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Hewlett Packard buys its own Garage, October 2000

This column appeared in the San Jose Mercury News on October 19, 2000. I’m posting it as part of my coverage of a Los Altos man’s elaborate plan to turn Steve Jobs’ boyhood home into a museum complex.

So, the kids at Hewlett-Packard finally made the ranks of Silicon Valley homeowners.

I’m happy for them, really.

They got themselves a deal. A garage in Palo Alto for $1.7 million. And it came with a house. A house in Palo Alto for under $2 million. Not bad.

I’m happy, but worried, too. Worried because I’m not sure the kids have thought this out.

William Hewlett and David Packard at work in the HP Garage on Addison in Palo Alto, 1939

William Hewlett and David Packard at work in the HP Garage on Addison in Palo Alto, 1939

“We don’t have any finalized plans for it, ” said Greg Winter, HP’s manager for the project.

Me? I’ve got my own idea, but more on that later.

First, I’m wondering if HP isn’t acting a bit like one of those overnight dot-com millionaires? (You remember overnight dot-com millionaires, don’t you?) I could see it happening. After all, the company made $3.5 billion in profits last year.

“Only $1.7 million? Cool. We’ll figure out what to do with it later.”

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