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May 23, 2019 - Hemi's Amy Gu received a special (and fun) UNI-CUB demo at Honda Xcelerator with Dennis Clark, Managing Director at Honda Innovations. The UNI-CUB is the world's first omni-directional driving wheel system. Click here to see a picture.
May 21, 2019 - Blockchain is emerging as the next must-have technology because of its robust privacy design and interoperability that can be applied to a wide range of healthcare needs. Come join us on June 2nd to hear founders of Nebula Genomics share how they're enabling consumer genomics data-sharing through blockchain. RSVP now at hemibio2019.splashthat.com.
May 20, 2019 - As nanotechnology advances, it is breaking down barriers in biological systems. Hemi portfolio NAVAN Technologies, Inc. developed NanoStraw technology to optimize intracellular access. On June 2nd, CEO Michael Nowak will preview how Navan is shifting the paradigm to enable durable, effective cell & gene therapies. RSVP now at hemibio2019.splashthat.com.
May 16, 2019 - Hemi and our portfolio BioAesthetics want to make an impact on breast cancer treatment. The team has been active in the breast cancer community. This past weekend BioAesthetics participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
May 15, 2019 - Hemi portfolio, Starsky Robotics, continues to push the boundaries of autonomous trucking. They are in conversations with the Louisiana House committee to set up the legal and regulatory framework for driverless trucks. This will allow their autonomous trucks, which have already been operating in FL, to pass state lines. Learn more here.
May 14, 2019 - AI tools have incredible potential to impact biopharma. At BIO, we will showcase how novel algorithms are changing the way we treat data. Hemi invests in a variety of cutting edge biotechnologies including Phenomic AI. Sam Cooper will share his work on AI-guided phenotypic screening.
May 13, 2019 - At BIO, Hemi will present how the next generation of sequencing technologies are revamping high-throughput biology. Speaker Nate Cira and co-founders developed Mendo in Stephen Quake’s lab at Stanford, creating the first truly portable and scalable electrically-actuated microfluidic valve. Mendo is just one of Hemi's portfolios making sequencing lighter, cheaper, powerful, and portable.
May 9, 2019 - Happy investment anniversary to the PlusAI, Inc. team led by Hemi rebels David Liu and Hao Zheng. Thanks for all of your hard work to bring autonomous driving technology to the trucking industry in China.
May 8, 2019 - Hemi's recent biotech investments include experts in cell and gene therapy like NAVAN Technologies, Inc. Dr. Nowak will be presenting their NanoStraw transfection technology at the 2019 Cell & Gene Meeting on the Mediterranean.
May 7, 2019 - Hemi portfolio Skymind.ai was recently listed as one of the top investments in AI by Analytics Insight. Find out how AI can help humanity move through a very uncertain future in our interview with Skymind co-founder and CEO, Chris Nicholson.
May 6, 2019 - We are bringing the Silicon Valley to Philly with forward-thinking trends in healthcare. We'd like to invite pharmaceutical companies, biotech startups, and academics to join us on June 2nd for an exciting afternoon before the BIO International Convention to network with peers and industry leaders who are shaking up Biotech and Healthcare. Click here for more details.
May 2, 2019 - Biotech is a vast frontier with untapped potential. That's why Hemi backs great scientists like George Church and Nebula Genomics. Our shared goal is to get enough people's genome sequenced for free to end inherited disease. Learn more here.
May 1, 2019 - Hemi portfolio Point One Navigation's Aaron Nathan thinks that the future of autonomous vehicles is in specialized applications. Read this interview with Aaron to find out why autonomous vehicles will be responsible for reshaping how we plan and build cities and suburbs.
April 30, 2019 - We will go to Philadephia soon to judge the Start-Up Stadium at the BIO International Convention with the mission to evaluate and vote for the most cutting-edge bio-tech companies of tomorrow.
April 29, 2019 - We have invested in NAVAN Technologies, Inc.'s seed round, together with Amgen Ventures and High-Tech Gründerfonds. Navan’s NanoStraw platform technology can speed up medical and biological research and could one day improve gene therapy for diseases of the eyes, immune system, and cancers. Read more here.
April 25, 2019 - Unicorn startups are proving their worth. With Pinterest and Zoom ending with shares sharply higher on IPO Day, more investors are willing to take on the risks of the latest crop of tech startups. Click here to see what we look for in the next generation of such frontier technology.
April 24, 2019 - Hemi was an early investor in Point One Navigation, one of our self-driving portfolios. The New York Times featured how Point One broke into the field of self-racing cars with an event record and is the only team this year to complete an autonomous lap. Read more about it here.
April 23, 2019 - What do savvy investors read? On World Book Day, Hemi's Amy Gu recommends reading Principles by Ray Dalio. Building a great VC and a great startup both take a strong commitment to principles. Hemi is committed.
April 22, 2019 - The investor prize at the Bio Exhibition this year offers a chance for five winners to have an advisory discussion with Hemi. This is an amazing opportunity to dialogue with Hemi and learn from their experiences helping entrepreneurs. We look forward to working with these innovative rebels!
April 17, 2019 - Hemi portfolio, Alcatraz AI, is working to replace office badge readers with facial recognition camera systems. Alcatraz was selected as one of the Top-10 booths to visit at ISC West, the largest US security event.
April 16, 2019 - Hemi portfolio, Apprentice.io, had an all-star presence at Interphex, one of the largest biopharma manufacturing conferences. Angelo Stracquatanio III, gave a keynote speech on "The Evolution of EBR: Augmented Batch Records." It was standing room only!
April 15, 2019 - Hemi invested in Nebula Genomics with the belief that genomic sequencing is for everyone, and everyone should own their data. Nebula works with Hemi “because Hemi always stands out as one of the most proactive investors,” said Dennis Grishin, co-founder of Nebula. Cick here to read how Nebula plans to wipe out inherited disease.
April 11, 2019 - Hemi backed Cypre's 3D cell culture platform early on and was excited to see Cypre Inc.'s Kolin Hribar speak at the American Association for Cancer Research track about their immune exclusion in vitro model.
April 10, 2019 - Congrats to Bob Crutchfield for launching their new philanthropic impact fund, BrightEdge Ventures with the American Cancer Society, the largest private source of funding for cancer research in the U.S. We know our contribution to this partnership will be making a difference in many lives.
April 9, 2019 - Skymind was the first company we invested in, and we just tripled down on their latest round. Hemi's Amy Gu shares the backstory for the first time. Thanks, Chris Nicholson and Adam Gibson, for trusting us and the new fund three years ago, as much as we trusted you from the beginning of this journey. Click here to read the story.
April 8, 2019 - Hemi knows that having the right team is one of the keys to success. Scotty Labs has put together a stellar team in a short amount of time and recently added Terry Fong, Chief Scientist at NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration to the team. Should we expect a Scotty Exploration Rover soon?
April 4, 2019 - At Hemi, we’re all about working hard, but we know the value of taking a time out to get to know our founders better. We recently mingled with founders at our Spring Happy Hour.
April 3, 2019- Hemi sees a strong future in the autonomous trucking industry to not only make our roads safer but to bring more jobs. Our portfolio company, PlusAI, Inc., is highlighted in NVIDIA's kickoff video for solving one of the greatest challenges of our time. They are finding safer paths for cross country delivery. Watch the video here.
April 2, 2019 - With our investments in life-changing technologies, Hemi hopes to also be a part of history someday. It's our honor to join founding fathers of venture capitals at the Computer History Museum. Bill Draper from Draper International, Pitch Johnson from Asset Management, and Dick Kramlich from New Enterprise Associates (NEA).
March 28, 2019 - Could the microbiome be the key to new cancer treatments? Here's the answer featuring Stephanie Culler and Steve Van Dien from Persephone Biome, in an article by Smithsonian Magazine.
March 25, 2019 - Hemi tripled down on Skymind.ai - Deep learning for the JVM, our fund's first investment, in the new $11.5 million round. As our first bet, Skymind and Hemi have been growing together -- we're glad to share the journey with rebels Chris Nicholson and Adam Gibson.
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 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.
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 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.