HPE History

“We are innovators at heart.”

– Meg Whitman

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

Our Founding

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 our early customers, and set the course for a legacy of innovation and leadership.

Timeline of our history

Launched in a Palo Alto garage in 1939, Hewlett Packard was the original Silicon Valley startup. Today Hewlett Packard Enterprise is one of the world’s leading enterprise technology companies. See key milestones and moments from our history.

Innovation Gallery

Explore a gallery of some of Hewlett-Packard’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 our imagination.