Rizwan (Riz) Virk is a successful entrepreneur, angel investor, bestselling author, and indie film producer.
Riz received a B.S. in Computer Science from MIT where his thesis was at the MIT Media Lab, and M.S. in Management from Stanford's Graduate School of Business.
Riz's entrepreneurial journey began at the age of 23, with his first startup, Brainstorm. Since then, individually and as managing partner at Bayview (www.bayviewlabs.com), he has been a co-founder or investor/advisor of many startups, including Tapjoy (one of the top mobile advertising companies), Gameview (acquired by DeNA), CambridgeDocs (acquired by EMC), Service Metrics (acquired by Exodus), Funzio (makers of the hit game Crime City, sold to GREE), Telltale Games (makers of The Walking Dead games), Pocket Gems, Discord, Disruptor Beam (makers of Star Trek: Timelines and Game of Thrones: Ascent), and SLIVER.TV (eSports in VR).
Riz's video games have included the mobile free-to-play pioneer Tap Fish, which was downloaded more than 30 million times and acquired by DeNA, and mobile games based on the hit TV shows Penny Dreadful and Grimm.
Riz has produced many indie films, including Thrive: What On Earth Will It Take? (viewed over 20 million times), and the fantasy cult classics Knights of Badassdom, starring Peter Dinklage of Game of Thrones, and the Mythica series, starring Kevin Sorbo.
Riz speaks and writes regularly on entrepreneurship, video games, meditation & yoga, and more. His books include Zen Entrepreneurship, The Simulation Hypothesis: An MIT Computer Scientist Shows Why AI, Quantum Physics and Eastern Mystics Agree We Are in a Video Game, and Startup Myths & Models: What You Won’t Learn in Business Scholl.
His startups have been featured in the Boston Globe, Inc. Magazine, Tech Crunch, CIO, Vox.com, and he has been on shows like Coast-to-Coast AM, Inside Edition, The Jenny McCarthy Show, and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Entrepreneurs in tech related industries and VC, including video games, VR/AR, enterprise SaaS, corporations which want to build innovation programs or funds, individuals interested in consciousness oriented frontier tech that most VC’s wouldn’t invest in. I am a Venture partner at several VC funds, and know quite a few others. Also if you are an author o may be able to give some advice.
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