Prof. Dr. Haiwu HE is a 100 Talent Professor at the CNIC (Computer Network Information Center), Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. He is a Chunhui Scholar of Ministry of Education of China since 2013. Prof. Haiwu HE received his M. Sc. and Ph. D. degrees in computing from the University of Sciences and Technologies of Lille, France, respectively in 2002 and 2005. He was a postdoctoral researcher at Inria Saclay, France in 2007. He was a research engineer expert at Inria Rhone-Alpes in Lyon, France from 2008 to 2014. He has published about 30 refereed journal and conference papers. His research interest covers P2P distributed system, Cloud computing, BigData.
Why are you considered like a star in China?
iEx.ec was one of the most successful ICO and it is widely known in the Blockchain field both in China and in the rest of the world. We have a lot of investors as well in China. When I attend some Blockchain meetups, many iExec fans come to greet me!
How did you get in the crypto space and what’s your general view on this specific market right now?
As a computer scientist in INRIA, I have studies a lot of P2P and distributed system. In 2009, I have read and studied the whitepaper of Bitcoin, but I had totally ignored its importance. But from 2016, I focused on the new crypto ETH, I studied this new blockchain system. And I believe the smart contract will be widely used in near future. Ethereum will have a very large potential.
How is your work with Gilles Fedak, also co-founder of iExec?
We have known each other for more than 10 years, we have worked closely for several EU and French National Grid and Cloud project. Gilles is visionary about the future of Blockchain. I like also some Blockchain implementation such as BTS and Ethereum. We are working side by side for our innovative project iExec.
What about the Chinese team, are you working at Tsinghua X-accelerator, are you recruiting, right now?
Our project is officially accepted and accelerated by Tsinghua University SEM X-elerator, one of the most famous startup accelerators in China. It will be very helpful for iExec to get the HR support, financial assistant, investment, network to build up our Chinese team and develop rapidly in Chinese fast-growing market.
Tsinghua University has been constantly placed as one of the top two universities in mainland China by most domestic and international rankings, along with Peking University. Tsinghua University SEM X-elerator is a manifestation of Tsinghua spirit, it’s an accelerator for the world’s outstanding entrepreneurs and teams. Relying on its outstanding human resources, educational resources, financial supports, network and innovative resources, Tsinghua University SEM X-elerator can provide a home and workplace for the innovative entrepreneurs. For these national and the world’s top innovative projects, it provides services including business development, business model innovation, entrepreneur networking etc.
After the ICO, we continue to extend our team for our important Chinese market. We are recruiting now the best marketing managers, operation managers, and sale managers for development not only in China but also in the whole Asia-pacific region.
How do you see evolve the cooperation between Europe and China in the future?
Now, China and USA are the main origins of Blockchain technology innovations in the world. Especially, 80% BTCs and 70% ETHs are circulating in China. In China, there is a most populated Internet users in the world. Europe is becoming more and more important for Blockchain development. So I think iExec European team and Chinese team will work together to make iExec a global great blockchain project.
What message you want to pass to everyone involved in the crypto space, cloud computing and beyond?
iExec will provide a brand new technology based on Blockchain. It will engage more and more users as the network becomes more and more efficient and affordable. Everyone will be able to monetize their unused resources to do some meaningful computing. In the future, iExec will become a main decentralized Global Cloud system.