Rick Mirza Started His First Business When He Was Only 10 Years Old, Now He’s the Ceo of Several Companies
Few entrepreneurs can say they’ve been in business since they were 10 years old. But Rick Mirza can. Mirza started a landscaping business when he was just a kid; then when he was in high school, he went on to scale a wireless phone business from00 two mall kiosks to dozens more. Needless to say, Rick Mirza has the experience and business acumen of someone well beyond his years.
Rick Mirza is the founder or CEO of multiple startups which makes him a true serial entrepreneur. Mirza’s motivation is put simply: “I wanted more from my life than a college education and mediocre opportunities,” he says. Mirza is involved in the real estate, energy, and e-commerce industries. What all of his business endeavors have in common is that they solve problems and create profit. They also all keep customers, business owners, and investors happy.
The major business he runs is his company, Daulat which is a private equity firm. Essentially, Mirza can fund low-funded start-ups or established companies through Daulat. “I realized that my background in starting companies, combined with my access to global investors, was in itself a business opportunity. While I was doing this for myself, I saw opportunities for investors to support other well-run, innovative businesses,” Mirza said. “That’s when Daulat took shape.”
With his work at Daulat, Mirza has changed how investors identify growth opportunities and how businesses reward them. “Just like vinyl records, some are valued at only a few dollars while others can fetch you thousands. As an entrepreneur, it is important to know the value of a business and also when and how you can turn a great profit from it,” Mirza says. Today, Daulat has investors from around the world.
At Daulat, Mirza has created ways to pair investors with growing businesses both strategically and smoothly. Rick Mirza didn’t need a business degree to do it and he didn’t come from a wealthy family network. He created his path to success – beginning at the tender ages of childhood. His drive comes from the deep desire to solve problems. He wants to fund the companies and organizations that do meaningful and impactful work.
That’s why Rick Mirza is very involved in other organizations or nonprofits. He serves as director for HOPE and PakTech. His most recent endeavor is Topdot Solar, a residential home solar and energy storage organization. Mirza leads or partners in over a dozen companies – and he’s the consulting investor in even more. Aside from assisting companies directly, Mirza has helped thousands of regular people invest, as he has written 3 books: 10 Things NOT to Invest in America; 10 Things to Invest in America; and The Intelligent Foreign Investor’s Guide to Investing in America.
As for Mirza’s future, he’ll continue to do what he does best – help companies and people get off the ground so they can solve worldwide issues. His advice for other entrepreneurs is this:“I cherish the gift of waking up each morning and being given the chance to make each new day count. Seize each day with gratitude in your heart, try to avoid the mistakes made yesterday, and push yourself towards accomplishing the next milestone,”Mirza says.