Entrepreneurship Founders

Richard J. Christiansen

Membership Information:

Member Status: Silver
Member Since: 2011


Job Title: Owner
Company: The Storm Group
Location: Utah, United States


  • CEO, owner, writer/editor


Richard J. Christiansen is a thought leader, educator, mentor, parallel entrepreneur, and humanitarian.  He has founded or co-founded 49 businesses, of which 16 have become multimillion-dollar successes.  Each was capitalized with $10,000 or less.  His businesses have ranged from technology, import/export, SEO, lead generation, online sales, innovative products, real estate, and most recently worm poop. 

Rich has authored a national best-selling book, The Zigzag Principle (McGraw Hill, 2011) and co-authored Bootstrap Business (Wizard Press, 2007), in which he outlined the lessons he learned while creating these businesses. He has lectured around the world, giving keynote presentations at universities, conferences, and corporate events. His work has been featured in numerous publications such as Forbes and USA Today, and he has been interviewed on countless radio, podcast, and television programs.

Together with his family, Rich loves to explore and spelunk slot canyons and crest the summits of high mountain peaks.  He has stared up the throat of Mt. Everest three time and this summer summited Mt. Kilimanjaro with his wife and youngest 2 sons.  Long boarding weekly with his two youngest sons and zipping down the ski slopes like a teenager are among his hobbies. He is a passionate golfer and loves fast cars.

He and his wife are the parents of five sons as well as a daughter who came from Nepal.  Rich is passionate about educating youth in third world countries.  He builds and lifts wherever he goes.

One of Rich’s significant talents is spotting and mentoring winners, having launched and trained hundreds of young women and men over the years.  He is presently on the Board of Trustees of Southern Utah University and a Founder at Brigham Young University.

Currently, he does business in 14 countries and is a principle founder of HooDoo Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm.