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The definitive history of Hewlett-Packard and its legendary founders, based on unprecedented access to private archives This is the most authoritative version ever of the most famous start-up story in business history. In 1938, working out of a small garage in Palo Alto, California, two young Stanford graduates named Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard built their first productThe definitive history of Hewlett-Packard and its legendary founders, based on unprecedented access to private archives This is the most authoritative version ever of the most famous start-up story in business history. In 1938, working out of a small garage in Palo Alto, California, two young Stanford graduates named Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard built their first product, an audio oscillator. It was the start not only of a legendary company but of an entire way of life in Silicon Valley—and, ultimately, our modern digital age. Others have written about the rise of Hewlett-Packard, including Packard himself in a bestselling memoir. But acclaimed journalist Michael S. Malone is the first to get the full story, based on unlimited and exclusive access to corporate and private archives, along with hundreds of employee interviews. Malone draws on his new material to show how some of the most influential products of our time were invented, and how a culture of innovation led HP to unparalleled success for decades. He also shows what was really behind the groundbreaking management philosophy—“the HP Way”—that put people ahead of products or profits. There have been attempts in recent years to discredit the HP Way as soft and outdated. But Malone argues that the HP Way was a hard-nosed business philosophy that combined simple objectives, trust in employees to make the right choices, and ruthless self-appraisal. It created an innovative and ferociously competitive company—arguably the world’s greatest company. This business adventure story will be perfect for entrepreneurs, young managers, and students, not to mention the tens of thousands of current and former HP employees....

Title : Bill & Dave: How Hewlett and Packard Built the World's Greatest Company
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ISBN : 9781591841524
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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Bill & Dave: How Hewlett and Packard Built the World's Greatest Company Reviews

  • Lisa
    2018-11-11 17:34

    I absolutely loved Bill and Dave by the time I was done with this book. Almost made me want to buy something HP. True businessmen with class and compassion - they changed the face of the American workspace. Folks like Google and Zappos, who have such awesome places to work, would never be what they are had Bill & Dave not led the way. You can learn so much from this book. I did.

  • Brian
    2018-11-17 18:17

    Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard provides a historical account of how these two entrepreneurs built one of the most dominant companies in Silicon Valley. From the story of their tutelage under a prominent professor at Stanford to their separate paths that would hone the skills necessary for this partnership to work. Hewlett to academia and Packard to industry (GE) which gave them the experience they would need to form a partnership in the field of designing industrial instrumentation. HP would become known for building reliable, durable and cost effective equipment that kicked off an industry. By treating their employees right and using smart management coupled with an ethos that would become known as the HP Way. The author follows the development of the calculator, the personal computer, and the laser jet printer. From corporate restructuring to Packard's time in Washington the history of the company and the founders is covered in detail. The author also covers some of the current woes of the company including Carly Friona's times as CEO.The book uses personal interviews, corporate records and Packard's own autobiography "The HP Way" as the primary sources for this book. Newspaper articles, trader journals and some other print pieces are also used to piece together the story. It is a very pro Bill and Dave book and shows that they could do wrong. It is well done overall and shows an in-depth understanding of how this company was built. For those who are looking for history on Silicon Valley this is an excellent resource. If you are looking for business wisdom you can find it here in a much more nuanced way than your standard business book that is trying to espouse the 12 secrets to leadership.

  • gramakri
    2018-11-16 17:14

    A very well written and informative book for anyone who is in IT and Instrumentation industry.A compulsory read for the HP and Agilent (a HP spin-off) employees (also the ex-employees), so that they can feel proud of their heritage and make a sincere attempt sustain the core HP culture which is timeless.More about this book @ http://bookwormsrecos.blogspot.in/200...

  • Doug
    2018-11-07 20:23

    Any technocrat and/or businessman will throughly enjoy reading this book, and there is much to gain from doing so. It provides a well researched and well written detailed background into the beginnings and the development of HP as well as Silicon Valley. If you read only one business book and only one history of the electronics industry, then make sure it's this book for both.

  • Jerry Chernock
    2018-11-03 15:29

    Must read for anyone that wants to build a great company! Think of all of the companies that are constantly lauded today for their innovative practices - Google, Apple, etc. - guess who started all of this? HP! All of these great companies were inspired by Bill and Dave...you should be, too!

  • Carli Connally
    2018-11-03 17:15

    I really enjoyed this book about the founders of the company that I work for (Agilent.)

  • Melody
    2018-10-19 20:24

    Interesting business biography. Hewlett & Packard were fundamentally decent guys and managed to hold on to that decency while creating a behemoth of a company.

  • Jchung7
    2018-10-31 20:34

    As a book, the writing is above average at best. But the subject matters, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard, will inspire you to believe that corporations weren't always evil.

  • Nicholas Stocks
    2018-11-10 15:31

    Loved the book, equally as a biography of how one of the "world's greatest companies" was built and led by two great entrepreneurs, as much as a reminder of how history has a short memory and how businesses that took decades to be built can fall so quickly.. HP are clearly a shadow of their former self, and I was never aware of the full extent of their former self. 4 stars only due to coming across as very one sided

  • Vernita Naylor
    2018-11-09 17:14

    If you are business owner or looking into become one pick up a copy of Bill & Dave: How Hewlett and Packard Built the World's Greatest Company. We are each predestined for a purpose on this earth and once we begin to tap into that purpose we can make that dream a reality. What is your vision? Bill and Dave did what they loved regardless of the money. They wanted to introduce something simple and necessary to a world based upon what they envisioned could be possible with technology. I love how Michael S. Malone showed the humble beginnings of HP and how Bill and Dave cared greatly about not only their inventions and their company but the people that made a difference.I read this book several times years ago and can still remember several elements in which I had began to incorporate into my business model. The main one is that you care and show your appreciation to the work of others that is there to help you move forward it works.There has been other books on Bill and Dave but this one provided a more well-rounded view of Bill and Dave from their humble beginnings to a HP working machine.

  • Vaiibhav Nigam
    2018-11-07 19:31

    his is one of the best biography books I have ever read, Bill Hewlett and David Packard were honorable men who tried to keep their employees working during business downturns. HP made high quality products that were accurate, rugged, and dependable. Bill and Dave must have been spinning in their graves when Carly Fiorina fired 30,000 American HP employees and sent their jobs to China and elsewhere.I deeply recommend this book to aspiring entrepreneurs. The HP Way not only worked, but, as with many other excellent things that one encounters in life, once you have experienced something like that at its best, it's very difficult to settle for less.

  • Don O'goodreader
    2018-11-15 15:26

    Bill & Dave, as anyone who grew up on Silicon Valley knows, is Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard. Michael S Malone's book is part history, part business advice and part hagiography.I'm sure retired HPers will love the book, and other Silicon Valley veterans might enjoy the history, though it is biased and repetitive. Otherwise, not much to recommend it.http://1book42day.blogspot.com/2011/1...

  • Jon
    2018-10-31 21:41

    Outstanding business biography of two heroic entrepreneurs. Chock full of valuable entrepreneurial lessons

  • John
    2018-10-26 17:35

    As a technologist I just love the story of Hewlett-Packard and the culture of the HP Way.

  • Sunil Vetal
    2018-10-31 15:17

    Two Legends of the moden industry, revolution in business.

  • Marshal Mdeza
    2018-11-10 19:41

    The journey was rough but the rewards were immerse.