Case Studies

This listing contains abstracts and ordering information for case studies written and published by faculty at Stanford GSB.

|SM306
William Barnett, Christy Johnson, Morgan Salama
2018

Innovium has been focusing on disrupting an entrenched space . After getting product market fit the company wrestles with how to scale up, how to build a strong culture and how to raise more funds....

|E648
David M. Dodson, Amadeus Orleans
2018

Andrea Jung became CEO of Avon Products Inc. in 1999 – the first woman to ever hold the position since the foundation of the iconic cosmetics company, in 1886. In a few years at the...

|E647
Michael Speiser, Amadeus Orleans
2018

Stride was founded in April 2016 and offered a software that gathered data from disparate sources and organized such data in one platform with a simple interface, with the goal of enabling marketing teams to...

|M371-1
Jennifer Aaker, Naomi Bagdonas, Peter Seibert
2018

This set of Humor: Serious Business “Caselet Studies” follows three visionaries (Dick Costolo – Partner at Index Ventures and Former CEO of Twitter, Gregg Spiridellis – CEO and co-founder of JibJab, and Jenn Bane...

|M371-3
Jennifer Aaker, Naomi Bagdonas, Peter Seibert, Sophia Pink
2018

This set of Humor: Serious Business “Caselet Studies” follows three visionaries (Dick Costolo – Partner at Index Ventures and Former CEO of Twitter, Gregg Spiridellis – CEO and co-founder of JibJab, and Jenn Bane...

|M371-2
Jennifer Aaker, Naomi Bagdonas, Peter Seibert, Sophia Pink
2018

This set of Humor: Serious Business “Caselet Studies” follows three visionaries (Dick Costolo – Partner at Index Ventures and Former CEO of Twitter, Gregg Spiridellis – CEO and co-founder of JibJab, and Jenn Bane...

|M373
Jennifer Aaker, Naomi Bagdonas, Steve Reardon
2018

Steve Reardon, CEO of Bill4Time, loved a good practical joke. But humor was more than just a side passion—it helped shape how Reardon operated as a CEO, and helped define the office culture he...

|E646
George Foster, Sheila Melvin
2018

Privateer Holdings was a Seattle-based private equity firm that was “shaping the future of the legal cannabis industry.” In late 2017, Privateer held an expanding portfolio of global brands intended to “lead, legitimize, and define...

|SM296
Robert Chess, Cameron Lehman
2018

Dylan Smith, Co-Founder and CFO of Box, describes the various stages of founding the enterprise digital document and data storage company. At each financial raise, beginning with the very earliest family-and-friend money all the way...

|SM295
George Foster, Cameron Lehman
2018

Melody McCloskey, founder and CEO of StyleSeat, discusses the earliest stages of her hair-appointment booking platform, from bootstrapping to fundraising, from a potential business model pivot to potential obstacles in the future.

|SM297
Robert Chess, Cameron Lehman
2018

Fabien Beckers, Founder and CEO of Arterys, walks through the creation of his medical / AI imaging company, including the equity struggles of the founding team, building the right team and final the right channel...

|M370A
Jennifer Aaker, Naomi Bagdonas, Peter Seibert, Sara Blakely
2018

This set of Humor: Serious Business “Caselet Studies” follows three visionaries (SPANX CEO Sara Blakely, Deloitte Partner Brian Fugere, and Friend of a Friend Productions CEO/Founder Eric Gurian) as they examine their strategic use of...

|M370B
Jennifer Aaker, Naomi Bagdonas, Peter Seibert
2018

This set of Humor: Serious Business “Caselet Studies” follows three visionaries (SPANX CEO Sara Blakely, Deloitte Partner Brian Fugere, and Friend of a Friend Productions CEO/Founder Eric Gurian) as they examine their strategic use of...

|M370C
Jennifer Aaker, Naomi Bagdonas, Peter Seibert, Eric Gurian
2018

This set of Humor: Serious Business “Caselet Studies” follows three visionaries (SPANX CEO Sara Blakely, Deloitte Partner Brian Fugere, and Friend of a Friend Productions CEO/Founder Eric Gurian) as they examine their strategic use of...

|SM300
Mike Speiser, Julie Makinen
2018

By 2015, MongoDB was seven years old and a so-called “unicorn,” a startup valued at more than $1 billion. MongoDB’s open-source software had been downloaded about 9 million times, and the company seemed to have...

|SM293
Mike Volpi, Dione Chen
2018

Sonos, a home audio equipment manufacturer known for pioneering wireless speakers that offered home listeners greater convenience and superior sound quality, had good reason to be optimistic in 2015. For the past several years, sales...

|SM294
John Glynn, Cameron Lehman
2018

Greg Milani, Senior Managing Director of the Stanford Management Company, considers how much of Stanford’s $27 billion endowment to allocate to early stage capital, taking into account the various pro’s and con’s of that allocation.

|SM299A
Mark Leslie, Scott Brady, Julie Makinen
2018

In the #MeToo era, allegations of sexual assault and sexual misconduct pose difficult issues for employers, particularly when allegations surface about incidents that occurred prior to an employee’s term at the company. This case, fictionalized...

|SM299B
Mark Leslie, Scott Brady, Julie Makinen
2018

In the #MeToo era, allegations of sexual assault and sexual misconduct pose difficult issues for employers, particularly when allegations surface about incidents that occurred prior to an employee’s term at the company. This case, fictionalized...

|SM299C
Mark Leslie, Scott Brady, Julie Makinen
2018

In the #MeToo era, allegations of sexual assault and sexual misconduct pose difficult issues for employers, particularly when allegations surface about incidents that occurred prior to an employee’s term at the company. This case, fictionalized...