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Startup Grind Silicon Valley Hosts Nolan Bushnell (Atari & Chuck E Cheese)


Nolan Bushnell, Atari & Chuck E Cheese

Nolan Bushnell is a technology pioneer, entrepreneur and engineer. Often cited as the father of the video game industry, he is best known as the founder of Atari Corporation and Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theater. He is also the author of the recently released Finding the Next Steve Jobs: How to Find, Hire, Keep and Nurture Creative Talent. Over the past four decades he has founded numerous companies, including Catalyst Technologies, the first technology incubator; Etak, the first digital navigation system; ByVideo, the first online ordering system; and uWink, the first touchscreen menu ordering and entertainment system, among others. Currently, with his new company, Brainrush, he is devoting his talents to enhancing and improving the educational process by integrating the latest in brain science. Additionally, he enjoys motivating and inspiring others in his speeches on entrepreneurship, creativity, innovation and education.  




6:00 Networking and Food
7:00 Fireside Chat
8:00 Networking


Hosted By Derek Andersen, Director of Startup Grind Silicon Valley

Derek Andersen spent four years in product management at Electronic Arts working on games like the Godfather, Burnout, and Mirror's Edge. He left in 2009 to found Vaporware Labs, a company that has tried and failed many times, but successfully launched products like Startup Grind, Commonred, and Steve Young Football (iOS). He's also a contributing author for Techcrunch and Business Insider and lives in Palo Alto, California.
Email: [masked] | Twitter: @derekjandersen

Global Partners

Google App Engine

Google is offering startups $1,000 of credit to start building applications on Google App Engine. App Engine is a development platform that makes applications easy to write, simple to scale, and trivial to manage. Use verification code: SGAE-02


Local Partners

Google For Entrepreneurs

Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products.

Microsoft BizSpark

Microsoft BizSpark is a global program that helps software startups succeed by giving them access to Microsoft software development tools, connecting them with key industry players, including investors, and providing marketing visibility to help entrepreneurs starting a business.


NephoScale is an infrastructure –as-a-service company with a developer focus. NephoScale created: CloudScript, the first build language for the cloud, and Elastic Networking, a software defined networking technology. NephoScale developed a complete cloud-computing stack from the ground up, and unique networking technology, allowing for customization that can make almost any application fly in the cloud.

Samepage is a social and collaborative way for groups and colleagues to work together. It’s a cloud-based platform that securely connects people with projects, conversations and files, so that everybody is always on the same page.


What is Startup Grind?

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 40 cities and 20 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.


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  • Renee

    Absolutely, an excellent event. Bushnell is engaging, and quite humorous!

    May 14, 2013

  • Arsene L.

    You rock!

    May 14, 2013

  • Ajay Pal S.

    Anyone coming back to Fremont/Hayward after the event ?

    May 13, 2013

  • Jay T.

    mbeck should speak !!

    May 13, 2013

  • Rupesh

    Looking forward to meet you all

    May 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Absolutely! One of my Silicon Valley heroes who created Silicon Valley, when it was silicon, not just 'apps'.

    April 16, 2013

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