Meet

Vishen Lakhiani


Leading a dedicated team of over 100+ brilliant minds, Vishen is focused on building disruptive systems that will accelerate his vision for Mindvalley and ultimately, the world – by pushing humanity forward through innovation in education. 


A electrical engineer and computer scientist by training, Vishen considers himself a humanist first and foremost – one who stands for ideas and companies that allow human beings to live healthier and happier, and magnify their potential. 


Hence, most of his businesses involve products or services that challenge cultural behavior to encourage human beings to expand their visions and shake off the shackles from cultural baggage of the past. He calls this process Culture Hacking.


Through Mindvalley, Vishen invests in and builds education companies. The company’s goal is to help spread enlightened ideas to 1 billion people by 2050; ideas that you won’t get from traditional education systems. 


Collectively, Mindvalley has been growing rapidly and now employs brilliant minds from 30+ different countries, all of whom work in their playpen for adults, aka the Mindvalley HQ, which was billed by Inc Magazine readers as one of the World’s Coolest Offices in 2012.


The company has also made the WorldBlu List of Most Democratic Workplaces™ for six years straight and is considered one of the top places in the world to work; our specific growth process for our employees is being duplicated by companies worldwide.


By 2020, Vishen aims to drive the company into becoming the #1 place in the world to work, a dream he had presented through his TEDx talk, ‘How to Build the World’s Greatest Workplace’


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.


Vishen is the accidental founder of Awesomeness Fest, a festival that brings together elite entrepreneurs and visionaries from around the world to connect, grow and impact each other’s lives. People have described it as a cross between Burning Man and TED. Thousands apply every year for the few hundred spots available, and all money raised from the effort goes to game-changing causes.


At Mindvalley Insights, Vishen and his team share their marketing and business strategies and trade secrets for free so that other entrepreneurs and leaders can expand and innovate on their businesses. It’s become one of the world’s first examples of open-sourcing marketing and business processes. 


After college, Vishen set a goal to contribute a billion dollars to causes that are pushing the human race forward, and so he launched The Mindvalley Foundation. The initiative has supported groups such as the Pachamama Alliance, which preserves millions of acres of Amazon land, and more recently – the X Prize Foundation, which organizes competitions to inspire scientist and entrepreneurs to solve the biggest problems facing humanity today. 


In 2013, he launched Project Renaissance, an attempt to turn Kuala Lumpur into one of the top 20 places in the world to start a dot-com. Having grown up in the city himself, it has become a personal mission as he strives to hack the mindset of the youth of an entire city and create more entrepreneurs by reducing brain drain in his hometown. 


There is some method to Vishen’s madness, and this makes him a highly sought-after appearance in the world of internet business building and company culture. He’s shared the stage with Tony Robbins, Sir Richard Branson, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other luminaries. Vishen is also an active philanthropist via the Mindvalley Foundation and sits on the Innovation Board of the X Prize Foundation.


Stay tuned for what’s to come from Vishen and Mindvalley. But if you have any questions, inquiries or other curiosities to fulfill in the mean time, you can always reach him at hellovishen@mindvalley.com


Short version

Founder and CEO of Mindvalley, Vishen leads a dedicated team of over 100+ brilliant minds focused on building disruptive systems to bring innovation to education under their goal of “pushing humanity forward”. 

Vishen invests in and builds education companies. The company’s goal is to help spread enlightened ideas to 1 billion people by 2050; ideas that you won’t get from traditional education systems.

Vishen’s projects include apps that promote healthy behavior, like Omvana which is rapidly becoming one of the highest grossing health and fitness apps for iPhone and online learning platforms such as the Mindvalley Academy which serves some 250,000 students and 1.3 million subscribers and is focused on mindfulness, health and wellness education.

In Asia, Vishen’s goal is to culture hack the behavior of young entrepreneurs to turn his home city of Kuala Lumpur into one of the top 20 cities in the world to launch a startup. Through Project Renaissance, he funds and provides free entrepreneurial education to tens of thousands of young people looking to make a difference. 

Vishen is also the founder of Mindvalley Technology, which builds mobile and web education businesses, Awesomeness Fest, the annual entrepreneurial festival, and the Mindvalley Foundation, which supports causes around the world that are working to push humanity forward. 

Mindvalley is known for it’s steller success rate in launching new businesses – almost 90% are profitable within 10 months with little outside funding. It’s also known as one of the #1 places in the world to work and attracts brilliant minds from around the world to move to Malaysia to work on Vishen’s team. Vishen is also an active philanthropist via the Mindvalley Foundation and sits on the Innovation Board of the X Prize Foundation