Nolan Bushnell

Founder of Atari, Father of the Video Game Industry

Founder of Chuck E. Cheese Pizza Time Theater

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Bushnell is known for his relaxed manner, humor, one-liners and is regularly quoted. He often is scheduled as the after lunch speaker as he is one of the few that can keep any audience engaged. He can speak using an extensive PowerPoint with hundreds of historical pictures, current laboratory projects and future concepts.


Nolan Bushnell is often referred to as the father of the video game industry. He is best known as the founder of Atari Corporation and Chuck E. Cheese Pizza Time Theater. Mr. Bushnell is passionate about enhancing and improving the educational process by integrating the latest in brain science, and truly enjoys motivating and inspiring others with his views on entrepreneurship, creativity, innovation and education.

Over the past forty years, Bushnell has been a prolific entrepreneur, founding numerous companies, including: Etak, the first car navigation system whose mapping is still the basis for car navigation systems today; Androbot, a personal robotics company; Catalyst Technologies, the first technology incubator; and ByVideo, the first online ordering system, which allowed customers to order and pay for product from kiosks. Additionally, he has consulted for numerous corporations, including IBM, Cisco Systems and US Digital Communications.

Three years ago, he published of his first book, “Finding the Next Steve Jobs”, a “how to” for people interested in finding, hiring, keeping and nurturing creative talent. Currently, Mr. Bushnell is devoting his talents to fixing education with his new company, Brainrush.  His beta software is teaching academic subjects at over 10 times the speed in classrooms with over 90% retention.  He uses his experience from gaming industry to introduce video game metrics to addict learners to academic subjects.  His Anti Aging games project helps seniors to avoid many of the problems of mental aging through game exercises that maintain mental flexibility and problem solving.  He was most recently featured in the New Yorker magazine for this effort.

During his carreer, Nolan has garnered many distinctions and awards. He was inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame, inducted into the Consumer Electronics Association Hall of Fame, named ASI 1997 Man of the Year, and named one of Newsweek’s “50 Men That Changed America.”  In March of 2009, Bushnell was honored with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Fellowship Award (BAFTA) the highest accolade the Academy bestows, for his outstanding creative contribution to the Video Games Industry. He was similarly honored with a LARA award from the German Academy of Entertainment. He is also highlighted as one of Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial icons in “The Revolutionaries” display at the renowned Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California.

Currently a biopic about Nolan Bushnell, titled Atari, is in pre-production. The story was acquired by Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company and in role of Nolan Bushnell is DiCaprio himself.


How to foster it, encourage it and capitalize on it.


Where is the industry going? Why? Where are the pockets of potential? What pitfalls should companies avoid?


How to encourage and build a culture of intrapreneurship in companies, helping established entities to stay on the cutting edge.


Why it is essential to business today? What are the key elements of a successful entrepreneur? How do you recognize it and tap into it?


What are the trends in education now and moving into the future? How will classrooms and learning be different in the years to come? How will they remain the same? How will education evolve in light of today’s and tomorrow’s technologies?


What tools have been used in the past to be on the cutting edge as technology becomes available and cost effective? What are the trends that every company and discipline need to be aware?


While there have been many successes, there have been spectacular disappointments when businesses fail to launch. Often we learn more from our failures than our successes.

Finding the Next Steve Jobs How to Find, Keep, and Nurture Talent

From the legendary founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese's and Steve Jobs's first boss, the secrets to finding, hiring, keeping, and nurturing creative talent. The business world is changing faster than ever, and every day your company faces new complications and difficulties. The only way to resolve these issues is to have a staff of wildly creative people who live as much in the future as the present, who thrive on being different, and whose ideas will guarantee that your company will prosper when other companies fail. A celebrated visionary and iconoclast, Nolan Bushnell founded the groundbreaking gaming company Atari before he went on to found Chuck E. Cheese's and two dozen other companies. He also happened to launch the career of the late Steve Jobs, along with those of many other bril?liant creatives over the course of his five decades in business. With refreshing candor, keen psychological insight, and robust humor, Bushnell explains in "Finding the Next Steve Jobs" how to think boldly and differently about companies and organizations?and spe?cifically the people who work within them. For anyone trying to turn a company into the next Atari or Apple, build a more creative workforce, or fashion a career in a changing world, this book will enlighten, challenge, surprise, and amuse.

Finding the Next Steve Jobs How to Find, Keep, and Nurture Talent