Success & Innovation of David Packard

David Packard was a co-founder of Hewlett-Packard who achieved recognition for his technological innovations and consistent commercial success in the computer industry. In 1930 he applied and was accepted into Stanford University, which had a prestigious electrical engineering program. At college, David Packard met Bill Hewlett, a fellow student with a common interest in electronics and entrepreneurship. Together they would go on to form a partnership and start the company that has become synonymous with high-tech innovation.

After college, David Packard started his job at General Electric where he was appointed to work in the testing department. He found the work monotonous and dull so he set out to find a more meaningful pursuit. Packard and Hewlett established Hewlett-Packard in Packard’s garage with only an initial capital investment of $538 (around $9000 adjusted to today’s economy). With perseverance and an optimistic attitude, Packard was in active pursuit for a job that he thought had value during his time at GE until his entrepreneurial motive drove him to start up his own business.

The company’s first venture was an automatic foul-line indictor for bowling alleys. Although it was an ingenious endeavor, the product only had a very limited market so it ended up failing. Undaunted by their failures, the partners began working with audio oscillators, which was originally a product of Bill Hewlett’s design and experiment back in college. This invention opened up the potential for businesses to generate high quality audio frequencies needed in communications, geophysics, medicine, and defense work. Being at the right place at the right time, Packard and Hewlett decided to build the oscillator commercially for prospective buyers and it became a huge success.

Hewlett-Packard’s product line grew to include hundreds of electronic measuring devices for a wide range of frequencies and hand-held scientific calculators, which helped it to grow into world’s largest producer of such products. In 1980, the company gradually entered the personal computer field and introduced both inkjet and laser printers for the desktop. This became another huge commercial success, as one innovation led to another and allowed more room for expansion to target a wider array of consumers. Through a persistent mindset tying both innovation and creativity, David Packard envisioned and filled an influential niche in the tech industry.