Ever wondered how your favourite brand’s gadgets like laptops, printers came into being? Well, today we will unravel the origin story of HP a revolutionary brand that made its way big into the technology and gadgets world!
The Story Of Hewlett-Packard Company
HP stands for Hewlett-Packard Company. Hailing from America, HP is a multinational technology company who have its headquarters in Palo Alto, California.
The company was formed in a rather humble way in the garage of Palo Alto by Bill Hewlett and David Packard in 1939, initially, it was a line of electronic test and measurement equipment.
The HP Garage at 367 Addison Avenue now gloriously sits as an official California Historical Landmark and has a plaque that says the “Birthplace of Silicon Valley”.
The company was founded on January 1, 1939, by William R. Hewlett and David Packard, studying electrical engineering at Stanford University.
It was the first of many technology companies to benefit from the ideas and support of engineering professor Frederick Terman, who pioneered the strong relationship between Stanford and what eventually emerged as Silicon Valley.
The company earned its sophisticated reputation in instrumentation making.
HP bagged its first major deal with the one and only Walt Disney in 1938 to provide test and measurement instruments for Walt Disney‘s production of the animated film Fantasia, which was indeed a turning point in the history of their business. This manifested to formally establish the Hewlett-Packard Company on July 2, 1939. The company rose to greater heights as a multinational corporation widely regarded for its products.
During World War II the company manufactured products for military applications that were important enough to merit Packard a draft exemption.
Postwar, Packard became responsible for the company’s business, while Hewlett led its research and development efforts.
HP became the worlds leading PC manufacturer in the world in 2007 until the second quarter of 2013 before Lenovo overtaking the company.
In 2015 Hewlett-Packard split into two companies: HP Inc., which made personal computers and printers, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, which provided products and services for businesses.
Read another inspiring story of a start-up to the tech giant, Apple.