We first met Jesse Sullivan 3 years ago over lunch at Stanford's Jimmy V's cafe. A former counterinsurgency analyst in Afghanistan and Stanford GSB graduate, he told us about his failed attempts to change the world through charity, military, and government solutions, but continued to outline a bold new vision that could affect millions of people.
Eliminate extreme poverty.
Establish conditions for peace.
These were his goals, and he believed they were all possible through entrepreneurship. Every nation has game-changing entrepreneurs who can create outsized value. And with the right resources and mentorship, they can create thousands of jobs necessary to build their economies. It goes beyond micro-entrepreneurship and charity.
This is where Alter comes in. They go to countries where most investors won't and find the highest competency management teams. These entrepreneurs become role-models who lead the transformation of their own national ecosystems.Early this year, Alter launched in its third country. And after years of keeping in touch, Jesse invited us to to meet with several of the entrepreneurs that Alter was working with in Myanmar, Afghanistan, and Haiti.
Among them, we met a businessman who is paving the way for a bribe-free Afghanistan.
We met an entrepreneur who has hired hundreds of locals by exporting Haitian made beauty products.
We met a CEO who grew a single grocery store into a multi-faceted corporation that ensures thousands of families can consistently put food on the table.
We met leaders building companies and their countries.