Startups and Stanford University

20 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2017

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Hervé Lebret

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Date Written: August 22, 2017


Startups have become in less than 50 years a major component of innovation and economic growth. Silicon Valley has been the place where the startup phenomenon was the most obvious and Stanford University was a major component of that success. Companies such as Google, Yahoo, Sun Microsystems, Cisco, Hewlett Packard had very strong links with Stanford but even these vary famous success stories cannot fully describe the richness and diversity of the Stanford entrepreneurial activity. This report explores the dynamics of more than 5’000 companies founded by Stanford University alumni and staff, through their value creation, their field of activities, their growth patterns and more. The report also explores some features of the founders of these companies such as their academic background or the number of years between their Stanford experience and their company creation.

Keywords: startup, spinoff, entrepreneurship, founders, high-tech, innovation, Silicon Valley, Stanford University, start-ups, venture capital, academic entrepreneurship

JEL Classification: M13

Suggested Citation

Lebret, Hervé, Startups and Stanford University (August 22, 2017). Available at SSRN: or

Hervé Lebret (Contact Author)

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne ( email )

Quartier de L'innovation QI J1
Lausanne, CH-1015
+41216937054 (Phone)

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