HP, the company that literally launched Silicon Valley, moves to Texas

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The company announced its move on Tuesday. Houston is currently Hewlett-Packard Enterprises’ largest US employment center, and the company is building a new campus in the city. HPE will also consolidate a number of its Bay Area sites at its San Jose campus. The move will not result in any layoffs.

HPE (HPE) moving to Texas is hardly a new concept in the tech world. It’s the biggest tech company – but just the last – to make the trip south: SignEasy, QuestionPro, and DZS (formerly Dasan Zhone Solutions) have also moved from California to Texas.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk threatened in May to move the company’s headquarters from Fremont, California, right across the bay to Palo Alto, Texas or Nevada, due to his dissatisfaction with the controls to stay home from California. Although it has not followed up on this, the company announced in July that it would build its new auto plant in a suburb of Austin.

It also comes during the pandemic, a time when businesses across all industries are rethinking office spaces and location and turning to the work-from-home culture.

Dell is headquartered in Round Rock, Texas, near Austin, and many other tech companies are considering moving to Texas for tax reasons. In fact, a neighborhood in Austin has been nicknamed “Silicon Hills” because of its cluster of tech companies in the metro Austin area.
HP’s success in Palo Alto kicked off the northern California region’s tech scene, which ultimately earned it the nickname “Silicon Valley”. During HP’s first year, Hewlett and Packard invented their first product: the HP Model 200A, an audio oscillator used to test sound equipment.

The company built its first computer in 1966 and the famous HP-35 in 1972 – the world’s first portable scientific calculator.

In 2015, the company split into HPE and hardware manufacturer HP Inc. (HPQ), which is not heading to Texas.

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