Hemi Ventures is a seed stage VC investing in breakthrough technology-driven companies. We believe in the powerful positive impacts new technologies can have in the world. Our mission is to be the most helpful hands-on investor to our companies in their early (and fun) days. 

We aim to be the first institutional investor with a minimum investment of $250K to $500K with reserved capital for leading or participating in future rounds.

Beyond capital, we roll up our sleeves to help our founders in areas such as product strategy, customer acquisition, marketing, talent acquisition, and other areas that founders need the most. 


Amy Gu
Managing Partner

Amy is a technology enthusiast, entrepreneur, and philanthropist at heart. She stays deeply involved with founders and companies. She has been touted by many founders as the most helpful among all their investors, and is able to open up her network and make connections like no one else. Being an entrepreneur for the past decade, Amy has helped visionary startups like Evernote and Udacity to the next stage of growth. Amy was voted Fast Company's Most Creative People 2015.


Helen Foo
Operating Partner

Helen has nearly 20 years of success with scaling up global B2B companies from their very early days to $1B+ in value across multiple industry verticals.  Helen's industry experience spans from Telecomm (Lucent), Internet Infrastructure (Akamai, NAS: AKAM) to FinTech (Charles River Development and DataYes). Helen has worked and lived in 7 countries across 3 continents. 


Justin Li

Justin is an entrepreneur turned investor.  After being trained as a Chemist at University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign, he founded Blleep, a location based social app. He then started his investing career at a well established cross-border ventures capital firm in the Bay Area.  He currently leads Hemi's practice in biotech and healthcare startups


Ben Liu

With multiple degrees in mathematics and engineering, Ben got bored of his financial engineering career.  Instead, he decided to focus on becoming an expert in machine learning. He worked at Schroders, CBRE , Lufax.com, and loves working with numbers.


Skymind is the world's leading provider of open-source deep learning enterprise solutions based on Java.


Starsky Robotics is the pioneering autonomous driving systems for commercial trucks. 


Polysync is the operating middleware system for autonomous vehicles, connecting algorithms, sensors and actuators into plug-and-play apps. 


Point One Navigations is the most reliable GPS precision service for autonomous vehicles and unmanned drones. 


Cypre is the top-tier 3D bioprinting company that is drastically improving drug development and precision medicine for cancer patients. 


June 26-27 - New York - O'Reilly's Artificial Intelligence conference - Put AI to Work .  Sign up for Neural networks for time series analysis using Deeplearning4J training. 


Jun 22, 2017 - "At the autonomous [truck] driving startup Starsky Robotics, the present and future of U.S. employment ride in the same cab". 

Jun 20, 2017 - Emerging managers are pushing the VC industry forward -  “It’s good for emerging managers to have an angle to differentiate themselves,” said Amy Gu, Managing Partner of Palo Alto-based Hemi Ventures and new NVCA Member. “As a former entrepreneur, I had the experience of building and growing a company from a very small to a very large size, which gave me great experiences and connections for becoming an investor and helped give us our angle of being a ‘helpful’ VC for founders.” “We’re very patient with our companies. We like to help founders in the areas they need to learn more, which is usually less on the tech side and more on the business side, learning how to fail fast, try new things, work on it, and make the turnaround faster than others,” said Gu.

Jun 8, 2017 - “Google has never understood enterprise,” asserts Chris Nicholson, CEO of Skymind. Google leads in cutting edge AI research, but lags behind Amazon, Microsoft, and IBM in market share for enterprise cloud and AI solutions. To win the enterprise AI wars, the search giant must overcome two key disadvantages.

May 23, 2017 - Driverless car startups should focus on solving real-world problems and having sustaining revenue model rather than worrying about quick exit, comments Amy Gu, Partner at Hemi Ventures and Josh Hartung, CEO of Polysync in today's Financial Times article: Driverless car inspire a new gold rush in California

May 22, 2017 - “Google is applying machine and deep-learning to about 2,500 different use cases internally now. Apple should be doing the same,” asserted Chris Nicholson, CEO of Skymind, the creators of the DL4J deep learning library in a recent Tech Crunch article. He also commented on Google's AI stack, “The question is: how easy is it?” says Chris Nicholson, [...] “Do you have to be a Google engineer to understand the stack?” in a Wired article.

April 19, 2017 - Hemi Ventures' managing partner, Amy Gu, shared her insights on fund formation on a panel at Orrick law firm. 

April 17, 2017 - Point One has shared their data from their winning run at the SelfRacingCars event this April. High precision localization data and camera data available to anyone: https://lnkd.in/gQCdStt

April 2, 2017 - Hemi Ventures' portfolio company, Point One, wins self-driving car race at the Thunderhill West race track in Northern California. 

March 29, 2017 - “Safety is really not about the 99 per cent use case, it is about the .00001 per cent of the time something crazy happens,” explains Josh Hartung, founder of PolySync, a start-up that makes software for self-driving cars

February 28, 2017 - Hemi Ventures' portfolio company, Starsky Robotics, came out of stealth. The company has already used its autonomous trucks for paid jobs, including a 5,000-lb haul covering 140 miles, with 85% of those driven by the truck itself.

January 20, 2017 - Hemi Ventures' Founding Partner, Amy Gu, to be a judge at MIT Technology Review's "The world's top ten breakthrough technology in 2017" China showcase on February 21

December 6, 2016 - Business Insider names our portfolio company, Skymind, as one of the top enterprise startups to work for in 2017. Skymind cofounder Adam Gibson and top engineer Josh Patterson were tapped by famed tech publisher O'Reilly to write its guide to "deep learning," a core technology in building AI

November 17, 2016 - Hemi Venture's portfolio company, PolySync, wins 2016 Top Ten Automotive Startups™ Competition At LA Auto Show's AutoMobility LA™.  PolySync was chosen for developing an operating system that helps to simplify and accelerate the development, testing and implementation of autonomous driving technologies


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