The Man Who First Hired Steve Jobs On Finding Unusual And Creative Talent

Video game pioneer Nolan Bushnell has handpicked rising tech talent from atypical places. He's also responsible for hiring young Steve Jobs.

One of the hallmarks of Nolan Bushnell's career is that he's spent decades hiring and enabling all manner of gifted renegades and imaginative oddballs.

It was partly of out necessity because of the kinds of companies he's launched over the years. Bushnell cofounded Atari where he was Steve Jobs's first boss, and where he helped create classic video games like Pong. Companies he launched later include the pizza chain Chuck E. Cheese's. Today, the 71-year-old serial entrepreneur who's been called the father of the video-game industry is regarded as something of an elder statesman of technology and business innovation.

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