2018 ENCORE Award

Stanford Graduate School of Business is proud to announce that Facebook has been named the recipient of the 2018 ENCORE Award. Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg received the award on behalf of Facebook and participated in a fireside chat with Dean Jonathan Levin.

Facebook, the world’s largest social networking service, is the architect of the social media experience. As Facebook pushes the boundaries beyond social networking towards artificial intelligence and virtual and augmented reality, it looks to redefine not only how users interact with each other, but how they ultimately experience reality and the physical space around them. Their latest successes with Spaces, Oculus VR, and Instagram, demonstrates that Facebook’s digital world is ever-growing and increasing connectivity around the globe.

About ENCORE Award

The Entrepreneurial Company of the Year (ENCORE) Award was created in the late 1970s by the Bay Area Chapter of the GSB Alumni Association, when they saw an opportunity to recognize the entrepreneurial spirit of the companies springing up in the Silicon Valley. The first honor was given to the CEO of ROLM Corporation in 1977.

Although the award was originally designed to honor an individual, it soon became clear that a company’s success was based on the contributions of many people. Accordingly, the award was changed to the Entrepreneurial Company of the Year in 1982. Additionally, the scope of the award has been widened to recognize best in class entrepreneurs from throughout the world, and is no longer limited to Silicon Valley.

ENCORE Award Recipients

2010 – 2018
2018 Facebook
2016 Golden State Warriors
2015 Alibaba Group
2014 Netflix
2013 Tesla
2012 LinkedIn
2011 Twitter
2010 Amazon
2000 – 2009
2008 Gilead Sciences
2007 SunPower Corporation
2006 Network Appliance, Inc.
2005 Apple
2004 Google Inc.
2003 NVIDIA Corporation
2002 VERITAS Software Corporation
2001 Siebel Systems, Inc.
2000 eBay, Inc.
1990 – 1999
1999 Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
1998 Yahoo!
1997 Ascend Communications
1996 Netscape Communications
1995 Intuit, Inc.
1994 Cisco Systems, Inc.
1993 Electronic Arts
1992 Borland International, Inc.
1991 Silicon Graphics, Inc.
1990 Octel Communications Corp.
1980 – 1989
1989 Acuson Corporation
1988 Cypress Semiconductor
1987 Sun Microsystems
1986 LSI Logic
1985 Quantum Corporation
1984 Seagate Technology
1983 Genentech, Inc.
1982 Dysan Corporation, Inc.
1981 Apple Computer, Inc.
1980 Tandem Computers, Inc.
1970 – 1979
1979 Qume Corporation
1978 California Microwave, Inc.
1977 ROLM Corporation