Wisam Abdulla
Credit: Adam Blasberg

BCBusiness will announce the 2017 30 Under 30 winners on April 13. In the meantime, here’s what a 2016 winner had to say last year

To help us choose last year's 30 Under 30, we sent each candidate a series of questions to see what made them tick. Here's how Wisam Abdulla, who co-founded Paysavvy in 2011, responded.

What motivational quote gets you going?
"Decide what it is you want. Write [it] down. Make a plan. And work on it. Every. Single. Day."

Beyond family and friends, who inspires you to succeed?
"My biggest inspiration is other tech entrepreneurs. Reading AMAs with successful startup founders always leaves me feeling incredibly inspired." 

What's the best advice you’ve ever received?
"I saw this quote hanging in a coffee shop in San Francisco during our first year, and it's always stuck with me: If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea."

What's the worst advice you've ever received?
"We're all in this for the money."

What's your biggest fear?
"All of this work will be for nothing."

What's your biggest regret?
"Never working in a large company. Missed out on that whole experience." 

What's your favourite TV show right now?
"I just binge watched Making a Murder. So crazy."

Favourite magazine?
"Harvard Business Review."

What song is on repeat on your device right now?
"'What do you mean' by Justin Bieber."

A little-known fact about me is…
"I'm a #belieber."

Meet the 2017 winners at the 30 Under 30 celebration.