Interview with Mohammad “Saiid” Paryavi Founder, Executive, Investor, Advisor and Advisor to GoneTrippin who promote local travel; Make Every Trip an Adventure™ with outdoor/urban exploration, local eats, and new experiences.
What is your background briefly?
My friends and colleagues call me Saiid, which means “blessed” and “happy”, and I am truly blessed and happy to be where I am now. I immigrated to the USA as a young boy and recognized the opportunities available to individuals with the right vision, a good education, and a lot of hard work and effort. After graduating from high school, I went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, and a Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science. The focus of my studies was software engineering and artificial intelligence. Having an entrepreneurial spirit, I used my education and passion to create–in order to build several companies in software and IT before joining XFI Corporation in 1999 as the head of their software department. I ended my tenure at XFI as the Chief Information Officer and have since launched several ventures in software and data centers. These include Accendo Software Corporation, Capital Data Centers, and GoneTrippin. I was also a leading member of the Standards Committee at the International Data Center Authority from 2004 until 2014, working to develop the next generation of Data Center standards. I was the principal developer and writer of IDCA’s Data Center training and certification courses as well as the Master Trainer for those courses. For the past two years, I have been extensively involved in all aspects of blockchain initiatives, including R&D, advising, and business development.
Does it seem like a logical background to what you do now?
My current role as President and CEO of Accendo Software as well as GoneTrippin makes use of my background and skills in an almost perfect way. Being able to implement my entrepreneurial knowledge into a highly advanced and quickly evolving technological realm continues to be wonderful. In many ways, it’s a culmination of everything I’ve learned and done so far. Having a strong background in technology and all aspects of a business from founding, to funding, to growing–it’s only natural for me to lead GoneTrippin, a leading edge technology travel business.
1 min pitch for what you are doing now?
I am currently the President and CEO of Accendo Software as well as GoneTrippin. I have been blessed with a top-notch team of engineers, designers, and business experts to build and grow these companies. Our latest endeavor is to build GoneTrippin. In short, GoneTrippin represents the ideal marriage of travel and blockchain. GoneTrippin is the perfect travel platform because it’s not merely an app–it’s built on a sophisticated ecosystem of contributors, small business owners, and everyday travelers who want to enjoy an incredible road trip with their friends or family while saving money and discovering the best of local flavor. Basically, GoneTrippin is a must for anyone who enjoys a fun road trip and it’s the future of easy travel planning.
— GoneTrippin™ (@GoneTrippinInc) August 13, 2018
Why did you get involved with this ICO?
Being an avid traveler and outdoors person, I first fell in love with the GoneTrippin concept as a much needed travel platform.
From the beginning, we’ve been top-notch team of engineers, designers, and business experts to build and grow these companies. I love banging heads with a bunch of wonderful, bright, passionate people who love to solve problems and create technologies that make the world a better place for all. I knew that with this ICO, we were looking at a concept that was original, useful, and really took what’s best about blockchain potential and applied it to the much-overlooked niche of traveling.
As we were building the platform, I wanted to make it future-proof and build it according to how I envision people making transactions in the near future: using blockchain, smart contracts, and crypto tokens. Hence the ICO was born.
Why do you think it is such a powerful idea?
GoneTrippin not only solves the long-lingering problems that have affected travelers and businesses offering products and services to those travelers, it actually helps to encourage more people to get out and enjoy travel.
There’s a lot of interlocking parts with the ecosystem as I indicated before, but I think we’ve really delivered on making the application as easy and intuitive for the average user as possible. Folks can easily plan out their trip, get advice and recommendations from local experts on where to eat, where to stay, and what they might want to check out. We worked hard to make it a lot more dynamic and far more useful than what existing travel apps and navigation services offer.
GoneTrippin has a lot to do with navigation in the sense of being a free travel app, but we don’t think of it as a navigation app. Those usually just tell you how to get from point A to point B and maybe tell you about some cheap hotels or nice restaurants along the way. With GoneTrippin, it’s about having the best travel experience possible—the journey itself. So, part of this includes getting recommendations and knowledge about attractions locals know are especially interesting or places to dine that really have a local flavor.
At the same time, it has a huge potential to help struggling small businesses thrive and grow because it emphasizes showcasing small businesses organically and makes use of incentivized contributions and updates. On top of everything else, paying through the app with the GT crypto tokens dramatically reduces transaction fees for small business owners and guarantees a smooth transaction between the traveler and the business. If this isn’t a powerful idea then I don’t know what is.
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How can people find out more about:
You can learn all about GoneTrippin and the ICO in particular at https://gonetrippin.com
You & your work?
To find out more about me, feel free to look me up on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/mohammad-saiid-paryavi-ph-d-65a38a91/
Anything else you’d like to add / we should have asked?
ICOs are pretty common, but we’re thrilled at how original, how well thought-out, and how viable GoneTrippin is. We know this will be a win-win for everyone, not just because of its core concepts, but because of how meticulous and capable our team is. Everyone who has pored over the details behind this ICO has given amazingly enthusiastic feedback and support, and we want to thank them for it–and invite even more people to do the same. It’s a very exciting time.
How can people contact you & learn more about you?
I can be reached at:
Email: [email protected]
Voice: +1 301-800-7117 x201
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— GoneTrippin™ (@GoneTrippinInc) August 9, 2018