Altpoint Ventures is headquartered in Greenwich, CT, with offices in NYC and LA. We work with founders and teams based on their needs. Sometimes a founder and his idea are working side by side with us in the office, other times we are active board members meeting monthly, and then sometimes we are only needed as a sounding board for an exit. Whatever our companies need, we’ll find a way to provide the right support.
Gerald T. Banks
Founder & Managing Partner
Gerald (also known as “Guerman”) is the founder and Managing Partner of both Altpoint Ventures (www.altpointventures.com) and Altpoint Capital Partners (www.altpointcapital.com), an investment management group that he established in 2009 across its offices in New York, Los Angeles, Houston, and most recently, Tokyo.
Gerald’s significant career milestones include his work as a senior investment banker at Merrill Lynch where he was a Director of Equity Markets in both New York and London, responsible for numerous capital markets, M&A advisory, and equity derivatives transactions. Following a seven year span at Merrill Lynch, Gerald joined Dresdner Kleinwort in London as the co-head of the bank’s convertible bond business. Immediately prior to founding Altpoint, he was engaged with the Interros group of companies where he held senior executive and non-executive roles for two large publicly listed entities, Rosbank and Norilsk Nickel. He currently is on the board of directors of ByteGrid Holdings LLC, Roadstruck, Inc. (Honk) and Ford Models Inc.
Gerald’s professional focus has always traded on big ideas, data driven analysis, and robust execution. He loves engaging with and supporting brilliant non-standard thinkers.
He is an expert aviator realizing his childhood dream of being a pilot, and has a penchant for the philosophy of science, as well as for the Japanese culture and aesthetics.
Gerald holds a Masters Degree in Finance from London Business School and a Masters in Philosophical Foundations of Physics from Columbia University.
Managing Director & Partner, New York
Andy has worked as a senior professional in the finance industry for over 20 years, with a passion for solving complex problems, finding value in distressed situations and building great businesses.
His career highlights include managing the performance and exit of a $10 Billion+ portfolio of private equity and venture capital assets for the Lehman Brothers estate. Following his 5 year span of principal investment management at Lehman, Andy filled a career-long goal of taking an operating role at one of his portfolio companies as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of a privately held network communications, information assurance and cybersecurity firm.
Andy began his career with 11+ years in various roles as an investment banker at Alex Brown, DLJ and Credit Suisse where he completed numerous complex capital raising and advisory transactions. Andy has known Altpoint since its founding in 2009, and he officially joined the firm in 2013 to help grow the investment management business and expand the firm’s focus into new business building initiatives.
Andy has been an active board member of 12 companies throughout his career, and currently acts as Chairman of the Board for ByteGrid Holdings, LLC and ANARAQ. He is also a current board member of Vazata.
When Andy is not helping to build great companies, he can be found on the baseball field coaching his three children. He has a passion for teaching not only the skills of the game to young kids, but for using sports to build character and grow great future leaders/entrepreneurs.
Andy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Princeton University and an MBA from the Darden School at University of Virginia.
Managing Director & Partner, New York
Brett has been with Altpoint since 2009. While at Altpoint, he has focused on investments in the healthcare, business services and energy industries. Prior to Altpoint, Brett was a Managing Director at Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co., a New York-based private equity fund, where he invested in the healthcare, consumer and business services sectors. Brett started his career as a management consultant with Bain & Company in Boston working on private equity and general business strategy engagements.
Brett has served on over a dozen portfolio company Board of Directors over the past several years; he currently serves as a director of ByteGrid, ANARAQ Holdings, Pyote Water Solutions and Saber Oil & Gas.
Throughout his career Brett has had a particular interest in the healthcare industry. From a high school summer job in a call center for a managed care company, to consulting projects working for industry thought leaders, to private equity investments in healthcare services, pharmaceutical distribution and natural health sectors, Brett has been in and around healthcare companies for over 25 years. At Altpoint he continues to work in the space and enjoys interacting with entrepreneurs who have great ideas and a passion to improve patients’ lives and health.
Brett earned a Bachelor of Science in Commerce with distinction from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Vice President, New York
Arvind is a Vice President of Altpoint Capital Partners based in New York. Prior to Altpoint, Arvind was a Director in the Strategic Technology Investments Group at New York Life Investments. Arvind was previously an Associate in the Private Equity Group at the Lehman Brothers Estate and an Associate at Lightyear Capital, a middle market private equity firm focused on the financial services and financial technology sectors. He began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst at Bear Stearns.
Arvind obtained his MBA from Columbia Business School and his BS in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Vice President, New York
Anton has transitioned to Altpoint Ventures from Altpoint Capital. While working with Altpoint Capital, he focused on investments in energy, financial services, industrial services, telecommunications, media and healthcare.
Before his involvement with Altpoint, Anton worked in Kazimir Partners, a European hedge fund with offices in London, New York and Moscow, where he was responsible for analyzing investments for a wide range of industries in Eastern Europe.
From 2005 to 2007 Anton was a Senior Associate at Société Générale IB, focusing on M&A transactions in telecom, retail, real estate and commercial banking industries. Prior to his work in the investment industry, he served as a Business and IT Consultant.
Anton received Master’s degrees in Economics from Moscow Higher School of Economics and in Applied Mathematics from Moscow Physics and Engineering University.
Associate, New York
Samir is an Associate at Altpoint Ventures based in New York. Prior to joining Altpoint, Samir served as a Consultant to Middle Game Ventures, a Venture Capital fund focused on global Fintech investments, and as an Associate in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Credit Suisse. Samir previously co-founded and led development of a real estate technology platform which serves as the foundation of his passion for startups. Samir started his career as a Management Consultant with Ernst & Young where he had an opportunity to work across industries on a wide variety of projects. These projects spanned Corporate Strategy, Business Process Improvement and Technology Implementation.
Samir obtained his MBA from the Darden School at University of Virginia and his BS in Finance from the Smith School at University of Maryland, College Park.
Director, New York
Majd is a founder of an Altpoint portfolio company and a Director at Altpoint Ventures, focusing on early stage investments in financial technologies, analytics, and big data. He is an advocate for purpose-driven leaders and businesses that are redefining the roles of technology and data in society.
Prior to joining Altpoint, Majd spent 9 years at Citi, most recently as the Head of Decision Management for Citi Global Digital Payments in New York. In that role, he was responsible for the analytics that anchored strategy and business development activities across the areas of traditional and digital payments. He previously held analytics roles at Citi Cards in Digital Marketing, Product Management, and High Risk Account Management. Prior to Citi, Majd developed credit and fraud risk models at Discover Cards.
A native of Lebanon, Majd is involved with various nonprofit organizations focused on economic development and reform. He serves as the Treasurer for Social and Economic Action for Lebanon (SEAL) and is a senior member of Lebanese International Finance Executives (LIFE).
Majd holds Masters and Bachelor degrees in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University.
Director, New York
Korash is a co-founder and Director of an Altpoint portfolio company and advisor to Altpoint Ventures, focusing on early stage investments in financial technologies, analytics, and big data. His focus and passion is data-driven decision making leveraging cutting edge technology to provide scalability.
Prior to working with Altpoint, Korash spent six years at premier banks in New York including a role as Vice President at Goldman Sachs where he was one of the first employees within a new vertical and a role with Citi serving as the head of digital analytics for credit card acquisitions. Prior to Citi, Korash led fraud and credit modeling at T-Mobile for 9 years.
Korash holds a Master’s degree in Statistics from Washington State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Oregon.
K John Song
Operating Partner, New York
John, a special situations investor who has evolved into a fintech founder, is an operating partner of an Altpoint portfolio company.
John has originated and successfully exited over $ 4 billion in special situations principal investments spanning the Asian Financial Crisis through the Great Recession. John focuses on real estate, hard assets, and capital assets, mainly in the realms of distress, liquidity crunches, and bankruptcies. He excels at structuring complex deals and providing a compelling value proposition for all constituents, while concentrating on the crucial human element of the deal.
When John is not providing liquidity to dislocated markets, during the warm months, he loves coaching his daughters and their friends on the lacrosse field, where crucial life skills, such as teamwork, dedication, and meritocracy are taught. During the cold months, John and his wife travel crazy miles and bundle up in parkas to cheer for their daughters at synchronized skating competitions.
John graduated from the University of Chicago with an A.B. in Political Science and earned an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management; he is a Certified Public Accountant.
Operating Partner, New York
Eric is a co-founder of an Altpoint portfolio company, focusing on financial technologies, AI based strategy research, and platform development. Eric is an accomplished information technology executive with a progressive record of leadership in educational research, real estate, and finance. Eric is a proven visionary thinker, skilled at innovating both tactical and strategic direction.
Prior to joining Altpoint, Eric served as Chief Technology Officer at Inmost Discover Capital (“IDC”), a private debt investment firm. Eric developed the technology strategy at IDC; he oversaw software development and infrastructure development for portfolio investments.
Prior to IDC, Eric worked in technology at a real estate technology firm which allowed him to innovate technology platforms for major media companies such as Hearst, HGTV, NYTimes, Washington Post, and FDM. This direct experience in real estate technology lead Eric to co-found and develop an automated lead generation platform for real estate agents.
Eric holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Pennsylvania State University, where his research focused on Evolutionary Algorithms (Artificial Intelligence) and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Soochow University.
Director, New York
Adel Kambar is a founder and Director of an Altpoint portfolio company.
After becoming a father Adel realized the significant difficulties of being able to easily find and book relevant child activities. He is currently focused in building a platform to make life easier for parents, guardians and service providers by bringing the child services marketplace into the 21st century. In his spare time, Adel enjoys biking, motorcycling and hanging out with his young son.
In 2010 Adel co-founded Mode, a hyper innovative alternative lender that utilizes big data to credit score and make decisioning using mobile meta data. It currently operates in 28 countries and does over 4 million loans a day. Mode is an IBM Global Entrepreneur of Year recipient and is a Future Fifty company alumni.
Adel’s career spans over 20 years. Adel started his career at SBC Warburg (eventually UBS). He held senior positions at Dresdner Kleinwort, Merrill Lynch and Renaissance Capital where he was partner and founding CEO of the Asia business.
Adel graduated from University College, London with a Bachelor degree in Electronic Engineering and Management.