HP History

Innovation is in
our DNA

Since 1939, Hewlett-Packard has been a leader in technology and corporate culture, inspiring innovators and entrepreneurs around the globe.

Founding HP

Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard became friends at Stanford University before forming a two-person company in a rented garage—the original Silicon Valley startup. Working with limited resources, the pair created a series of products—starting with audio oscillators used by sound engineers—sometimes using the Packard family oven to put on finishing touches. Their efforts impressed Walt Disney Studios, one of HP’s early customers, and set the course for a legacy of innovation and leadership.


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Timeline of our history

HP Garage, 1938

From its origins in a Palo Alto garage to its current position as one of the world’s leading technology companies, HP has grown and evolved significantly since its founding in 1939. See key milestones and moments from HP’s history.


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Innovation Gallery

Explore a gallery of some of HP’s most breakthrough and notable products. From its first devices—oscillators that improved the way audio frequencies were measured—to a calculator dubbed “the first personal computer” to bestselling printers and more, take a trip through the history of HP’s imagination.

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