Interview with Avatech Cycle 3 teams: Part 5 – PinTime


Hamideh and Payam are co-founders of PinTime, one of our cycle 3 teams. We had an interview with them to learn more about them and what they do.


Avatech: What is PinTime and what does it do?

Hamideh: PinTime is a location-based marketing platform. Our solution allows businesses to offer free Wi-Fi to customers. We have provided business owners with an administration panel, through which they are able to know analytic data about their customers and also send offers to them.


Avatech: Where does the idea of PinTime come from?

Hamideh: Since managing the usage of the internet is a problem for some companies and venues, we prepared a solution for internet and Wi-Fi management. During the first two months at Avatech we did some customer interviews and validations, and we figured out that the main issue for businesses is promoting themselves to the right customer.


Avatech: What is the value that PinTime creates?

Hamideh: Business owners are able to use our platform to target the right customer in the right place and at the right time to send them their promotions, events or new products.

On the other side, customers benefit from the free Wi-Fi and offers that they are willing to know about.

Avatech: Tell us about your team and the reason you decided you to work on this startup.

Hamideh: We are a team of two experienced people in software and hardware developing. We’ve been working in the same company but in different fields since 2006.  Payam started working on the first solution on 2015 while I joined him when he applied for Avatech.


Avatech:How do you see the future for yourself and your startup? How do you plan for the future?

Hamideh: Actually, there are good opportunities for PinTime to grow. We have planned some strategies to develop our ideas. We hope with hard work and concentration, we achieve that.


Avatech: What challenges are on your way to grow??

Hamideh: For a startup to grow, there are a lot of challenges on the way. For us actually, focusing on our minimum viable product and developing the existing opportunities one by one is more important.


Avatech: How did you get to know Avatech?

Hamideh: We heard about Avatech from our friends and we thought it was a good opportunity for us.


Avatech: How has your experience been with Avatech?

Hamideh: It was a very different experience for our team, we learned a lot here from the workshops to the mentorship sessions. We were able to build our startup and keep going on the right direction.


Avatech: What keeps you motivated during difficult moments?

Hamideh: During the hard times we try to keep each other motivated and we keep in mind our capabilities. When there is barrier in front of us, we try to think of how we can turn it to an opportunity.


Avatech:What has been your biggest achievement been so far?

Hamideh: Building the right solution and finding the right direction for PinTime.


Avatech: If you could talk to people who want to start a startup, what would be your advice?

Hamideh: Read as much as you can about how to build a startup. Build a team with motivated people. Find the real problem, validate your solution very fast and correct it based on the things you have learned.


Avatech: What’s your favorite startup book?

Hamieh: The Lean Startup by Eric Ries.


Avatech: What is your favorite productivity tool?

Hamideh: An A3 sketchbook for brainstorming ideas.

Google docs, google calendar to share docs and events with the team.


Avatech: What is the biggest lesson you learned from the start of your project up to now?

Hamideh: Building a startup is way different from working as an employee in a company. It’s only you and your co-founder and you have to deal with everything on your own.