‘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.


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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Joel Palathinkal

Venture Partner, New York

Joel focuses on building network with the innovative startups on AI application in massive industry. Prior to joining Hemi, Joel was the Head of Product Development at FactSet, Sr. Program Director at NBC and Product Manager at Hearst and CBS. With a PhD in software modeling and simulation from University of Central Florida, he also served as a tech lead on flight simulation at U.S. Department of Defense. Outside of work, Joel produces electronic music and is writing his first children’s book.

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Mohammad Saad

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.