Book-talk with Bill Liao, General Partner at RebelBio, SOSV.com
The interview you’re going to read today is with Bill Liao, a serial investor, entrepreneur, social entrepreneur, and author.
Bill’s a General Partner at SOSV, a venture capital firm that operates startup accelerators all over the world, supporting, mentoring and investing in companies at all stages of growth.
He runs RebelBio, a startup accelerator focused on entrepreneurs that build technologies related to life sciences.
In 2011, he co-founded CoderDojo, an open source, volunteer led community formed to help children learn how to code – a skill that will prove to be valuable in the future.
Another project co-founded by Bill is WeForest, a non-profit organisation with a mission to reforest stripped land, in order to reduce the effects of global warming. In the past years, WeForest planted more than 16 million trees around the world.
And, also, more importantly to us, here, at The CEO Library, he was – through SOSV – the main investor in MavenHut, the gaming company Bobby co-founded in 2012.
And this is only a small portion of his projects, as he invested and supports many more (you can find out more from the contact links at the end of our interview).
We reached out to Bill, curious to find out what books influenced him and what reading he recommends to young people interested in following a similar career path, so keep on reading!
And yes, that’s Bill in the photo, sitting on the actual set of Game of Thrones. 😀
What’s your favorite book and why? Business and non-business, if possible.
I have no single favourite book unless you call Wikipedia a book then that would be my favourite!
Was there a moment, specifically, when something you read in a book helped you? Can you tell me about it?
The Book “Made to Stick” combined with “Poetics” by Aristotle really helped me to see the power of telling great stories with surprises in them and every time I meet a start-up I can always make a contribution to their pitch.
What books had the biggest impact on you? (perhaps changed the way you see things, dramatically changed your career path)
“The Order of Things” by Foucault literally changed my life forever as it demonstrated to me that language is how we make the world.
What books would you recommend to youngsters interested in your professional path? Why? (no number limit here)