Vishen is the Founder of Mindvalley. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and stumbled onto meditation when he was 26 as a way to cope with the stress of working for a startup in Silicon Valley. The results he got from bringing personal growth into his workplace were so stunning he went from a junior hire to Vice-President of the company in 7 months. At 27 he was running the company’s New York office. 18 months later he quit becoming a meditation teacher because of a quote he read by Mandela “If you want to change the world, change education.”
The result was Mindvalley. The platform is now home to hundreds of world-class teachers and a thriving global community. Surprisingly Vishen took Mindvalley from $0 to exceeding $100M in revenue with no bank loans, VC funding, or any other type of support. Just in his words “trusting my intuition, dreaming big dreams and meditating every single day.”
Vishen is listed in the Watkins list as one of the top 100 Most Influential Spiritual Teachers of 2022 at #53. His first book “The Code of the Extraordinary Mind” is now translated into 25 languages. In 2017, it hit the coveted #1 spot on Amazon five times, and twice he became the No. 2 author in the world on Amazon. His second book “The Buddha and the Badass” hit #1 on the Wall Street Journal Business Best-sellers list.
Vishen believes in work-life integration, which is reflective of the company culture he created at Mindvalley. In fact, the company was recognized as one of the top 10 coolest offices in the world by Inc. Magazine and has been recognized for its culture.
As a father of two, Vishen hopes for his children to grow up in a borderless and awakened world with extraordinary education options. His goal is for Mindvalley to reach 100 national schooling systems and every company in the Fortune 500 over the next decade.
Vishen Lakhiani made the Watkin’s List of 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People in 2021 and 2022. In 2022 he was #52 on the list.
At XPRIZE’s Visioneering Event in 2015, Lakhiani was a member of the team that won the audience’s vote for the best new XPRIZE Idea, involving housing for refugees.
Lakhiani was named “Most Strategic Entrepreneur” in the SME & Entrepreneurship Business Award, Malaysia, in 2017. The Award is an annual recognition program organized by Yayasan Usahawan Malaysia.
Lakhiani is an AIESEC alumnus who speaks or advises in active support of both AIESEC and AIESEC Alumni International endeavours.
Vishen Lakhiani was a recipient of two awards at the Estonian Startup Awards 2020 for his work on Mindvalley. Foreign Founder of the Year and Bootstrap Badger of the Year for scaling Mindvalley with minimal venture capital. The Foreign Founder of the Year award was presented to him by Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid.
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