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.

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  • Getting a Picture of the European Tech Landscape

    How The European Tech Ecosystem Is Shaping Up

    A group of important ecosystem builders took the stage at Disrupt Europe to give us a picture of the European tech landscape. The common thread was about the current state of the ecosystem compared to five years ago. Things have changed dramatically — and in a good way. Carlos Eduardo Espinal from Seedcamp, Rohan Silva from Second Home, Tine Thygesen from Everplaces, and Jason Whitmire… Read More

  • Google Ventures Unleashes Its Investment Strategy For Europe

    Google Ventures Unleashes Its Investment Strategy For Europe

    To start off our annual European conference, we brought the new Google Ventures Europe partners onstage at Disrupt Europe in London. The panel was mostly focused on explaining Google Ventures’ investment strategy for its European arm. In particular, Google Ventures will employ the same operational strategy as in the U.S., and will be looking for co-investors for most of its deals. Read More

  • Infected Flight Wins The Disrupt Europe 2014 Hackathon Grand Prize, Appilepsy And Seeusoon Are Runners Up

    Infected Flight Wins The Disrupt Europe 2014 Hackathon Grand Prize, Appilepsy And Seeusoon Are Runners Up

    It doesn’t get more exciting than this. Yesterday, we welcomed hundreds of hackers at Old Billingsgate in London for the Disrupt Europe Hackathon. They all have worked tirelessly for the past 24 hours in an awesome dungeon-like venue to come up with a neat, funny and smart hack. We could all feel the excitement in the air when the 89 teams took the stage to present a short one-minute demo… Read More

  • Laplock at TechCrunch Disrupt: London 2014 Hackathon

    With Laplock, You Get A Text Message When Somebody Unplugs Your Laptop

    Fresh off the hackathon dungeon, Laplock is a nifty little app developed at our TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon in London. Martin Saint-Macary and Ivan Maeder worked tirelessly for the past 24 hours to build an easy-to-use software lock for your Mac. Here’s how it works. Read More

  • BlaBlaCar CEO Frédéric Mazzella Will Talk About France’s Next Unicorn At Disrupt Europe

    BlaBlaCar CEO Frédéric Mazzella Will Talk About France’s Next Unicorn At Disrupt Europe

    For our international audience, last July, BlaBlaCar popped out of nowhere and scored a massive $100 million round led by Index Ventures. Frédéric Mazzella’s startup is creating a global ride-sharing marketplace for long distance rides — and it’s working. His story is one of the most impressive comeback story of the French tech ecosystem. We are very lucky to welcome him… Read More

  • Blockchain Goes From Bootstrapping To Scoring $30 Million

    Blockchain Goes From Bootstrapping To Scoring $30 Million

    Here comes another mega funding round in the bitcoin space. The world’s largest bitcoin wallet provider, Blockchain, has been a bootstrapped startup so far. But the startup eventually accepted VC money, raising a little bit over $30 million from Lightspeed Venture Partners, Wicklow Capital and others. Read More

  • Passive Fitness Tracking App Human Showcases Where HealthKit Shines

    Passive Fitness Tracking App Human Showcases Where HealthKit Shines

    The Human app has been on the App Store for a while now. But this beautifully designed passive activity app received a major update that showcases how some of the main new features in iOS 8 can be useful. Human takes advantage of the brand new HealthKit APIs, syncs with the Health app and provides a widget for the Today view. The last time I covered Human, there were already rumors of an… Read More

  • Azalead Ends Cold Calls By Telling You Which Company Visited Your Site

    Azalead Ends Cold Calls By Telling You Which Company Visited Your Site

    Imagine how many people end up on your company’s website looking for more information about your B2B product and never call you. These visitors are incredibly useful leads for your sales team, but you just don’t know them. Meet Azalead, a French startup that tells you which company recently visited your website and sends you alerts in real time. Read More

  • Stamplay Is IFTTT For Back-End Development

    Stamplay Is IFTTT For Back-End Development

    If you are a front-end developer, setting up signup forms and integrations with popular APIs can be very painful. Stamplay wants to make back-end development as easy as playing with Lego bricks. The best analogy would be to think of it as an IFTTT for developers. Read More

  • Selfinception: Frontback Adds Selfie Comments

    Selfinception: Frontback Adds Selfie Comments

    All your selfies are belong us. Popular photo-sharing app Frontback just received a major update. You will now be able to leave comments on a Frontback post — but not just text comments. With Frontback React, you take a selfie of your reaction and adds a few words. It’s perfectly in line with the deeply personal soul of the app. While I very irregularly post to Frontback, I open… Read More

  • This Emoji++ iOS Keyboard Might Be The Best Thing In The Universe

    This Emoji++ iOS Keyboard Might Be The Best Thing In The Universe

    Fine, my headline is an overstatement. But how can you not get excited about a much better emoji keyboard for your iPhone? Emoji++ doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel by adding a search engine for emojis, it is simply an improved layout compared to the default emoji keyboard. Instead of having to go through pages of emojis, the keyboard gives you a single scrolling list organized by… Read More

  • Shared Inbox Front Pulls $3.1 Million To Optimize Your Email Workflow

    Shared Inbox Front Pulls $3.1 Million To Optimize Your Email Workflow

    Front is the front desk of your company. Whenever someone sends an email to your contact@, jobs@ or support@ email addresses, the email will appear in your team member’s Front accounts. Then, instead of forwarding the email, creating group emails and forgetting to CC someone, it works like a modern task manager. You can assign an email to someone, comment, get notifications and more. Read More

  • Parrot’s New Zik 2.0 Headphones Are Perfect For Hipsters

    Parrot’s New Zik 2.0 Headphones Are Perfect For Hipsters

    Parrot is better-known for its drones, but the company just announced brand new high-end headphones, the Zik 2.0. They are colorful, feature-packed and different. You can tweak sound settings for each and every different song so that they sound closer to the perfect sound for your ears. In other words, it’s a hipster’s dream. Like its predecessor, the Zik 2.0 is a Bluetooth pair… Read More

  • With New Ad Publishers On Board, Appsfire Becomes A Solid Alternative Mobile Advertising Network

    With New Ad Publishers On Board, Appsfire Becomes A Solid Alternative Mobile Advertising Network

    Advertising technology startup Appsfire provides some of the best interactive advertising formats on mobile devices. Yet, on mobile, Facebook, Google and now Twitter seem to be the overwhelmingly dominant advertising networks. To counter this idea, Appsfire just announced some of its first advertising publishers, and it looks like the startup is becoming a solid alternative network. When I… Read More

  • With RogerVoice, Deaf People Can Make Their First Phone Calls

    With RogerVoice, Deaf People Can Make Their First Phone Calls

    This is where technology shines — RogerVoice is not yet another Uber for X. It will potentially help millions of hard-of-hearing people by letting them make phone calls. Some of them might even make their first phone call through the app. To do this, RogerVoice subtitles phone conversations in real time, so that you can read what the other person is saying. The French startup has… Read More

  • Akeneo Raises $2.3 Million To Replace Excel For Catalog Management

    Akeneo Raises $2.3 Million To Replace Excel For Catalog Management

    It currently takes more than four months for a famous luxury company based in Paris to put new collection items on its website. It’s a nightmare for multiple people who have to fight with Excel to add all the relevant data. And before you know it, the next collection is already there. This is where Akeneo comes along. Akeneo is a CRM for product information. Instead of adding people… Read More

  • Sigfox Wants To Turn Its Network For Connected Objects Into A Platform, Hires Cédric Giorgi

    Sigfox Wants To Turn Its Network For Connected Objects Into A Platform, Hires Cédric Giorgi

    French startup Sigfox is building a low cost, alternative cellular network for connected objects. It allows small connected objects to talk with Sigfox’s server with a very small battery and cheap hardware. It sounds too good to be true, but the company’s network already works in a few countries and has many interesting potential use cases. Now, the startup wants to turn its… Read More

  • 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