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 is a pop culture devotee.

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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  • Batch Insights Is AppGratis’ New Trick, A Benchmark Tool For Push Notifications

    Batch Insights Is AppGratis’ New Trick, A Benchmark Tool For Push Notifications

    The two co-founders behind AppGratis are working on a new project for mobile developers. Batch Insights is a push notification aggregator that will let you search, filter and manipulate notifications from thousands of popular apps. This service is a good way to benchmark your competitors when it comes to push notifications. “With Batch Insights we’re on a mission to index all… Read More

  • Doxie Updates Its Portable Doxie Go Scanner With Wi-Fi And iOS App

    Doxie Updates Its Portable Doxie Go Scanner With Wi-Fi And iOS App

    I’ve been using my Doxie Go scanner for the past two years. It’s a portable scanner small enough to keep in a drawer for when you need it. Doxie just updated its flagship scanner with not one but two new models — the Doxie Go Plus and the Doxie Go Wi-Fi. The Doxie Go Plus, as the name suggests, is an improved version of the scanner. The company claims that image quality has… Read More

  • Prizm Plays Music You Like To Transform Your Living Room Into Your Favorite Coffee Shop

    Prizm Plays Music You Like To Transform Your Living Room Into Your Favorite Coffee Shop

    Remember the last time you went to the same coffee shop or bar because the staff tends to play music you like and you don’t have to pick the next song? Prizm is a neat little pyramid add-on for your sound system to transform your living room into this coffee shop you like. The French startup is just beginning the last week of its Kickstarter campaign of its $129 smart music player for… Read More

  • With Vyte.in, Schedule Meetings Without Long Email Threads

    With Vyte.in, Schedule Meetings Without Long Email Threads

    Scheduling a meeting usually takes a few emails. Add a third person, and you are now stuck in an email nightmare. French startup Vyte.in knows this too well, and will let you schedule meetings in a few clicks right in your browser. “I’ve worked for 4 years in big companies and small startups — from the smallest to the biggest company, you always have this problem when it comes… Read More

  • Glose Is A New Ebook Reader That Turns Reading Into A Social Experience

    Glose Is A New Ebook Reader That Turns Reading Into A Social Experience

    Meet Glose, a brand new ebook reader for your phone, tablet and laptop. Glose is like the Kindle apps, but on steroids. Reading a book in Glose becomes a collective experience as you can discuss quotes with your friends and other Glose users, keep notes and more. You can also browse a feed of your friend’s annotations to get a taste of books you have yet to read. At heart, the team wants… Read More

  • Calendar App Sunrise Showcases Where iOS 8 Widgets Shine

    Calendar App Sunrise Showcases Where iOS 8 Widgets Shine

    Sunrise has been one of my favorite mobile apps for years now. But the brand new 3.0 update for iOS, combined with iOS 8, makes it one of the best examples of a good iOS 8 widget for the Today view. In one swipe, I can now view my upcoming events and all-day events. As a reminder, Sunrise works with iCloud calendars, Google Calendar and Microsoft Exchange. There are also a few other… Read More

  • Online Labs Designed Its Own ARM Servers To Take On AWS, DigitalOcean

    Online Labs Designed Its Own ARM Servers To Take On AWS, DigitalOcean

    A couple of years ago, the team behind Online Labs started a long ambitious project — instead of building a virtual cloud hosting infrastructure that competes directly with Amazon Web Services, DigitalOcean and other VPS providers, it designed its own hardware for its cloud solution. Online Labs managed to squeeze 912 separate computers in a single server rack. But the best part is that… Read More

  • Clustree Automagically Matches Internal Talent With Job Positions

    Clustree Automagically Matches Internal Talent With Job Positions

    Meet Clustree, a French startup that uses big data to find the right person for the right position within big companies. Clustree will help both good employees who feel stuck in their jobs and HR departments who might not think to check their own companies for the perfect candidate. “Clustree is a SaaS platform for talent management,” founder and CEO Bénédicte de Raphélis… Read More

  • Reedsy Launches Its Marketplace For Indie Authors To Unbundle Traditional Publishing Houses

    Reedsy Launches Its Marketplace For Indie Authors To Unbundle Traditional Publishing Houses

    Meet Reedsy, a new startup that wants to unbundle the good old publishing company and provide all the services you need to self publish a book. As an author, writing the first draft is only the first step. You will need to work with an editor, copy editor and cover illustrator to turn your draft into a book. We already covered Reedsy’s big plans, and the startup is now open for… Read More

  • Agorize Bags $2.6 Million To Crowdsource Business Ideas With Open Innovation Challenges

    Agorize Bags $2.6 Million To Crowdsource Business Ideas With Open Innovation Challenges

    When your company wants to find a comprehensive answer on a particular topic, you often end up paying another company to create and handle a marketing survey or rely on Amazon Mechanical Turk. Meet Agorize, a company that relies on open innovation and community crowdsourcing to let companies gather a lot of data on new ideas and ventures. It raised $2.6 million from Iris Capital and… Read More

  • Sketchfab Becomes A 3D Printing Repository By Letting You Download 3D Objects

    Sketchfab Becomes A 3D Printing Repository By Letting You Download 3D Objects

    Sketchfab is launching a much needed feature — a download button. As a reminder, Sketchfab is a sort of YouTube for 3D models, where everyone can upload and browse 3D models directly from your browser. But until now, there wasn’t a lot you could do except showcase your 3D models and embed them. Now, you can download the original 3D file if the license allows it. After that, you can… Read More

  • Curioos Grabs $1.9 Million To Build The Definitive Marketplace For Digital Art

    Curioos Grabs $1.9 Million To Build The Definitive Marketplace For Digital Art

    What would look good in your living room? If you’re a good photographer, you can frame your photos. But chances are that your only option is to buy someone else’s photos, which doesn’t feel very personal. There is another option — you could buy digital art prints instead. To do this, Curioos just raised $1.9 million from a prominent family office to let digital artists… Read More

  • B4RM4N Is A Smart Shaker That Turns The Art Of Cocktail Mixing Into A Science

    B4RM4N Is A Smart Shaker That Turns The Art Of Cocktail Mixing Into A Science

    Meet B4RM4N, a smart connected shaker to pretend that you actually know how to mix cocktails. B4RM4N connects to your phone using Bluetooth and will tell you exactly what to do to make the perfect cocktail. And the best part is that you get feedback in real time to tell you precisely when to stop pouring. B4RM4N will cost you between $89 and $159 depending on how early you back the… Read More

  • And The Winner Of TechCrunch Disrupt Europe 2014 Is… Crate

    And The Winner Of TechCrunch Disrupt Europe 2014 Is… Crate

    The competition was incredibly fierce at the inaugural TechCrunch Disrupt London. At the very beginning, there were 15 amazing companies presenting in front of multiple groups of industry leaders serving as judges. The startups were competing for £30,000 and the highly coveted Disrupt Cup. Read More

  • Financial Tech in Europe Vs US

    Building A Fintech Startup In Europe

    Today on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe, Taavet Hinrikus from TransferWise, Damian Kimmelman from DueDil, and Jeff Lynn from Seedrs took the stage to talk about the state of fintech startups in London. These companies took us through the current landscape, regulatory issues, and why it’s a good time to build a fintech startup in Europe. Read More

  • Morten Lund Looks Back At His Past Failures

    Morten Lund Looks Back At His Past Failures

    Serial entrepreneur and investor Morten Lund joined us on stage with Mike Butcher to look back at his past ventures. Most of them turned out to be failures. Lund is now even famous for declaring personal bankruptcy even though he was one of the first angel investors in Skype. “I lost everything, I had to give up my art collection and my cars,” Lund said. “In reality, it… Read More

  • Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong Shares His Vision For The Future Of Bitcoin

    Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong Shares His Vision For The Future Of Bitcoin

    Right after opening its doors to Europe, Coinbase co-founder and CEO Brian Armstrong joined Alex Wilhelm on stage today at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe to discuss the future of bitcoin. The conversation covered everything happening right now around bitcoin, from regulatory issues to bitcoin’s price downfall, merchant adoption and new innovative bitcoin use cases. Read More

  • MicroBlink Launches PhotoMath To Solve Math Equations With A Phone

    MicroBlink Launches PhotoMath To Solve Math Equations With A Phone

    Imagine you are a 14-year-old kid again. You need to do this really difficult math exercise for tomorrow, but have no idea how to do it. What if you could just open an app on your phone, point your camera at your textbook, snap a picture and get the detailed instructions to solve your equation. This is exactly what PhotoMath does. The team is launching this app today at TechCrunch Disrupt… Read More

  • La Belle Assiette Gets $1.7 Million To Scale Up Its On-Demand Chef Service

    La Belle Assiette Gets $1.7 Million To Scale Up Its On-Demand Chef Service

    French startup La Belle Assiette just raised $1.7 million (€1.3 million) from angel investors, such as BlaBlaCar’s Nicolas Brusson, eFounders’ Thibaud Elzière, Nicolas Bourdin, the three founders of l’Atelier des Chefs and Kima Ventures. As a reminder, with La Belle Assiette, you can browse and find the perfect chef for your lunch or dinner party. He or she will then… Read More

  • Number26 Is A Bank Designed For The 21st Century

    Number26 Is A Bank Designed For The 21st Century

    Why does it still take two days in Europe for a card transaction to show up in your bank statement? Meet Number26, the Simple of Europe — a fintech startup that promises to fix all the oddities of the European bank system. In other words, Number26 is a bank that doesn’t suck. The startup is launching today in private beta on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt London. “We are… Read More

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