Nolan Bushnell - How to innovate your whole life long

Nolan Bushnell

Nolan Bushnell - The Godfather of Gaming
047: "How to innovate your whole life long"


MoTcast host Ingo Stoll talking to Nolan Bushnell - the only boss that Steve Jobs ever had - about education, curiousity and personal drivers.


"Education is broken - it's probably the worst example of technology not being used."
[Nolan Bushnell]

Please note: Episode 047 hosts an international guest and is released in english.


About Nolan Bushnell

Nolan Bushnell is a technology pioneer, entrepreneur, engineer and published author. He is best known as the founder of Atari Corporation and Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theater. Often cited as the Father of the video game industry, Mr. Bushnell introduced videogames to the masses with "Pong" and many other legendary games.
Over 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.

With his latest startup, BrainRush, he is intent on fixing education with software that uses gamification principles to "addict" students to learning.
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 one of the most important mentors and influences in Job's life. Nolan published his first book in 2013, "Finding the Next Steve Jobs". In it he explains how to find, hire and nurture creative people.


"Every year on january 1st around noon I throw the dice and let them decide on a new project for that year."
[Nolan Bushnell]


And that's what his dice said for 2017: Do kinetic Arts!


Quotes and statements by Nolan Bushnell within the show:

"I find every time I climb down a rabbit hole that some really weired happens to me."
[Nolan Bushnell]


"My primary driver is curiousity."
[Nolan Bushnell]



"You have to do things that are uncomfortable to learn."
[Nolan Bushnell]


"Poor education is driven by people that think teachers are more important than students."
[Nolan Bushnell]


"Computerize lessons and use game dynamics to teach!"
[Nolan Bushnell]


"Every technology has freed-up people to make the world a better place."
[Nolan Bushnell]



Shownotes and links


Thanks to Nolan Bushnell an inspiiring talk - and tributes to Thomas Mosch for making the talk possible on CeBIT 2017.