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This study examines more than 2’700 companies founded by alumni of Stanford University or
having licensed a technology from this university. Stanford University is with MIT one of the
most entrepreneurial university in the world, and surprisingly not much data is available on its
spin-offs and start-ups. Some important features are described such as the use of venture capital,
the dynamics of growth and exits through acquisition or initial public offering. Some
characteristics of the founders are also considered such as the time lag between their academic
activity and the start-up creation as well as the characteristics of serial entrepreneurs.