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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  • Apple Beats In Q2 2014 With $45.6B Revenue, $10.2B Profit And $11.62 EPS

    Apple Beats In Q2 2014 With $45.6B Revenue, $10.2B Profit And $11.62 EPS

    Apple has just released its fiscal Q2 2014 earnings, reporting $45.6 billion in revenue, $10.2 billion in net profit representing $11.62 per share. Compared to the year-ago quarter, it corresponds to a growth of 4.6 percent in revenue, and 15.2 percent in EPS. According to Fortune, the consensus among analysts was for Apple to report earnings of $10.22 per share on $43.45 billion in revenue, with… Read More

  • Here’s What To Look For In Apple’s Earnings

    Here’s What To Look For In Apple’s Earnings

    Later today, Apple will report its fiscal Q2 2014 earnings. Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer said in the previous earnings call that the company expected more or less a flat quarter in Q2. And analysts agree. Apple should report flat revenue, flat gross margin, flat net profit — flat everything. But there are a couple of interesting numbers to look at. The two main factors in today’s… Read More

  • These HBO Go Ads Are Hilarious

    These HBO Go Ads Are Hilarious

    My colleagues wrote about Apple ads yesterday. So when I stumbled across these HBO Go ads, I thought that you, dear TechCrunch readers, also deserve to see these seven videos. In them, you see teenagers sitting on a couch and watching HBO shows, such as Game of Thrones, True Detective or Girls. But their parents are lingering in the background. Everybody remembers those awkward moments watching… Read More

  • La Belle Assiette Launches Its On-Demand Chef Service In Belgium And The U.K.

    La Belle Assiette Launches Its On-Demand Chef Service In Belgium And The U.K.

    French startup La Belle Assiette just opened shop in Belgium. La Belle Assiette is a sort of on-demand chef service. You can browse the site, find your chef and book a meal directly from the service — a chef will then come to your home or office. The startup will also roll out its offering in the U.K., Switzerland and Luxembourg in the next six weeks. Here’s how the service works. Next… Read More

  • Nest Uses Its Data To Turn Electric Utilities Into Cash Cows

    Nest Uses Its Data To Turn Electric Utilities Into Cash Cows

    When Google acquired smart thermostat maker Nest for $3.2 billion, the startup quickly stated that it would never share its user data with other Google services and outside companies. But according to a recent report by Forbes, the company is taking advantage of its data to create a lucrative revenue stream from electric utilities. “Our privacy policy clearly limits the use of customer… Read More

  • The Xbox One Still Lags Behind The PS4

    The Xbox One Still Lags Behind The PS4

    Titanfall was supposed to change it all, but it didn’t work. So far, Microsoft announced that it has shipped 5 million Xbox One units to retailers. In comparison, Sony has sold 7 million PS4 units to customers. It doesn’t look good for Microsoft as the company doesn’t even say how many people actually bought an Xbox One. Microsoft’s announcement fits well with NPD’s… Read More

  • Putting The Many Pieces Back Together After The Death Of Your Co-Founder

    Putting The Many Pieces Back Together After The Death Of Your Co-Founder

    Sébastien Métrot shared a tough story today at FailCon France at the Ministry for the Economy and Finance — he co-founded Yasound in 2011 with CEO Jean-Marc Plueger, who died in a scooter accident in 2012. But It wasn’t just an accident, Métrot said Plueger’s terrible work/life balance was a contributing factor. Today’s interview was Métrot’s tribute to his… Read More

  • Spotify Removes Peer-To-Peer Technology From Its Desktop Client

    Spotify Removes Peer-To-Peer Technology From Its Desktop Client

    Music streaming startup Spotify is shutting down its peer-to-peer network that powered a significant part of the service in the desktop app. According to TorrentFreak, the company doesn’t need to use peer-to-peer anymore as it has enough servers spread around the world. As a reminder, the mobile app and the web interface never used the peer-to-peer technology. But this is a significant move… Read More

  • AngelList Unveils Maiden Lane, A $25 Million Fund For AngelList Deals

    AngelList Unveils Maiden Lane, A $25 Million Fund For AngelList Deals

    AngelList is working on a new project called Maiden Lane. Behind this name is a new experiment in startup investment. Structured as a traditional small VC firm, Maiden Lane will only invest in AngelList syndicates or hand some money to active angels on the platform. While technically not part of AngelList, Maiden Lane currently has two general partners, AngelList’s chief operating officer… Read More

  • Photo-Sharing App Frontback Comes To Android

    Photo-Sharing App Frontback Comes To Android

    Frontback just released the Android version of its popular photo-sharing app. Previously, the app was only available on iOS. But even with just the iPhone app, the app was downloaded one million times over the past eight months. With the new Android release, the company can certainly expect many new users. Frontback started as a photo-taking app to capture fleeting moments. A Frontback post is a… Read More

  • Webedia Acquires Blogging Platform OverBlog

    Webedia Acquires Blogging Platform OverBlog

    Long-standing blogging platform OverBlog has been acquired by Webedia, a French online media company, for “less than $6.9 million” (€5 million) according to L’Opinion. OverBlog co-founder and CEO Frédéric Montagnon wrote on his blog that it’s been a long and winding road for OverBlog. OverBlog was created ten years ago. As a reminder, the web was very different back… Read More

  • Uber Ride-Sharing Service UberPOP Now Banned in Brussels

    Uber Ride-Sharing Service UberPOP Now Banned in Brussels

    Urban transportation company Uber is slowly but surely expanding its ride-sharing service UberPOP in Europe before Lyft expands to Europe. After opening first in Paris, the company recently launched UberPOP in Brussels, Berlin and Barcelona. But according to De Tijd and Tech.eu, the company is facing legal opposition in Brussels as UberPOP is now banned in Brussels. Uber will receive a $13,800… Read More

  • Native Advertising Startup Adyoulike Acquires Content Amp For $2.5M

    Native Advertising Startup Adyoulike Acquires Content Amp For $2.5M

    French native advertising company Adyoulike acquired Content Amp. According to Rude Baguette, the British company was acquired for $2.5 million. Adyoulike appears to be at the same time an advertising technology company and a more traditional advertising network for native content. An ad-tech company in native advertising seems counterintuitive — native ads are blog posts, articles and… Read More

  • Following Spotify, Deezer Goes Freemium On Mobile

    Following Spotify, Deezer Goes Freemium On Mobile

    Music streaming startup Deezer just revamped its free offering across the board in order to become more competitive with Spotify, Rdio and others. Mobile users will now be able to listen to smart radios for free. Like on the web, your music will be interrupted by audio ads every now and then. The company also dropped its listening cap of 10 hours per month on all platforms. Deezer presented a beta… Read More

  • Free Will Sell SIM Cards Using Vending Machines In France

    Free Will Sell SIM Cards Using Vending Machines In France

    How do you compete with well-established mobile carriers in France, such as Orange, SFR and Bouygues? You automate everything. Free is proving once again that it can remain much leaner than its competitors by replacing brick and mortar stores with vending machines. Clients will be able to subscribe to one of Free’s plans, pay with their credit cards and get a SIM card. The best part is that… Read More

  • Mindie Adds Direct Video Messaging

    Mindie Adds Direct Video Messaging

    Music video app Mindie has released version 2.0 of its app in the App Store, which adds a number of new features including a private messaging feature. This new use case looks and feels more like Snapchat than Vine’s new direct messaging feature. Other features include the ability to add text on your videos, share on Instagram and more. At heart, Mindie remains a music video sharing app. Read More

  • Sketchfab Revamps Its Platform To Become The SoundCloud Of 3D Files

    Sketchfab Revamps Its Platform To Become The SoundCloud Of 3D Files

    Sketchfab just released the second version of its 3D platform. As a reminder, Sketchfab’s ultimate goal has always been to become a sort of SoundCloud for 3D models. On the website, you can upload, browse and embed 3D models from your browser. Yet, until now, the company first has been focused on building the foundation of Sketchfab and the web platform was neglected. “We spent the… Read More

  • Free Now Wants To Acquire Bouygues Telecom To Become A Telecom Heavyweight

    Free Now Wants To Acquire Bouygues Telecom To Become A Telecom Heavyweight

    The mobile landscape in France is still going through a lot of changes. Three days ago, SFR finally got acquired by Numericable, rejecting Bouygues’ offering for a second time. But when everybody thought that things were about to go back to normal, Le Parisien reported that Bouygues is willing to sell its telecom branch to Free, France’s so-called fourth mobile phone company. When SFR… Read More

  • Human Adds M7 Support And A Daily Timeline To Its Fitness App

    Human Adds M7 Support And A Daily Timeline To Its Fitness App

    Health tracking app Human just added a few new features to its latest update. First, the app now supports Apple's M7 fitness chipset if you have an iPhone 5s, while retaining compatibility with iPhone 4S and iPhone 5. The company also added a new daily summary to keep track of all your activities. Read More

  • France Urgently Needs To Overcome The Divide Between Innovation And Power

    France Urgently Needs To Overcome The Divide Between Innovation And Power

    Before that, Fleur Pellerin was the minister in charge of the digital economy and innovation. After a rough start, she did a pretty good job. She created the French Tech initiative, she wrote a new law allowing AngelList-style syndicates. More importantly, she understood how startups worked. But now, in addition to being the minister of the economy, Montebourg will take over Pellerin’s… Read More