U’s mission is to accelerate the digital transformation of large organisations by bringing an innovative research team (U change), a strong link with Research (U Research) and the implementation of ecosystems bringing together corporates and startups (U Connect). Founded in September 2015 by Guillaume Buffet and Denis Dubois, U is working successfully with many CAC40 members and major European players.
Being involved in the transformation of our society in the digital era, U is investing heavily in Research and is actively spreading innovation-related intelligence: we published a Whitepaper « Understanding Blockchain » that is now used as a reference and we organised Tust&Privacy Day, the largest gathering of experts on privacy in the digital era (March 2016).
Whether it is analysing the past, the competition, or the current market, all consulting methods are very similar. All of them.
But at a time when the past is hardly relevant, when following competitors takes you nowhere, when market are losing their boundaries, there is only one certainty: the future is uncertain.
This concept is at the very heart of U’s methodology. Face uncertainty to turn it into an opportunity. Learn from one’s mistakes, multiply experiments and initiatives to find the good ones. No longer think « alone » but « ecosystem ». No longer think industry but user.
U’s methods are innovative and keep evolving. They help large organisations in their digital transformation.
Think out of the box. From its inception, U relied on its Research team, headed by Kary Beemaiah (recognised internationally as an expert on Blockchain) to stay abreast of and anticipate innovation whilst delivering concrete solutions to its clients.
U’s Research team, in partnership with a large international network of researchers, strives to assimilate rupture innovations and turn them into operational solutions for our clients : First Whitepaper in French on the Blockchain, first matching algorithm between corporates and startups, AI, machine learning…
Subcontracting is the usual way organisations interact externally. In the digital era, when questions are what drives innovation, how can one gain confidence from the details of a tender?
At U Connect, we believe that is upon large organisations to adapt to the pace and innovations of startups; not the other way round. U Connect brings two key elements to the link between corporates and startups : trust and efficiency. We deliver this by redefining the link between them, the identification and evaluation methods for startups and corporates, and by surrounding ourselves with innovative startups that are suited to cooperate with large groups.
"La Blockchain, nouveau web ? À lire le livre blanc rédigé par Guillaume Buffet (le président de U, un cabinet de transformation numérique) et un comité d’experts constitués de chercheurs et d’entrepreneurs, cette technologie ouvre autant de perspectives que les premiers réseaux html apparus au milieu des années 1990"
Les Échos, 27 janvier 2016
I - Le fonctionnement de la Blockchain
i. Les trois propriétés de la Blockchain : désintermédiation, sécurité et autonomie
ii. La Blockchain en mouvement : smart-contract et organisation décentralisée
II - Les applications de la Blockchain
i. Les trois défis pour l'adoption de la Blockchain
ii. Analyse sectorielle : État, énergie, IoT, culture, notariat, covoiturage, assurance, vie privée, logistique, citoyenneté, crowd-Equity
Comprendre la Blockchain est un ouvrage conçu avec l’apport de la communauté Blockchain. Il est publié sous licence Creative Commons.
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Guillaume has been involved in the French digital industry for 20 years.
Formerly MD of Singapour (web agency) from 1992 until its sale in 2006, Guillaume started Les Gentils consulting in 2009. He has since advised large public and private entities on their digital strategy.
He recently worked with leading consulting firms on themes relating to “digital transformation”. He is involved with several start-ups in France: J’en crois pas mes yeux, an innovative web-programme dealing with issues around Handicaps and Diversity, and Starting Dot, a major European player in the new internet extensions (.archi, .bio, .ski…).
Guillaume has always been very involved in the French digital ecosystem: President of IAB (interactive Advertising Bureau, 2001-2005), and senior advisor to the Club Senat (2008-2009). Guillaume co-founded Renaissance Numérique and has been its President since 2012.
Guillaume will be President of U, based in Paris, with a special focus on consulting.
Denis has worked in financial markets for 22 years.
An expert in interest rates (bonds and derivatives), he worked for 11 years as a trader for different banks (JP Morgan, Credit Suisse), before managing the institutional clients (Pension Funds, Insurers, Central Banks, Sovereign Wealth Funds,…) of HSBC, where he ran Rate Sales in EMEA. Through the financial and banking crises that have radically changed the financial industry, Denis developed an expertise in managing complex situations in big institutions and in dealing with the human aspects of disruption.
Denis has invested personally, as business angel, in over a dozen start-ups in the UK. He developed expertise in assessing innovations and in analyzing criterias that make some start-ups successful in the UK.
For U, Denis will manage the day-to-day running of the company, including its finances and investments. Denis brings his ability to make teams work together, his discipline, his integrity and his energy.
Denis graduated from Sup de Co Bordeaux and has a Master (DESS 203, specialized in financial markets) from Dauphine University.
After 4 years as a consultant in Paris, Theo left to live and work in Egypt and then Marseille, where he carried out a PhD in economics while doing freelance consulting assignments, founded a startup and created a digital marketing agency he run for 6 years. Only to return to Paris ten years later, in 2016 after having met many people, and encountered all sorts of companies : large, small, public, private, efficient, declining, innovative, traditional, Arabic speaking, English speaking... Lots of companies, some taking advantage of the new digital era, others suffering from it. With this background, Theo joined Uchange in 2016 with a mission: to help companies achieve their digital transformation.
Theo is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and ENSAE and has completed his PhD at Nanterre University under the supervision of economist Valérie Mignon.
After 3 years working for JobTeaser, a short time at Agorize and a coffee shop project, here she comes !
She is a sports fan (surfing, boxing, running), she loves cooking & listening to the Beatles, and she's planning to share it with the all team !
Graduated from La Sorbonne in History of Art, Liliana helped parisians golfers to improve their swing for a few years, then she worked at Work4 to help companies of every kind to recruit differently via Facebook.
Finally, she pursued her dream of creating a tea room, and met Fanette.
Thanks to her, the doors of U opened to Liliana where she ensures the proper functioning of the team and the company as a whole.
After nearly 10 years of experience in International Human Resources Management within different industrial groups, Maella decided to change of career by achieving the MBA of HEC. This professional switch enabled her to join the entrepreneurship ecosystem where her expertise and energy serve the high growth of startups.
Petar Todorov holds a PhD in Numerical Astrophysics. After his graduation, he moved his focus to Data Science, an eclectical discipline, regrouping a rigourous approach, comprehension of economical social dynamics, and whole rôle in entrepreuneurship for innovation is constantly growing. At U, he works on the automation of company's Businness Intelligence processes, and for the Matching Algo, developped withing the Research Department. For this goals, he develops statistical models and Natural Language Processing/Data Mining algorithms.
Among his other interests are the scientific outreach and history of science, human rights and biking along the coasts of the Black Sea.
Christophe has about 20 years of experience in IT. He was always guided by the idea that IT is not an end in itself, but a tool for transformation of organizations and processes which requires a global understanding of problems and ecosystem of the client. In this vision, he held various positions (project manager, Functional/Software Architect, Consultant…) and worked as well in different sectors. Beginning in a financial software publisher specialized in private asset management (4 years), ending in the Direction in charge of the Modernization of the State (4 years), via 8 years in Orange Society, he was able to experiment and to see the limits of digital transformations in the private and public sector; working in U Society on the subject of “connection” between large companies and start' ups is a natural evolution and an opportunity of making profitable all his experience.
Christophe has a Master degree in IT and is Bachelor of Mathematics.
As the Head of Research at U, Kary develops algorithmic frameworks for digital transformation projects and is the originator of U's matching algorithm. In 2014 he became a TEDx speaker when he presented his thoughts on currency evolution at TEDx Clermont. Since then, he has been writing and teaching on subjects related to Blockchain, economics and the effects of technological change on society. His articles have been published in WIRED magazine, Harvard Business Review and Les Echos among others.
Today, he continues his multi-disciplinary research interests by working on a book that attempts to determine how the Blockchain can be used to redefine capitalism (to be published by the end of 2016).
His previous experiences include working as a researcher and data analyst for an EU project, a stint as a marine engineer, 5 years as a French Foreign Legionnaire (where he was decorated for bravery in Afghanistan), and as a business professional at Michelin.