Rick Mirza started a landscaping business when he was only ten years old then went on to scale a wireless phone business, growing it from one mall kiosk to one-hundred mall kiosks. Mirza’s entrepreneurial spirit lit the fire that has his many businesses burning bright.
Rick Mirza is a serial entrepreneur. Mirza leads or partners in over a dozen companies. He’s the consulting investor in even more. Mirza works with companies he can believe in. What all of his business endeavors have in common is that they solve problems while also creating profit. Mirza even serves as director for charitable organizations like HOPE and PakTech. His most recent endeavor is Topdot Solar, a residential home solar and energy storage organization.
Rick Mirza’s main money-maker, though, is Daulat – a private equity firm. But it’s not just about money for Mirza. He always invests in start-ups that will make a difference in the world. “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.”
Today, Daulat has locations in San Francisco, New York, and Shanghai, and even has satellite locations throughout the world. The work at Daulat 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.
At Daulat, Mirza has created ways to pair investors with growing businesses both strategically and smoothly, but what all of Mirza’s business endeavors have in common is that they solve worldwide problems. They also ultimately make money, keeping customers, business owners, and investors happy. The difference between Mirza and other business owners is that Mirza believes in every company he invests in. He has to, as this is his whole life. For Mirza, you should “Live, eat and breathe the brands,” because “[It’s] not just a career,” he says.
Mirza has worked hard his whole life. He didn’t go to college and he didn’t have a wealthy network. He used his solid work ethic and powerful drive for success to get where he is today. “Never stop growing. You have an option, a choice every day to learn something new and apply that knowledge, or not,” he says. Mirza’s perseverance has been beneficial to more than just start-ups.
Rick Mirza has helped individuals, too. He can be found on YouTube and Instagram, and he has been on multiple podcasts and news networks. Through the pandemic, he advised on how small businesses can stay afloat. Mirza has even 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.
Rick Mirza won’t stop. He has his sights on taking his solar company nationwide and expanding his real estate business into the up-and-coming new markets. As he continues his business journey, he takes his own advice: “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.