless equipment, networking and consumer/media software.

William began his investment career 14 years ago as a technology analyst in Taiwan. Most recently at Deutsche Bank, he was responsible for regional Internet and Telecom Equipment as well as China Technology: telecom equipment (ZTE, UTStarcom, Huawei, ZyXEL, Gemtek, D-Link), Internet (Sina, Sohu, Netease, Shanda, The9, Linktone, Hurray, eLong, Ctrip, Kongzhong, Tom Online and Tencent), Media (Focus Media), PC (Lenovo), Display (TCL), Handset and Software industries. Prior to this, he covered Telecom Equipment and Digital Media companies with Banc 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 Instutional 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. William is a regular presenter at industry conferences and has authored 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, iTalki and the Music Matters and ad:tech China conferences.

William Bao Bean’s Specialties:

My focus is the opportunities created by convergence of technology, media, and telecom segments across borders.

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