Case | HBS Case Collection | February 1998 (Revised August 1998)

Teradyne, Inc.: Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

by Joseph B. Lassiter III

Abstract

Alexander d'Arbeloff, Teradyne's founder and CEO, is launching his company into the software and network testing business. He has acquired three external start-ups and is beginning to integrate them with the rest of the company. While Teradyne's core business--semiconductor testing--is doing extremely well, it has been nearly 25 years since Teradyne has started a new business that has proven to be successful.

Keywords: Acquisition; Business Startups; Corporate Entrepreneurship; Leadership Style; Success; Horizontal Integration;

Citation:

Lassiter, Joseph B., III. "Teradyne, Inc.: Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained." Harvard Business School Case 898-190, February 1998. (Revised August 1998.)