Case Studies

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

Publicly available cases in this collection are distributed by Harvard Business Publishing and The Case Centre.

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Steve Ciesinski, Howard Rosen, Jason Luther, Steven Truong
2020

In recent years the world has witnessed a growing wave of entrepreneurial ventures in developing economies. CB Insights reports as of March 2020, developing economies have produced 160 unicorns, equivalent to 35 percent of all...

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David Dodson, Imogen Mansfield
2020

Robin Mohapatra acquired NCFDD, a for-profit online professional development company serving universities and their faculty members, through a search fund. Based in Detroit, Michigan, NCFDD was growing rapidly and the company’s founder was keen to...

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Robert Siegel, Jack Strabo
2020

The LiveRamp in 2020 case follows the story of Anneka Gupta as she rises from one of LiveRamp’s first product managers to president and head of products and platforms, responsible for overseeing the company’s product,...

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David Dodson, Blake Kavanaugh
2020

This case describes how Laura Franklin and William Colt conducted their entrepreneurial acquisition process. After the duo honed their method for contacting potential sellers, they found a company they were excited to close a deal...

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David Dodson, Blake Kavanaugh
2020

This case describes the formation of Trista Engel and Jessica Markowitz’s search fund. It begins by describing their process for deciding if they should pursue entrepreneurship through acquisition and, if so, if they should partner...

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David Dodson, Blake Kavanaugh
2020

This case describes the tumultuous experience Eduardo Ruiz had as CEO of Retail Services & Technologies. Ruiz had acquired Arizona-based RST at the end of his search process, but soon began to experience difficulties with...

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David Dodson, Scott Mitchel
2020

The Rowell & Mackenzie case follows husband-and-wife executives Sarah Rowell and Scott Mackenzie as they weigh the decision whether or not to embark on a search fund. The case addresses the potential benefits and drawbacks...

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Peter Kelly, Jeffrey Conn
2020

Case outlines the story of founder and CEO Gregg Renfrew and her safe and environmentally responsible beauty company Beautycounter. Case also walks readers through two separate difficult management scenarios experienced by Renfrew. The first focuses...

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H. Irving Grousbeck, David Dodson, Erika Feldhausen
2020

This case follows the story of Jay Davis and Jason Pananos, classmates from Harvard Business School who started a search fund, Nashton Partners. The case covers their decision to launch a search fund, their investment...

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David Dodson, Mitchel Scott
2020

The Unified Dental Care case follows search fund leaders Jason Jackson and Olaide Lawal as they evaluate whether or not to acquire Unified Dental Care, a mid-sized dental practice in Detroit. The case addresses managing...

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Mark Leslie, Erika Feldhausen
2020

This case introduces students to Sandy Kurtzig, the founder and CEO of the ASK software company, and the first woman to take a Silicon Valley tech company public. It gives a brief background of the...

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Mark Leslie, Erika Feldhausen
2020

This case introduces students to Sandy Kurtzig, the founder and CEO of the ASK software company, and the first woman to take a Silicon Valley tech company public. It gives a brief background of the...

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Robert Siegel, Mitchel Scott
2020

The Klöckner case follows CEO Gisbert Rühl and his team as they prepare for the operational consequences of digital transformation at the century-old German steel distributor. In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the Klöckner...

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Mark Leslie, Erika Feldhausen
2020

This case introduces students to Sandy Kurtzig, the founder and CEO of the ASK software company, and the first woman to take a Silicon Valley tech company public. It gives a brief background of the...

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Mark Leslie, Erika Feldhausen
2020

This case introduces students to Sandy Kurtzig, the founder and CEO of the ASK software company, and the first woman to take a Silicon Valley tech company public. It gives a brief background of the...

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Mark Leslie, Erika Feldhausen
2020

This case introduces students to Sandy Kurtzig, the founder and CEO of the ASK software company, and the first woman to take a Silicon Valley tech company public. It gives a brief background of the...

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Peter Ziebelman , Erika Feldhausen
2020

This case introduces students to the large Brazilian mobile conglomerate, Movile, and its mobile food delivery subsidiary, iFood. It focuses on the experiences of these companies learning business lessons from Silicon Valley and China. In...

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Irving H Grousheck
2020

The Bomi Mexico case recounts the difficulties faced by Mario Sicilia, a recent CEO of Bomi Mexico, shortly after his acquisition of the company through a search fund. The case specifically highlights a situation where...

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George Foster, Sheila Melvin
2020

Privateer illustrates the challenges of a 2011 new venture company in the cannabis market when legalization was on the legislative agenda of several U.S. States. Initial plan was a venture fund to take equity positions...

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George Foster, Sheila Melvin
2020

THRIVE’s mission was to accelerate, invest in, and work with entrepreneurs, investors, and Fortune 500 corporations to advance the future of food and agriculture through innovation. Comprised of top agriculture, food and technology corporations, universities,...