Today we are talking to Riz Virk, the author of The Simulation Hypothesis and Startup Myths and Models.  And we discuss the parallels between video games and a simulated world, Startup advice that you won’t learn in business school, and a preview of his upcoming book “The Simulated Multiverse”

All of this, right here, right now, on the Modern CTO Podcast!

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About Riz:

Rizwan (“Riz”) Virk is a successful  entrepreneur, investor, 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.

Riz is 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 with two VC funds, Ridge Ventures and Griffin Gaming Partners.

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 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. 

Riz has been featured in Inc. Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, Tech Crunch, Gamasutra, Venture Beat, Hackernoon,, NBC 

He speaks regularly on subjects such as startups, video games, 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 and CBC’s Tapestry.

He lives in Mountain View, CA and Cambridge, MA. 

Joel Beasley

Joel began writing code at age 13 selling his first technology by age 18 for one million dollars. In his first three transactions, he developed key relationships and began working with Investors and Chief Technology Officers collaborating and building products in Real Estate, Law, Finance, and Fitness.

Today, Joel is a Chief Technologist volgging the process of building a company Joel is an author of the book Modern CTO a #1 New Release on Amazon and a #1 Technology Podcast with 70k active listeners. Joel has a clear vision and passion for modern technology, placing him as one of the most exciting Chief Technology Officers to watch out for.

Joel is the President of a charity that designs STEM related children’s books Back to the Moon and Princess Physicist. These books are then donated to orphanages, homeless pregnant woman and in-need children. Beasley Foundation was formed in February 2017 after Joel, Mitch and Valerie lost their Mother to Leukemia after being diagnosed 6 weeks earlier. Joel and his siblings wanted to do something unique with her life insurance money and the Beasley Foundation was formed.

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