Every nation has a few game-changing entrepreneurs who create outsized value. We select the highest character, highest competency management teams leading the most scalable ventures.
Even the best entrepreneurs in frontier markets lack access to the resources they need to scale. We match them with talent, networks, expertise, and investments from the world’s most prolific entrepreneurial ecosystem - Silicon Valley.
Our ventures scale-up to create thousands of new jobs and deliver essential products and services to millions of people. Our entrepreneurs become role-models who lead the transformation of their own national ecosystems.
Born out of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, we live and work where Silicon Valley meets the frontier
I grew frustrated by my failed attempts to create change in the world’s toughest places through traditional charity, military, and government solutions. Alter was born out of a desire to bring together two radically different worlds: Silicon Valley, where the future is being created, and frontier markets, where many still struggle to survive.
I love solving puzzles - especially those with a purpose. The elimination of poverty is the puzzle I want to solve in my lifetime. I was born in a middle-class family in a developing country, but have been exceptionally fortunate to go to some of the best schools, and work across four continents in the public and private sector. With all of that, if I don't solve this puzzle, well, who will?
Director of Asia
Poverty doesn't have a silver bullet solution. From Bamako to Yangon I've seen well-intended interventions fall flat, often because incentives and context weren't sufficiently considered. In those same regions, however, I've met talented entrepreneurs whose companies provide valuable services and create much-needed jobs in the process. High-growth businesses can step up to the plate where others have failed, and working for Alter allows me to help such firms achieve their full potential.
Chief of Staff
From living and researching in some of the world's least developed places, I've learned that entrepreneurship is accomplishing what decades of cookie-cutter international aid programs have failed to do: stimulate sustainable economic opportunities from the ground up. It's an honor to help empower the ventures that are creating prosperity and opportunity in the parts of the world that need it most.