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In 1993, I started on an interesting journey in the business world: at the age of 23, I became President & CEO of my first high technology company, called Brainstorm Technologies. I grew this company rapidly and for a time we were known as one of the "hottest" start-ups on the East Coast. As the company grew, so did my understanding about the business world and how it worked.

However, around the same time, I began another journey of personal growth, which became inextricably entwined with the growth of my business. In fact, it led me to some startling lessons about entrepreneurship as a path of personal growth; I learned a set of spiritual practices, techniques, and principles, which had to do with what my mentors called "the hidden worlds".

Eventually, I realized that these lessons were part and parcel of what I learned in the business world, and the only way for me to explain one is to also explain the other.

It took some time for these lessons to sink in, and it was not easy for me to come to the realization that success or failure in the business world is not simply about "dollars and cents", that it could in fact be an integrated part of a path of spiritual growth and personal discovery.

I discovered that starting a business is a much an act of self expression as it is a professional one. I found that our beliefs, energetic patterns, and our thoughts manifest themselves in our careers in ways that I hadn't, and couldn't have imagined.

This, then, is the story of what happened in the everyday world, and how it led to a gradual awakening of what was happening behind the scenes, in the "hidden worlds" during my formative entrepreneurial episode. Writing this book has helped me to find my own path in life and work; may it help you to do the same.

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Rizwan Virk is an entrepreneur, writer, and computer scientist. He started his first company on a shoestring budget at the age of 23 and rapidly grew it into a multi-million dollar operation with offices around the country. Since then, he has started,

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris (January 21, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413434452
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413434453
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,856,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rizwan "Riz" Virk is a successful hi-tech entrepreneur, angel investor, bestselling author, and indie film producer.

Riz's entrepreneurial journey began at the age of 23, when he grew his first company into a multi-million dollar venture with his MIT roommate. Riz is currently co-founder and CEO of Midverse Studios, a VC-backed mobile gaming company. Before that, he was co-founder of Gameview Studios, makers of the hit pioneer iPhone game, Tap Fish, downloaded more than 30 million times and acquired by DeNA, a multi-billion dollar Japanese game company. Prior to that Riz was part of the founding team at CambridgeDocs (acquired by EMC), and Service Metrics (acquired by Exodus).

Riz has also been a producer in many indie films, including: Turquoise Rose, set primarily on the Navajo reservation, the online phenomenon, Thrive:What on Earth Will It Take, which has been viewed more than 20 million times, Sirius, the most successful crowd-funded doc of all time, and the cult fantasy/horror classic Knights of Badassdom, starring Peter Dinklage and Summer Glau.

Riz's first book, Zen Entrepreneurship, has inspired both entrepreneurs and spiritual seekers worldwide. Riz's entrepreneurial activities have been featured in venues ranging from Techcrunch to Inc. Magazine, The Boston Globe, Gamasutra, etc. He has appeared on talk shows including Coast to Coast AM, and was even skewered by the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Riz received a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and M.S. in Management from Stanford's Graduate School of Business.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. G. Harris on February 22, 2007
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This is a moving book, particularly if you are an entreprenuear and have suffered through the reflection, self-questioning, loving advice of friends and family, etc. The book allowed me to give myself permsission to view my current entreprenuerial journey as a consultant and developer of sustainable communities as a journey of self discovery. I knew this instinctively, that only by experiencing this journey could I offer authentic guidance to others on similar journeys, however, Virk's work helped me bring this into consciousness and not only accept, but to be inspired by it. The book is charming and easy to read. There are numerous typos, but the flow of the story more than makes up for it. I gave away a couple of copies of this book because I found it so helpful.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alice Finnamore on June 11, 2004
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I met Riz in 2002, at Robert Moss's first Dream Teacher Training. I remember him for his energy, enthusiasm, and humor. His book enthralled me in part because I had met Riz, and his wonderful qualities come through loud and clear. But I am recommending the book primarily because of its genuine depictions of spiritual life in the workplace. The story follows Riz along what he calls the Path of the Career Warrior, from skeptic to brilliant dreamer.
Zen Entrepreneurship can be read on different levels. On one level is the happy story of Riz, the young computer grad, dreaming of a business of his own. He serendipitously found his way into a meditation class and a new way of life, while building an idea into a multi-million dollar company. The second level offers guidance on how to establish and grow a new business, addressing structural, financial and psychological issues in a way that could be helpful to any aspiring entrepreneur. But the third and most important level is the concept of bringing spiritual practice into the workplace, as Riz provides insight and instruction in meditation and dream work that can be useful regardless of a person's career direction.
"A Career Warrior is someone who can harmoniously bring the insights gained through spiritual practice into the every day world. And someone who can take the challenges and insights gained in the wonderful world of work with them into the hidden worlds." (p. 9).
"You are not looking to start their business, you are looking to start your own business. The lessons that you need are different than the lessons that those folks need. Starting a business is not simply a mechanical thing; it's part of your path to personal growth." (p. 37).
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This book was recommended at a leadership conference I attended. It's a quick read and quite inspiring. Riz narrates a fascinating account of his own personal journey to relate and bring together different spiritual concepts. While his journey centers on his business life, the concepts presented can apply to every aspect of one's life.

The book describes the convergence of the "hidden" and "real" worlds, showing the definite connection between dreams, events, people, and circumstances. It can seem random and unrelated, but it's all connected in a meaningful way. Riz demonstrates how this has occurred in his business life.

The book is very well written, and it's extremely impactful in a subtle way. Riz is not trying to preach a certain belief system or approach to life which I appreciate. What he does convey is to maintain awareness and take notice of what's going on around you. Connect the seemingly random dots, step back, and you may find that you've drawn a picture of something quite special that you never saw before.
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This book could be classified in any number of categories, whether it be spirituality, business, adventure, or even autobiography. The author pulls you into his world where all of those topics are merged seamlessly and, just as grapes become wine, what some may see as unbelievable becomes unmistakably tangible.

If you've ever wondered what spirituality has to do with business, this book answers not only that question, but its opposite - how does growth in business reflect and manifest itself in the spirit world? The answer may seem simple, but this book makes it clear through the author's own true experiences, that there's much much more to those questions than we realize. So much in fact, that I intuitively know this book will be one I read over and over throughout different times in my life, and each time I suspect I'll learn even more new and invaluable lessons.

Zen Entrepreneurship is a must-have for any spiritual or business library.
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