Case | HBS Case Collection | May 2000

Intel 64 Fund

by G. Felda Hardymon and Ann Leamon


Laila Partridge of Intel's Corporate Business Development group has been charged to create a special investment fund to speed the adoption of a new chip architecture. The last architecture upgrade, from 16 to 32 bits, had needed almost a decade to become fully adopted. How can this fund speed the adoption process? How can Partridge structure it to avoid the common tension in corporate venture capital between financial return and strategic goal?

Keywords: Venture Capital; Investment; Technology Adoption; Innovation and Management; Computer Industry;


Hardymon, G. Felda, and Ann Leamon. "Intel 64 Fund." Harvard Business School Case 800-351, May 2000.