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Everyone begins as a startup
No money, second-rate equipment, not enough employees … those are just some of the trials that a tech startup has to go through to make it in Silicon Valley. It takes a lot of hard work, determination, and a healthy dose of luck to end up moving out of someone else’s house and into a real headquarters.
Sometimes you even move backwards–at least Silicon Valley’s Pied Piper did, returning from its own office back to the incubator that slightly undercooked it.
That road isn’t unique, especially when you see where some of the giants of tech started off.
William Hewlett and Dave Packard started HP way back in 1939 when Palo Alto was little more than a home for Stanford professors. The one-car garage, where Hewlett also slept, was attached to the home where Packard lived with his wife and is now considered the birthplace of Silicon Valley.