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HP Garage

The birthplace of Silicon Valley, as stated in the sign, the garage barely visible in the background is the famed location where Stanford electrical engineering students Bill Hewlett and David Packard agreed to form the company Hewlett-Packard in 1935 (the order of the names decided by a coin toss). Influenced by Professor Frederick Terman, they decided to start their own company instead of moving East to join a large business corporation. In 1939, the pair designed the HP200A low-distortion audio oscillator, with an innovative negative feedback loop using a thermal resistor in the form of a cheap light bulb. The oscillator was purchased by Walt Disney for certifying surround sound in the movie Fantasia. The success of HP made students running companies in garages a popular trope, though ironically property values are now so high around Professorville ($1.8 million median) that no student could reasonably be expected to do so in the area.

Downtown Palo Alto, California

 

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Taken on August 3, 2015