“When Steve Jobs was 12 years old, he took a chance and called Bill Hewlett, the co-founder of Hewlett-Packard Co., at home to see if he could get some parts for a school project he was working on in the eighth grade: a frequency counter,” Therese Poletti reports for MarketWatch.
“Intrigued by the gutsy youngster, Hewlett spoke with him for about 20 minutes, and he made sure Jobs got the parts he needed for the project. That call led to a summer job at H-P, where the future co-founder of Apple Inc. worked at the Cupertino, Calif., campus,” Poletti reports. “Years later, Jobs’s friend and fellow Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak would also work for H-P. It was while he was a young engineer working on scientific calculators that he invented, in his own time, what became the Apple I computer. H-P turned down Wozniak’s invention, which he was obligated to offer to his employer first.”
“Jobs has returned to his old stomping grounds, with Apple’s purchase of a large chunk of the old H-P Cupertino campus. In 2006, Apple confirmed that it had purchased some of the land, and the company just completed a deal for a 100-acre portion of the space,” Poletti reports. “It’s a deal that has both companies turning full circle on their storied pasts — and it marks a shift of power in Silicon Valley.”
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