Happy Birthday Nolan Bushnell!

February 5, 2014

9:00 am

Today is the birthday of Nolan Bushnell, known as the cofounder of Atari and founder of Chuck E. Cheese, a pioneer of the video game industry, and one of Steve Jobs’s early bosses.

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Born in 1943, Bushnell is a serial entrepreneur if there ever was one. Atari, maker of the Pong arcade games, was sold in 1976 for $28 million. The technology behind Etak, one of Bushnell’s ventures, is still used in car navigation today. And nowadays, Bushnell is devoting his time to a company called BrainRush.

BrainRush lets you create, share, and play educational games. They use the latest neuroscience and video game dynamics to help students learn faster and retain more information. According to its website, BrainRush has a team of 12, with Bushnell as founder. They believe in the cause of transforming education for the better.

Bushnell is also the author of Finding the Next Steve Jobs, a book about hiring and retaining the best employees. He gave Jobs a job at Atari in 1974.

We sat down with Bushnell in a recent Tech Cocktail Week fireside chat, talking about hiring, BrainRush, and his daily life. Here’s the video.

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Tech Cocktail Week is a monthly series of events that takes place downtown Las Vegas and is produced in partnership with Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project.

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact [email protected]

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