Case | HBS Case Collection | May 2000 (Revised October 2001)

Dell Ventures

by Paul A. Gompers, Carin-Isabel Knoop and Cate Reavis


Describes the rationale behind the strategy and structure of Dell Computer Corp.'s VC arm, Dell Ventures. While Dell Ventures had a phenomenal year one, it faced a number of challenges including dealing with market risks, finding and retaining talent, maintaining focus, and gaining the attention of Wall Street.

Keywords: Business Divisions; Talent and Talent Management; Goals and Objectives; Risk Management; Organizational Structure; Interests; Business Strategy; Computer Industry;


Gompers, Paul A., Carin-Isabel Knoop, and Cate Reavis. "Dell Ventures." Harvard Business School Case 200-062, May 2000. (Revised October 2001.)