Rizwan Virk

Rizwan Virk

Rizwan “Riz” Virk is a successful hi-tech entrepreneur, angel investor, bestselling author, and indie film producer. Riz is currently Executive Director of Play Labs@ MIT, a startup accelerator for playful tech at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Partner at Bayview Labs, a Silicon Valley startup investment firm. Riz’s entrepreneurial journey began at the age of 23, when he grew his first company into a multi-million dollar venture with his MIT roommate. Riz is a video game industry pioneer- some of his games have included Tap Fish, downloaded more than 30 million times and acquired by DeNA, a multi-billion dollar Japanese game company, Penny Dreadful : Demimonde, Grimm: Cards of Fate, and Bingo Run. Prior to that Riz was part of the founding team at CambridgeDocs (acquired by EMC), and Service Metrics (acquired by Exodus). Riz has also been a producer in many indie films, including: Turquoise Rose, set primarily on the Navajo reservation, the online phenomenon, Thrive:What on Earth Will It Take, which has been viewed more than 70 million times, Sirius, one of the most successful crowd-funded doc of all time, and the cult fantasy/horror classic Knights of Badassdom, starring Peter Dinklage and Summer Glau. Riz's first book, Zen Entrepreneurship, has inspired both entrepreneurs and spiritual seekers worldwide. Riz's entrepreneurial activities have been featured in venues ranging from Techcrunch to Inc. Magazine, The Boston Globe, Gamasutra, etc. He has appeared on talk shows including Coast to Coast AM, and was even skewered by the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Riz received a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and M.S. in Management from Stanford's Graduate School of Business.

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