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Atari Founder Nolan Bushnell on Steve Jobs at Atari and Finding the Next Jobs

nolanbushnellThe Next Web has dug up a video of Atari founder Nolan Bushnell's keynote presentation at Campus Party Brasil, where he spent time remembering Steve Jobs' work at Atari as well as talking about segments of his upcoming book "Finding the Next Steve Jobs."
What is one of the characteristics that made Steve Jobs successful? He was creative, but you know what else was really important? He was a very, very, very hard worker. How many of my employees did I find sleeping under their desks when I came in early on a Monday morning? Not many. Did he kinda smell bad? Yeah. That's cause we didn't have showers, and if you didn't go home for two or three days you could get gamey.
Bushnell goes on to mention that one of the most important messages he gave Jobs was that if 99 percent of people thought something was crazy, and the one percent that created the idea thought it was cool then the idea's creator should "pursue it with all vigor." This message has been echoed by Apple and Jobs multiple times, including in Apple's "Here's to The Crazy Ones" commercial and "Think Different" slogan.


He packs his hour-long talk -- the Jobs portion starts at the 13:00 minute mark -- with additional anecdotes about Jobs and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, like how Jobs offered Bushnell a third of Apple for $50,000, which Bushnell passed on.

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20 months ago

You obviously didn't read the autobiography on Jobs by Walter Isaacson.


You obviously don't know what an autobiography is.
Rating: 22 Votes
20 months ago

Sadly, a terrible autobiography.


May I ask what was so terrible about it?
Rating: 8 Votes
20 months ago

Wow, I didn't know Jobs had been involved with Atari :)


You obviously didn't read the autobiography on Jobs by Walter Isaacson.
Rating: 6 Votes
20 months ago

I disagree. Showering is very important for hygiene and can stave off cancer.


Really? How so.

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Putting "things" above personal hygiene & health, speaks volumes about the person...


What does it say about the person. That he will end up as a billionaire and go down as a major player in history? Just wondering.
Rating: 3 Votes
19 months ago
Re: not showering. I've read that Jobs truly thought that his fruit diet made him naturally smell good. Apparently the diet at least made it so he couldn't smell himself :)

As for Atari, Pong engineer Al Alcorn noted (http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/37762/InDepth_Steve_Jobs_Atari_Employee_Number_40.php) that he later figured out why Jobs would only "work" at night when nobody else was around to see:

"Jobs never did a lick of engineering in his life. He had me snowed," Alcorn later recalled. "It took years before I figured out that he was getting Woz to 'come in the back door' and do all the work while he got the credit."

Rating: 3 Votes
20 months ago

You obviously don't know what an autobiography is.


Exactly!

Autobiography = An account of the life of a person, written by that person.

Biography = A detailed description or account of someone's life.
Rating: 2 Votes
20 months ago

As was Woz, who also developed Breakout, probably the best Pong variant ever.

I was a kid when the 8 bit wars were going on before the IBM PC and always imagined some kind of holy platform war (and for the youngsters it wasn't like today, you had 6 or so different platforms that all had 10-20% market share). Blew my mind that Jobs & Woz worked for Atari.


Bushnell had a great factoid to discuss about Woz. He was never hired in any official capacity by Atari. He got two employees for the price of one.
Rating: 2 Votes
20 months ago

You obviously didn't read the autobiography on Jobs by Walter Isaacson.



Sadly, a terrible autobiography.
Rating: 2 Votes
20 months ago

Wow, I didn't know Jobs had been involved with Atari :)


He was one of the first 50 employees of Atari.
Rating: 2 Votes
20 months ago
I disagree. Showering is very important for hygiene and can stave off cancer.
Rating: 2 Votes

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