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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  • Frontback Update Adds Photo Booth-Like Timer, Notifications & Localizations

    Frontback Update Adds Photo Booth-Like Timer, Notifications & Localizations

    Photo-sharing app Frontback just received a brand new update in the App Store. The two main new features are a new notification screen and the addition of a timer in the photo-taking screen. This way, you can just tap once to take the front picture, and a timer will start for the back picture, like in a photo booth. The new hands free self-timer is also a fun way to take a Frontback. When… Read More

  • Microsoft Ventures Paris Showcases 9 Startups At Its Demo Day

    Microsoft Ventures Paris Showcases 9 Startups At Its Demo Day

    Today at the Palais des Congrès, Microsoft held its first demo day in front of investors and journalists. Investors in the room included well-known business angels, such as Xavier Niel, Marc Simoncini and Jacques Antoine Granjon — they took the stage for a short panel and gave advice to the startup teams in the room. Microsoft started working on its startup accelerator in Paris two… Read More

  • How France’s Open Data Team Is Modernizing The French Government Through Data

    How France’s Open Data Team Is Modernizing The French Government Through Data

    A small team of 10 people called Etalab recently released a brand new version of Data.gouv.fr, France’s open data platform. Etalab essentially acted like a startup within the French government, utilizing its open data initiative to surreptitiously modernize the state itself. As a reminder, open data is the idea that certain information should be freely available to everyone to reuse as… Read More

  • Mozilla Will Sell Ads In Firefox To Create A New Revenue Stream

    Mozilla Will Sell Ads In Firefox To Create A New Revenue Stream

    Open-source browser Firefox announced in a blog post that it is considering selling ads for its new tab page. Publishers will be able to purchase sponsored tiles that will appear alongside normal tiles, with a clear “promoted” label. At first, Mozilla just wants to pre-populate the new tab page. When you are using Firefox for the first time, the current new tab page is mostly… Read More

  • TheFamily Launches Koudetat+, A Saturday School For Aspiring Entrepreneurs In Paris

    TheFamily Launches Koudetat+, A Saturday School For Aspiring Entrepreneurs In Paris

    Paris-based startup accelerator and fellowship TheFamily recently unveiled a side-project called Koudetat+. From March to July, anyone can pay and attend a day-long class targeted specifically towards aspiring entrepreneurs. As TheFamily’s baseline suggests, it “nurtures entrepreneurs with education, unfair advantages & capital.” According to the team, entrepreneurs are… Read More

  • Russia Says Bitcoin Should Be Avoided [Updated]

    Russia Says Bitcoin Should Be Avoided [Updated]

    Russia doesn’t do things by halves — Bitcoin shouldn’t be used by individuals and legal entities according to a recent statement. If you have a Bitcoin wallet on your computer, the Government will be suspicious. The Central Bank of Russia reiterated that the official currency is the Ruble, and that it considers Bitcoin a money surrogate. That’s why the… Read More

  • Apple Has Repurchased $14 Billion Of AAPL Shares Over The Past Two Weeks

    Apple Has Repurchased $14 Billion Of AAPL Shares Over The Past Two Weeks

    You can feel Carl Icahn’s presence in Tim Cook’s recent announcement to the Wall Street Journal — Apple just repurchased the equivalent of $14 billion in Apple shares as part of its massive share buyback program. At today’s market capitalization, it represents just over 3 percent of the company. As a reminder, activist investor Carl Icahn recently lobbied on Twitter… Read More

  • Dropbox Alternative HubiC Now Offers 10TB For $13.50 Per Month

    Dropbox Alternative HubiC Now Offers 10TB For $13.50 Per Month

    French hosting company OVH just updated its product offering for its Dropbox-like service called HubiC. Now, you get 25GB of storage for free, 100GB for $1.35 per month (€1), and you can opt for a whopping 10TB plan for $13.50 per month (€10). Launched two years ago, HubiC has slowly but surely evolved into a full-fledged Dropbox alternative. It now provides a sync client on the… Read More

  • Council Of State Suspends 15-Minute Law Against Uber, LeCab And Others In France

    Council Of State Suspends 15-Minute Law Against Uber, LeCab And Others In France

    France’s Conseil d’État suspended the controversial decree against urban transportation services like Uber and LeCab. As a reminder, since January 1, drivers have had to wait 15 minutes between the time a customer hails them and they let them in the car. But it created a competitive imbalance, that’s why the rule was just suspended — TechCrunch has confirmed with… Read More

  • Look Out Lyft, Uber Is Getting Serious About Ride-Sharing With UberPOP In Paris

    Look Out Lyft, Uber Is Getting Serious About Ride-Sharing With UberPOP In Paris

    Urban transportation company Uber just announced a brand-new offering for Paris called UberPOP — and it looks a lot like Lyft. It’s a cheaper ride-sharing service built right into the Uber app. Everybody can become a driver. While UberX is already available in Paris, it is more or less similar to the traditional Uber offering with mid-range black cars (think Audi A4 and Peugeot 508). Read More

  • Wisembly Raises $2 Million To Make Meetings Suck Less

    Wisembly Raises $2 Million To Make Meetings Suck Less

    French startup Wisembly just raised $2 million (€1.5 million) from Alven Capital. It’s the company’s first round of funding after three years of existence. Wisembly wants to be the only tool you ever need to keep track of and streamline your meetings in your company. Read More

  • Human Revamps Tracking System For Its Fitness Monitoring App

    Human Revamps Tracking System For Its Fitness Monitoring App

    Human is a slickly designed fitness tracking app that works without any hardware devices. You just launch the app, set it up and you’re all done. Launched in September, the app received its first major update. “First and foremost, the update is a massive upgrade to our tracking system,” co-founder and CEO Renato Valdés Olmos told me. “Apart from improved accuracy… Read More

  • Flink Is An Addictive Mobile Fashion Experience To Discover New Looks

    Flink Is An Addictive Mobile Fashion Experience To Discover New Looks

    Meet Flink a brand new mobile app that will become the perfect time waster for fashion enthusiasts. It’s a well-designed app to browse new looks on your favorite fashion blogs in a native app. The overall experience is very addictive. When you first open the app, you can instantly follow a selection of some well-known fashion blogs. After that, it works a lot like Frontback and Mindie. Read More

  • Facebook Shares Jump 16 Percent After Good Earnings And Paper Announcement

    Facebook Shares Jump 16 Percent After Good Earnings And Paper Announcement

    Facebook shares (NASDAQ:FB) have already been on the rise for the past few months, which makes today’s performance even more impressive — shares opened at $62.12, sixteen percent above yesterday’s closing price of $53.53 a share. In other words, Facebook’s market capitalization gained more than $20 billion in a single night. It now sits at $151 billion. The two reasons… Read More

  • Nest Team Will Become Google’s Core Hardware Group

    Nest Team Will Become Google’s Core Hardware Group

    Google today sold Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion. While many speculated that Google would release phones after it bought Motorola in 2011, it didn’t happen — Motorola remained a partner like other Android OEMs. Recently, Google acquired Nest, and TechCrunch has learned that Google has big plans for the team behind the connected device company. Google will keep the Nest… Read More

  • Welcome To The French Tech Ecosystem

    Welcome To The French Tech Ecosystem

    When I first decided that I wanted to move to Paris, I was anxious and excited at the same time. I used to write for TechCrunch in New York, in a perpetually effervescent ecosystem. But I wanted to try something new. Many things got me excited about France — TheFamily created a good-looking accelerator, LeWeb remained an unmissable event, and Europe as a whole was getting more exciting. Read More

  • Apple’s Mixed 1st Quarter In Charts

    Apple’s Mixed 1st Quarter In Charts

    Apple’s December quarter was a mixed bag. If you just read the numbers, revenue has never been so high thanks to continued growth in iPhone and iPad sales. But analysts expected more, and net profit is flat. Who is to blame? Probably the iPhone 5c. It wasn’t the market share machine that everyone expected. Selling more than 50 million iPhones in just three months is amazing… Read More

  • Apple’s Mixed Q1 2014 With $57.6B Revenue, $13.1B Profit And $14.50 EPS

    Apple’s Mixed Q1 2014 With $57.6B Revenue, $13.1B Profit And $14.50 EPS

    Apple has just released its fiscal Q1 2014 earnings, reporting $57.6 billion in revenue, $13.1 billion in net profit representing $14.50 per share. Compared to the year-ago quarter, it corresponds to a growth of 5.7 percent in revenue, and 5 percent in EPS, with net profit flat year over year. Apple sold 51 million iPhones, 26 million iPads and 4.8 million Macs in the quarter. As the… Read More

  • Sony’s Credit Rating Cut To “Junk” By Moody’s

    Sony’s Credit Rating Cut To “Junk” By Moody’s

    Bond credit rating agency Moody’s cut the credit rating of Sony from Baa3 to Ba1 with a stable outlook — Ba1 is also just below investment grade. In other words, Sony is considered a speculative investment right now and it will become harder for the company to borrow money. Today’s downgrade comes from its volatile net profit. Despite many staff cuts, some divisions, such as… Read More

  • SoundCloud Raises $60 Million At A $700 Million Valuation

    SoundCloud Raises $60 Million At A $700 Million Valuation

    SoundCloud recently closed a Series D round of funding led by Institutional Venture Partners with the Chernin Group. The Wall Street Journal first reported the news. It has since been confirmed by IVP and SoundCloud. Previous investors also participated in the round, including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, GGV Capital, Index Ventures and Union Square Ventures. SoundCloud’s… Read More