Romain Dillet

Romain Dillet

Romain Dillet is a writer at TechCrunch.

Originally from France, Romain attended EMLYON Business School, a leading French business school specialized in entrepreneurship. He covers many things from mobile apps with great design to complex tech achievements. He also speaks at major tech conferences. He likes pop culture more than anything in the world.

He now lives in Paris to help build the tech ecosystem. He likes to cover European startups as well as New York startups as he used to live there.

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  • Ilan Abehassera Teases Insensi, A Device For Long-Distance Families

    Ilan Abehassera Teases Insensi, A Device For Long-Distance Families

    There is not much to say about Insensi just yet. I met the company’s founder Ilan Abehassera in Paris two weeks ago, and he gave me a few hints about his very secretive startup. First, it’s a hardware startup based in New York. Second, he hired a team of all-star engineers. Third, he raised $2.4 million already. Read More

  • Apple Beats In Q1 2015 With $74.6B Revenue, $18B Profit And $3.06 EPS

    Apple Beats In Q1 2015 With $74.6B Revenue, $18B Profit And $3.06 EPS

    Apple has just released its fiscal Q1 2015 earnings, reporting $74.6 billion in revenue, $18 billion in net profit representing $3.06 per share. This is the largest corporate quarterly earnings of all time, above Gazprom, Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil. Compared to the year-ago quarter, it corresponds to a growth of 29.5 percent in revenue, and 47.8 percent in EPS (adjusted for the… Read More

  • Number26 Could Be The Best Banking Experience In Europe

    Number26 Could Be The Best Banking Experience In Europe

    When I first wrote about Number26, I said that it was a bank designed for the 21st century — but all of this was on paper. The startup is launching today in Germany and Austria, with more European markets to follow. I opened a Number26 account a couple of weeks ago. Old well-established banks should be ashamed that they can’t provide the same level of user experience. As a… Read More

  • Partech’s New $240 Million Growth Fund Will Close France’s Funding Gap

    Partech’s New $240 Million Growth Fund Will Close France’s Funding Gap

    2014 was the year of seed funding, 2015 will be the year of late stage funding for Partech Ventures. The French venture capital firm just raised $240 million to launch the Partech Growth fund. This new fund will back late stage startups in Partech’s traditional industries and areas. But this time, the firm will invest between $12 million and $50 million per round. Three new general… Read More

  • BlaBlaCar Expands Beyond Europe

    BlaBlaCar Expands Beyond Europe

    After raising a massive $100 million round last summer, BlaBlaCar is opening its first market outside of Europe with India — if you count Turkey and Russia as part of Europe at large. This country marks the 14th market for the company. Read More

  • France Will Shine Again

    France Will Shine Again

    For the last week, I’ve been away from France, covering CES in Las Vegas. When I woke up on Wednesday morning and looked at my phone, my lock screen was filled with an avalanche of notifications — French news apps, Twitter, Facebook, iMessage, Taptalk and Skype were all here to alert me about the massacre against Charlie Hebdo’s team… In many ways, the impact of the attack… Read More

  • And The Winner Of Hardware Battlefield 2015 Is… Voltera

    And The Winner Of Hardware Battlefield 2015 Is… Voltera

    The competition was very fierce for the second edition of our Hardware Battlefield. 15 shockingly good hardware startups competed to win the coveted Metal Man trophy. These companies had a very special CES experience as they all pitched in front of multiple groups of judges in our tent right in front of the Convention Center. The startups were competing for $50,000 and being named the winner… Read More

  • Tales Of CES: How Many Selfie Sticks Are Too Many?

    Tales Of CES: How Many Selfie Sticks Are Too Many?

    CES is in full swing — the doors of the show officially opened this morning, tens of thousands of people took over the show floor, going from one stand to another. The Las Vegas Convention Center was as overwhelming as I expected, but one thing in particular struck me. CES is a trade show, it wasn’t designed to entertain the press. And in some way, selfie sticks are the star of… Read More

  • Peeple Is A Smart Peephole To Upgrade Your Door With Caller ID

    Peeple Is A Smart Peephole To Upgrade Your Door With Caller ID

    Meet Peeple, a connected peephole to screen who is knocking on your door. Whenever someone knocks on your door, Peeple snaps a picture and send it to your phone. This way, whether you are home or away, you can monitor who is passing by your home. Peeple is competing in our Hardware Battlefield at CES. Read More

  • Samsung Is Trying To Pull Off A Bang & Olufsen

    Samsung Is Trying To Pull Off A Bang & Olufsen

    Samsung’s CES press conference was pretty dull. We mostly saw TVs, an SSD hard drive and of course washing machines and other home appliances. But the most interesting part of the conference was the focus on design for boring items, such as the Chef collection for the kitchen, a new lineup of 360° speakers and a TV designed by Yves Behar. In other words, Samsung is trying to pull off a… Read More

  • Tales Of CES: We Were Promised Flying Cars, We Got Washing Machines Instead

    Tales Of CES: We Were Promised Flying Cars, We Got Washing Machines Instead

    My first CES started a little bit more than 24 hours ago for me. As I wrote yesterday, I want to share my impressions of the show. I’ve been following CES for years, but seeing it in person is a much different experience — starting with press day. Press day at CES means that all the big names from Samsung to LG, Panasonic, Sharp are holding a press conference to announce their… Read More

  • Up Close And Personal With The New Banana-Shaped LG G Flex 2

    Up Close And Personal With The New Banana-Shaped LG G Flex 2

    Right after LG’s press conference at CES, we got our hands on the newly announced LG G Flex 2. LG’s new flagship smartphone’s killer feature is its curved form factor that is supposed to resist bending. The phone falls into the phablet category with its gigantic 5.5-inch display. But it was much easier to grab than an iPhone 6 Plus. The curved form factor is a nice addition… Read More

  • LG’s New G Flex 2 Bends In All The Right Places

    LG’s New G Flex 2 Bends In All The Right Places

    LG is about to announce its latest flagship smartphone, the G Flex 2. It bends! That’s the big news. But don’t get too excited. The new bendy LG phone is more of an assurance that the G Flex 2 is durable. Yet, the bend itself doesn’t promise added functionality of any sort. However, durability is clearly a focal point. However you bend the phone, LG promises that the phone… Read More

  • ISKN’s Smart Sketching Surface Works Amazingly Well

    ISKN’s Smart Sketching Surface Works Amazingly Well

    I’ve written about ISKN in the past. It’s a simple slate that tracks your pen and paper sketches. It transforms your drawings into vectorial images in real time. The company just snatched $2 million in funding from Partech Ventures, CEA Investments, Kima Ventures and Pascal Cagni. But more importantly, ISKN works shockingly well. When I first met the ISKN team last year, I… Read More

  • Lima Showcases Its Mobile App For Its Dropbox Alternative

    Lima Showcases Its Mobile App For Its Dropbox Alternative

    French startup Lima is presenting another piece of its offering at CES, the mobile app. And it is a very promising app for those who backed Lima to seamlessly access their photos, music library and movies from their phones and tablets. While the team still needs to polish the app interface, it goes beyond Dropbox and Carousel when it comes to features. As a reminder, Lima is a small device… Read More

  • Tales Of CES: Everybody Tells Me CES Is A Mess

    Tales Of CES: Everybody Tells Me CES Is A Mess

    Next week will be my first CES. Over the past couple of months, when I talked with CES veterans, they all told me that CES is a horrible experience. And yet, I am still incredibly excited. I plan to take advantage of my fresh perspective on the show to share my experience over the next few days. But first, let’s start with figuring out why everybody keeps telling me that CES is a mess. Read More

  • A Look Back At 2014

    A Look Back At 2014

    2014 was an amazing year in startup news. In fact, we wrote more than 13,000 articles here on TechCrunch. That’s why we are giving you a handy TL;DR guide to remind you of all the big news from the past year. Apple: We predict that large phones will be the next big thing. WhatsApp: Sorry, I can’t hear you over the sound of all the $$$$. Amazon: Remember that one time we built… Read More

  • Happn Attracts $8 Million To Roll Out Its Tinder-Like App Globally

    Happn Attracts $8 Million To Roll Out Its Tinder-Like App Globally

    French dating app Happn just raised an $8 million Series A round from Alven Capital and DN Capital, as well as business angels, such as Fabrice Grinda. As a reminder, Happn uses your phone’s location to show you potential matches. Every time you cross someone’s path, this person’s profile will be added to the top of your feed. Then, you can like people and potentially… Read More

  • French Uber Competitor SnapCar Grabs $2.5 Million And Pivots To B2B

    French Uber Competitor SnapCar Grabs $2.5 Million And Pivots To B2B

    French Uber competitor SnapCar just raised $2.5 million (€2 million) from business angels, such as former global CEO of American Express Travel Charles Petruccelli and Bertrand Mabille. While the company already has more than 200 corporate clients, it is focusing on B2B for good. SnapCar works more or less the same way as competitiors, such as Chauffeur-Privé, LeCab and Uber, but… Read More

  • Voice Polls Becomes An Efficient Platform For Market Research Polls

    Voice Polls Becomes An Efficient Platform For Market Research Polls

    Voice Polls has come a long way. Formerly named Poutsch, the startup is moving away from its consumer-only focus to create an interesting market research tool. With the 2.0 release, you can pay to ask a panel of users, and users can now get paid to answer these polls. First, let’s talk about the product. Voice Polls is now available on iOS, Android and the web. It’s a simple… Read More

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