Case Studies

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

|E625
Kirk Bowman, James Lattin, Matt Saucedo
2017

Atlassian: Sales examines the company’s unique, no-touch sales model for enterprise products that help teams track projects, collaborate, and build products. The case explores how the company developed and sold its first product, JIRA, and...

|SI142
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Sarah Murray
2017

When Judith Rodin became president of The Rockefeller Foundation in 2005, she identified a pressing need to re-organize the foundation to meet the challenges in an increasingly complex world. Rodin also recognized that for philanthropy...

|E629
David Dodson, Susan Pohlmeyer
2017

Transitioning from your search into being a CEO can be an overwhelming experience. You have just spent months in due diligence, learning everything you can about the business you just acquired, and imagining all the...

|E619
Andrew S. Rachleff, Ryan Kissick
2017

Founded by John Warnock and Charles (Chuck) Geschke in 1982, Adobe saw its first success with PostScript, a computer language that translated digital text and images from the computer screen onto a printed page.  In...

|E620
David Dodson, Ryan Kissick
2017

The Paul English case examines several managerial challenges that Paul English encountered during his first year as founder and chief executive officer of the travel start-up Lola.  By highlighting a series of complex professional situations...

|E631
David Dodson, Susan Pohlmeyer
2017

In your first year as chief executive officer (CEO), you will encounter a host of management challenges and opportunities—all of which can be navigated more skillfully if you can tap into the insights and perspectives...

|E627
Robert Siegel, Peter Seibert
2017

The Invoice2Go case follows CEO Greg Waldorf as he scales the company from small, Australian-based startup into a Venture-backed, global company. Particular issues explored include hiring new talent & building out the business organization, managing...

|E622 (B)
Robert Siegel, Matt Saucedo
2017

The LiveRamp case follows the story of Anneka Gupta, Chief Product Officer of LiveRamp, from her early days with the company as a spinoff from Rapleaf, to the present day, where she manages a large...

|E622 (A)
Robert Siegel, Matt Saucedo
2017

The LiveRamp case follows the story of Anneka Gupta, Chief Product Officer of LiveRamp, from her early days with the company as a spinoff from Rapleaf, to the present day, where she manages a large...

|E624
Robert Siegel, Sara Rosenthal
2017

The Human Genome project, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health, was launched in 1990 to identify all the approximately 20,000-25,000 genes in human DNA.  The project subsequently opened...

|SM267
Yossi Feinberg, Christy Johnson
2017

In 2010, only 16 percent of Americans were streaming movies and television shows online. By the end of 2011 that number would almost double, and the entertainment industry began barreling towards a digital future. This...

|SM268
Yossi Feinberg, Christy Johnson
2017

In 1997 Reed Hastings founded Netflix on the heels of a $750 million exit of his first venture—a software company. The premise was simple: Hastings believed that he could leverage the high-performance culture and data-drivenness...

|M368
Pedro M. Gardete
2017

Maria Almaden was considering the launch of a new business that would use traditional cheesemaking techniques to produce high-quality vegan cheese. Eager though she was to embark on her new endeavor, she first had to...

|E549
Laura Hattendorf, Ryan Kissick
2016

Near the end of 2008, Tyler Gage and Dan MacCombie enrolled in an entrepreneurship course at Brown University.  During the class, they refined the business plan for Runa, a beverage company that would make drinks...

|E602
Peter Kelly, David Dodson, H. Irving Grousbeck, Susan Pohlmeyer, Sara Rosenthal
2016

Since 1996, the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (CES) at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) has conducted a series of studies on the performance of search funds.  These studies endeavor to gather data and...

|SM255
Robert A. Burgelman, Debra Schifrin
2016

In 2016, Deutsche Telekom’s CEO Tim Höttges was steering the €69 billion telecom incumbent in new directions and seeking to disrupt the industry from within. The company’s tagline was “Life is For Sharing.” Its goal...

|SM266
Alyssa Rapp, Kaitlin Malloy
2016

In 1998, Courtney Kingston persuaded her family to expand their ranch in Chile from dairy and cattle into wine. By March 2016, Kingston Family Vineyards had a strong international brand for its small-production wines...

|E610
Robert A. Burgelman, Robert Siegel, Ryan Kissick
2016

As of 2016, Mathias Döpfner, chief executive officer (CEO) of Axel Springer SE, had successfully transitioned the German publishing house through a major digital transformation in the world of journalism.  Given the massive disruption that...

|E601
Robert Siegel, Ryan Kissick
2016

In 2009, brothers Patrick and John Collison began working on a start-up called Stripe that made it simple for companies to send and receive money around the world.  By the end of 2016, Stripe had...

|E549
Laura Hattendorf, Ryan Kissick
2016

Near the end of 2008, Tyler Gage and Dan MacCombie enrolled in an entrepreneurship course at Brown University.  During the class, they refined the business plan for Runa, a beverage company that would make drinks...