By the age of sixteen, Cesar had lived in 11 cities on 4 continents, experienced our world’s amazing cultural richness, and witnessed wealth, poverty, privilege and prejudice. He felt fundamentally uneasy about the world we live in but without a clue as to my role in creating change. So, he chose to focus on things he did know, and armed with a computer engineering degree from Caltech, he started his career writing code for tech startups, then mammoths like Nissan, Thermador, and the US Army. But in his free time he yearned for meaning, and spent hours reading the stories of Muhammad Yunus, Paul Polak, Ingrid Munro, and Jessica Jackley.
With luck, he eventually met many of my heroes and felt inspired to start a social venture helping low-income Peruvians finance the construction of new, safe homes. Through this work, he landed a spot in the inaugural class of the Unreasonable Institute and within the first week there, he knew he had found my place in the Universe. For the first time he understood what problems he wanted to work on, and perhaps more importantly, who he wanted to be working with. Today, he gets to work with people he deeply admires on work that he finds truly meaningful.