Mudita Journal

About Joshua Zader

I’m a writer, web development consultant, and entrepreneur based in Phoenix, Arizona. I enjoy the challenge of taking a meaningful business idea and turning it into reality.

Mostly I spend my days building out new business ideas — with clients or for one of my own companies — creating web sites, helping manage projects, or writing.

In college, I was profoundly moved by Ayn Rand’s portrayals of independence and integrity in her novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.

Rand’s philosophical framework continues to resonate strongly with me, and usually provides a kind of intellectual background for my own thinking.

I am often struck by just how many of my closest friends were also influenced by Ayn Rand’s ideas at one time or another, and this was part of my motivation in creating The Atlasphere — a dating service and networking directory for admirers of Ayn Rand’s novels which now has over 25,000 members.

I spent six years as a graduate student in clinical psychology, completing my Master’s degree and some little progress toward a dissertation along the way. While I learned a lot and enjoyed much of what I did there, I also found I enjoyed the business world more than academia or clinical practice.

In my early 20s I taught myself to meditate, and since then I’ve studied some of the various Buddhist approaches to meditation, including Theravadan and Vipassana.

If Ayn Rand taught me the value of my own happiness, meditation taught me how to achieve and sustain it more consistently than would otherwise be possible.

At at certain point, I realized that my interest in (both) individualism and meditation was not only rather unusual, but also provided the kind of intellectual synergy one could write about for a long time without exhausting the intellectual and practical possibilities.

And so this has become one of the ways I enjoy interacting with the world.

Mudita Journal is my playground for these ideas, and anything else that strikes my fancy. I hope you find some value in it.

Last updated: April 2013