‘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 industry partners and customers to build strong ecosystems that help them grow.

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Amy Gu

Managing Partner, Silicon Valley

Amy oversees the firm’s quickly expanding emerging tech portfolios. She builds Hemi’s mission via developing a connected network of industry leaders and disruptive founders. She focuses her effort to help portfolio companies develop growth strategy, and help with corporate investors building innovations. Prior to founding Hemi, she was the first General Manager of Evernote China, where she grew the user base to 20 million in four years. She also served as a growth advisor to Udacity, Robinhood and a handful of scaling tech companies. Fast Company named Amy among its “Most Creative People of 2015”, and “40 under 40 of 2018” by Silicon Valley Business Journal. She holds a MBA from Stanford. She spends her free time hiking across bay area, playing tennis and has run marathons on three continents.

Ken Foo

Ken Foo

Advisor, Silicon Valley

Ken advises Hemi on on strategy, investments and partnership opportunities. He is currently the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Autodesk, Inc. He leads Autodesk’s emerging markets corporate development and strategy activities. Prior to Autodesk, he was a venture capitalist with JT Venture Partners in Boston. In addition to investing in early-stage technology start-ups, he provided business management consulting services to assist technology-focused entrepreneurs in building their visions.Before JT Venture Partners, Ken was an investment banker at a UK based investment bank, Regent Partners, advising M&A transactions in the technology sector worldwide.


Justin Li

Principal, Silicon Valley

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 Group and Green Pine Capital Partners, where he focused on deal sourcing and due diligence. Prior to landing in venture, he founded Bileep, a location-based social app and worked on product management, market development and user acquisition. Justin earned his B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He loves raising his growing family. In his spare time, he unplugs by swimming, sailing and exploring other water sports.

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Ada Liu

Operating Partner, Beijing

Ada is an experienced executives of automotive and mobility industry. She helped build Didi Chuxing, the world's leading mobile transportation platform, and Kuaidi (later merged with Didi) from the ground up. She was the Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships at Didi and Director of Business Development at Kuaidi. She also worked as a senior manager at Amazon and P&G. Ada graduated with an MBA from Tsinghua University.

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Xin Xu

Operating Partner, Beijing

Xin Xu works on operations at Hemi China. He was previously part of Apple Retail, and later Udacity’s founding team in China to support their market entry. As the Head of User Operations at Udacity, Xin expanded the market reach and spearheaded programs customized for local needs. His experience connecting international corporations with domestic talents and business opportunities makes him an expert in international expansion.

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Joel Palathinkal

Venture Partner, New York

Joel is a serial tech entrepreneur, operator, startup advisory board member, and investor.  Prior to joining Hemi, Joel was the Head of Product Development at FactSet (a large financial technology firm), and lead product/technology strategy at large media giants like NBCUniversal, CNBC, CBS, and Cosmo. He also received his Ph.D in software modeling and simulation from the University of Central Florida while serving as a technology lead on flight simulation technology platforms for the Department of Defense and NAVY.

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Mohammad Almojel

Venture Partner, London

Mohammad helps with the outreach to the emerging tech startups in Europe, and builds Hemi’s partnership network with big European corporates. Before Hemi, he was a Principal and then a Senior Advisor at Atlantic Pacific Capital. He later built and managed the investment team of Al-Mojel Company, one of the leading investment groups in Saudi Arabia. He graduated with an MBA from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree with honours from the American University in Dubai.