Fun Fact Wednesday December 11, 2019.
11 December 2019
Hewlett Packard was founded by Bill Hewlett and David Packard initially produced a line of electronic test and measurement equipment. The company got its first big contract in 1938, providing its test and measurement instruments for production of Walt Disney Pictures’ hugely successful animated film Fantasia. This success led Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard to formally establish their Hewlett-Packard Company on 1 January 1939. The company grew into a multinational corporation widely respected for its products, and its management style and culture known as the HP Way which was adopted by other businesses worldwide. If things had been just slightly different, the company might have been called Packard-Hewlett. When they decided to go into business together, founders William Hewlett and David Packard knew their company name would just be a combination of their last names, but were unsure of the order. So in Packard’s Palo Alto garage, they simply flipped a coin, and Hewlett won.
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