One of Newsweek’s “50 Men That Changed America”, Nolan Bushnell is the quintessential technology pioneer, entrepreneur, scientist, and engineer. Often cited as the ‘Father of the Video Game Industry’, he is best known as the co-founder of Atari Corporation as well as the founder of Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theatre. Bushnell was the first and only person to hire Steve Jobs (at Atari), which he details in his 2013 bestseller Finding the Next Steve Jobs. Today his design credo – that games should be “easy to learn and difficult to master” – is inspiring a new generation of developers.
Over the past four decades, Nolan has founded more than 20 companies, including: Catalyst Technologies – the first tech incubator in Silicon Valley; Etak – the first car navigation system whose mapping is still the basis for car navigation systems today; Androbot – a personal robotics company; ByVideo – the first online ordering system, which allowed customers to order and pay for product from kiosks; uWink – the first touch screen ordering and entertainment system at restaurant tables; X2 – a game company focused on powerful new tech for games powered by Amazon’s Alexa, including the award-winning murder mystery boardgame St. Noire; and Modal VR – an end-to-end virtual reality platform that delivers large-scale and fully wireless immersion for multiple users at once.