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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  • 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

  • Happn Is A Dating App Powered By Real Life Interactions

    Happn Is A Dating App Powered By Real Life Interactions

    It’s a sunny Wednesday afternoon, you’re sitting outside at a café in Paris. You see this beautiful person who is about to leave, and you get a warm fuzzy feeling. Unfortunately, you don’t have time to introduce yourself, they’re already gone. Until now, the only thing you could do was maybe post something in the missed connections section of Craigslist or the… Read More

  • Tok Tok Tok Hires Former Carrefour CFO Eric Reiss To Head The European Delivery Startup

    Tok Tok Tok Hires Former Carrefour CFO Eric Reiss To Head The European Delivery Startup

    Conventional wisdom has it that Tok Tok Tok is an idea that can’t work. In a few taps, you can order anything you want in Paris, but it will cost you between €5 or €10 depending on where you are. So why would you order a fine burger from Big Fernand if there is a 30 percent premium on the final price? Some users already order dozens of times per month, but the startup has bigger… Read More

  • Save $9, Here Are The TechCrunch Staff’s Email Addresses

    Save $9, Here Are The TechCrunch Staff’s Email Addresses

    I hate email. But there’s one thing I hate even more: people selling my email address. Currently trending at the top of Product Hunt, Pressfarm is an email database for tech journalists — and it’s not free. After creating an account, you can pay $9 a month to get access to a curated list of email addresses of people working for publications such as Business Insider, Re/code… Read More

  • BlaBlaCar Raises A Massive $100 Million Round To Create A Global Long Distance Ride-Sharing Network

    BlaBlaCar Raises A Massive $100 Million Round To Create A Global Long Distance Ride-Sharing Network

    In what is the largest VC round in a French startup of all time, BlaBlaCar just raised a $100 million round led by Index Ventures, with existing investors Accel Partners, ISAI and Lead Edge Capital also participating in the round. Previously, Deezer raised a $130 million round from Warner Music Group’s owner Access Industries, but it wasn’t VC money per se. “Our ambition is… Read More

  • Phonotonic Is A Nifty Music Device That Turns Movement Into Music

    Phonotonic Is A Nifty Music Device That Turns Movement Into Music

    Meet Phonotonic, a new music device that you can back on Kickstarter. What’s interesting is that you don’t need to have any actual music knowledge to play with Phonotonic — it’s all about movements. When I first saw a demo of Phonotonic, I was skeptical. The French startup then let me play with it for a few minutes, I started enjoying moving my arms around and listening… Read More

  • KelDoc Raises $1.4 Million For Its Doctor Appointment Service

    KelDoc Raises $1.4 Million To Make It Easier To Find A Doctor

    French startup KelDoc is raising $1.4 million (€1 million) from Alven Capital and business angels. KelDoc is what you could call a ZocDoc for Europe. But managing doctor appointments is a very regulated market, and KelDoc has a deep understanding on how this kind of service needs to be adapted to the French and European markets. At heart, KelDoc is a website and smartphone app to look and… Read More

  • It’s Never Been A Better Time To Create A Luxury Startup

    It’s Never Been A Better Time To Create A Luxury Startup

    As I’m based in Paris and work in the tech ecosystem, there is a lot of chatter about luxury brands and their future. Paris is still the city of outrageously beautiful goods and clothes from powerful brands. Luxury shops are still crowded with countless of tourists. Yet, when I talk with people around me, it has become much more trendy to find a new up and coming brand before anyone… Read More

  • With Project Miami, Bouygues Telecom Partners With Google To Reinvent Its Innovation Strategy

    With Project Miami, Bouygues Telecom Partners With Google To Reinvent Its Innovation Strategy

    In the fascinating French telecommunications industry, Bouygues Telecom has had a rough year. Now, the company has no choice but to rethink everything from the ground up. And this is exactly what the company is planning to do with Project Miami. It’s a bold experiment. Read More

  • Google Blurs The Line Between Web And Native Apps On Android

    Google Blurs The Line Between Web And Native Apps On Android

    Today at Google I/O, Chrome Director of Product Management Avni Shah introduced the new version of Chrome coming in the next Android update dubbed Android L. As expected, we got a couple of feature updates. But it isn’t just a better version of Chrome. There is a clear and more profound message coming from Google — the company wants to blend native apps with web tabs. And the end… Read More

  • Heetch Is A Ride-Sharing App For Late Night Party-Goers

    Heetch Is A Ride-Sharing App For Late Night Party-Goers

    Meet Heetch, a French ride-sharing app with a twist. Instead of going head-to-head against Uber, Chauffeur-Privé or LeCab in Paris, the company is operating a ride-sharing service that only works at night, mostly when you’re out partying. The company recently raised $500,000 from Via-ID and has been growing steadily for the past 9 months. “Our users generally take the subway… Read More

  • EverythingMe Releases Its Contextual Launcher Globally

    EverythingMe Releases Its Contextual Launcher Globally

    EverythingMe‘s contextual launcher aims to customize your Android home screen so that you get exactly what you need every time you switch on your phone. It’s the results of years of work on mobile discovery. And today, the app is available globally. It’s been a long road for EverythingMe. As co-founder and CMO Ami Ben-David reminded me last week in Paris, the team behind… Read More

  • Algolia Raises Another $1.2 Million For Its Real-Time Search API

    Algolia Raises Another $1.2 Million For Its Real-Time Search API

    French startup Algolia raised $1.2 million as an extension of the company’s existing seed round to turbocharge your website’s search engine. It brings the total funding of the startup to $2.8 million. The round extension was led by Storm Ventures, with angels coming from Box, Eventbrite, Google, Microsoft and Stripe. Chrisoph Janz of Point Nine Capital is also joining the… Read More

  • The Best Amazon Fire Phone Features You Won’t Get In Any Other Phone

    The Best Amazon Fire Phone Features You Won’t Get In Any Other Phone

    Today, Amazon introduced the long-rumored Fire Phone. It has the killer 3D effects that everyone anticipated. But it also has a few neat features that you won’t see in any other phone out there… Read More

  • Front Is A Shared Inbox App That Makes Email Suck Less

    Front Is A Shared Inbox App That Makes Email Suck Less

    Meet Front, a service to collaborate, comment, assign and reply to those pesky emails that you receive on your support@, jobs@ or contact@ email addresses. Launching today, Front is part of Y Combinator’s current batch. “With Front, we want you to receive all your company’s incoming feeds in our app and collaborate in real time on these requests,” co-founder and CEO… Read More

  • Balderton Capital Is Taking Tiny Steps To Ramp Up Investments In French Startups

    Balderton Capital Is Taking Tiny Steps To Ramp Up Investments In French Startups

    VC firm Balderton Capital is getting serious about France, or at least is thinking about it. The European VC firm is looking for someone to source deals in France, TechCrunch has learned. According to a source, Balderton realized that the firm is not as efficient as Index Ventures in Paris and it wants to fix that. For now, the company only wants someone who can go back and forth between… Read More

  • Major VC Figure Marie Ekeland To Leave Elaia Partners

    Major VC Figure Marie Ekeland To Leave Elaia Partners

    Marie Ekeland is leaving French VC firm Elaia Partners to create her own VC firm, TechCrunch has learned last week. According to Rude Baguette, Ekeland should leave at the end of the summer. Ekeland managed some successful investments over the years, including Elaia’s investment in Criteo. As a reminder, Criteo has had a successful IPO on the NASDAQ while retaining its main office in Paris. Read More

  • Sunrise Lets You Connect Other Apps To Your Calendar

    Sunrise Lets You Connect Other Apps To Your Calendar

    Calendar platform Sunrise just introduced third-party apps for your calendar. Starting with Evernote, GitHub, Songkick, TripIt and Asana, you can now connect your accounts to Sunrise to see your relevant data directly in your calendar, and interact with it. “Now that we are available on three different platforms — iOS, Android and the web — our goal is to automatically… Read More

  • Oyster Brings Its Netflix For Books To Android

    Oyster Brings Its Netflix For Books To Android

    New York-based startup Oyster just released its reading app for Android devices — the app works on both phones and tablets, such as the Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire. As a reminder, Oyster is an unlimited subscription service for ebooks. For $9.95 a month, you get access to more than 500,000 books on your mobile devices. It’s a sort of Netflix for ebooks when it comes to the… Read More

  • Pikichat Is A Deadly Simple Photo Chat App Built In One Week

    Pikichat Is A Deadly Simple Photo Chat App Built In One Week

    Pikichat is a new iPhone app to share quirky photos with your friends. It is very reminiscent of Snapchat when it comes to design and branding. But the story behind the app is nothing like Snapchat. Two French engineers went to the countryside and coded this brand new app from the ground-up. After a week of intense coding, Pikichat was done. The app is really simple and could become a fun… Read More