A 1970’s employee manual at HP.

The “HP Way” and the founding of Silicon Valley.

I’ve given my History of Silicon Valley talk a few times, but recently I realized that I’ve neglected to include how important The HP Way was to creating Silicon Valley culture.

The original HP headquarters (it’s still there).
  1. We focus on a high level of achievement and contribution.
  2. We conduct our business with uncompromising integrity.
  3. We achieve our common objectives through teamwork.
  4. We encourage flexibility and innovation.
HP Employee Manual, circa 1975
Radical.
Parents at HP got flexibility in their schedule to be with kids.

I’m a Silicon Valley guy. I teach entrepreneurship at Stanford, coach startup CEO’s at Miller Center, and run the 4thly Startup Accelerator. Also, I love tacos.

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