Tag: Finding the Next Steve Jobs

Advice from Nolan Bushnell

Dad with Atari (and Chuck E. Cheese) Founder Nolan Bushnell
Dad with Atari (and Chuck E. Cheese) Founder Nolan Bushnell

Dear Dylan,
Just as you were turning eleven months old, I found myself having dinner in Orlando, FL with Atari Founder and computer industry icon Nolan Bushnell. He was very gracious and, as it turns out, is a doting Father like me; except he didn’t stop at two children. He has eight. One of them is named Dylan. I tried to pry as much Fatherly advice as possible from him. With five boys and a penchant for algorithms I expected that he would almost certainly have cracked the code, maybe devised a hack or batch code that I could run any time I was puzzled over your behavior and trying to divine the best way to get you back on the shining path.
He gave me a lot of advice and suggested too that I read his new book, Finding the Next Steve Jobs

http://www.amazon.com/Finding-Next-Steve-Jobs-Creative/dp/0988879514

I have, and it contains pearls of wisdom for running companies and families and, most importantly, finding and cultivating creative talent. These are lessons that apply equally well to business and family life.

He also sent me a note this morning that I wanted to share with you. This is wisdom from him just for you. Take heed little one.

Nice seeing you in Orlando.  As I mentioned, I have a Dylan also, who is now 23 and hyper-creative.  He and my youngest son both grew up on Humongous games, which I think are still relevant (Pajama Sam, Freddy Fish, Putt Putt, etc.)

Add this to his site:

Dear Dylan-

Start playing the Humongous games at 2.  You may have to sit on your dad’s lap, but your creative brain will thank you for it.  

Keep your brain challenged throughout life.

Best,

Nolan

Level up little man. Great minds are waiting to see what you will add to the human story.

Live long and prosper

Love, Dad

 

Nolan doing the keynote at Gametech. I owe him one for agreeing to come and do this.
Nolan doing the keynote at Gametech. I owe him one for agreeing to come and do this.
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