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Building a Company Culture - Jensen Huang (NVIDIA)
Date: 4/8/2009
Length: 2 minutes
Speaker(s): Jensen Huang
Sources: Stanford Technology Ventures Program
Description: Pioneering a company is more than just building products. It's also about establishing a company culture, says NVIDIA Co-founder and CEO Jensen Huang. How do you organize hierarchies and structures? There's lots of trial and
error, but it's also an organic process. Huang asks students of entrepreneurship to realize that skills, intellect, and training all matter for successful evolution - but they're not enough. Builders need passion and purpose above
all.

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Building a Company Culture - Jensen Huang (NVIDIA)
Jensen Huang
4/8/2009
Summary: Pioneering a company is more than just building products. It's also about establishing a company culture, says NVIDIA Co-founder and CEO Jensen Huang. How do you organize hierarchies and structures? There's lots of trial and
error, but it's also an organic process. Huang asks students of entrepreneurship to realize that skills, intellect, and training all matter for successful evolution - but they're not enough. Builders need passion and purpose above
all. Watch More
Comfort in Ambiguity - Jensen Huang (NVIDIA)
Jensen Huang
4/8/2009
Summary: The CEO's main talent is to see around the corners and fuzzy edges, says NVIDIA's Co-founder and CEO Jensen Huang. An effective company leader needn't necessarily be outgoing, but they must be exceedingly comfortable with
ambiguity - taking risks and not always plotting the exact outcome. If this is your comfort zone, says Huang, then enterprise leadership is the right path to pursue. Watch More
Cultivating Next-Generation Leaders - Jensen Huang (NVIDIA)
Jensen Huang
4/8/2009
Summary: NVIDIA Co-founder and CEO Jensen Huang reports that most of his time on the job is spent brainstorming with managers and leaders and helping them brainstorm through tasks and opportunities. He believes it is essential to train
talent to effectively control a different product line, a new geography, or even to take his place. Succession planning of a closed set of hand-picked individuals is a toxic process, says Huang. It's best to treat all employees as a next
generation of leaders to build a better environment and long term stability. Watch More
Favoring Moore's Law Over Customer Feedback - Jensen Huang (NVIDIA)
Jensen Huang
4/8/2009
Summary: NVIDIA started as the first consumer 3D graphics company in 1993 and met over 200 competitors in a few years, reports its co-founder Jensen Huang. Yet today the company is the only remaining player in that sector, despite the deep
pockets and global spread of others who possessed quality talent and technology. Huang attributes a pursuit of insatiable technology, despite the price, that delivered even more than the customer requested or needed, for their decades-long
market endurance. Watch More
Setting Prices, Evaluating Opportunities - Jensen Huang (NVIDIA)
Jensen Huang
4/8/2009
Summary: The market doesn't set the price, says Jensen Huang, Co-founder of NVIDIA. The competition does. And the function of an effective manager is to decide how to allocate resources for the best return, and if its pursuit is worthwhile
for the enterprise. Be mindful of your best resources - engineering talent, the limited hours in a day - and evaluate accordingly. Watch More
The Challenge of Constant Rebuilding - Jensen Huang (NVIDIA)
Jensen Huang
4/8/2009
Summary: Every successful thing about a technology company has to eventually be torn down and rebuilt, says Jensen Huang, CEO of NVIDIA, and this is one of the most gut-wrenching challenges behind effective leadership. This task is both
gratifying and destructive, but an axiomatic demand of the marketplace in this sector. Watch More
The First Six Months of NVIDIA - Jensen Huang (NVIDIA)
Jensen Huang
4/8/2009
Summary: Jensen Huang, Co-founder of NVIDIA, recalls in vivid detail how the three founding members of the company gave the company legs - from learning the basics of incorporation, to hiring their first lawyer, to keeping a supply of
breakfast donuts on hand. They acquired books on how to start a business, but never finished reading them - or writing the business plan. Their lawyer introduced the trio to VC's, who were impressed by their work history and market
opportunity. This, recalls Huang, was the push to move the company to action. Watch More
Trump Yourself - Or The Competition Will - Jensen Huang (NVIDIA)
Jensen Huang
4/8/2009
Summary: "When you're in the technology industry,... if you're not reinventing yourself, you're just slowly dying," says NVIDIA Co-Founder Jensen Huang. In this clip, Huang talks about market leaders' need to constantly cannibalize their
own products, and how new ideas will force companies to abandon their own technology and processes on the path of progress. If you don't do it for yourself, Huang says, your competitors will surely do it for you. Watch More
Vision Versus Perspective - Jensen Huang (NVIDIA)
Jensen Huang
4/8/2009
Summary: Everyone has a perspective, says Jensen Huang, but to call it a "vision" implies elitism and exclusion. This NVIDIA Co-founder insists that those with a new idea for business approach the world with gravitas, and he cites his own
organization as a case study. In 1993, his company's perspective was the first of its kind, and the results have proved a new sense of common sense and disruptive to the status quo. This perspective - not vision - allowed them to create new
technology, new markets, new customers, and widespread success. Watch More

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