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March 13, 2019 - Congrats to our portfolio company Nebula Genomics for winning the 11th annual SXSW Pitch, for double crowning as the "Best In Show" winner and blockchain category winner. Way to go George Church, Kamal Obbad, and Dennis Grishin!

March 12, 2019 - Are you wondering what pieces of the software stack Tier 1s will build vs. buy? Or maybe you're curious about how to run autonomous workloads in the cloud? Hemi was looking for answers at the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Auto Tech Day. Thanks to Bain Capital Ventures partner Sarah Smith and principal Kevin Zhang for highlighting Hemi portfolio company Scotty Labs for their teleoperation solution, and glad to hear AWS's new EC2 initiative from Principal Sales Shyam Kumar, Director Jon Jones, and Worldwide Lead Stephen Purpura.

March 7, 2019 - Hemi is proud to back Nebula Genomics for contributing to World Rare Disease Day with their free genomic sequencing platform. There is a tremendous need for more genomic data with 95% of rare diseases still lacking FDA-approved treatment. We back rebels who are changing our shared future in a significant way, like the Nebula team, Kamal Obbad, Dennis Grishin, and Ilana Jacqueline.

March 5, 2019 - Hemi believes that acquisitions can help extend the R&D capabilities of corporates. A great M&A team is a must for big corporates. With the acceleration of the M&A activities, we would like to see more collaboration between our portfolios and our corporate partners. We saw this in action with our exits of Epinomics - Part of 10x Genomics to 10X Genomics. With expertise in M&A activities and partnership with corporate networks, we're bullish about our companies having a strategic plan for the future. Learn more about 2019’s M&A market here.

February 28, 2019 - Hemi was thrilled to be invited to London's fashion week where we witnessed a new generation of designers who shared a spectacular combination of fashion and imagination as the gorgeous models strutted down the catwalk. Their creativity truly inspired us as we want to invest in the most inspiring startups as well. Watch the models strut their stuff here.

February 27, 2019 - Hemi is proud to have backed Starsky Robotics for the past two years. Starsky Robotics was one of our earliest investments in self-driving and they are now perfecting autonomous driving in Florida where they have one of the more progressive policies for testing. Fox 13 recently tagged along with Starsky Robotics as they tested one of the autonomous trucks on the highway. Congrats to Hemi rebels Stefan Seltz-Axmacher and Kartik Tiwari! Watch the video here.

Febrauary 13, 2019 - Happy second anniversary to Kolin Hribar, CEO, and the rest of the Cypre Inc. team. Cypre is helping companies build predictive 3D assays at high throughput and we are proud of what they've achieved.

February 7, 2019 - Congrats to Hemi rebels Angelo Stracquatanio III and Gary Pignata, on Apprentice.io's launch of Tandem 4.0, a premier augmented reality-enhanced collaboration tool. Hemi is excited to see how Apprentice helps our pharma and manufacturing partners perform life-saving research and meet strong production fulfillment.

January 31, 2019 - As we celebrate our first anniversary together, congratulations go out to Scotty Labs and Hemi rebels Tobenna Arodiogbu and Usman Ghani. Together with Google's Gradient Ventures and Horizon Ventures Inc, we are backing the future of driverless cars.

January 29, 2019 - Hemi worked with 12 leading experts in fields such as autonomous driving, biotechnology, robotics, and artificial intelligence to select the 10 best future technologies. This report, 2019 Top 10 Emerging Technologies, is the result of an intensive curation process to provide a glimpse of what the future holds. Thank you to the entrepreneurs and academics who contributed to this project: David Gunning from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Professors Chun Jimmie Ye and Marina Sirota from University of California, San Francisco, Stephanie Culler from Persephone Biome, Paul Giresi and Fergus Chan from Epinomics - Part of 10x Genomics, Alexei Marchenkov from Bleximo Corp., Kevin Quinn from Nebula Genomics, Yao Zhai from Life Dynamap, and Ed Colgate from Tanvas.

January 24, 2019 - Harvard University geneticist, George Church, co-founder of Hemi's portfolio company Nebula Genomics, together with Nobel Physics Laureate Takaaki Kajita and other leading innovators, were selected as part of "The Creative Class of 2019" by Newsweek. Hemi is proud to back innovators like George who have developed creative solutions to the problems our world faces—pollution, economic disparity, war, discrimination, and more.

January 22, 2019 - Being optimistic technologists, we believe in a better future; being venture investors, we know we have a long way to go from identifying the technologies to help them benefit more people. In a recent Medium article, Amy Gu shares how Hemi helps entrepreneurs to cross the chasm by encouraging them to dream big and build new technologies and businesses that will shape the future. Read the full article here.

January 17, 2019 - We have always believed that rapid adoption of facial recognition is one of the biggest upcoming trends. Hemi is happy to see our portfolio company Alcatraz AI, led by Vince Gaydarzhiev, featured in the OODA Trends 2019 as one of the startups using novel approaches for building access control and as a more secure replacement for traditional access cards. Here is the full list of OODA Trends 2019.

January 16, 2019 - Having seen the development of DriveKit from the very beginning, Hemi is excited to share that our portfolio company PolySync is adding Chrysler Pacifica to its flagship DriveKit Lineup. Congrats to Greg Drew and his team on this important milestone. Learn more here.

January 15, 2019 - As one of our earliest self-driving investments, Hemi is proud to announce that Starsky Robotics is the first company to publish a VSSA specific to automated trucks. Congratulations to our rebel founder, Stefan Seltz-Axmacher and Director of Safety Policy, Walter Stockwell. Check out this Business Insider feature of Starsky's plan to use remote control drivers to deploy automated trucks for long-haul shipping.

December 26, 2018 - The latest QYResearchReports show that the Deep Learning Market is expected to be worth US$18Billion by 2023, growing at a rate of 41%. Hemi's portfolio company, Skymind is featured in the report as a leading player in the market. Skymind was our very first portfolio company and is now one of the only AI startups to be listed alongside giants like Google, Microsoft, and IBM. More information about the report can be found here.

December 20, 2018 - We’re interested in the Global Blockchain in Healthcare Market because we think personal genetic data is one of its best use-cases. Our investment in Nebula Genomics came from our shared vision in customers claiming ownership of their genetic information. We’re glad to hear that this global market research study listed Nebula as one of the top key players and that their recent product launch has received attention from NPR, Forbes, MIT Tech Review, Wired, Bloomberg and more. Learn more about Blockchain in Healthcare.

December 19, 2018 - Hemi has invested in the autonomous trucking industry and we believe that when done right, it will improve the safety of the public. Our portfolio company, Starsky Robotics, was featured in an article by Wired, together with Waymo, Uber, and Zoox about their investments in safety. Rebel founder of Starsky Robotics, Stefan Seltz-Axmacher, stated, “In the world of aviation and wider automation, safety engineering is a real discipline.” Read the full article.

December 18, 2018 - Chris Nicholson, co-founder and CEO of portfolio company Skymind.ai, shared in a recent interview, “Skymind was Hemi’s first investment. We’ve benefited from the numerous introductions that Hemi has made for us, and the events they’ve held. That’s helped us raise our visibility and start conversations with other companies involved in AI.” Read the interview here.

November 28, 2018 - Congratulations to our portfolio company PlusAI, Inc. and rebels David Liu and Hao Zheng who have raised Series A led by Sequoia Capital and established strategic cooperation with FAW Group, Full Truck Alliance (FTA) and NVIDIA on large-scale deployment of self-driving trucks in China starting in 2021. Hemi is proud to have supported their vision since the very beginning and excited to see such an important milestone achieved in 2018.

November 21, 2018 - Congratulations to the Alcatraz team and CEO Vince Gaydarzhiev on our second year of partnership. We’re glad to see the team expand and the company continue to grow. Alcatraz is on a mission is to make authentication secure and frictionless.

November 15, 2018 - Our portfolio company Nebula Genomics just launched their platform live at www.nebula.org. We’re proud of the three visionary rebels George Church, Dennis Grishin, and Kamal Obbad for achieving another important milestone in democratizing genomic data.

November 7, 2018 - 10x Genomics, which recently acquired Epinomics, one of Hemi’s portfolio companies, was ranked number one among the Bay Area’s 100 fastest-growing private companies of 2018 by San Francisco Business Times. Via the acquisition, Epinomics will give researchers and drug-development companies a better tool to uncover the biological mechanisms of the epigenome.

October 29, 2018 - The New Jersey Tech Council recently selected our portfolio company Apprentice.io as the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Technology Award for its innovation and leadership within life science industries. The New Jersey-based startup has tripled in size and customer reach, adding numerous top Fortune 100 clients across the U.S., Asia, South America and Europe.

October 25, 2018 - We are happy to celebrate our second anniversary with Robert Kozikowski, Zbigniew Wojna, and the entire Tensorflight team. Tensorflight specializes in automated analysis of satellite and street view imagery for the insurance industry.

October 22, 2018 - Forbes recently asked Amy Gu what single trait makes her business competitive. Amy responded, “The team is something we pay a lot of attention to — particularly how passionate they are.” She went on to explain, “Sometimes ideas come from a random thing in your life. But that random idea will somehow become a big idea if you have the right people with the right passion.” Read the full article here.

October 17, 2018 - Persephone Biome, one of our portfolio companies, is working hard to understand the human microbiome. If you are currently a cancer patient, you can help advance cancer research by donating your stool sample. Learn more here.

October 16, 2018 - Our portfolio company Paladin Cyber, a protection and insurance firm, raised $3.6 Million seed round. Paladin also announced the launch of its insurance product in Arizona, which will soon be followed by Oregon, Colorado, and Nevada. Hemi continued to participate in this round and looks forward to watching this tech rebel company continue to disrupt the industry. Read the article here.

October 11, 2018 - Congratulation to PolySync, Greg Drew (CEO), Ken Keiter (CTO) and the entire team on our second year together. We’re excited about their DriveKit development platform for autonomous vehicles.

October 10, 2018 - Sam Cooper, co-founder of Phenomic AI, has always had a passion for math and technology, so it’s no surprise that this windsurfer has become a tech rebel. In his interview with Hemi, Sam shares how Phenomic AI is breaking boundaries in the biotech industry to accelerate drug discovery with AI and deep learning. Read the full interview here.

October 9, 2018 - Hemi’s Amy Gu shares her experiences as one of the few female founding partners in the industry in an interview with VC Experts Blog. Amy is passionate about helping rebels follow their dreams to change the world. Read the article here.

October 4, 2018 - Congratulations to Starsky Robotics and co-founders Stefan Seltz-Axmacher and Kartik Tiwari on our 2nd Anniversary together. We invested in Starsky when it was just a 4 person team in San Francisco, and we’re proud to see how the team has grown.

September 25, 2018 -Hemi’s portfolio company Paladin announced their partnership with Boost Insurance as their first insurtech partner, taking next step in reshaping the insurance industry. Together with the exciting news, Paladin also appointed Josh Riley as head of insurance. The company will continue to develop risk management services with risk transfer to help clients manage complex cyber-related exposures. Read the press release here.

September 18, 2018 - Our portfolio company Apprentice.io raised $8M Series A for the first conversational AR and AI Platform. Hemi participated in the Series A and looks forward to continuing the journey with these tech rebels as they change the way humans work. Read the press release here.

September 17, 2018 - Hemi’s Amy Gu was featured as part of NVCA’s VentureForward initiative, Rising Stars in VC, a blog series that showcases individuals in the venture industry. In her interview, Amy said, "I am one of the few female founding partners in the industry, and this is by far the most challenging work I’ve ever had. I hope by seeing my success, people will realize that there are great female investors that can bring tremendous value to the table, not because of their gender, but because of their strength." Read the full interview here.

September 11, 2018 - Hemi’s Amy Gu has been featured by both the San Francisco Business Times and Silicon Valley Business Journal as one of the Upstart 50, together with other leading investors including Laura Deming, founder of The Longevity Fund, Steven Hoffman (Captain Hoff), Chairman and CEO of Founders Space, and Joseph Huang, CEO of StartX. Learn more about Upstart 50.

August 29, 2018 - Hemi announced their new investment in Nebula Genomics, the startup that wants to put the entire human genome on the blockchain.  Nebula announced the raise of $4.3 million in Series A. Get the details here.

August 28, 2018 - Our portfolio company Epinomics made headline news with CNBC when they announced their acquisition by 10x Genomics. The company was founded by a team of professors and graduates from Stanford University including Paul Giresi, Fergus Chan, Howard Chang, and William Greenleaf. Learn more here.

July 2, 2018 - Our portfolio company Starsky Robotics continues to make headlines. They were recently featured in an article by Peggy Fisher about how the trucking industry is bracing for technology disruption. Click to read the article.  

June 28, 2018 - Congratulations to Tanvas for winning Gold at the Festival of Media Global Awards with MediaCom Global for the Tanvas Touch enabled app 'Gillette BabyFace.' Learn more about the project here.

June 25, 2018 - Skymind is taking part in a documentary film about AI. “Standing at the Forefront of Chinese Artificial Intelligence” is currently shooting in China and is expected to be released at the end of this year.  While you’re waiting, you can catch Chris Nicholson, CEO of Skymind in a previous documentary, "Road to A.I.”  

June 18, 2018 - Starsky Robotics is mentioned in this article about the future of autonomous trucking.  They are currently running autonomous trucks on the highway, using remote operation for the first and last mile.

June 13, 2018 - Paladin Cyber launched their cyber tools which are now live in Product Hunt. Learn more about Paladin Cyber here.

June 11, 2018 - Our portfolio company, Skymind, is partnering with ePlus, a long time Cisco Gold Partner, to provide a Machine Learning starter kit based on Cisco HyperFlex and Skymind Intelligent Layer (SKIL) software. Click here for more details.

June 11, 2018 - Our portfolio company, Polysync is proud to announce the appointment of Greg Drew as their new Chief Executive Officer.

May 16, 2018 - PolySync, was featured in an article about the growing ecosystem of mobility companies in the Ann Arbor area. PolySync's DriveKit vehicle control interface can turn your vehicle into a remote-control car with a simple one-hour installation.

May 9, 2018 - Starsky Robotics is mentioned in this article that discusses how the terminology in the self-driving car industry is too vague, causing many of the problems we’ve seen recently. At Hemi, we believe the companies we’ve invested in, like Starsky, will help to make the industry safer.

May 7, 2018 - Have some fun with this Deeplearning4j trivia from our portfolio company, Skymind, and Jaxenter!

May 5, 2018 - Congratulations to founders Aaron Nathan and Bryan Galusha and everyone at Point One Navigation on being named a TiE50's Top Startup.

May 1, 2018 - BioAesthetics, a company transforming plastic and reconstructive surgeries through regenerative medicine, closed a financing round led by Hemi Ventures. Hemi is excited to join the BioAesthetics team on their journey to innovate patient care through regenerative medicine. Read more here.

Mar 28, 2018 - Scotty Labs, a tele-operations company that is working on technology to enable people to remotely control self-driving cars, has raised a $6 million seed round from Gradient Ventures with participation from Hemi Ventures and Horizon Ventures.

Mar 28, 2018 - "How A VC Managing Partner Identifies Truly Innovative Ideas"  Amy Gu’s latest interview with Fast Company, shared her thoughts around mentoring founders to help them build innovative ideas into businesses.