The Humble Homes That Birthed the World’s Biggest Tech Companies

A LOOK AT THE STRUCTURES THAT ONCE HOUSED THE BAY AREA’S ECONOMIC POWERHOUSES

The fabled HP garage.

We’ve all heard the story about Hewlett-Packard tracing its origin to a humble garage in Palo Alto, but do you know exactly where that garage is located? How about the address of the garage in nearby Los Altos where Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built the first Apple computer?

The folks at Curbed San Francisco recently provided a fascinating drive down memory lane in a recent blog post that identifies early headquarters for nine iconic Bay Area tech giants, accompanied by Google Maps links and bits of corporate lore.

Google, it turns out, joins HP and Apple in waxing nostalgic about its early days in a suburban garage (Menlo Park), whereas Salesforce started in a San Francisco apartment, and Uber and Facebook did business out of private homes (San Francisco and Palo Alto, respectively). Twitter and eBay rented office space (San Francisco and San Jose), and Netflix operated out of a  Best Western hotel room in Scott’s Valley. (No word on whether the arrangement included room service.)

Read More at the Compass Real Estate Roundup here.

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