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Books, sites, and articles for alumni, friends, and researchers on the history of HP and many predecessor companies. (HP stock certificate, 1973)

HP Way "A uniquely dedicated culture that became a fierce competitive weapon, delivering 40 consecutive years of profitable growth."

On Nov 1, 2015, the legal name of the Hewlett-PackardCompany was changed to HP Inc. and a new, completely separate company -- Hewlett Packard Enterprise (no hyphen; green-rectangle logo) -- was spun out. Portions of HPE were later spun out into DXC and Micro Focus, which have spun out other companies: HP Breakup  (HP Labs is part of HP Inc; Hewlett Packard Labs .)

Our HP Breakup Timeline shows each event as HP spawned Agilent, Philips Healthcare, Lumileds, Keysight, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, HPInc, DXC Technology, Micro Focus, and others. Each is a completely separate company. hpalumni.org/hptimeline

Timeless business lessons from HP history -- HP people talk frankly about what went right -- and what went wrong -- as this continuous startup grew rapidly for decades.

"Getting back to the HP Way" Dick Hackborn, 1999.

Books on HP  (Two dozen HP-related business books -- with Amazon links.)  

History of Layoffs at HP

Books and links for predecessor companies: Compaq   EDS  Tandem

HPAA's HP history directories:

Company Culture (Selected articles.)

Founders (Selected articles.)

HP history websites (Overall company history sites, including the official HPInc/HPE archive.)

HP historical publications (As-it-happened coverage of HP culture, products, and businesses.)

Specific product lines (Articles and websites.)

Acquisitions and divestitures (Articles.)   Directory (163 acquisitions -- plus 30 divestitures and spinoffs.)

Question or comment? Email: info-history@hpalumni.org

Facebook groups: Reconnect, celebrate the good times, and appreciate those who have passed. There are social groups on Facebook for HP, Boise, Colorado, Corvallis, Cupertino, Medical Group, Response Center, Roseville, Santa Rosa, Southern California, UK, EDS, DEC, Tandem, Compaq, and HP technology. Private, independent online forums operated and moderated by people from each community. Directory of leading HP-related Facebook groups: https://www.hpalumni.org/facebook

Stock Certificates "The engraving is not one of Dave and Bill setting out to conquer the world. New York Stock Exchange rules call for two human likenesses on every stock certificate. The idea is that such artwork is difficult to forge. The artwork was selected from designs approved by the NYSE." --Measure magazine, March/April 1983

(Updated Feb 25, 2023.)




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