Photo: Apple/City of Cupertino
This fall, Apple will tear down HP’s iconic 1960s-era Executive Briefing centre to build its mega new headquarters there, reports eWeek.Could there possibly be a better symbol for the two PC makers in 2012?
Apple bought the roughly 100-acre campus a year ago for a reported $300 million. There were practical reasons for this. It is adjacent to the a large swath of land that Apple bought in 2006. [Here’s a video of Steve Jobs making the case to the Cupertino City Council to let Apple buy that parcel in 2006. It is entertaining to see how star struck the City Council was with Jobs.]
But there were also sentimental reasons. As a kid, Steve Jobs worked for HP. When Jobs was 12, he called Bill Hewlett to ask for some parts for an eighth grade school project. Hewett was impressed with Jobs and not only gave him the parts, but gave him a summer job, working at the Cupertino campus, reports Marketwatch.
At HP, Jobs met Steve Wozniak who also worked there. On his own time, Wozniak created what would become the Apple I computer. He offered it to HP and HP turned it down. In 1976 Woz quit HP to start Apple Computer with Jobs.
Fast forward 36 years and Apple has become so dominant in the tech industry that last month HP investors lambasted HP CEO Meg Whitman over why HP isn’t like Apple.
And soon, Apple will be literally demolishing the HP’s Cupertino campus. Weird.