That Guy: Amir Tehrani


Not many people can claim to have helped create a national holiday. Amir Tehrani is one of those rare individuals, though. The very first National Entrepreneurs' Day just took place on November 16, 2012 and he played a large part in making it happen.

When speaking with someone, the level of passion is often evident because there is an audible tone of excitement and desire in their voice. As a very successful entrepreneur, this tone is clearly present in Amir’s voice whenever he speaks of The Legacy Foundation. It’s a platform that brings together really good people who are involved in the fields of business, philanthropy and policy-making. When you bring together a group of good people who are doing good and changing the world, magic happens. There is an amazing energy, amazing friendships are formed and formidable ideas are funded. For Amir, it’s his small way of fostering the entrepreneurial community. What started small with about seven to eight people has grown into a worldwide venture. In Amir’s eyes, this is the generation of the entrepreneur and it has the opportunity to be the next great generation. But it’s no longer just entrepreneurship, it’s entrepreneurship with a purpose. It’s about changing the world and Amir is fostering that change.

If you could describe yourself in three words, what would those words be?

Loyal, Entrepreneur, Leader.

Tell us about a girl in your life who rocks.

Binta Brown, a rock star in every way. So smart, so beautiful and so successful.

What are your dreams/goals/ambitions?

To help foster the entrepreneurial community all over the country.

What are you most proud of?

Creating National Entrepreneurs� Day.

What do you find most sexy about a girl?

That she�s hard-working and smart.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I think I may be looking to work in government or at a nonprofit where I can give back even more.

What is the number one item on your bucket list?

To fall in love and get married to a woman who is my best friend.

Who has been the biggest male influence in your life and why?

My dad, he�s my mentor.

What is the biggest risk you�ve ever taken and what did you learn from it?

Starting my business. The fear of something is never as great once you make up your mind to do it.

What is one stereotype about men that isn�t really true?

That they don't get hurt and aren't afraid.

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*Interview conducted and compiled by Lauren Rhew* 

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