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two years (2002-2004) I worked at Hewlett-Packard Company. HP is now a $70 billion corporation with operations in 160 countries (HP recently acquired & merged with Compaq), and it all started in a little garage in Palo Alto:




 almost mythic 

The original garage, sometimes
  known as the "birthplace of Silicon
  Valley" is still there on Addison Ave
  and in fact was just recently 
  by HP. (Previously the house and
  garage were privately owned.)


     rules from the garage

Founders Bill Hewlett and David
    Packard were also known for their so-
HP Way which included the
Rules from the Garage:
  • Believe you can change the world.
  • Work quickly, keep the tools unlocked, work whenever.
  • Know when to work alone and when to work together.
  • Share - tools, ideas. Trust your colleagues.
  • No politics. No bureaucracy. (These are ridiculous in a garage.)
  • The customer defines a job well done.
  • Radical ideas are not bad ideas.
  • Invent different ways of working. 
  • Make a contribution every day. If it doesn't contribute, it doesn't leave the garage.
  • Believe that together we can do anything.
  • Invent.

    think first of the other fellow
         The HP Way also encompassed:
  David Packard's Eleven Simple Rules
                        (More sayings and words of wisdom from
              Dave which still contribute to HP's much-
              emulated workplace culture, even today.)



An HP poster featuring Bill and Dave (probably retired) peering into the fabled garage where it all began.


HP sponsors a  
formula 1 race team  

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