ACG Silicon Valley Honors NVIDIA, Twilio at GROW! Awards

Valley’s best and brightest recognized at 13th annual event

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — April 26, 2017 — ACG Silicon Valley celebrated the 2017 GROW! Awards at a sold-out ceremony held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California on April 25, 2017, recognizing NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA), a world leader in AI computing technology, and Twilio (NYSE:TWLO), the leading cloud communications platform company.

The GROW! Awards honor two of the fastest-growing Silicon Valley companies. N VIDIA received the GROW! Award for Outstanding Growth Company, and Twilio won the GROW! Award for Emerging Growth Company. NVIDIA was also honored as Outstanding Growth Company in 2001.

Patience Haggin, Venture Capital Reporter for The Wall Street Journal and WSJ Pro, moderated the awards ceremony keynote that featured John Kao, author, strategic advisor, and founder and CEO of EdgeMakers; and Mike Malone, Dean’s Executive Professor at Santa Clara University, and Silicon Valley author, well-known technology journalist and entrepreneur. Additionally, Haggin moderated a fireside chat with Silicon Valley high school student leaders and entrepreneurs Sumukh Setty and Sydney Loew. Sally Pera, CEO of ACG Silicon Valley, served as the master of ceremonies.

“For 13 years, ACG Silicon Valley has recognized some of the most well-known companies not just in the Valley, but in the world, with GROW! Awards, including Salesforce, VMware, HP, Adobe, Symantec, SanDisk, Oracle Corporation, and Intel Corporation ,” said Sally Pera, CEO of ACG Silicon Valley. “Bringing our community together to celebrate the unique innovation, strategic growth, ingenuity, and acumen of Valley-based companies and their contributions to the world at large is a privilege. Each year, this gathering allows us to honor our peers and share an evening in celebration of the stellar achievements of Valley companies.”

ACG Silicon Valley, which is the Silicon Valley chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth, chose the winners in each category to reflect the best qualities of Silicon Valley’s many fine companies. In addition to outstanding financial performance, candidates had to show a sustainable record of innovation, corporate value-building and social involvement. In these challenging times, the expectation of candidates’ continued roles as mainstays of the Silicon Valley community is paramount.

The 2017 GROW! Awards Platinum Sponsors included: Dell EMC; Ericsson; Morgan Lewis; Deloitte & Touche; Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer ; ALOM; and Morrison & Foerster .

Gold Sponsors included: VMware; Capgemini; BDO; Silvaco; Bank of the West; CFGI; Silicon Valley Business Journal; RSM; Lumina Communications; SingerLewak; and The Michael Alan Group.

Silver Sponsors included: Peaxy; Brocade; Applied Materials; Needham & Company; QuickLogic; Cadence; KPMG; Robosoft Technologies; RIMON; Avidbank; Bavarian U.S. Offices for Economic Development; Physicians Medical Group/Physicians Medical Urgent Care; Rueter Partner; Whipsaw; Merrill DataSite; Lunder Real Estate Services; Cheadle Law; Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley; Shev Rush Public Relations; and California Partners.

Bronze Sponsors included: Technology Credit Union and Silicon Valley Bank.
The GROW! Awards is produced by the nationally known, award-winning event management company, The Michael Alan Group, with AV services provided by Envision Entertainment.

About ACG

The Association for Corporate Growth ( ) is a global learning and networking organization specifically for executives driving their company’s growth strategy. Active global membership exceeds 14,500 executives from corporations, private equity, finance, and professional service firms representing Fortune 500, Fortune 1000, FTSE 100, and mid-market companies in 59 chapters in North America, Europe and Asia.

About ACG Silicon Valley

ACG Silicon Valley ( ACGSV ) is a unique community with a purpose; where CEOs and senior executive leaders connect to conduct business, build new careers, and link together to lead the future of Silicon Valley. The 33-year-old chapter strives to provide an environment where members, over 80% of whom are CEOs, gain access to key insight, knowledge, and connections.

ACGSV is a forum beyond networking and has earned its credible reputation by consistently providing one of the strongest possible thought leadership platforms available to corporate leaders and executive teams.

About the GROW! Awards

Every year, ACG Silicon Valley and other chapters of the Association for Corporate Growth recognize the Outstanding Growth Company and Top Emerging Growth Company in their geographical area.


NVIDIA’s invention of the GPU in 1999 sparked the growth of the PC gaming market, redefined modern computer graphics, and revolutionized parallel computing. More recently, GPU deep learning ignited modern AI — the next era of computing — with the GPU acting as the brain of computers, robots, and self-driving cars that can perceive and understand the world. More information at

About Twilio

Twilio’s mission is to fuel the future of communications. Developers and businesses use Twilio to make communications relevant and contextual by embedding messaging, voice and video capabilities directly into their software applications. Founded in 2008, Twilio has over 650 employees, with headquarters in San Francisco and other offices in Bogotá, Dublin, Hong Kong, London, Madrid, Mountain View, Munich, Sweden, New York City, Singapore, and Tallinn.