What inspired you to create Apnomed?
My personal experiences of having sleep apnea because it almost completely destroyed my life. I feel like it’s my mission to save other lives with these technologies
Who was your role model and/or inspiration?
100% my dad. My parents came to the US after escaping the revolution in Iran. My dad worked hard on his own to put himself through dental school and has always been my superhero.
What motivates you?
A lot of people have said to me, “You can’t do it.” I think you can do whatever you set your mind to. Every time I need to motivate myself, I think about how people have doubted me, and I get so hungry to do work and prove them wrong.
What do you do in you free time?
I love weightlifting. I’m super into the outdoors, so I spend a lot of time in the mountains, or fishing, or hiking.
What is your favorite podcast at the moment?
The Joe Rogan Experience podcast
How has your life and daily routines in regards to your company changed as a result of COVID-19?
I’m working a lot more now since I’m full time at Apnomed. Our priority right now is fundraising. COVID really hit the dental industry and a lot of investors aren’t investing right now. We had strategically planned everything but the pandemic caused the timing to not working out.
If you could go back in time, is there, if at all, anything you’d do differently?
I would take more risks and put myself out there more. I would fail more and make more mistakes to learn from. I would make myself more uncomfortable with opportunities so I can learn to grow.
If you could know the absolute truth to one question, what would you ask?
What happens when I die?
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
Time by Pink Floyd
In your opinion, who do you think is the most impressive person in the world right now, and why?
Elon Musk because he’s always doing what people think is insane or out of the box. He’s on his own mission while going against the crowd and I love that. That’s always been my motive, do what’s not normal.
What advice do you have for fellow or younger students?
Embrace failure and learn from your mistakes. Constantly be looking for opportunities that make you uncomfortable, because that is when you truly grow. When I was little, I would always ask my dad “How will I know what career to have when I’m older?” He would always tell me, “Find a career that you are so passionate about, you would be willing to do it for the rest of your life for free, otherwise you will get burnt out”. I think this is so applicable to current times because young professionals and students try to get jobs that society tells them to have. Instead, find something you are passionate about, and the money will follow!