From one of Silicon Valley’s oldest tech companies to a trillion-dollar company in the artificial intelligence revolution, Nvidia’s journey began in 1993 at a roadside Denny’s restaurant: Jensen Huang, who has been the firm’s CEO since day one, joined his two co-founders in a company specializing in computer chips. While chatting about the company’s charting potential…
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Nvidia co-founder Chris Malachowsky explains that he and his co-founders Jensen Huang and Curtis Priem came up with the idea for the company while eating breakfast and drinking too much coffee at Denny’s in California, the American chain.
YEARS BEFORE HE HAS BEEN WAITING
Jensen Huang founded NVIDIA in 1993 and has served as leader, chief executive officer, and board member since its inception.
The Journal’s news looks at the tech giant’s origins. The recognition was a valuable meeting point for Huang, Chris Malachowsky and Curtis Priem, who dreamed of Denny’s Nvidia together. Nvidia co-founder Huang actually worked at Denny’s long before the meetings. She was a waitress when she was younger and says taking customer orders has helped her learn how to engage with people she doesn’t know and find compromises when things get tense. “I was incredibly shy. The only experience that got me out of my shell was being a waitress at Denny’s,” she told the New York Times in 2010.
“WE ARE NOT SUITABLE CUSTOMERS”
“We weren’t regular customers… We were going to be there for four hours and drink 10 cups of coffee,” Malachowsky tells the Journal.
While many companies are now striving to join the AI race, Nvidia entered this segment of the division a long time ago. At that time, the artificial intelligence and computer games markets were now in their prime.
“Thirty years later, Nvidia’s chips are invaluable for powering many AI technologies, including language models like ChatGPT and Bard. The company’s AI tools are transforming the video gaming experience,” says Insider. The rise of language-enhancing tools like OpenAI’s ChatGPT and other AI applications is increasing demand for computing power.
The beginning of Nvidia’s story is also similar to the stories of other technology companies. Facebook was developed in Mark Zuckerberg’s dorm room at Harvard. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak created the first Apple computer in the Jobs family’s garage.