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Nolan Bushnell

Founder, Atari Corporation

Nolan Bushnell is a technology pioneer, entrepreneur, engineer and recently, a published bestselling author.  He is best known as the founder of Atari Corporation and also Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theater. Often cited as the Father of the video game industry, Mr. Bushnell brought the first-ever video game to market with “Pong” followed by many other legendary games.  He also introduced America to the in-home video game console.

Over the past four decades, Bushnell has been a prolific entrepreneur, founding numerous companies, including: Catalyst Technologies, the first technology incubator; Etak, the first car navigation system whose mapping is still the basis for car navigation systems today; Androbot, a personal robotics company; and ByVideo, the first online ordering system, which allowed customers to order and pay for product from kiosks.  He also co-created touch screen technology, which is the technology of today’s Ipad/ and smart phones.

Nolan is passionate today about enhancing and improving the educational process by integrating the latest in brain science and is currently the founder and CEO of his newest project, the educational gaming company, “Brainrush”.

Nolan famously was also the first and only boss Steve Jobs ever had when he worked at Atari.  In Walter Isaacson’s book “Steve Jobs”, Nolan is described as of the most important mentors and influences in Steve’s life.  Nolan published his first book in 2013, the bestseller “Finding the Next Steve Jobs”