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Bill and Dave: How Hewlett and Packard Built the World's Greatest Company Paperback – Bargain Price, March 25, 2008
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ÂSan Jose Mercury News
ÂMalone delivers an abundance of depth and detail in a thoroughly readable manner Â his account of the two tech titans and the world they made has a fresh feel throughout.Â
ÂThe Washington Post
ÂMalone has produced a biography, management guidebook, and business history, all in one.Â
ÂMalone does the legacy of Hewlett and Packard a great service with this book. I hope it inspires a whole new generation of entrepreneurs to rise to the standards set by these two remarkable leaders.Â
ÂJim Collins, author, Good to Great
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But Jobs himself was the product of Silicon Valley: the place, the ecosystem, and the attitudes that combined to give this powerful, unique, and ultimately fragile wizard the place to create electronic magic.
As supporting evidence for my heresy I offer Michael Malone's engaging biography of the founders of Hewlett-Packard, "Bill & Dave: How Hewlett and Packard Built the World's Greatest Company." It is hard for most of us to recall the days when HP was the glowing heart of Silicon Valley, especially as the latest in a long string of outsiders attempts to save the company from the consequences of misguided leadership. But in telling the story of the two proto-geeks-cum-billionaires, Malone reminds us why Hewlett and Packard deserve to stand above the Silicon Valley milieu as both icons and role models.
To be sure, the environs south of San Francisco have been engineering hotbeds since just after Governor and Mrs. Leland Stanford turned their Palo Alto farm into a college.Read more ›
It does not get too deep into technical jargon, but it doesn't give much description of what an audio oscillator is either... just that its useful and that Hewlitt Packard had the best one. So, the lay person can read this without getting lost in technical discussions, however a tiny bit of appreciation will have been missed too. Particularly interesting was the story of Wozinak pitching a personal computer to Bill and Dave and being rejected. This is actually analyzed as to whether HP would have been the right company to bring what later became the Apple to market or not.
Finally, although discussed in the book, I wish even more would have been added to discuss the "Carly" years. I had friends working at HP then, but I never knew what was going on inside... perhaps they didn't either.
So I just wanted to say that I have the paperback version of the book and I thought is was a fantastic read. It was fascinating to learn about Bill and Dave as people, and also as to how they build HP and constantly kept on re-defining it as it grew and the market changed. Apart from the fact that it's an interesting tale, it should be required reading for managers of any company.
I strongly recommend this book for anyone.