Yael Hochberg

Ralph S. O’Connor Professor in Entrepreneurship, Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University; Academic Director, Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship
Yael Hochberg


Ph.D., business administration (finance), Stanford Graduate School of Business; M.A., economics, Stanford University

Summary of Experience

Professor Hochberg specializes in entrepreneurship, innovation, venture capital, and private equity, focusing on venture capital networks, entrepreneurial finance, seed accelerators, and corporate governance and compensation. Her research covers topics such as venture capital investment performance, the effects of networks and syndication on venture capital firms, and investment selection. Professor Hochberg has also explored the private equity investment choices of pension funds and other institutional investors, as well as broad-based option compensation in firms. She is the managing director of the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project, which publishes annual rankings of accelerator programs in the US. Prior to joining the Rice faculty, she held positions at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. She has taught courses on entrepreneurial finance and health care innovation, and has served as an associate editor of several finance journals, including the Journal of Empirical Finance and the Journal of Banking and Finance. Professor Hochberg is a recipient of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship, and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Prior to joining academia, she was a software engineer at both established and startup technology companies, and co-founded a startup. Professor Hochberg is an active angel investor and advisor to startups, and a Landmark Fellow with Landmark Partners, a large private equity investor in secondary markets. She is a co-founder of Flywheel Innovation, a corporate innovation advisory firm.

AG Contacts

Lauren Hunt
Andrew Wong