Question of the Day (AAPI Heritage Month): What company, founded by an Asian American, creates computer chips that power games like Fortnite and Minecraft?
Answer: Nvidia was founded by Asian American Jensen Huang in 1993 and he remains CEO and President today (#186 on the Forbes 500 list too)
- What are the skills that you need to start a company?
- What are the skills that you need to lead a large company with a 28 year history?
- Do you think it's unusual to have a founder, like Jensen Huang, still involved in a business 28 years after it was founded? Why or why not?
- Huang was separated from his parents at a young age and sent to the U.S. What impact do you think this would have in explaining his success as an entrepreneur?
Behind the numbers (CNBC):
Huang, who co-founded Nvidia in 1993, arrived in the United States in the early 1970s with his brother. Their parents sent them to live with relatives while they got their education.
In previous interviews, Huang said that growing up playing video games taught him perseverance. Losing over and over again made him push himself to win, he said in 2010.
Huang later attended Oregon State University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering — perhaps inspired by his father’s chemical engineering background.
Waiting tables at Denny’s in his 20s brought the future Nvidia CEO out of his shell by teaching him how “make the best of a state of chaos,” he once told the New York Times.
Huang went on to earn a master’s degree in engineering from Stanford University. By 29, Huang and two friends — engineers Chris Malachowsky and Curtis Priem — co-founded Nvidia with just $40,000.
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Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.
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