Vishen Lakhiani

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Vishen Lakhiani
BornJanuary 14, 1976
ResidenceKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tallinn, Estonia
NationalityMalaysian, Indian
EducationUniversity of Michigan
(B. Eng)

Vishen Lakhiani (born January 14, 1976) is a Malaysian-born entrepreneur of Indian descent,[1][2] author, and speaker.[3] He is the co-founder and CEO of Mindvalley, and the author of The Code of the Extraordinary Mind.[4]


Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He went to a Malaysian government school for most of his life. After graduating from high school, he moved to the United States, where he studied computer engineering at the University of Michigan.


Mindvalley is an educational technology company co-founded by Vishen Lakhiani and Michael Reining that publishes products focused on personal spiritual development and lifelong learning, such as the meditation app Omvana.[5] Founded in New York in December 2002, Reining and Laklihani were forced to relocate Mindvalley to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2004 when the United States declined to renew Lakhiani's work visa.[6] Today, Mindvalley positions itself as an education company that offers teaching programs on mindfulness, meditation, personal growth, fitness, and health.


Dealmates was a Malaysian-based e-commerce site that Lakhiani founded in Nov 1, 2010 with Patrick Grove as part of a joint-venture between Catcha Group and Mindvalley.[7][8] Dealmates allegedly offered discounts from fashion, beauty, cosmetics, electronics and other vendors  with allegedly over 30,000 visitors a day. Their website does not exist anymore.

Blinklist and A-Fest[edit]

Blinklist was a social bookmarking service, allowed users to organize their bookmarks based on keyword tags, see how others rated their bookmarks and view recently added, popular, or hot public bookmarks. The site has been turned into a tech-related blog featuring stories about startups and apps. [9]

Lakhiani has also founded A-Fest, an invite-only conference that offers training in conscious entrepreneurship and mindfulness.


In May 2016, Vishen Lakhiani published the self-help book The Code of the Extraordinary Mind through Rodale, Inc. In the book, Lakhiani argues that a person's outlook on life is shaped by conditioning and habit, and offers 10 laws to help readers break free of this mindset. After its release, the book reached #10 on the New York Times Bestseller List for Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous.[10][11]


Resulting from his charitable donations to XPRIZE since 2013, Vishen Lakhiani now sits on the Innovation Board of the X PRIZE Foundation.[12] At XPRIZE's Visioneering Event in 2015, he was a member of the team which won the audience's vote for the best new XPRIZE Idea, involving housing for refugees,[13] This has now evolved into the Corigen-backed Innovative Housing Prize.[14]

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.[15]

Lakhiani is an AIESEC alumnus who speaks or advises in active support of both AIESEC and AIESEC Alumni International endeavors.


  1. ^ Borzykowski, Bryan. "Meet the man who finds solace in a 25-hour commute". BBC. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
  2. ^ "Be slightly mad, Mindvalley’s Vishen urges entrepreneurs" Digital News Asia, Published 21 April 2014
  3. ^ Hyland, Tim (2014). "The Power of Rethinking Everything". Speaker Magazine. pp. 14–17. Retrieved July 8, 2016.
  4. ^ Kay, Michael F. "How Your Money Mindset Can Improve You (And The World)". Forbes. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
  5. ^ "Business that 'blurs work and play'" BBC News, Released 20 July 2013
  6. ^ "Luring Workers to the Middle of Nowhere'" BBC News, Released 8 October 2014
  7. ^ Catcha Group JV Dealmates to get Intel Funding" The Edge (Malaysia), Published 6 September 2014
  8. ^ "Dealmates pivots its way into a stronger footing" Digital News Asia, Published 8 September 2012
  9. ^ "What Happened to the Social Bookmarking Site Blinklist?". Lifewire. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  10. ^ "Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous Bestsellers for the week of May 29, 2016". New York Times. May 29, 2016. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  11. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: The Code of the Extraordinary Mind: 10 Unconventional Laws to Redefine Your Life and Succeed on Your Own Terms by Vishen Lakhiani". Retrieved 2016-07-08.
  12. ^ XPRIZE Innovation Board Archived 2017-05-19 at the Wayback Machine, X PRIZE Foundation
  13. ^ Human Dignity - Vishen Lakhiani & Jessica Banks - 2015 Winner (Visioneering 2015), X PRIZE Foundation
  14. ^ Innovative Housing, X PRIZE Foundation
  15. ^ SME & Entrepreneurship Business Award Malaysia