A little background…
After beginning his studies at Oregon State University at the age of 16 and graduating in 1984 with a degree in electrical engineering, Jen-Hsun Huang's first job was designing microprocessors for AMD.
Prior to founding Nvidia in 1993, Huang earned a master's in electrical engineering at Stanford and served as the Director of Coreware at LSI Corporation (acquired by Avago/Broadcom in 2014).
You can watch Huang recount the history himself in his 2013 speech to Oregon State University students, which took place in the Jen-Hsun and Lori Huang atrium of the Kelley Engineering Center at OSU. Watch below.
Random fact: Nvidia was named after the Latin word 'Invidia,' meaning 'Envy.'