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Fireside chat with Sahand Shahriari, Co-Founder&CTO at Smart Cuboid

Who is Sahand Shahriari?

Passionate, driven, and enthusiastic programmer and entrepreneur with a broad and acute interest in the discovery of new innovative technologies.

Experienced software, mobile, and website programmer and designer with a demonstrated history of working in the computer networking industry.

Co-Founder of a multinational software development company, The Cyberia Tech, and prize-winning start-ups, Band-Up and Smart Cuboid.

What’s the story behind your ventures?

The story starts with Band-Up winning the prize at the google start-up weekend, where a team of 5 people started working on a simple idea of connecting musicians together so that they can form a band, in a similar fashion as Tinder. During the period of transforming the idea into a product, we found out many start-ups have the difficulty of finding programmers who would agree to work with them, both as co-founders or employees. Since the resources in the start-ups are limited and many of them fail in a short period of time, not many people find it interesting to invest their time/career in them. Having multiple developers in our team, we decided to put our resources to good use and created Cyberia Tech as a software development company. In which we delivered software solutions fast and at minimal costs for our clients so they can focus on their business side the start-up. In a mostly male-dominated profession of programming, 91.67 percent, our company decided to hire talented mostly women and help them grow so that we can break the gender barriers. This is why most of our programmers are females, who prove to the future generation they can also choose this path as a career.

In our company, we care for the environment, more than the politicians at least! That is why we started Smart Cuboid, a software that aims to reduce the waste created by food containers! This software makes reusables as convenient as disposables with a completely automated delivery and returns system for reusable food and beverage containers. We are expecting to launch Smart Cuboid in April 2022.

What was the most difficult part of your experience in the early beginnings?

In the beginning, we had a great idea, a well-thought-out business plan, great software but no investments! We started from ground level with Band-Up and got disappointed at times but carried on working on what we believed in. Getting support, people to listen to us, or getting to know the right people were making progress difficult.

There is a number of ways you can move forward in these cases, but getting to know the right people and asking what you want makes it much easier! Unfortunately at that time, we did not have that option so we had to move forward we what we had.

What are you most proud of regarding your business?

Growing a company from 2 founders to having more than 20 employees, opening the 4th office while starting with no investments nor support, was a big achievement for us. However, the steps we took to make our company environmentally friendly, with our software or the steps we take in our company and supporting women to choose a career in programming makes our company the proudest.

What is your vision for the future of your ventures?

The future of the world heavily depends on software and technological advances in every aspect of it. As an example, as blockchain technology advances, we would see a decline in the middle man, the banks! Cyberia Tech is focusing on future technologies and we aim to expand our market into North America.

What’s your advice for the businesses that are trying to adapt to this economic climate?

Finding the right people to help you is the most important part of success, do not be afraid to ask! Focusing on the future and your long-term plan would help to have stable growth.

Please name a few technologies which have the greatest impact on your business.

Many technologies for software development are being introduced every day, cross-platform software development technologies such as React-Native and Flutter had the most impact on us, making it easier to build cross-platform mobile applications. On the other hand, the new technologies such as blockchain and NFT will have a big impact on the future of our company.

What books do you have on your nightstand?

At the moment, Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind.

Because of the current economic climate our publication has started a series of discussions with professional individuals meant to engage our readers with relevant companies and their representatives in order to discuss their involvement, what challenges they have had in the past and what they are looking forward to in the future. This sequence aims to present a series of experiences, recent developments, changes and downsides in terms of their business areas, as well as their goals, values, career history, the high-impact success outcomes and achievements.

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