Meet Bill Liao, entrepreneur, philanthropist, diplomat and author, is a co-founder of the social network service XING and CEO of Finaxis AG, a privately held company in the financial services industry. Bill is a special diplomatic envoy for St Kitts and Nevis, with a special interest in sustainable development and the environment. He is also founder and co-ordinator of, a global citizenship initiative, and WeForest, which will reforest twenty million square kilometers of stripped land. Bill is dedicated to the vision that business and enterprise, conducted fairly and with respect for the environment, can and will create a better environment for work, life and the world that we all share. This vision is captured in his book: Stone Soup; a Secret Recipe for Making Something from Nothing. Bill Liao is also a European Venture Partner at SOSV, and a co-founder of Coder Dojo.

On This Episode You’ll Learn:

As a founder, what value do I get from a specialized VC like a Biotech or Fintech focused fund that I might not get from a more general fund?

How is investing in Biotech Startups different than software or hardware, and what are the important KPI’s in the industry?

Besides Ireland’s corporate tax rate of just 12.5% why does Bill think a large amount of Silicon Valley’s Unicorn are so attracted to Ireland when opening up their international offices?

How are the Cork and Dublin scenes different and which is the bigger ecosystem?


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