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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  • Reedsy Launches Behance-Like Profiles To Let Authors Showcase Their Books

    Reedsy Launches Behance-Like Profiles To Let Authors Showcase Their Books

    Reedsy just launched author profiles on its website where writers can collect and showcase their work on a single page. This way, Reedsy provides a simple way to share your profile on the web, much like an About.me link. As a reminder, Reedsy unbundles the good old publishing company and provides all the services you need to self publish a book. The startup helps you find an editor, copy… Read More

  • Community-Based Car Rental Service Drivy Grabs Another $8.6 Million, Acquires Buzzcar

    Community-Based Car Rental Service Drivy Grabs Another $8.6 Million, Acquires Buzzcar

    French startup Drivy raised $8.6 million (€8 million) from Bpifrance, Via-ID as well as existing investors Index Ventures and Alven Capital. The company is also acquiring its smaller competitor Buzzcar for an undisclosed amount. As a reminder, Drivy lets you rent a car from anyone, usually for less than what it would cost you in a brick-and-mortar car rental agency. In addition to spending… Read More

  • Partech Doubles Down On Seed With New $65 Million Seed Fund

    Partech Doubles Down On Seed With New $65 Million Seed Fund

    It feels like Partech Ventures announced its first seed fund (Partech Entrepreneur I) just yesterday — the Paris-based venture capital firm is already announcing a new $65 million (€60 million) seed fund called Partech Entrepreneur II. “This is the biggest dedicated seed fund in Europe focused on digital startups,” Partech General Partner Romain Lavault told me. “We… Read More

  • Service Marketplace StarOfService Takes On Thumbtack

    Service Marketplace StarOfService Takes On Thumbtack

    French startup StarOfService plans to provide a solid Thumbtack alternative for the rest of the world. To achieve this goal, StarOfService is opening its marketplace in 80 countries and just raised $1.2 million (€1.1 million) from Point Nine Capital, Kima Ventures, Oleg Tscheltzoff and other business angels. When I talked with co-founder and CEO Lucas Lambertini, he doesn’t even hide… Read More

  • Infinit’s New Mobile Apps Might Be The Best Way To Transfer Those Pesky HD Videos

    Infinit’s New Mobile Apps Might Be The Best Way To Transfer Those Pesky HD Videos

    French startup Infinit just released its mobile app for both iOS and Android. In addition to providing a simple way to send files to your friends and colleagues, it is now a full-fledged AirDrop replacement as well. As a reminder, Infinit is a file-sharing service that differs from WeTransfer or CloudApp as it uses peer-to-peer technology to boost file sharing between two users. And there… Read More

  • Miguel de Fontenay Joins TheFamily As Partner

    Miguel de Fontenay Joins TheFamily As Partner

    Former Global Consulting Managing Partner at Mazars Miguel de Fontenay is joining Paris-based accelerator TheFamily as a full-time partner. He will be in charge of handling relationships between TheFamily’s startups and France’s biggest public companies. These big French companies present two opportunities for TheFamily. First, when it comes to finding investors, TheFamily is… Read More

  • Uber Faces Legal Challenges In France, South Korea And Germany

    Uber Faces Legal Challenges In France, South Korea And Germany

    Urban transportation company Uber is having a rough week. The company is encountering legal struggles in a few of its international markets. On Monday, around 25 armed police officers searched the company’s office in Paris. In Germany, a court ordered a nationwide ban on Uber’s cheaper ride-sharing service UberPOP. In South Korea, executives and employees were charged with… Read More

  • With Jellynote, Learning To Play An Instrument Is Like Playing Guitar Hero

    With Jellynote, Learning To Play An Instrument Is Like Playing Guitar Hero

    Meet Jellynote, a French startup that provides a new yet familiar experience for learning music. With Jellynote, you can find scores and see YouTube covers at the same time, create a songbook and suggest different versions. But the killer feature is a Guitar Hero-like mode that takes advantage of your microphone. It’s like playing the video game, but with a real guitar — you can see… Read More

  • Mapstr Is A Nifty Little App To Keep Track Of Your Favorite Places

    Mapstr Is A Nifty Little App To Keep Track Of Your Favorite Places

    Meet Mapstr, a hybrid map and note taking app that lets you easily bookmark your favorite restaurants, bars and more. It reminds me of the old Del.icio.us, but this time it’s for places. There are already many ways to keep track of places. You can create address book entries, add bookmarks into Google Maps or just create a new note on your phone. But these options are all clunky in… Read More

  • Apple Updates Existing MacBook Air And MacBook Pro

    Apple Updates Existing MacBook Air And MacBook Pro

    In addition to today’s new 12-inch retina MacBook introduced during the Apple keynote, Apple is keeping the existing lineup, and upgrading the specs across the board. First, the existing MacBook Air was updated with Thunderbolt 2 and faster Core i5 processors. The 13-inch MacBook Air will also get better flash storage — it will be twice as fast according to Apple. As for the… Read More

  • Wisemetrics Optimizes Facebook Ad Campaigns To Make You Pay Less

    Wisemetrics Optimizes Facebook Ad Campaigns To Make You Pay Less

    Meet Wisemetrics, a social media campaign optimization tool to make your posts as efficient as possible. A few weeks ago, Facebook launched the relevance score, meaning that good advertisers now pay less than others. This way, Facebook can increase the average quality of ads on its social network. Wisemetrics quickly realized that there was a big opportunity. Its new advertising… Read More

  • PhotoMath Brings Its Awesome Math Equation Solving App To Android

    PhotoMath Brings Its Awesome Math Equation Solving App To Android

    PhotoMath is a nifty little app. You point your phone camera at a math equation, and it will give you the answer and show you all the steps to solve this particular equation. Following its huge success in the App Store, the app is coming to Android. When I first played with PhotoMath before the team took the stage in our Battlefield competition at Disrupt London, I was impressed by its design… Read More

  • Secret Media Makes Ad Blockers Useless To Display Those Sweet, Sweet Pre-Roll Video Ads

    Secret Media Makes Ad Blockers Useless To Display Those Sweet, Sweet Pre-Roll Video Ads

    Chances are that you installed an ad blocking extension to skip YouTube’s pre-roll video ads. But now, many media companies suffer from these ad blockers and have no choice but to switch to a freemium model or find a way to shove some ads down your throat. Meet Secret Media, an advertising technology startup specialized in advertising encryption so that even the most sophisticated ad… Read More

  • Cisco Will Invest $100 Million In French Startups

    Cisco Will Invest $100 Million In French Startups

    France’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced yesterday a thorough partnership with Cisco for the coming years. Among other things, Cisco CEO John Chambers said that the company is taking tiny steps to ramp up its investments in French startups, starting by investing $100 million in multiple French startups over the coming years. There are two interesting tidbits behind today’s news. Read More

  • Managing Your Restaurant Deliveries With Trackin Is Like Playing SimCity

    Managing Your Restaurant Deliveries With Trackin Is Like Playing SimCity

    Meet Trackin, a complete software solution for restaurant managers to control your fleet of delivery persons in real time and easily accept online orders. Trackin provides a dashboard for your restaurants, a mobile app for your drivers and an online order widget for your customers. Thanks to this startup attending Y Combinator’s current batch, you will know when your driver is back and… Read More

  • Bunkr Is Now The Definitive PowerPoint Alternative Designed For The Web

    Bunkr Is Now The Definitive PowerPoint Alternative Designed For The Web

    Bunkr is a French startup that keeps reinventing itself. After making a big splash by promising the PowerPoint killer we’ve all been waiting for and struggling to raise a seed round, it is now starting from scratch again and rethinking from the ground up its presentation service. Bunkr now takes advantage of everything that the web has to offer to provide features that don’t even… Read More

  • NeuCoin Is A Bitcoin Alternative Designed For Microtransactions

    NeuCoin Is A Bitcoin Alternative Designed For Microtransactions

    Meet NeuCoin, a new cryptocurrency designed specifically to tip content creators and make online micropayments. NeuCoin is both a startup based in Paris and a new currency. It raised $2.25 million from dozens of business angels and signed partnerships with a few content distribution websites. NeuCoin explained me why we need yet another new cryptocurrency. Bitcoin presents a few risks when… Read More

  • Amazon’s Mixed Q4 2014 With $29.33B Revenue, And $0.45 EPS

    Amazon’s Mixed Q4 2014 With $29.33B Revenue, And $0.45 EPS

    Amazon just released its fiscal Q4 2014 earnings, reporting $29.33 billion in revenue, $214 million in net profit representing $0.45 per share. According to CNBC/Thomson Reuters, analysts expected the company to report earnings of $0.17 per share on $29.67 billion in revenue. While the company largely beat the expectations on earnings, it fell a bit short on revenue. For the past two… Read More

  • CommunicateBetter.io Teaches Entrepreneurs How To Talk The Talk

    CommunicateBetter.io Teaches Entrepreneurs How To Talk The Talk

    The fine people behind some of the best SaaS startups around are putting together 52 weekly lessons to get better at communicating both inside your company, and with potential partners and customers. Every week, subscribers will receive an email with advice on how they can get better at communicating. The best part is that it’s free. So far, 15 companies are on board, and it looks like… Read More

  • Ilan Abehassera Teases Insensi, A Device For Long-Distance Families

    Ilan Abehassera Teases Insensi, A Device For Long-Distance Families

    There is not much to say about Insensi just yet. I met the company’s founder Ilan Abehassera in Paris two weeks ago, and he gave me a few hints about his very secretive startup. First, it’s a hardware startup based in New York. Second, he hired a team of all-star engineers. Third, he raised $2.4 million already. Read More