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Atari’s Al Alcorn: “The dog who caught the car”

Atari’s Al Alcorn: “The dog who caught the car”

Update: 2019-12-20
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The Sunday Times’ tech correspondent Danny Fortson brings on Al Alcorn, video game pioneer and co-founder of Atari, to talk about when he first met co-founder Nolan Bushnell (2:30 ), breaking into a world dominated by pinball machines (6:30 ), making Pong (9:00 ), taking it to a bar (12:00 ), starting a manufacturing company (14:30 ), hiring hippies to work in a former roller rink (18:30 ), when copycats emerged (22:00 ), almost going bust (25:50 ), creating the first mass-market home console (28:45 ), striking a deal with Sears (30:30 ), building a company of young people (36:30 ), the hot tub announcement (40:10 ), why they sold to Warner (44:30 ), the culture clash (47:30 ), obsoleting their own products (52:00 ), hiring Steve Jobs (55:10 ), funding his trip to India (58:00 ), turning down Jobs’ offer to invest in Apple (1:00 :00), and how Silicon Valley culture has changed (1:03 :15)

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Atari’s Al Alcorn: “The dog who caught the car”

Atari’s Al Alcorn: “The dog who caught the car”