Project Description

Co-Founder:   William Wang
Grad Year:   1986
Company:   Vizio
Year Founded:   2002
Valuation: $3.5B (2016)

Electrical engineering alumnus William Wang (class of 1986) established himself as a pioneer in screen technology, creating Vizio in 2002 to provide affordable, high-definition televisions for the switch from analog to digital. Vizio wisely launched its products with wholesale giant Costco and built itself into one of the top HDTV brands in the country, having grown to a $3.1 billion valuation. Wang has been in charge every step of the way, serving as the CEO to this day.