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. CrunchBase profile →

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  • France Announces An Ambitious New Data Strategy

    France Announces An Ambitious New Data Strategy

    After four long months of speculations and political maneuvering, the French Government finally announced that France is getting its first Chief Data Officer. While the name of the CDO is still unknown, a source told me that current Etalab director Henri Verdier should get nominated later this week. Back in February, I interviewed Henri Verdier about Etalab’s work on Data.gouv.fr… Read More

  • Netflix Is Available In France, But It Still Needs Work

    Netflix Is Available In France, But It Still Needs Work

    French readers, Netflix is here! But don’t get too excited; it’s an imperfect launch. After an astute media campaign to put Netflix under the spotlight, the unlimited movie and TV show streaming service is available for everyone to see. And with a limited catalog, a limited availability on set-top boxes and a limited set of features compared to its competitors, it’s going to be… Read More

  • Apple Resurrects The Scroll Wheel

    Apple Resurrects The Scroll Wheel

    After seeing countless competitors release smartwatches, Apple just unveiled its Apple Watch. At the heart, it looks a lot like Android Wear devices — it’s a tiny square touch screen strapped to your wrist. Yet, Tim Cook immediately stated that the company went through many iterations before finding a good user interface. In particular, navigating on the watch relies on the crown… Read More

  • Gem Is A Bitcoin API To Seamlessly Build Bitcoin Services With Bank-Grade Security

    Gem Is A Bitcoin API To Seamlessly Build Bitcoin Services With Bank-Grade Security

    Meet Gem, a new bitcoin startup with a different take and a focus on developer tools. Gem provides a highly available, scalable API for bitcoin developers to abstract the bitcoin storing layer. In other words, Gem will store, encrypt and backup your users’ bitcoins so you don’t have to take care of this cumbersome aspect. The startup is launching today in private beta at… Read More

  • TheFamily Launches TheFamily Full Stack, A Risky Bet On Full Stack Startup Investment

    TheFamily Launches TheFamily Full Stack, A Risky Bet On Full Stack Startup Investment

    French startup accelerator TheFamily is launching a new project called TheFamily Full Stack. As the name suggests, a small part of TheFamily team will now focus on full stack startup investments. The company will set aside $1.3 million (€1 million) for the next 18 months to invest in full stack deals. Similarly, Tristan Vyskoc will become a partner. It’s an experiment, and a risky one… Read More

  • Azendoo Lets You Collaborate On Tasks And Documents Between Multiple Services

    Azendoo Lets You Collaborate On Tasks And Documents Between Multiple Services

    Azendoo is not yet another task manager — it’s the glue that brings together all the services that you already use. The French startup took another approach to task and document management by focusing on third-party integrations. Let’s say you use Evernote for your to-do lists. Your coworker can assign a task to you in Azendoo, and the service will seamlessly add it to… Read More

  • Motionlead Makes Mobile Ads Effective Again Thanks To Interactive Design

    Motionlead Makes Mobile Ads Effective Again Thanks To Interactive Design

    Meet Motionlead, a French startup that wants to make mobile ads sexy again. When the team first developed a meme reader for the iPhone, it got really frustrated with the state of mobile ads. Traditional ad banners are both ineffective and ugly. That’s how Motionlead started. “On all our campaigns, we have a click rate above 10 percent for call-to-action buttons,” co-founder… Read More

  • Here’s One Of The First Useful Android Wear Smartwatch Apps

    Here’s One Of The First Useful Android Wear Smartwatch Apps

    I have a Pebble and really like getting notifications on my wrist. It’s useful to see if it’s an important notification without having to look at your phone every time it buzzes. So that’s why I didn’t see why I should get a heavier watch with a barely acceptable battery life, like the LG G watch. But Capitaine Train‘s new smartwatch app showcases why an Android… Read More

  • Facebook Is Down For Many

    Facebook Is Down For Many

    Facebook appears to be down right now for many. If you load the website, you will get an error like the one you can see below. The website has been down for around 10 minutes now. Similarly, you get a network error in the mobile apps and your content won’t refresh. Some TechCrunch writers could load the website, but when they clicked on something, they got the error message. So if… Read More

  • Free, France’s T-Mobile, Wants To Acquire T-Mobile For $15 Billion

    Free, France’s T-Mobile, Wants To Acquire T-Mobile For $15 Billion

    France’s disruptive telecom company, Free, just announced that it wanted to acquire T-Mobile US. The WSJ first broke the story. Free then confirmed the bid in a press release. Sprint was already in talks with T-Mobile for a potential acquisition. Now, Free (also known as Iliad) is offering $15 billion in cash for 56.6 percent of the American company at $33 per share. Overall, Free says… Read More

  • Wikipedia Now Accepts Bitcoin Donations With Coinbase

    Wikipedia Now Accepts Bitcoin Donations With Coinbase

    Wikipedia, the decentralized community-powered encyclopedia, is now accepting donations in bitcoin, the decentralized community-powered cryptocurrency. The Wikimedia Foundation partnered with Coinbase to process the donations. Also new today, Coinbase will waive processing fees for all registered non-profits. Today’s news shouldn’t come as a surprise. Back in March, Wikipedia… Read More

  • What Is ‘La French Tech’ Supposed To Do?

    What Is ‘La French Tech’ Supposed To Do?

    Less than two months ago, French president François Hollande made a speech in front of the tech community at the Élysée to show his commitment to La French Tech. As a reminder, La French Tech is a publicly funded initiative to promote French startups under a single brand in France and abroad — or at least, that was the plan. For the last few days, sources have told me that the… Read More

  • Following Blockbuster Q2 Results, Twitter’s Stock Opens At Four-Month High

    Following Blockbuster Q2 Results, Twitter’s Stock Opens At Four-Month High

    Twitter is out of the woods — or so it seems. Following yesterday’s impressive earnings report, the company has had a quick and clear reaction from the stock market. Yesterday evening, Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) was up 30 percent in after-hours trading. This morning, shares opened at $47.01, 21.8 percent above yesterday’s closing price of $38.59 — it’s a four-month… Read More

  • Facebook Is Now Worth $190 Billion

    Facebook Is Now Worth $190 Billion

    Facebook is worth more than Amazon. Following yesterday’s earnings report, Facebook shares hit an all-time high in after-hours trading at $75. Price has been very stable this morning as well, confirming yesterday’s pop. Shares opened at $75.96 a share, then set a new record at $76.74. Now, shares are trading at $75.13. In other words, Facebook’s market capitalization is… Read More

  • Apple’s Mixed Q3 2014 With $37.4B Revenue, $7.7B Profit And $1.28 EPS

    Apple’s Mixed Q3 2014 With $37.4B Revenue, $7.7B Profit And $1.28 EPS

    Apple has just released its fiscal Q3 2014 earnings, reporting $37.4 billion in revenue, $7.7 billion in net profit representing $1.28 per share. Compared to the year-ago quarter, it corresponds to a growth of 5.9 percent in revenue, and 19.6 percent in EPS (adjusted for the 7-for-1 split). Fortune’s consensus among analysts was for Apple to report earnings of $1.26 per share on… Read More

  • Apple’s Cash Machine Is Back

    Apple’s Cash Machine Is Back

    Later today, Apple will announce its quarterly earnings for Q3 2014. For the past couple of years, the April-to-June quarter has been the slowest quarter of the year for the company. Before that, Apple used to refresh its iPad lineup in the spring. Now, it seems like nothing is happening during the Q3 quarter. But gross margin is on the rise and should make this quarter more impressive… Read More

  • Sunrise Raises $6 Million From Balderton And Others To Build The Perfect Calendar

    Sunrise Raises $6 Million From Balderton And Others To Build The Perfect Calendar

    A year and a half after launching its first calendar app, Sunrise is raising a $6 million Series A round from Balderton Capital and existing investors — Bernard Liautaud is joining the board. The company had previously raised $2.2 million. Sunrise is also launching a platform preview for third-party developers, so that other companies can build apps for the calendar… Read More

  • Blockchain Releases New Android Wallet App To Put Bitcoin Into Everyone’s Hands

    Blockchain Releases New Android Wallet App To Put Bitcoin Into Everyone’s Hands

    Popular bitcoin wallet provider Blockchain.info is releasing a major new version of its Android app, allowing you to store, receive and send bitcoins directly from your Android phone. The key thinking behind the update is to make bitcoin more accessible. It hides the complexity of the protocol in order to encourage mainstream user adoption. Read More

  • Product Hunt Founder Ryan Hoover To Speak At Disrupt SF

    Product Hunt Founder Ryan Hoover To Speak At Disrupt SF

    Product Hunt didn’t exist a year ago. Over the past six months, the community-powered news website for tech product launches became a Silicon Valley darling. This is largely thanks to its founder Ryan Hoover, who will be joining us onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2014. At first, Product Hunt was just a small experiment. In November 2013, Hoover started an email list with his friends. Read More

  • Product Hunt, The Popular Tech Product Discovery Site, Is In Current Y Combinator Batch

    Product Hunt, The Popular Tech Product Discovery Site, Is In Current Y Combinator Batch

    Much-buzzed-about startup Product Hunt has another trick up its sleeve — it turns out the startup is in the current Y Combinator batch. As a reminder, Product Hunt is a community-powered news website for tech product launches. It’s a website where you can submit, upvote and comment on today’s new tech products. And it has quickly become the center of the conversations for… Read More