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 The 1930s         The 1940s              The 1950s            The 1960s                The 1970s                  The 1980s                  The 1990s                   The 2000s                   The 2010s  
 

Anything to bring in a nickel —Bill Hewlett

Garage

Work begins
 

Bill and Dave

Hewlett-Packard? Packard-Hewlett?

HP Moves Out of the Garage

Bill and Dave issue bonuses

 

$522,803

8

Health insurance pioneer 

microwave

HP enters microwave field

On top of the rocket—Bill Hewlett

$851,287

111

HP incorporates
 

Encouraged to innovate—Al Bagley

 
fast frequency counter

Fast frequency counter
 

On the side of risk—Joe Ehrlich

Palo Alto booms
 

1st oscilloscopes

HP’s 1st oscilloscopes
 

Employees receive HP stock

HP introduces corporate aims

HP goes public
 

Treating people fairly—Barney Oliver

Self-sustaining product groups

Dave’s 11 Simple Rules

 
HP on NYSE

HP on NYSE for 1st time
 

$110 million

6,260

HP makes Fortune 500 list

Reason for being—Dave Packard

New frequency synthesizer

HP’s 1st CEO and president

$203 million

11,309

HP labs

HP Labs opens
 

 

If people have some part…—Bill Hewlett

first personal computer

1st “personal computer”
 

dave and the DOD

Dave serves in DOD
 

HP leads in laser interferometers

business person at a computer

HP enters business computing

$661 million

28,255

1st employee flextime

1st calculator to print Japanese

1st DRAM
minicomputer

HP interface bus goes global

$1.4 billion

35,062

John Young

John Young
named president

 

Not a “me too” company—Dave Packard

HP company foundation

HP Company Foundation
 

 

HP moves into China

Moving ahead and looking forward—Joel Birnbaum

HP wins Deming Prize

1st handheld computer debuts

E-mail pioneered at HP

touchscreen PC

HP introduces Touchscreen PC

John Young

HP invents ThinkJet printing

Making a real contribution—Joel Birnbaum

china goes high-tech

China goes
high-tech

RISC architecture

HP creates RISC architecture

Bill named HP’s director emeritus

Built into the organization—Bill Hewlett

Deskjet

HP DeskJet launched
 

 

HP recycles
toner cartridges

Color printer

Color printing revolution

 

$20 billion

96,000

Dave retires as chairman
 

10 million HP LaserJets
 

The intent of producing invention—Joel Birnbaum

HP encourages telecommuting

HP/Intel work
on 64-bit design

World’s
brightest LED

$31.5 billion

105,200

HP home computers

dave packard

Dave Packard,
1912–1996

HP recycles inkjet cartridges

HP’s 1st PDA
 

$42 billion

84,400

“HP invent” is
 born

Agilent spinoff
 

superdome

HP introduces Superdome

bill hewlett

Bill Hewlett,
1913–2001

$56.6 billion

141,000

Everything is possible

HP acquires
Indigo

HP contributes to nanotechnology

Remarkable set of beliefs—Gordon Brown

HP strategy manages change

$80 billion

150,000

HP at 11 on Fortune list

Mark Hurd becomes CEO

HP acquires
Snapfish

10 millionth ProLiant server shipped

HP announces print breakthrough

HP unveils fastest photo printing

mark hurd

Mark Hurd named Board Chairman

100 millionth LaserJet shipped

HP acquires
VoodooPC

Research lab in Russia opens

TouchSmart introduced

HP Garage historic landmark

One billion pounds recycled

HP reports greenhouse gas emissions

HP 2133 Mini-Note PC introduced

HP receives prestigious IEEE award

Web-connected home printer introduced

HP acquires
Palm Inc.

Léo Apotheker named CEO

Next-generation data centers open

HP introduces wireless mouse

 

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Bill and Dave become friends

Bill

HP invents 1st product
 

Oscillator

Oscillators for Walt Disney

$5,369

2

HP’s 1st charity donation

Bill in the Army
 

Bill in the army

HP designs open floor plan

open floor plan

Basis for success—Dave Packard

   

Dave joins school board
 

Responsibility to the customer—Bill Hewlett

$5.5 million

215

Continuous growth was important—Dave Packard

   

HP’s new
headquarters

new headquarters

F. L. Moseley Co. acquired

$28 million

1,778

HP goes global
 

hp goes global

HP enters medical field
 

medical
 

HP’s 1st joint venture
 

joint venture

HP atomic clock sets standard

atomic clock

Part of the act—Barney Oliver

1st HP computer
 

1st HP computer

Helping each other—Art Fong

 

Bill becomes CEO
 

$326 million

15,840

Get out in front—Barney Oliver

HP-35 calculator introduced

HP-35 calculator

Management by walking around

men walking around

1st programmable pocket calculator

Non-U.S.
revenues soar

non-U.S. revenues soar

HP introduces wrist instrument

wrist instrument

Birth of “Silicon Valley”
 

Bill retires as
CEO

$2.4 billion

52,030

HP’s 1st PC
 

HP's first computer

The measure of everything good—Michael Malone, historian

HP’s calculator standard
 

1st desktop mainframe
 

desktop mainframe

$4.3 billion

69,538

Bill wins science medal

HP LaserJet
takes off

laserJet

Fortune lists
HP at the top

 

Take a fresh look—Dick Hackborn

Hardware recycling begins

Recycle

HP hits Tokyo stock exchange

$9.8 billion

87,000

 

Garage named landmark
 

garage named landmark

Portable PCs get power boost

portable PC

$14.5 billion

89,000

Lew Platt elected president/CEO

Lew Platt

An honest day—Joel Birnbaum

HP introduces OmniBook 300

omniBook 300

1st commercial
all-in-one device

Recycle

Dave publishes The HP Way

Recycle program hits 10 million

Build a business around innovations—Dick Lampman

   

Carly Fiorina
leads HP

carly fiorina

E-inclusion closes digital gap

Rules of the Garage
 

garage

HP Services launched
 

HP and Compaq merge

HPQ stock symbol

HP photo prints excel
 

HP enters SMB market
 

HP offers digital entertainment

HP wins IEEE award

Deliver real value—Joel Birnbaum

HP named
“Most Trusted”

HP garage
renovated

HP acquires
Scitex Vision

HP opens research lab in Beijing

Halo Collaboration Studio introduced

HP acquires
Mercury Interactive Corp.

Fortune 500 Ranking: 14

$91.6 billion

156,000

HP licenses drug delivery skin patch

HP influence and markets expand

$104.3 billion

172,000

HP acquires EDS

HP significantly reduces IT costs

$118.4 billion

321,000

HP acquires 3Com Corporation

HP acquires ArcSight

Recycled Plastic: 1 billion ink cartridges

$126 billion

324,600

HP acquires Autonomy Corporation plc

Meg Whitman
leads HP

Meg Whitman
 
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