If there is an epicenter for the folklore around people starting multi billion dollar companies out of their garage, Silicon Valley would surely be it.
The garage where Dave Packard and Bill Hewlett founded the Hewlett-Packard Company (HP as it’s known today) has long been Silicon Valley’s number one startup garage. Now, 26 years after it officially became a California historical landmark, there’s a new garage aiming to take a shot at the title.
In 1976, Steve Jobs started Apple Computer in the bedroom of his childhood home in Los Altos (which is still under the care of his sister Patty) and in startup land fashion, the garage was used to assemble the first Apple I circuit boards. The home and garage really haven’t changed much from the days that Jobs lived in this unassuming neighborhood. However, one big difference is that it is now one of the top technology pilgrimage sites in the Valley and probably the entire world.