First of all, how are you and your family doing during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Hassan Sarwar: We’re all very lucky to be safe during the pandemic. Thank you for asking.
Tell us about you, your career, and how you founded InfiniOne.
Hassan Sarwar: I founded InfiniOne during my junior year at the University of Southern California while studying computer science. The tech ecosystem in Los Angeles had just started growing, and tech companies needed software engineering expertise to help build their products. We helped bridge that gap by providing engineering teams committed to helping companies quickly build quality software.
Over the years, we have built and expanded our expertise in various types of technologies. We initially started with web apps and worked our way to native mobile apps, backend infrastructure, IoT applications, and artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions.
How does InfiniOne innovate?
Hassan Sarwar: We’re deeply curious about new technologies. Our engineers are always learning and gaining proficiency with new languages and computational techniques. This constant evolution of our skill sets allows us to enhance our creativity on internal projects and in helping our customers build cutting edge solutions. The desire to learn is ingrained in our culture and helps us innovate by staying at the forefront of the software and app development industry.
How has the Coronavirus pandemic affected your business, and how are you coping?
Hassan Sarwar: As with most businesses, things slowed down when the pandemic first started. However, we made a conscious decision to keep everyone on our team regardless of the revenue outlook. It was my belief that if we didn’t keep our team, the Company would have a difficult time surviving. For that reason, I decided to do whatever it took to make sure we kept our team and our culture intact.
We also decided to commit to learning certain new technologies and working on fun projects that we had always discussed internally but had not previously had time to execute. Not only did we end up learning new skills in a short period, but the team finally found time to work on passion projects. Raising morale during an otherwise turbulent time proved to be the best and highest use of our time.
Did you have to make difficult choices, and what did you learn from those choices?
Hassan Sarwar: I think the most difficult choice we had to make was the decision to keep the whole team on board. A close second was shifting the way we ran internally. We’re officially a remote company at this time, and that meant we had to drastically shift how we managed projects, communicated internally, and adapted our culture.
How do you deal with stress and anxiety? How do you project InfiniOne into the future?
Hassan Sarwar: I regularly exercise. This helps me clear my head and think through problems while I’m in my own zone. I also have a close circle of friends whom I trust and rely on for advice when I need an outside perspective.
At InfiniOne, we’re focused on building great software for our customers. We do this by constantly staying ahead of the curve with the launch of new technologies and identifying new use cases that we can effectively solve for. We will continue to do that, and at this time, are prioritizing expanding our offerings in the machine learning, AI, and IoT apps space.
Who are your competitors? And how do you plan to stay competitive?
Hassan Sarwar: We compete with other dev shops and agencies that build software for their customers. Our competitive advantage is how quickly we can scale engineering teams, our full-stack product development expertise, and our familiarity with multiple emerging technologies.
Your final thoughts?
Hassan Sarwar: We’re very excited about the future of technology and how we can continue solving businesses’ unique problems. While COVID has slowed down many enterprises to varying degrees, I think there are great opportunities to innovate, and we’ll see some very successful businesses being built around the new normal.
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