Answer: A coin toss
In 1939, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard set up a computer company in a Palo Alto workshop, which was later commissioned becomes one of the largest technology companies of the 20th century. The two young men, long-time friends and Stanford students, decided whether the company would be known as a Hewlett-Packard or a Packard-Hewlett with a toss. Packard won the litter and placed Bill's name first as proof of how good the friends were.
Although known for calculators, computers, and printers, the first commercially successful Hewlett-Packard product was actually a very accurate audio oscillator. Their first big customer was none other than Walt Disney Productions, who bought eight of their early oscillator models, the HP Model 200B, to certify the theater's Fantasound surround sound systems for their masterpiece Fantasia .