Alter Technical Fellowship (3+ months)

Asia & Africa
Alter Fellowship Program
Alter Fellow
Alter finds and scales the best tech ventures in the developing world. Our mission is to transform developing countries through high-growth entrepreneurship. We believe that traditional international aid fails to get at the root cause of extreme poverty: a lack of sustainable and scalable value creation. So, we find the top tech companies in the developing world that have the potential to create economic opportunity at scale in their country. We support not just high-growth ventures, but high-character founders - they’re not just building their companies, they’re defying all odds to build their countries and are inspiring others to do the same.

Alter was founded three years ago out of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Alter currently works with 12 ventures in Haiti, Cuba, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Myanmar, with operations launching in Nigeria and Pakistan this year. Since 2015, our ventures have created 2,334 jobs, now generate est. annual revenues of $492M+, and have provided basic services to 2M+ people.

Alter Technical Fellowship Program

Alter's Technical Fellowship is designed to provide professionals with deep technical expertise with the opportunity to support fast-growing ventures that are creating hundreds of jobs and serving millions of consumers in developing countries. Tech Fellows will work closely with the CTO and leadership to guide and build the technology to scale the impact of business, with the opportunity to lead teams and build capabilities within the organization. The Fellowship is designed for 6 months, but may be modified in length if necessary. The Fellowship Program will start on January 11th.

Alter’s Fellows will be instrumental in the growth and strategic operations of ventures that are creating economic opportunity in the world’s least developed places. Alter’s ventures are creating value and forging new paths for business in frontier markets, and Fellows play a crucial role in creating this impact.

Potential projects could include: re-architecting an increasingly complex back-end infrastructure of Bangladesh's largest ride-hailing company, owning and improving the user experience of a product for Myanmar's main online travel service, or using big data to guide a Bangladeshi grocery delivery app's product development, operational workflows, and customer-product interaction. Fellows will likely have the flexibility to design and modify their projects in conversation with the company Alter Fellows will be instrumental in building the technology at the backbone of fast-growing business that are creating value and forging new paths for business in frontier markets. Alongside working with exceptional entrepreneurs, Fellows will additionally have the opportunity to lead and mentor others, be immersed in a new business culture and geography, and gain access to the Alter network of leaders, experts, and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and beyond. 

Training

Alter will organize an orientation and a short training program in San Francisco for the Fellows to meet each other and learn more about Alter’s model and its partner companies. At the orientation, the Fellows will develop learning outcomes for their individual goals for the duration of the fellowship. The orientation will also include training on business cultures in Alter’s countries of operation, briefs on host organizations, and resources that the Fellows will have access to on the ground. The orientation will allow the Fellows to meet and bond with their cohort and meet Alter’s staff and supporters.
 
Program structure

Fellows have the option to embark on project-based experiences lasting between 3 and 6 months. Projects will launch in January 2019 and the projects may be in either Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nigeria, or Pakistan. Host companies will provide Fellows with housing, transportation, and a stipend that will be sufficient to cover living expenses within the country. The Fellow will be embedded within the organization and report to senior management within the host organization.

Alter contacts on the ground

Alter’s Director of Asia will be available for the Fellows in Myanmar and Bangladesh to ensure they have the best environment to perform and learn through their projects. While Alter’s Director of Asia will exist as a part of the Fellows’ support network and can be a resource if any challenges arise, the Fellow will not be supervised by Alter personnel daily. Instead, Alter will ensure that the Fellow’s overall experience is fulfilling and comfortable by checking in on a biweekly basis. 

Requirements

    • At least 2 years of work experience at a top technology company in a technical (e.g. software engineering, data science) or product management role, ideally with experience working on a project end-to-end at scale, and leading others in the process.
    • A passion for social impact and open-mindedness and flexibility to work in unique business contexts in developing countries
    • Candidates are not expected to have prior experience in any specific industry or country, and not expected to be fluent in any language except for English.

Application Process

    • Please submit your resume and cover letter (optional; no longer than 1 page).  Alter will work with its ventures to select candidates for interviews. Once selected for interviews, you will have an initial behavioral interview with Alter’s core team. Based on fit and interest, you will have follow-up interviews with technical leadership of the ventures, which may include a coding interview or a brief take-home project. While Alter facilitates the process, ultimately your Fellowship placement will depend on mutual interest between you and the portfolio company.
    • Please keep in mind that this is a rolling process, and thus an earlier submission of your application will allow for greater flexibility in company and project selection.
For more information, please review the full Alter Fellowship Brochure