About Hafiz Dhanani

Hi there, I’m Fiz. I’m an entrepreneur, creative, and student at Princeton University where I study Buddhism, meditation and comparative religion.

I enjoy writing on this blog, reading for personal and intellectual growth (reading list here), lifting weights, and expressing myself through dance and performance art.

Academic Interests

At Princeton I am formally in the “Religion” department, but I am interested in an inter-disciplinary approach to studying the existential questions in life. In my thesis work I attempt to bridge philosophy, psychology, religion and more to move towards a new definition of spirituality without religion. I also study the secular applications of Buddhist meditation and philosophy/psychology. My writing is informed by practice in Zazen, Vipassana, and Dzogchen styles of meditation.

I also enjoy taking courses in the entrepreneurship and dance departments at Princeton.

Projects I’ve Worked On

Luminate Focus

I took a year off from Princeton to start my most recent company Luminate Focus – a nootropic supplement for optimal mental performance. Nootropics are cognitive enhancers that are sustainable and beneficial in the long term. Our holistic philosophy emphasized the importance of effective habits and routines, quality sleep, meditation and a diet of whole non-processed foods, for optimal mental performance. We had customers all across the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Direct Response Marketing

At age 15, in order to pay for my high school tuition (story here), I started a direct-response marketing company which delivered leads and paying customers to clients. We went on to generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional revenue for companies including Netflix and Groupon.

TigerTrek in Silicon Valley

In 2013, I lead the TigerTrek program, which brings 20 of Princeton’s top engineers and entrepreneurs to California selected from 180+ applicants to meet with tech luminaries in Silicon Valley including John Doerr, Ron Conway, Paul Graham, Jack Dorsey, Meg Whitman, Bill Campbell, Keith Rabois, Don Mattrick, Sal Khan, DJ Patil, and more.

Varsity Rowing at Princeton

I love the sport of rowing (crew), was a coxswain on the varsity lightweight team at Princeton and won four Senior National Championships in high-school. This is a recording of my voice from one of our national championship races:

Model United Nations

This is a talk I gave to 800+ attendees at a conference I organized when I was 18.