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June 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

An Evening with One Planet Group Founder Payam Zamani


Books & Books


June 21
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
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Crossing the Desert: The Power of Embracing Life’s Difficult Journeys

 (BenBella, $26.95)

Thursday, April 4th, 7:00 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables


Books & Books is proud to present an evening with award-winning entrepreneur Payam Zamani discussing his inspiring book, Crossing the Desert: The Power of Embracing Life’s Difficult Journeys (BenBella, $26.95)

This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.

About the Book:

At the age of 16, he escaped persecution and made his way to America as a refugee. At 28, he secured a billion-dollar IPO. Today, he’s redefining what it means to be an entrepreneur by building a new model of capitalism.

In the summer of 1987, Payam Zamani fled Iran. As a member of the Baha’i Faith, he had already survived years of religious persecution at the hands of Islamic fundamentalists. Taking the only path available to him, he escaped to Pakistan through the Emptiness Desert: a harrowing five-day trek through one of the hottest, driest, and most hostile regions on the planet.

Twelve years later, he and his brother set records when the company they founded hit a $1.2 billion valuation on Wall Street. He was rich—on paper. But in the wake of yet another Wall Street meltdown, he learned the hard way that modern capitalism can be harmful to the human soul.

In 2015, Payam set the example he wanted to see by merging his business acumen with his spiritual beliefs and founding a new company—One Planet Group—this time without letting Wall Street or the venture capital world dictate the terms. Today, One Planet Group is proving that it’s not only possible but necessary to build strong businesses while taking care of our employees, customers, communities, and the planet.

Crossing the Desert gives readers an intimate look at how the paths we choose, the values we embrace, and the systems we decide to participate in (or not) can make or break us, not only financially, but spiritually. Payam’s story is a timely reminder that enduring and embracing life’s most difficult journeys can lead us to a brighter future—not only for ourselves, but for the people around us, and even the world.



About the Author:

Payam Zamani is an entrepreneur, investor, and the founder of One Planet Group, a closely held private equity firm that owns a suite of online technology and media businesses. Infused with Zamani’s deeply held beliefs from the Baha’i Faith, One Planet’s mission is to support strong business ideas while building an ethos that helps improve society and gives back to communities.Born in Iran, Zamani was forced to flee at the age of sixteen due to his religious beliefs as a Baha’i. Over the years, Zamani has built and now owns multiple technology and media businesses, spanning ad tech, publishing, and media. As part of its nonprofit arm, One Planet Group also operates One Planet One People and Bahai Teachings. In 2020, One Planet Group was named a “Best Place to Work” and received the Better Business Bureau’s Torch for Ethics Award. Zamani has won numerous awards for diversity and inclusion and has received the Tahirih Justice Center’s “Hope Award” and the University of California at Davis Award of Distinction. Zamani and his wife, Gouya, have two daughters, Sophia and Ella.