25 Fascinating Nolan Bushnell Quotes

Nolan Bushnell is an American electrical engineer and businessman. Known for establishing Atari Inc. and the Chuckie Cheese Pizza Theatre Chain, Bushnell has written several books and has been named as one of the 50 Men Who Changed America. Here is a look at some of the most notable Nolan Bushnell quotes to be familiar with.

“Any business that does not innovate will fail over time.”

“Creativity is every company’s first driver. It’s where everything starts, where energy and forward motion originate. Without that first charge of creativity, nothing else can take place.”

“Everybody believes in innovation until they see it. Then they think, ‘Oh, no; that’ll never work. It’s too different.’”

“Everyone who has ever taken a shower has had an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it that makes a difference.”

“Hire for passion and intensity; there is training for everything else.”

“I always try to do something nobody else has done.”


“I appreciate the fact that technology and games are a big part of life.”

“I guess I’d like to be known for being an innovator, fostering creativity, thinking outside the box. You know, keeping people playful.”

“I must confess I’ve always had a couple of pinball machines in my home and really have enjoyed some of the old classics, like Fireball.”

“I think in terms of businesses, in terms of things that are really big and marry technology with entertainment. That’s where I like to spend my time.”

“I think ‘Something Ventured’ is a nice piece because it celebrates venture capital in a unique and powerful way. Nolan Bushnell”

“I want to fix education in the world. As soon as I work on that, I am going to work on world hunger and then world peace.”

“I’ve always thought legal addictions are a great way to create a business. Starbucks is a wonderful example.”

“My perception is that I’m a guy who really does a lot of homework surrounding any project that I do.”

“Radical innovation is difficult to fund. It seems scary. And the really radical things seem even more scary.”

“Sometimes when you hire people who have to pass a Mr. Congeniality test, you end up losing some of the non-conformists who will give you different views and perspectives.”

“The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”

“The subtle generational cues that make one thing cool and another uncool aren’t always obvious to a parent. My children are my dinner-table sounding board. I’ve come up with some wonderful ideas that they universally dismissed as ‘lame.’”

“The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”

“The ultimate inspiration is the deadline.”

“Video games in some ways are too powerful, they have too much resonance with kids. And it’s very easy to overdose on video games and to let the outside world go by.”

“We didn’t do a square ball in ‘Pong’ because we thought it was cool. We did it because that was all we could do.”

“When I was running Atari, violence against humanoid figures was not allowed. We’d let you shoot at a tank… but we drew the line at shooting at people, with blood splattering everywhere.”

“When you’re building something, you know all of the trade-offs.”

“Young adults love to play games and they’re thirsty for social interaction, but a lot of bar and restaurant experiences are quite unsatisfactory on the social level.”

Here is a look at the technology pioneer Nolan Bushnell as he discusses what it is like to be the father of the video game industry.

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