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Bill & Dave: How Hewlett and Packard Built the World's Greatest Company

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The definitive history of Hewlett-Packard and its legendary founders, based on unprecedented access to private archives

This is the most authoritative version ever of the most famous start-up story in business history. In 1938, working out of a small garage in Palo Alto, California, two young Stanford graduates named Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard built their first product

Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 5th 2007 by Portfolio Hardcover
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Jan 08, 2012 Brian rated it really liked it

Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard provides a historical account of how these two entrepreneurs built one of the most dominant companies in Silicon Valley. From the story of their tutelage under a prominent professor at Stanford to their separate paths that would hone the skills necessary for this partnership to work. Hewlett to academia and Packard to industry (GE) which gave them the experience they would need to form a partnership in the field of designing industrial instrumentation. HP would beco
Vernita Naylor
If you are business owner or looking into become one pick up a copy of Bill & Dave: How Hewlett and Packard Built the World's Greatest Company. We are each predestined for a purpose on this earth and once we begin to tap into that purpose we can make that dream a reality. What is your vision?

Bill and Dave did what they loved regardless of the money. They wanted to introduce something simple and necessary to a world based upon what they envisioned could be possible with technology. I love ho
Jun 19, 2013 gramakri rated it really liked it
A very well written and informative book for anyone who is in IT and Instrumentation industry.
A compulsory read for the HP and Agilent (a HP spin-off) employees (also the ex-employees), so that they can feel proud of their heritage and make a sincere attempt sustain the core HP culture which is timeless.
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Aug 11, 2012 Doug rated it it was amazing
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Any technocrat and/or businessman will throughly enjoy reading this book, and there is much to gain from doing so. It provides a well researched and well written detailed background into the beginnings and the development of HP as well as Silicon Valley. If you read only one business book and only one history of the electronics industry, then make sure it's this book for both.
May 13, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved Bill and Dave by the time I was done with this book. Almost made me want to buy something HP. True businessmen with class and compassion - they changed the face of the American workspace. Folks like Google and Zappos, who have such awesome places to work, would never be what they are had Bill & Dave not led the way.

You can learn so much from this book. I did.
Jerry Chernock
Nov 02, 2012 Jerry Chernock rated it it was amazing
Must read for anyone that wants to build a great company!

Think of all of the companies that are constantly lauded today for their innovative practices - Google, Apple, etc. - guess who started all of this? HP! All of these great companies were inspired by Bill and should be, too!

Jul 05, 2009 Jchung7 rated it liked it
As a book, the writing is above average at best. But the subject matters, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard, will inspire you to believe that corporations weren't always evil.
Dec 16, 2008 Melody rated it liked it
Interesting business biography. Hewlett & Packard were fundamentally decent guys and managed to hold on to that decency while creating a behemoth of a company.
Jake Wegman
Oct 06, 2007 Jake Wegman rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Agilent/HP employees, Silicon Valley dwellers, anybody really
What did I learn? That a large corporation can be run with humanity, and that capitalism is still a winner when driven by people with solid values.
Carli Connally
Feb 21, 2008 Carli Connally rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book about the founders of the company that I work for (Agilent.)
Sunil Vetal
Two Legends of the moden industry, revolution in business.
Don O'goodreader
Bill & Dave, as anyone who grew up on Silicon Valley knows, is Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard. Michael S Malone's book is part history, part business advice and part hagiography.

I'm sure retired HPers will love the book, and other Silicon Valley veterans might enjoy the history, though it is biased and repetitive. Otherwise, not much to recommend it.
Jul 03, 2009 Jon rated it it was amazing
Outstanding business biography of two heroic entrepreneurs. Chock full of valuable entrepreneurial lessons
Sep 21, 2008 John rated it really liked it
As a technologist I just love the story of Hewlett-Packard and the culture of the HP Way.
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May 11, 2015 Marshal Mdeza rated it really liked it
The journey was rough but the rewards were immerse.
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Michael S. Malone is a journalist and author who has been nominated for the Pulitzer price twice for his investigative journalism contributions. He has a regular column Silicon Dreams in Forbes (previosuly Silicon Insider for ABC)

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