Ventures

We invest in Fundamentals

Purpose

  • Purpose Driven

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

  • Founder Oriented

    The world’s most iconic companies have been built and run by founders.  We prefer to partner with management with an ownership mentality – leaders with a vision for the future, creating value for all stakeholders, with an eye on the bottom line.

  • Fundamentals Focused

    We make initial investments in early-stage companies tackling emerging consumer and enterprise opportunities.  We look to partner with management to build world class businesses based on strong operating fundamentals and attractive unit economics.

  • Uncommonly Patient

    We are known for our uncommonly patient approach to building companies.  We look for opportunities to deepen our relationships with high-performing companies, and can make significant capital commitments more than a decade after our initial investment.

  • 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.

Portfolio

People

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.