In a speech David Packard, co-founder of HP, gave to managers in 1960 he said,
"we inevitably comes to the conclusion that a group of people get together and exist as an institution that we call a company so they are able to accomplish something collectively which they could not accomplish separately. They are able to do something worthwhile - they make a contribution to society (a phrase which sounds trite but is fundamental)."
A significant number of people think of HP as a printer and computer company. Or, as a company focused on the enterprise. Something that is often lost in the conversation is that HP is considered to be the birthplace of Silicon Valley. The garage where HP was founded is a historical landmark. HP was a startup right out of a garage.