In 1942, Hewlett-Packard had a total of eight employees and purchased their first building. They designed it to feature an open floor plan for versatility and collaboration which has become the model for so many Silicon Valley start-ups.
Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard became friends at Stanford in the early 1930's and after graduation, the pair opened up their own company which was the beginning of the start-up mentality in Santa Clara Valley. Over the course of their 70 year friendship, there is no record of the two ever fighting.They built their company based on trust. Trust in each other, trust in their employees and trust in their customers. This philosophy is now known across the world as 'The HP Way' and the accompanying open door policy for management has transformed the way almost all companies operate.