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Nolan Bushnell
Nolan Bushnell

Nolan Bushnell


Los Angeles, CA United States

"The trick to life is: find something you're interested in, then drop everything and study it to death."

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Nolan's work combines: Education, Technology, and Learning / Being Challenged

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Day In The Life


I'm a serial entrepreneur, and founded Brainrush, Atari, Chuck E. Cheese, Etak, ByVideo, Axlon, and uWink.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Electrical and Electronics Engineering

    University of Utah

  • Graduate Degree

    Business Administration and Management, General

    Stanford University

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    In college, he wanted to be an electrical engineer, but he also loved to party, and he found that the two were incompatible.

  • 2.

    As a result, he took seven years to finish his bachelor's degree, but the extra time meant he could explore more classes and majors relevant to his interests.

  • 3.

    His interest in computer games started when he saw the first computer with a display screen; he knew that would be the way of the future.

  • 4.

    A man from MIT had developed a game called Spacewar; Nolan was so hooked on it that he'd break into the computer lab at night to play.

  • 5.

    At the same time, he was working a minimum wage job at an amusement park; the combination of amusement games and computers would become his life's work.

  • 6.

    Once computer costs came down to attainable numbers, he started developing his computer games, most notably, one called Pong.

  • 7.

    Realized Pong was going to be a huge hit when their first test arcade machine stopped working...because it was too full of quarters.

  • 8.

    He's now pivoted to work on educational games; his goal is to be able to teach kids "quickly, efficiently, and without putting them to sleep."