Andrew S. Rachleff

Lecturer in Strategic Management

Academic Areas: Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Andy Rachleff co-teaches Formation of New Ventures with Mark Leslie and Aligning Start-ups with their Markets with Bill Barnett. These courses are designed to prepare our students to work in early stage technology based businesses.


From 1995 until 2004 Andy was a co-founder and General Partner of Benchmark Capital. Upon his retirement from Benchmark, Andy joined the faculty of the Stanford Graduate School of Business to teach a variety of courses on entrepreneurship. In 2008 he co-founded Wealthfront Inc. where he now serves as Executive Chairman. Prior to his 10 years at Benchmark Capital, Andy spent 10 years with Merrill, Pickard, Anderson & Eyre (MPAE).

In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Stanford, Andy serves as trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, Chairman of the board of overseers for its School of Engineering and Applied Science and Vice Chairman of its endowment investment committee. He sits on the board of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation with whom he and his wife partnered on a new award to provide funding for early career investigators to conduct high risk/high reward research to significantly impact the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. 

Academic Degrees

MBA, Stanford University, 1984; BS, University of Pennsylvania, 1980

Professional Experience

At Stanford since 2005. General Partner, Benchmark Capital, 1995—; General Partner, Merrill, Pickard, Anderson & Eyre, 1986–95; Assoc., Harvest Ventures, 1984–86; Assoc., Lamoreaux, Glynn & Assocs., 1983–84; Financial Analyst, Blyth Eastman Paine Webber, 1980–82

Selected Cases

  • E276: Serious Materials Corporation
  • E273: General Magic
  • E252: Intuit: TaxAlmanac
  • E259: Mahi Networks
  • E266: Doostang
  • E248: CacheFlow, Inc.
  • E319: Indigo
  • E391: Kevin Donnelly at New Wave Ventures
  • E418: OpenTable
  • E226: RapidStar
  • E240: Grand Junction Networks
  • E254: IMVU
  • E249: Tellme Networks
  • E270: Xsigo Systems
  • E300: Cerent Corporation: IPO or Strategic Sale?
  • E222: FHP Wireless
  • E238: Netflix
  • E370: kaChing
  • E371: Hulu

Awards and Honors

  • MBA Class of 1973 Lecturer for 2007 - 2008, 2007


  • Stanford Executive Program
  • National Basketball Players Association Program
  • National Football League Business Management and Entrepreneurship Program
  • Young President’s Organization