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Rizwan Virk09-21-23 Wisdom of a Yogi: Lessons for Modern Seekers from Autobiography of a Yogi  with Rizwan Virk

Yogananda’s The Autobiography of a Yogi has been called “the book that changed a thousand lives.” Now it has been reimagined for the technological age by Rizwan Virk the founder of Play Labs at MIT. In Wisdom of a Yogi: Lessons for Modern Seekers from Autobiography of a Yogi (Bayview Books, June 2023 in partnership with Harper Collins Publishers India) Virk retells the Yogananda’s stories of magic, mystery, and spiritual searching and brings them to a new generation.

Rizwan (“Riz”) Virk is a successful  entrepreneur, investor, futurist, bestselling author, video game industry pioneer, and indie film producer.     Riz received a B.S. in Computer Science  from MIT,  and a M.S. in Management from Stanford’s GSB.  He is currently working on a PhD at ASU’s College of Global Futures, researching metaverse and virtual worlds.

Riz was the founder of Play Labs @ MIT, a startup accelerator held on campus at  the MIT Game Lab.   He also runs Bayview Labs and is a venture partner Griffin Gaming Partners, one of the largest gaming VC funds and is an advisor to Ridge Ventures.  Riz is an advisor to many startups, VC’s, educational institutions, blockchain organizations and  private foundations. His interest and expertise ranges from startups/VC industry, video games/metaverse, blockchain/cryptocurrency, meditation/consciousness, simulation theory, UFOs/UAPs, the intersection of science, science fiction, religion and philosophy.   His podcast, The Simulated Universe explores many of these issues at the edge of science and science fiction.

Riz is a prolific Silicon Valley angel investor, having invested in many startups including Tapjoy, Telltale Games, Discord, Funzio (sold to GREE), Pocket Gems, Moon Express, Theta Labs, Bitmovio, North Bay Solutions, One Billion Tech and many others.  His video games have included Tap Fish, Penny Dreadful: Demimonde and Grimm: Cards of Fate.

Riz has produced many indie films (imdb link), including Thrive,  Sirius,  Knights of Badassdom, starring Peter Dinklage and Summer Glau, The CW’s The Outpost, as well as adaptations of the works of Philip K. Dick and Ursula K. Le Guin.

Riz’s books include Startup Myths & ModelsThe Simulation HypothesisZen Entrepreneurship, and Treasure Hunt: Follow Your Inner Clues to Find True Success, and The Simulated Multiverse.

Riz has been featured in Inc. Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, Tech Crunch, Venture Beat,,  Digital Trends, Hackernoon, NBC, The Telegraph, BBC Science Focus, The Spectator and many other places.

He speaks regularly on subjects such as startups, video games, the metaverse,  meditation and career success both in person and online. He has been interviewed extensively ranging from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to Inside Edition Digital, Coast to Coast AM,  CBC’s Tapestry, The History Channel and Gaia TV.

He splits his time between  Mountain View, CA,  Cambridge, MA, and Tempe, AZ, depending on the time of year.

Follow him @rizstanford, and
Twitter: @rizstanford

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