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From accidental invention to trillion-dollar success: Nvidia’s CEO Jensen Huang’s journey to dominating the AI revolution, leaving Tesla and Meta behind

Nvidia's CEO Jensen Huang
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Nvidia, a prominent tech startup hailing from Silicon Valley, experienced a momentary ascent into the trillion-dollar territory under the guidance of CEO Jensen Huang this week. As trading commenced on Tuesday, the company’s valuation surpassed the trillion-dollar mark, reaching slightly over $405 per share. This achievement places Nvidia among the elite few companies, including big techs Apple and Microsoft, who previously crossed this significant milestone in August 2018 and August 2019, respectively. 

Other tech giants, including Amazon and Google, have also secured membership in this exclusive club, while Meta is a former member. However, as the market concluded on Monday, Nvidia’s share price retraced to $401.11 after reaching a peak of approximately $419, momentarily stepping out of the $1 trillion league.

Nevertheless, Huang’s transformation from a computer scientist to a leather jacket-wearing tech magnate with a tattoo of Nvidia’s logo on his arm has been instrumental in the company’s success. Nvidia is now a leader in the artificial intelligence (AI) revolution and is valued higher than Tesla and Meta.

Stock tripled in less than 8 months

The leading technology company specialising in graphics processing units (GPUs), has experienced a remarkable surge in its stock value, which has tripled in less than eight months. This surge is a direct reflection of the heightened interest in artificial intelligence (AI) driven by rapid advancements in generative AI, the technology capable of engaging in human-like conversation and producing various forms of creative content, from jokes to poetry.

Since October, Nvidia’s stock has soared by approximately 200%, surpassing the performance of all other constituents of the broad-market. This impressive rally has propelled the company’s valuation ahead of its competitors. However, some industry analysts believe that the ongoing AI boom suggests that Nvidia’s stock should be valued even higher.

Currently, only four other U.S. companies, namely Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft, and Amazon, boast valuations exceeding $1 trillion, underscoring Nvidia’s remarkable ascent within the tech industry.

The origin

Nvidia’s journey began with a conversation over a Super Bird sandwich at a Denny’s diner, where Huang and his co-founders discussed the potential for a company specialising in computer chips for rendering graphics. Despite facing financial challenges and a near brush with bankruptcy, Nvidia has emerged as a dominant player in the industry, particularly in AI.

The AI revolution

Nvidia’s recent rise in valuation to the trillion-dollar club, surpassing better-known tech giants, can be attributed to the surge of interest in AI and the company’s position at the center of this transformative technology. Nvidia’s success story includes pioneering GPU technology for gaming and digital production, collaborations with major console makers like Microsoft and Sony, and strategic decisions to invest in AI.

Jensen Huang’s background

Huang’s vision, charisma, and ambitious goals have been key factors in Nvidia’s success, earning him a rock star status in Silicon Valley alongside other tech leaders like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos. Huang’s background, including his humble beginnings in Taiwan and his formative years at a Baptist boarding school, has shaped his work ethic and determination.

The surge in Nvidia’s valuation has been fueled by the buzz surrounding cutting-edge AI platforms such as ChatGPT and Midjourney, which enable users to generate realistic images by typing prompts.

However, there is a widespread consensus that Nvidia will continue to be a driving force in the advancement of AI in the coming decade and beyond. This has led many to speculate that the company’s already impressive $1 trillion valuation is poised to soar even higher in the future.

While some experts have expressed concerns about Gen AI and its potential threat to humanity, others argue that the advantages and potential of Gen AI surpass the risks. What do you think? do share your opinion in the comments section below.

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