Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Vishen moved to Michigan, USA in 1995 to study at the University of Michigan, where he majored in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. There he discovered AIESEC, a non-profit student-run organization dedicated to nurturing young leaders into becoming global leaders who want to make a difference in society and eventually became the Vice President for the USA team, in charge of nominating and sending AIESEC students abroad for internship programs. In 2001 he moved to New York to work for a technology company in the legal industry. To deal with the stress of the job, he turned to meditation and studied The Silva Method, a popular mindfulness program developed by Jose Silva. Inspired, he became a qualified instructor and began teaching meditation classes for the program. Realizing that there was great potential for meditation and personal development in the digital world, he launched Mindvalley in 2003 (with former partner Mike Reining) as a digital publisher and marketer of self-help programs and courses.