Anish Patel
Anish is currently Senior Investment Director at SAIC Capital, led 10 direct investments and currently responsible for 8 portfolio companies ( Fingertips Labs, YourMechanic, Solid Energy, SDCmaterials, Savari , Via Transportation, Circle Financial and undisclosed company). He primarily focuses on technologies related to autonomous vehicles, new business models, financial technology and big data / artificial intelligence.

Before SAIC Capital, Anish was an Investment Manager at General Motors Ventures for four years. At GM Ventures he led 9 investments and was responsible for 10 portfolio companies. He invested in early and growth stage companies as well as startups focused on autonomous vehicles, infotainment, SAAS, automotive software and cleantech.

Anish joined GM in May 2005 upon graduating from Michigan State University with a bachelor degree in finance and economics and is currently pursuing his master of business administration. Anish has held various positions in GM’s Corporate Risk Management and Corporate Strategy & Business Development, and has worked on a number of key assignments, most notably Enterprise Risk Management and several corporate restructuring initiatives.



Michael Cohen
Michael Cohen is an accomplished executive with an extensive background in entrepreneurship and venture capital. Michael is currently an Investment Director with SAIC Capital, and responsible to SAIC Capital’s investments in Getaround, Vicarious and MetaWave. On behalf of SAIC Capital, Michael is focused on investments in the autonomous driving (software and sensors), connected vehicles, artificial intelligence, financial technology and disruptive business models sectors. SAIC Capital is the venture capital investment arm of Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation – the 45th largest company in the world and the largest automotive group in China.

Michael also served as a Managing Director and the Chairman of the Investment Committee of Venovate Marketplace, Inc. Michael was previously the Managing Principal for Global Crossing Ventures, the founder of Advanced Data Centers, and the founder of Industry Ventures Acquisition Fund (Aperture). Michael was also associated with CIBC Oppenheimer’s Technology Investment Banking Group where he completed over $1 billion of transactions, and as a Senior Consultant for KPMG. Michael has an MS in Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, and a BA from Connecticut College.



Lei Qi

Lei Qi has extensive background in venture capital, corporate strategy and business operations. She has advised fortune 500 senior executives and management team, evaluated multiple private and venture deals, and serves as the strategic thought partner for several China and US based companies/organizations.

Lei is currently an investor at SAIC Capital, led two investments and participated in 3 investments. She primarily focuses on mobility, AI, autonomous driving, cloud, and big data.

Prior to SAIC, Lei worked at Bain & Co advising Fortune 500 senior executives and management team on international business development, corporate strategy as well as operational improvement. Lei has also advised leading private equity funds as a member of PEG group at Bain.

Lei received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Dartmouth College with a Minor in Art History. She is also the co-founder of Women in Silicon Valley.