by Roger Teran
Greetings everybody! I wanted to take this opportunity to formally (and virtually) introduce myself: my name is Roger E. Teran, and I am a new Associate with Agora Partnerships.
As I introduced myself to a plethora of development professionals, fund managers and impact entrepreneurs throughout the last month, I would get the following two questions every single time: What is my job as an Associate with Agora? And, more sharply, am I Ricardo’s brother? It’s time to address these questions once and for all.
What is my job as an Associate with Agora?
Simply put, as an Associate I will be in charge of Agora’s day-to-day affairs, from making sure our finances are in order to maximizing our use of the lovely Salesforce.com platform. And as we all try to make an impact in the world, I will make sure we continue to run as efficiently and smoothly as possible, just like those lean and mean, small and growing businesses. After all, if we can’t run like a business, who are we to provide advice and capital to one, eh?
Am I Ricardo’s brother?
The answer is no. That would be Eduardo Teran, who is way cooler than I am. But I can see how that’s puzzling given that we have the same last name and, more confusingly, the “E” in my middle initial stands for Eduardo. So, to recap, I am not Ricardo’s brother.
I am, however, his second cousin. You see, I have a theory that every other person in Nicaragua is genealogically related to a Teran. That explains why I meet at least a hundred new cousins every time I visit Nicaragua. And that might also explain why everybody in Nicaragua is so nice—the nation is just one big family! Only a theory folks.
All kidding aside, for a very long time Ricardo has been one of the few people I’ve genuinely looked up to as a role model. In many ways, I want to develop the same kind of social enterprise and ultimately deliver the same kind of impact in my home country of El Salvador. And it’s for this reason that I so ardently believe in the Agora model: Your entire outlook in life can change when you have authentic leaders paving the difficult road ahead. That’s the power of entrepreneurship
Though I have much to learn, I am extremely excited and blessed to be surrounded by a cadre of exceptional leaders at Agora. Most importantly, I am truly happy. It’s the sort of happiness that I could only find by doing what I am suppose to do.
With that, I leave you all with my favorite Confucian quote. It goes like this:
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”