Case | HBS Case Collection | February 2011 (Revised June 2011)

Hardina Smythe and the Healthcare Investment Conundrum

by Matthew Rhodes-Kropf, Ann Leamon and Lisa Strope


Hardina Smythe, a recent MBA graduate, has just joined a top-tier venture capital firm in the difficult environment of late 2010. Her first assignment is to evaluate three different deals and make recommendations to the partners. Each potential investment has strengths and drawbacks for both the firm and Hardina.

Keywords: Venture Capital; Asset Management; Private Equity; Entrepreneurship; Investment; Health Care and Treatment; Innovation and Invention; Financial Services Industry;


Rhodes-Kropf, Matthew, Ann Leamon, and Lisa Strope. "Hardina Smythe and the Healthcare Investment Conundrum." Harvard Business School Case 811-073, February 2011. (Revised June 2011.)