Fern Mandelbaum, is an entrepreneur, coach, lecturer and investor. She is a Managing Partner at Vista Venture Partners. Her portfolio includes: MissionU, Andela, Sparta Science, Pique Tea, Guild Education, BetterUp, Tinkergarten, Vocate, GridSpace, PicnicHealth, popchips, Accompany, Qualia, and BarnRaiser.
Fern teaches Entrepreneurship from Diverse Perspectives and Building Diverse and Inclusive Organizations at Stanford Business School and co-teaches the Accel Innovation Scholars Program in Stanford’s Engineering School. She is a mentor in the Mayfield Fellows Program, part of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, and is an adviser to StartX, Stanford’s accelerator. She has lectured at Brown University and San Jose State, and Stanford’s Ignite, Exec Ed, and Continuing Studies programs.
Fern also coaches CEO’s on building companies, and works with companies such as LinkedIn, Sequoia, and Intercom on leadership and inclusion.
Fern was co-founder and CEO of Skyline Products (acquired by IDEO). She worked at Monitor Ventures, Metcal, Bain and Company, SRI International, Hewlett Packard and the Kyoto Shinyo Bank (in Kyoto, Japan).
Fern received an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in Economics from Brown University. Fern was raised in New York City, and now calls Palo Alto, California home. She enjoys running, cycling, yoga, and going on walks with her family, friends, and colleagues. She is married, and has two children, Miles, 16 and Skylar, 22.