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Hewlett Packard Garage, Palo Alto

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The Hewlett-Packard Company was an American multinational information technology company headquartered in Palo Alto, California. It developed and provided a wide variety of hardware components as well as software and related services to consumers, small- and medium-sized businesses and large enterprises, including customers in the government, health and education sectors.The company was founded in a one-car garage in Palo Alto by William "Bill" Redington Hewlett and David "Dave" Packard starting with a line of electronic test equipment. HP was the world's leading PC manufacturer from 2007 to Q2 2013, after which Lenovo remained ranked ahead of HP. It specialized in developing and manufacturing computing, data storage, and networking hardware, designing software and delivering services. Major product lines included personal computing devices, enterprise and industry standard servers, related storage devices, networking products, software and a diverse range of printers and other imaging products. HP marketed its products to households, small- to medium-sized businesses and enterprises directly as well as via online distribution, consumer-electronics and office-supply retailers, software partners and major technology vendors. HP also had services and consulting business around its products and partner products.
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  • My husband works for HP on the east coast so the kids and I stopped by here on a recent trip out to CA. Very cool to see where it all started. A quick, easy stop if you are in the area.  more »
  • Everyone is right. It's a garage that you see through the fence. And the bushes have grown up along the sides so only a few can go up to the gates at once. I stood with the group for my once in a life...  more »
  • It is a garage. It is a closed garage. It is not open to the public although you can see in through the fence. It attracts tour buses of camera wielding tourists. It is part of history but it is still...  more »
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  • "The birthplace of Silicon Valley". Quaint little house in the suburbs of Palo Alto. You'll miss it if you're not looking for it. Little to no foot traffic in the area.
  • This is a historic site, but it is privately owned and not open to the public. You can see the garage at the end of a private driveway, but don't trespass from the public sidewalk. There is a plaque on the private house in front of the garage, but it is far enough from the sidewalk to be difficult to read. I see tour busses drive by here all the time, but there is really nothing to do other than for the tour guide to tell stories about what used to happen in the garage.
  • Cool site to briefly educate on the history of Silicion Valley. However all you can do is look at the garage. You can't go in and look inside to perhaps learn more. You basically take a picture, read the plaque, and then drive away.
  • Feel good to explore the roots of Silicon Valley. Not much just than a place where those companies started
  • Very cool little piece of history in Silicon Valley. It is now someone's private residence but it is well kept and has a historical sign to see.