Ten fun facts about Hewlett Packard
The company was founded by Stanford graduates, William Hewlett and David Packard with a capital of $538 (which was inclusive of equipment). A toss of a coin decided their moniker order on the logo.
A Palo Alto Garage was the place where HP was set-up. This garage is now officially a historical landmark in the state.
The first product manufactured by HP was a resistance-capacitance audio oscillator that was used for testing.
The casual culture that is very intrinsically woven in tech firms in Silicon Valley was pioneered in the 1940ís at HP.
50 years ago, Hewlett Packard was the only company to offer on-site recreational facilities.
In 1968, the company launched the first LED (light emitting diode) into the market.
Flextime or flexible working hours were the HP brainchild and used first at their German plant. It made its way to the U.S only in 1973.
In 1958 HP acquired a company for the very first time. The company named F.L Moseley helped catapult the company into the printer franchise that it owns today.
1966 saw the launch of HP2116A the first computer that the company built which was used for controlling instruments.
The first true Hewlett Packard personal computer, HP-85 was introduced into the market only in 1980.
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