Amplify Partners Welcomes Lisha Li to its Investment Team

Menlo Park, CA – August 9, 2017 – Amplify Partners, a premier early-stage venture capital firm focused on the next generation of IT infrastructure and data-driven technology, today announced the hiring of its newest Principal, Lisha Li. Lisha joins Amplify Partners from UC Berkeley where she recently completed her PhD in Statistics and Machine Learning.

“We are thrilled to welcome Lisha to Amplify,” said Sunil Dhaliwal, General Partner, Amplify Partners. “Her expertise in machine learning and connections in both academia and industry are topped only by her talent for building relationships with promising entrepreneurs.”

Lisha will be focused on identifying the next generation of outstanding entrepreneurs building applications powered by Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. She will work alongside the entire Amplify team to help those founders build game-changing companies.

“I’m honored to be joining Amplify Partners,” said Lisha. “The firm has a tremendous history of backing visionary technical founders, and I’m excited for the opportunity to help shape the future of applied machine learning.”

“We back companies very early and in markets where we have uncommon expertise,” said Mike Dauber, General Partner, Amplify Partners. “We’re excited to add Lisha’s deep domain knowledge and network to our collective skillset.”

Lisha completed her PhD at UC Berkeley focusing on deep learning and probability applied to clustering in graphs. At Berkeley she worked with Prof. David Aldous and Prof. Joan Bruna and was supported by the prestigious NSERC CGS fellowship. Lisha has previously interned as a data scientist at both Pinterest and Stitch Fix. She earned her MS in Mathematics at the University of Toronto with Highest Distinction and was advised by Prof. Balazs Szegedy in the area of Graph Limits.


Amplify Partners is an early-stage venture capital firm that works side by side with first-time founders and serial entrepreneurs to transform their groundbreaking ideas into companies that win. Over thirty-five founding teams in infrastructure and data-driven technology have selected Amplify as their partner on the path to success. With expertise gained from decades of experience, the Amplify team provides critical help with engaging early customers, establishing product-market fit and attracting the right talent to realize their vision.

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