Vishen Lakhiani is the founder and CEO of Mindvalley, leading an amazing team of 100+ individuals focused on building disruptive systems that push humanity forward.
A computer engineer by training Vishen stands for ideas, companies and products that allow human beings to live healthier, enhance their happiness and magnify their potential. He passionately stands against ideas, dogma and business that promote unhealthy products, industrial age ideas, or primitive notions of man’s place in the world.
As a result Mindvalley is about products or services that change human behavior to encourage human beings to enhance their lives, their health, expand their visions and shake off the shackles from cultural baggage of the past. He calls this culture hacking.
Since their start Mindvalley has evolved into an award-winning company with over 100 employees and revenues past $15 million a year (50 million in Malaysian Ringgit). They are one of the biggest sellers of educational content online most significantly in meditation and personal growth. With 1.3 million subscribers and 200,000 paying students.
They have done it all without ever having to take any funds or loans. Which means Vishen currently still own 100% of his business.
His goal is to help spread enlightened ideas to 1 billion people by 2050, ideas that you won’t get from traditional education systems. Collectively, they have been growing like crazy and now employ brilliant minds from 30+ different countries, all of whom work in their playpen for adults aka Mindvalley HQ, billed by Inc Magazine readers as one of the World’s Coolest Offices in 2012.
Perks at Mindvalley go beyond what you’d expect. Some companies brag about their parties – they have their own festivals that are held in exotic locations around the world.
Awesomeness Fest is Mindvalley’s annual event that brings together people who are by nature, driven to change the world. Think powerful trainings, groundbreaking ideas, deep connections, breathtaking adventure trips and epic parties. Each year in a different location, Costa Rica in 2010, Maui in 2011, Cancun in 2012 and this year it’s grown so large they’re holding Awesomeness Fest West in the Dominican Republic and Awesomeness Fest East in Bali. Awesomeness Fest is a non-profit event that sells out every year well in advance.
Vishen started this business to change the world. Money came naturally. As a result, they will devote their time and attention to causes that may not bring in short term profits, but may result in positive social change. Awesomeness Fest raises hundreds of thousands of dollars every year for charities while The Mindvalley Foundation supports major NGOs that are transforming the planet such as the X Prize Foundation.
Over time, Mindvalley has now evolved into a string of companies:
Mindvalley Publishing takes authors with powerful new ways of boosting human potential and brings them mainstream. It is one of the world’s largest online publishers of leading-edge education on mindfulness practices, alternative health and entrepreneurship, with over 250,000 students. Merging software, mixed media, mobile apps and social networks, Vishen’s goal is to create a better world with personal growth.
Mindvalley Technology recently released Omvana, a revolutionary app and education platform designed to spread modern meditation practices to millions worldwide by making the practice easy, sophisticated and sexy. The goal is to hack human behavior and make meditative practices as common as your morning coffee.
Mindvalley’s Code of Awesomeness
As Vishen says, "I’m not asking you to dedicate your life to changing the world. I’m just asking you to not launch businesses that sell crap, pillage the environment, take advantage of developing nations or like Coke – market junk that lead to childhood obesity and other health disasters.
You don’t have to save the world – just try not to mess it up for our children.
Know the difference between and entrepreneur and a businessman? Here’s the difference:
Business people do it for the dollars.
But real entrepreneurs push the human race forward."
Visit www.mindvalley.com for more information.