‘Hemi’ (hēmi-) means ‘half’ in Greek. We serve as a complementary half to our founders. In addition to capital, we help founders establish pivotal relationships with OEMs, industry partners and customers to build strong ecosystems that help them grow.


Amy Gu
Managing Partner

Amy oversees the firm’s portfolio of AI, autonomous vehicles, robotics, and other emerging tech startups. She is a board director at Tensorfight and BioAesthetics and an observer at PolySync and Apprentice.io. Previous to founding Hemi, she was the first General Manager of Evernote China, where she grew the user base to 20 million inside four years, and served as a growth advisor to Udacity. She leverages her experience to guide portfolio founders on building and scaling their business.

Fast Company named Amy among its “Most Creative People of 2015.” She holds a MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. She unwinds by playing tennis and has run marathons on three continents.


Justin Li

Justin focuses on biotech entrepreneurs whose breakthroughs hold the potential to cure devastating diseases, unlock personalized medicine, and demystify the human genome. He previously worked as an analyst at WI Harper and Green Pine Capital, where he focused on deal sourcing and due diligence. Prior to landing in venture, he founded Bileep, a location-based social app.

Justin earned a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign. He loves raising his growing family. In his spare time, he unplugs by swimming, sailing and exploring other water sports.  


Mike Bai

Mike invests in founders who are building innovations that enable fully autonomous vehicles and automation through AI and smart robotics. His previous work at Amazon, a cross-border investment bank and building his own startups honed his insight into entrepreneurship, hardware, and international supply chain management. He thrives on helping founders navigate the business landscape and shape the future.

Mike graduated from Columbia University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from INSEAD. He is an avid traveler who has visited 54 countries and counting. He also loves to ski, play basketball and scuba dive.


Joel Palathinkal

Venture Partner

Joel is a serial tech entrepreneur, startup advisory board member, and investor. He helps founders with product development, fundraising, and growth strategies. He has advised startups and large enterprises on how to launch and scale their businesses.

He holds a Ph.D in technology from the University of Central Florida. Outside of work, Joel produces electronic music and is writing his first children’s book.