Richard J. Christiansen

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Richard J. Christiansen (July 5, 1965) is a serial entrepreneur,[1] best-selling author,[2] and philanthropist.[3]

Early life[edit]

Richard was born in Beaver, Utah to John and Laurel Christiansen.[4] He graduated from Beaver High School. He attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, earning a B.S. in electronic engineering technology in 1989. In 1991, he earned a master's degree in business from BYU's Marriott School of Business.[5]

Career[edit]

Richard worked as General Manager of the PC Division at Mitsubishi Electric, Product Line Manager at Novell, and General Manager of About.com.[6] He left the corporate world in 2003. He is a serial entrepreneur and a parallel entrepreneur.[7]

Some of Richard’s businesses include: Tornado Solutions, Know More Media, Cyclone Trading Company, MortgageSaver101, Mountain Grabbers LLC, Castlewave, and Custom Dreams LLC.[8]

Author[edit]

Richard co-authored his first book Bootstrap Business: A Step-By-Step Business Survival Guide. It was published in 2009 by Wizard Academy Press.[9] Richard's second book, The Zigzag Principle was published in 2011 by McGraw-Hill.[10] The Zigzag Principle is a USA Today,[11] Amazon.com, and Inc. Magazine[12] bestseller.

Richard was the featured author, in May 2012, of the 12 Books Group[13] leading the discussion of his second book, The Zigzag Principle.

Philanthropy[edit]

Richard is involved in philanthropic efforts around the world. He is particularly interested in helping the people of Nepal. After a family trip to the Himalayas in 2001, Richard and his family decided to help the Nepalese people starting by educating a Sherpa family.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zwilling, Martin. "Rich Christiansen - Parallel Entrepreneur Interview". Startup Professionals Musings. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  2. ^ USA Today. "USA Today's Best-selling Books". USA Today. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Washburn, Daniel A. "Sherpa Girl's Dreams Come True in Utah". SherpaTrek.com. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Cook, Robert (25 April 2005). Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/utah/ci_2683034. Retrieved 10 August 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Entrepreneurship Founders". BYU Marriott School. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Zwilling, Martin. "Rich Christiansen - Parallel Entrepreneur Interview". Startup Professionals Musings. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Kings of Social Media". Utah Valley BusinessQ. 23 Feb 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Stewart, Briana (Spring 2010). "UV 50 - Top Startups to Watch". Utah Valley Business Q (Spring 2010): 42. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Wizard Academy Press". Wizard Academy. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  10. ^ Peterson, Pamela. "The Zigzag Principle: The Goal-setting Strategy That Will Revolutionize Your Business And Your Life". McGraw-Hill Professional. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "USA Today's Best-Selling Books". USA Today. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  12. ^ 800 CEO Read Business Books & Great Ideas. "The Business Book Bestseller List". 800-CEO-Read. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  13. ^ Rich Christiansen to Lead Business Book Group
  14. ^ Washburn, Daniel A. "Sherpa Girl's Dreams Come True in Utah". SherpaTrek.com. Retrieved 10 August 2012.