Fern Mandelbaum

Fern Mandelbaum
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Lecturer in Management


Fern Mandelbaum, is an entrepreneur, coach, teacher, and investor.   She specializes in creating and growing technology focused businesses primarily in the consumer internet, mobile, media, and software space. Since 1998, Ms. Mandelbaum has worked with CEO’s helping them develop and refine their business concepts, recruit management teams, key advisors and board members, implement fund raising strategies and establish strategic alliances.  Her portfolio includes: Kanjoya, GridSpace, PicnicHealth, StarMaker Interactive, popchips, Accompany, Qualia, and BarnRaiser. 
Ms. Mandelbaum is the Managing Partner at Vista Venture Partners, and is a partner at Monitor Ventures.  She also works with companies including LinkedIn and RelateIQ on leadership, culture, and inclusiveness.  She was co-founder and CEO of Skyline Products, one of the premier toy invention firms that was sold to IDEO.  She has also worked at Metcal, Bain and Company, SRI International, Hewlett Packard and the Kyoto Shinyo Bank (in Kyoto, Japan). 
Ms. Mandelbaum received her M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1988 and her B.A. in Economics from Brown University in 1984.  Fern was raised in New York City, and now calls Palo Alto, California home.  She enjoys competing in triathlons, going on ‘dish’ walks, and coaching youth sports.  She is married, and has two children, Miles,14 and Skylar, 20.

Academic Degrees

  • MBA, Stanford GSB
  • BA, Economics, Brown University

Professional Experience

  • Managing Partner, Vista Venture Partners
  • Partner, Monitor Ventures
  • Co-founder & CEO, Skyline Products
  • SRI International
  • HP
  • Kyoto Bank
  • Bain and Company


Degree Courses


This seminar showcases the diversity of entrepreneurs and the different entrepreneurial paths they pursue, Twenty-five entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, with an emphasis on woman and under-represented minorities, will...

We will discuss effective strategies for building diverse and inclusive companies, and will address the barriers that can often exist. We'll study approaches to organizational design that limit unconscious bias and produce more objective...


This seminar will showcase successful women entrepreneurs and their professional and personal journeys. We will study how they navigated finding an idea, forming and building a team, being an effective leader, raising money, overcoming setbacks...

Stanford Case Studies

Branch Metrics: \"Failing\" into the Idea | E586
Fern Mandelbaum, Susan Pohlmeyer2015
Ditto | E508
Fern Mandelbaum, Julieta Duek, Jessica Morgan2015

Insights by Stanford Business

March 21, 2017
Industry leaders discuss the value of storytelling and folding culture into the company charter.
December 9, 2014
Stanford lecturer and investor Fern Mandelbaum discusses the climate for women entrepreneurs and the value of creating an inclusive culture.