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Reza Sanaie

Q&A, Forty Under 40 Winner 2020; Co-founder and CTO, Beanworks Solutions Inc., Age 38

Who is responsible for your work ethic? 

My parents, brother and sister for providing me with support, encouragement and guidance to pursue my passion and aim high.

What is your guilty pleasure? 

I don’t believe in guilty pleasures – everyone should enjoy their pleasures guilt-free.  

What is the best book you would recommend? 

Homo Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, any books by him, Malcolm Gladwell or Jim Collins.

Now that you’re entering your 40s, what goals have you set for yourself? 

Raise my newborn son and find ways to help save our planet with my incredibly talented wife. 

Choose one of these five childhood career dreams: Rock star, star athlete, prime minister, astronaut, detective.

Astronaut, hands down. Is it too late?

Name your happiest place. 

Spending the weekends exploring B.C.’s beautiful coasts on my boat.

What was your toughest business or professional decision? 

Turning down all those lucrative offers while working on my startup.

Advice you would give your 20-year-old self? 

Don’t waste your time working at a job where you’re not being challenged everyday.

What is your best habit? 

Pay it forward and help others in their career journey. I wouldn’t be here without the help of my network.

Tell us one improbable fact about yourself. 

At some point I was pursuing a career in law, but soon after I realized I enjoy writing software more than reading court cases.

Best piece of advice ever received? 

You’ll never get rich by saving money.

What career highlight are you most proud of? 

Starting Beanworks with my exceptionally brilliant co-founders.