Summary of The HP Way

How Bill Hewlett and I Built Our Company

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David Packard and Bill Hewlett made Hewlett-Packard into a symbol of Silicon Valley.


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Hewlett-Packard has long been one of America’s most admired companies. Its history became a symbolic saga of Silicon Valley, due to the work of its famous founders, David Packard and Bill Hewlett. Central casting could not have created two more impressive technological geniuses or business leaders. Author Packard explains how he and Hewlett made HP into a high-tech powerhouse. Other business leaders can learn from Packard and Hewlett’s entrepreneurial methods and pacesetting, ethical business philosophy, “the HP Way.” getAbstract recommends Packard’s history of HP to entrepreneurs, inventors and leaders in all fields.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Who David Packard and Bill Hewlett are,
  • How Hewlett-Packard’s history became a classic Silicon Valley saga, and
  • What “the HP Way” represents.


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On August 23, 1937, two young engineers, David Packard and Bill Hewlett, met to discuss the electrical engineering company they planned to start. Precise and careful, the two friends postponed “the question of what to manufacture” as they laid out the crucial principles...
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David Packard and William Hewlett founded Hewlett-Packard (HP), where Packard served as president, CEO and chairman of the board.

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