Before most of the founders of the companies on this list were even born, in 1938, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard left their jobs on the East Coast and moved to Palo Alto, California, to go into business together.
They formed what would be Hewlett-Packard (HP), an information technology company largely known for their printers, according to an HP publication. They rented a small garage not far from the Stanford University campus that was dedicated, in 1989, as “the birthplace of Silicon Valley.” The house the garage is attached to was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. Today the company is worth over $50 billion.
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