Within the 12x18-foot cramped, shingled walls of a Silicon Valley garage, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard started what became their namesake technology company more than eight decades ago in Palo Alto, California. Barely large enough to fit a small car, the garage was restored 15 years ago with period furniture, a metal workbench, and even textbooks on audio and electrical engineering from nearby Stanford University.
Despite its dusty interior, it’s the perfect backdrop to film a new interview series from HP, The Moment, that aims to capture the moments in time that changed its subjects — Silicon Valley legends in their own right — for the better and ultimately gave rise to their careers. What better space to remind them, and us, how humble beginnings can lead to something big?
WATCH: The Moment with Ryan Patel
For Ryan Patel, the series’ host and an authority on the economy, global business, and corporate governance, the concept of the garage ignited a sense of responsibility and motivation to highlight stories in a way that resonates with a global community.
“The Moment allows us to have the conversations that are happening in the trending news and in board rooms today,” Patel says. “We want to grab all groups of people — communities of all ages — to sit back and not just enjoy the conversation, but be better educated and learn from each other.”
For HP’s Chief Executive Officer, Enrique Lores, that moment was 33 years ago in Spain when a group of the company’s engineers spoke passionately about printers and presented a program to bring European students to the United States. It led Lores to pursue an engineering internship at HP in 1989, where he helped develop inkjet printer technology.