William Redington

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

William Redington was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan back in 1913.  He attended Lowell High School before continuing his education as Stanford University.  He received his Bachelor’s degree from Stanford, before transferring to MIT, where he received his Master of Science degree in 1936.

It was while he was attending MIT, he became friends with David, they started discussing forming a company which they did in 1939.  It was a toss of the coin that decided which of their last names would go first (more on that in a moment).  They incorporated in 1947 and tendered an initial public offering in 1957.

A young Steve Jobs (age12) called William requesting parts for a frequency counter he was building.  William was impressed and offered him a summer job assembling frequency counters. 

Now for the rest of the story.  While you may not recognize William maybe you recognize his last name Hewlett, his partner was David Packard.  Of course, the company they founded was Hewlett-Packard.  It is alive and doing well, as those of you who own a HP knows.

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Comments (16)

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Fascinating that they started their company so long ago, had not realized that and still going strong.

Aug 03, 2020 02:59 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James - very fine company indeed.  I swear by HP Printers.  That is all I have.

Aug 03, 2020 04:16 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

A few names I am familiar with.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Aug 03, 2020 04:32 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

I am still using my HP printer and it is going strong.

Aug 03, 2020 05:13 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. IN the early part of my career selling multifamily complexes, the HP12C lived in my pocket and batteries were regularly changed. Enjoy your day.

Aug 03, 2020 05:16 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - a nice story blending together some early giants of the industry. 

Aug 03, 2020 06:01 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I wonder if they regret offering Jobs a job and how much tech info he "borrowed" from them James Dray .

Aug 03, 2020 06:24 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow started talking about things at a early age and now we know the rest of the story.


Aug 03, 2020 06:43 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Those guys are definitely the heavyweights in the tech industry and their companies have certainly stood the test of time.

Aug 03, 2020 07:08 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great story, and I enjoyed reading about Steve Jobs' involvement also.  Happy Monday!  A

Aug 03, 2020 07:57 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Aug 03, 2020 09:57 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- what an interesting story. And yes, I do have an HP printer!!!

Aug 03, 2020 11:07 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

I wasn't aware of this story nor did I know HP has been around so long. I have both an HP printer and a laptop!


Aug 03, 2020 08:19 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James,  I have to  tell you a story off line about HP and in particularly a phone call David Packard made to the Massachusetts Factory....Endre

Aug 03, 2020 11:20 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Hewlett Packard is one of the most important companies in what became Silicon Valley.

Aug 09, 2020 09:45 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

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