Bill & Dave: How Hewlett and Packard Built the World's Greatest Company
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...more
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...more
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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You can learn so much from this book. I did.
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.
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 Dave...you should be, too!