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

We aim to be the first institutional investor in a company with an investment range of $250K to $500K. We reserve 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, future fundraising 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. 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. 



Mike Bai

After graduating as a mechanical engineer from Columbia University, Mike hustled for 6 years in Shenzhen,China – learning the ins and outs of entrepreneurship, hardware and the international supply chain. Following stints at INSEAD, Amazon and a cross-border boutique investment bank, Mike is excited to help founders navigate the business landscape and shape the future. 


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 has worked in various venture funds before —  including WI Harper and Green Pine Capital on deal sourcing and due diligence. 


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. 


Plus.AI is developing autonomous driving solutions powered by deep learning.


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


Epinomics is decoding the programming of our genome to drive personalized medicine and impact drug development and clinical applications.


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. 


Aug 21, 2017 - Portfolio company Skymind is providing deep learning training classes. The two classes offered are “Deep Learning: Building Neural Networks Using Deeplearning4j” and “Deep Learning Paths to Production with Keras and DL4J”. 

Please click on a link below to register. They have workshops Scheduled for Toronto, New York City, Washington DC and a virtual class delivered online.  

Introduction to Deeplearning4j
Aug 30, 2017

Online Class
Deep Learning: Building Neural Networks Using Deeplearning4j
Oct 17-19, 2017

New York City
Deep Learning Paths to Production with Keras and DL4J
Oct 30-31, 2017

Washington DC
Deep Learning Paths to Production with Keras and DL4J
Nov 8-9, 2017

Toronto ON
Deep Learning: Building Neural Networks Using Deeplearning4j
Nov 14-16, 2017

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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