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Andrew S. Rachleff

Andrew S. Rachleff
Lecturer in Management

Teaching Statement

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 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

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford since 2005

Professional Experience

  • Executive Chairman, Wealthfront Inc., 2014 - Present
  • President & CEO, Wealthfront Inc, 2008 - 2013
  • General Partner, Benchmark Capital, 1995-2005
  • General Partner, Merrill, Pickard, Anderson & Eyre, 1986-1995
  • Associate, Harvest Ventures, 1984-1986
  • Associate, Lamoreaux, Glynn & Associates, 1983-1984
  • Financial Analyst, Blyth Eastman Paine Webber, 1980-1982

Awards and Honors

  • MBA Class of 1973 Lecturer for 2007-2008

Courses Taught

Degree Courses


This course is offered for students who at some time may want to undertake an entrepreneurial career by pursuing opportunities leading to partial or full ownership and control of a business. The course deals with case situations from the point of...

Most everyone associated with technology start-ups would agree that the most important initial characteristic of a successful endeavor is a compelling vision. The journey from vision to escape velocity is highly dependent on management's ability...

Programs and Non-Degree Courses

Stanford Case Studies

Wealthfront | E477
Andrew Rachleff, Peter Reiss, Sara Rosenthal2014
Airbnb | E470
Andrew Rachleff, Sara Rosenthal2013
OpenTable | E418
Andrew Rachleff, Sara Rosenthal2011
kaChing | E370
Andrew Rachleff, Bethany Coates2010
Kevin Donnelly at New Wave Ventures | E391
Mark Leslie, Andrew Rachleff2010
Hulu | E371
Andrew Rachleff, Bethany Coates2009
Indigo | E319
Andrew Rachleff2009
Cerent Corporation: IPO or Strategic Sale? | E300
Bethany Coates, Andrew Rachleff2008
CacheFlow, Inc. | E248
Katherine Bose, Andrew Rachleff2007
Doostang | E266
Katherine Bose, Andrew Rachleff2007
General Magic | E273
Bethany Coates, Andrew Rachleff2007
Grand Junction Networks | E240
Bethany Coates, Andrew Rachleff2007
IMVU | E254
Bethany Coates, Andrew Rachleff2007
Intuit: TaxAlmanac | E252
Sean Harrington, Andrew Rachleff2007
Mahi Networks | E259
Bethany Coates, Andrew Rachleff2007
Netflix | E238
Bethany Coates, Andrew Rachleff2007
RapidStar | E226
Andrew Rachleff2007
Serious Materials Corporation | E276
Bethany Coates, Andrew Rachleff2007
Tellme Networks | E249
Katherine Bose, Andrew Rachleff2007
Xsigo Systems | E270
Mark Leslie, Andrew Rachleff, Victoria Chang2007
FHP Wireless | E222
Andrew Rachleff, Joshua Spitzer2006

Stanford University Affiliations

Stanford GSB

  • Affiliation commas wrapper

    Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Service to the Profession

  • National Basketball Players Association Program
  • Young President’s Organization

In the Media

Seeking Alpha, May 21, 2015

Insights by Stanford Business

June 25, 2013
A former venture capitalist, entrepreneur, and Stanford GSB lecturer explains how to build a great company.