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The HP Way: How Bill Hewlett and I Built Our Company

David Packard

In this bestselling book, the cofounder of Hewlett-Packard, one of the world's leading technology corporations, tells the story of the creation and phenomenal success of his company and explains the innovative management techniques that made it happen. For entrepreneurs and managers alike, the wisdom found in these pages offers the hard-won and battle-tested practical experience of a proven and respected leader. Illustrations.

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Publisher: HarperBusiness
Publish Date: 01/02/2006
Pages: 222
ISBN-13: 9780060845797
ISBN-10: 0060845791
Language: English

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August 05, 2011

How Did They Do It?

By Sally Haldorson

In our The 100 Best Business Books of All Time, we included a chapter of recommended biographies. Jack has always championed the form as a valid way to learn valuable business lessons, not just as good entertainment. In the opening of the chapter, we explained: How did they do it? READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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August 03, 2010

Business Book Humiliations

By Sally Haldorson

Penguin's Portfolio imprint specializes in business books, and their Portfolio Javelin blog ("Business, Business Books, and the Business of Books") is a great read for any of us business book geeks. Yesterday, Will Weisser, Vice President and Associate Editor of Portfolio, wrote an entry inspired by a post in the Guardian's blog in which the author, Robert McCrum, confessed, despite his education and exposure to great books, that he had never read Middlemarch by George Eliot (if you too have not read Middlemarch, I highly recommend remedying that this summer--it's one of my favorites. ) McCrum then invites readers to share their book humiliations by listing the books that they regret never having read. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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In the fall of 1930, David Packard left his hometown of Pueblo, Colorado, to enroll at Stanford University. There, he befriended another freshman, Bill Hewlett. After graduation from college, Hewlett and Packard decided to throw their lots in together. They tossed a coin to decide whose name should go first on the notice of incorporation, then cast about in search of products to sell. Today, the one-car garage in Palo Alto that housed their first workshop is a California historic landmark: the birthplace of Silicon Valley. And Hewlett-Packard has produced thousands of innovative products for millions of customers throughout the world. Their little company employs 98,400 people and boasts constantly increasing sales that reached $25 billion in 1994. While there are many successful companies, there is only one Hewlett-Packard. Because from the very beginning, Bill and Dave had a way of doing things that was contrary to the prevailing management strategies. In defining the objectives for their company, Packard and Hewlett wanted more than profits, revenue growth, and a constant stream of new, happy customers.

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