David Gurlé is a bit like cats: he has some … business life. Until June 2021, he was the leader of one of the most well-known unicorns in the fintech world, the Symphony, whose R&D center is based in Sophia-Antipolis and headquarters in New-Yotk. A small company that has grown and he continues to support on the strategic side. But David Gurlé had other desires and ideas that moved from paper to reality. Including in a shared cloud, which will have the opposite view of the centralized cloud, as we know. A few months of development and a fundraiser later – exactly 7 million euros – here is the Hive, operational.
Rent what you don’t use
And its launch date is ungrateful: it’s exactly a year after its departure from the Symphony. A landmark that matters to David Gurlé. Hive was a project that took a while and finally came at the right time. Because its principle – sharing – resonates with environmental, social and economic concerns.
The idea of Hive relies on peer-to-peer, a well-known system and therefore aims to share what we already have but don’t necessarily use. Except here it’s not his car (Uber) or his apartment (Airbnb), but his computer resource.
Obviously Hive users can rent computing resources that they don’t use. ” If you share 50 GB of your hard disk on the network, the network will give you 50 GB for free, this is an exchange system. On the other hand, if you want to use 100 GB but you can only share 50 GB, the additional 50 GB will be charged, not by Hive but by other users, who have more space, at an unbeatable price. , cheaper than other existing solutions “, explained that in La Tribune, David Gurlé at the end of 2021.
That’s why Hive makes it possible to share a file, of any size, that can be reshared, downloaded … the user who follows the path of said file, Hiver also offers the opportunity for a secure backup . Digital safes are also possible, which store, for example, encryption keys or any important documents, family or professional.
Participate in a distributive economy
But Hive won’t stop there. ” We will build a platform so that any developer can create their own application “, Announces David Gurlé” It is fruitful that an ecosystem of developers is set up “. A David Gurlé who strongly believes in the sharing system.” This economy, distributive, egalitarian, shows the spirit of recycling that fascinates me. The world is very asymmetrical and this asymmetry creates a lot of waste. Why is this a mess? It is important to explore resources in a more balanced way “.
The hive, by shaking up the centralized cloud model, should arouse the curiosity of datacenters, who are now concerned about their environmental footprint. For David Gurlé they should be sensitive to it, if we can prove that we are efficient, less polluting and cheaper. But there is a strong inertia, it will take time “.
Except the popular spirit, the political will, the economic will is there. ” There is maturity in the subject, a collective consciousness. And the algorithms we use are proven tools in their use “.
Second scheduled increase
At the beginning of October, Hive should create a community of beta testers, i.e., 100,000 users, an NFT being awarded to the first of them. With a group of fifteen people, Hive relies on what David Gurlé calls independent niches positioned in different countries, India, Africa, Eastern Europe, Hong Kong, France … functioning autonomously while part of the structure corporation.
Hive, which raised 7 million euros from financial partners such as Global Ventures and OneRagtime, is considering a second fundraiser ” more durable “for the second half of 2023,” we are about to reach critical milestones “.