Julien Legrand / Yenching Scholar & Mines ParisTech Engineer

Last updated on profile page : November 3rd, 2016

BIO

Julien Legrand is a graduate from Mines ParisTech, PSL Research University (P12) who is now reading at Peking University’s Yenching Academy, the university’s newest program designed to attract young leaders from all over the globe.

At Mines ParisTech, he wrote his thesis on innovation strategy in tech companies, while working for an Orange’s deputy Innovation Director.

He has been president of the Silkroads Association, which gathers 40 students from top universities in both China and France to discover the two cultures through company and institutional visits. He is currently interested in analysing China’s capacity for innovation, with a focus on its tech start-ups.

By Julien Legrand on Paris Innovation Review

Tencent's WeChat is your Whatsapp, Facebook, Skype and Uber, it's your Amazon, Instagram, Venmo and Tinder, and it's other things we don't even have apps for, says the NYT. Gathering all these functions within a single app is already very impressive. But Tencent has even larger goals: WeChat will soon distribute its very own apps. With this move, it takes competition from an app-to-app level to an app-to-OS one.
L'application chinoise WeChat, développée par Tencent, c'est à la fois WhatsApp, Facebook, Skype, Uber, Amazon, Instagram, Tinder… et quelques autres. Non content de rassembler toutes ces fonctions au sein d'une seule application, Tencent a annoncé que WeChat distribuerait bientôt ses propres « mini-applis », concurrençant directement Google et Apple sur ce qui fait le cœur de leur puissance.
Le système de santé chinois est confronté à de nombreux défis, ce qui offre des opportunités aux firmes occidentales capables de faire valoir leur expérience pour proposer des solutions. Mais la Chine dessine désormais sa propre voie, en tirant pleinement parti de la puissance du numérique. Pour entrer dans le jeu, il faut en comprendre les règles.
The Chinese healthcare system is facing numerous challenges, which means great opportunities for those western players in the industry who have relatively mature solutions and experiences to offer. However, China is increasingly designing its own way, fully leveraging the power of digitization to bridge the gaps.
As long as laws and regulations are not changed to promote further diversity in crowdfunding, the industry will very likely focus on products that have already proven their feasibility. This is unlike in the West, where platforms such as Kickstarter or Indiegogo can promote projects even before their first proof of concept. Entrepreneurs in China can therefore see in crowdfunding an alternative to venture capital in scaling up, or use it as a way to test their markets.
Les plateformes chinoises de financement participatif ont adopté une approche très différente de celle qui règne en Occident. On assiste en ce moment à l'absorption des activités de crowdfunding par les plateformes de commerce électronique, puisque l’environnement juridique et social impose des contraintes inconnues en Occident.
Un an après son introduction en bourse, les nouveaux investissements d'Alibaba ont déjà commencé à impacter la structure de l'entreprise. Le groupe a adopté une façon innovante d'exploiter les fonds qu'il a levés, en cessant de se définir comme une plateforme d'e-commerce pour devenir ce qu'il appelle désormais une infrastructure pour le commerce électronique.
One year after the IPO, Alibaba's new investments have started to impact the structure of the company. The group has adopted a modern and innovative way to exploit the funds it raised, shifting from defining itself as an e-commerce platform into what the group now calls an infrastructure for e-commerce.
L'usine du monde connaît aujourd'hui une vague de délocalisations internes. L'ouest du pays, où les salaires sont plus bas, est désormais desservi par des infrastructures de qualité. Certes, le guanxi et la corruption endémique compliquent la vie des entreprises. Mais il serait dommage d'ignorer ce nouvel eldorado.
Since Reform and Opening Up began in 1978, China has witnessed exponential double-digit GDP growth. While the coastal regions provided most of China's GDP growth, central and western China were quickly outpaced, as they lacked both the openness and the infrastructure needed to adopt this model. Coastal-inland inequalities are now closing the gap.

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