Hive is the new entrepreneurial adventure of David Gurlé, founder and former manager of fintech Symphony Communications whose R&D is based in Sophia Antipolis. Finally, it was one of the many jobs of this engineer that made up a large part of his studies at Cannes.
If he no longer leads since June 2021 the destinies of the Franco-American unicorn, he will oversee its management and he will sit on the board of directors of many other companies such as German F24, world leader in emergency notifications. He is also an ambassador for the France 2030 digital program and acts, through Kuetz Partners, founded in September, as a business angel and mentor for a dozen startups in artificial intelligence, biotech and cryptocurrencies …
Launched in October, Hive – the hive in English – is an alternative cloud aimed at transforming storage and the cloud, a market estimated at $ 1.3 trillion. To do so, David Gurlé just raised € 7 million from international investors led by Global Ventures, OneRagtime, and business angels.
What is the difference with the traditional cloud? Hive aims to be a disruptive solution, more economical and ecological because it is peer to peer based [système pair à pair est un modèle d’échange en réseau où chaque entité est à la fois client et serveur, ndlr]. “Users are increasingly concerned about the security and privacy of their data, their reliance on centralized cloud providers, and the growing impact of data centers on our planet.”
There are so many points to which the nest, aimed at the general public, provides an answer. Like any other cloud, it offers storage and computing services but “Our platform allows users to rent their unused computing resources on our network, Hivenet, explained David Gurlé. Actually, this means that if you contribute 50GB, you get 50GB for free. If you use 65, you will pay 15 GB, an amount to be determined by Hivenet users. If you only use 35, you’ll earn the equivalent of 15GB per month. “
Other advantages: the competitive price of storage “because we have no cost in renting or maintaining a building”; end-to-end data encryption and digital sovereignty. “You can select the country where your data will be stored. We’re the only ones offering this geolocation. “
A beta version will be available in a few days but the official launch is in October. Hivenet can accommodate about 100,000 users, then 500,000 in January and “we have no limit next April”, conducts David Gurlé to take a 5% commission on the amounts earned by his industrious bees. But the manager has other business models in mind: “Developers can use the platform to build and run their program. And make Hive an innovation ecosystem.”
Also in its line of sight, companies “which requires significant computing power. The idea is that thanks to us, they use that in their computer park rather than renting cloud services.”
for emerging countries
Hive-which uses eleven people “but we are looking for five more, job offers are on our website hivenet.com” – plans to create a subsidiary in Dubai, “gateway to Africa”. Of course, it’s about making money but not only … The strategy is also intended to be altruistic, the serial entrepreneur insisted: “We offer developing countries the opportunity to participate in this digital economy by sending them computers that we no longer use and that we connect to the Hive …”
Meanwhile, the hive continues its work. “The important thing is the network grows and we grow the business model”end of David Gurlé, who is already planning a new, larger fundraiser by the end of 2023.