Brent Bushnell

Brent Bushnell

Co-Founder & CEO

Two Bit Circus

Los Angeles, CA USA

Reject the cultural narrative that there's one road to take. It's different for everybody and changing faster now than ever before.


By Roadtrip Nation

Brent Bushnell


My road in life took a while to figure out.
Went to school for electrical engineering for a while; was in college during the first big "web craze."
Was itching to enter the workforce, so he dropped out of school to move to San Francisco, the epicenter of tech.
Says he wanted to try a bunch of different stuff: worked as everything from a furniture salesman to a sushi chef.
Believes the world presents you with endless opportunities and you can't let yourself get bogged down by what you "should" be doing.
Met his co-founder Eric Gradman; the two started making interactive art, gained more and more traction; turned it into a company.
The goal of their company was to "rebrand what it means to be an engineer," get more kids into the fun side of science.
Encourages combining your interests; says there's a lot of creativity and opportunity to be found "at the intersection of domains."
Loves the quote, "No battle plan survives engagement with the enemy"; you should have a plan, but don't stick to it rigidly.
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High School
Electrical and Electronics Engineering - Did Not Complete
University of Colorado Boulder
Computer Science
University of California-Los Angeles


Co-Founder & CEO

I run a high-tech circus. We're a band of nerds building big entertainment using modern technology.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Building Things

Day to Day

As the CEO, we joke I'm the "chief email opener". I spend a lot of time meeting with people and figuring out who are partners will be.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

I'm a big fan of random input. Kids should get out there and try to do as many different things as possible. You won't know what you want to work on until you try LOTS of different things.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

Electrical and Electronics Engineering - Did Not Complete


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"We're not artists!"

Challenges I Overcame

Learning Issues

Interviewed By

Whirlwind of Awesomeness

Whirlwind of Awesomeness

The keys to the Green RV go to three new road-trippers, all interested in design, who kick-start their cross-country journey of self-discovery with a visit to the art-tech spectacle of Two Bit Circus, where founders Brent Bushnell and Eric Gradman share their story of dabbling across domains and finding inspiration at the intersection of their interests.