We invest in Fundamentals


  • Fundamentals Focused

    We focus on early-stage companies (typically $1 to 10 million revenue) tackling big consumer and enterprise opportunities.  We look for strong operating fundamentals – attractive unit economics, capital-efficient growth, and pragmatic operating plans. 

  • Founder Oriented

    The world’s most iconic companies have been built and run by founders.  We prefer to partner with founders who run their companies with an ownership mentality – leaders with a compelling vision for the future and an equal eye on the bottom line. 

  • Uncommonly Patient

    We are known for our uncommonly patient approach to building companies.  We look for opportunities to deepen our ownership in high-performing companies over long periods of time, and can remain a shareholder for a quarter century or more.

  • Contrarian by Nature

    We don’t chase trends or hot sectors.  We work from first principles, evaluating each team, company and market on its independent merits.  We avoid overfunded areas and prefer companies taking idiosyncratic approaches to solving big problems.

  • Purpose Driven

    We are privileged to invest on behalf of dozens of institutional investors, most with charitable, educational or non-profit missions. Serving entrepreneurs is a calling for us, and we prefer investing in founders with an equally strong sense of purpose.



Ram Gupta

Ram is an Altos Advisor. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors at both Aryaka Networks and Joveo, Inc., in addition to serving as an independent director at a number of other privately-held companies. Ram previously was a Managing Partner at Nexus Venture Partners, served as President and CEO of Cast Iron Systems, was the Executive VP at PeopleSoft, Inc., and held senior positions at WebMD Health Corp., SGI, IBM, and TCS. Ram received a B.S. in Electronics Engineering from BITS, Pilani, India and a M.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In addition, he is a member of MENSA and holds several patents in the U.S.