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](http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/29/welcome-to-the-french-tech-ecosystem/) 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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  • 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 thereā€¦ 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

  • French Startup Accelerator Le Camping Redices to 3% Stake

    Le Camping Now Takes 3% Equity As Accelerator Competition Heats Up In France

    Startup accelerator Le Camping is finally shifting its model — everyone has been waiting for this change. It will now take 3 percent in startup equity starting next season. I sat down with Le Camping manager Elise Nebout to discuss the move. Le Camping started three years ago and it was one of the first French startup accelerators in France. Five batches representing 62 startups went… Read More

  • Can Montebourg Seduce French Startups Again?

    Can Montebourg Seduce French Startups Again?

    Buying what Arnaud Montebourg just said is a tough sell for French startups. France’s minister of the economy, industrial renewal, and the digital economy delivered an optimistic speech in front of entrepreneurs, startup employees and influential people of the French tech ecosystem. In fact, it’s a total change from his previous positions. But can we believe him? At Criteo’s… Read More

  • Watch Sony’s PlayStation 4 E3 2014 Press Conference Here

    Watch Sony’s PlayStation 4 E3 2014 Press Conference Here

    Last year, Sony’s E3 conference was all about the PlayStation 4. The console had yet to launch, and many gamers were eagerly waiting for the successor to the PS3. But this year, Sony shouldn’t be announcing any new console. So far, the company has sold 7 millionĀ PS4 units, but the PS3 is still the console of choice for many gamers. Tune back on Monday, June 9 at 6:00 pm PDT to… Read More

  • Enquire Is A Lightweight Q&A App To Explore Your Neighborhood

    Enquire Is A Lightweight Q&A App To Explore Your Neighborhood

    Meet Enquire, yet another Q&A app. But this time, it’s all about creating a simple experience to discover new things in your neighborhood. You don’t have to share images like on Jelly, you can’t ask non-location-based questions like on Quest. It’s all about tuning into your neighborhood and reading and participating with the public feed of questions and… Read More

  • Happy Birthday, Tetris

    Happy Birthday, Tetris

    Tetris is much more fun than current games. Today, we celebrate Tetris’ 30th birthday. I’m sure all of you already know Tetris, its catchy music theme, and the frustration of seeing bricks pile up on the screen. Invented in 1984 by Alexei Pajitnov in the Soviet Union, the game became extremely popular when Nintendo released it on the Game Boy in 1989. It was one of the launch titles… Read More

  • Watch Sony’s PlayStation 4 E3 2014 Press Conference Here

    Watch Sony’s PlayStation 4 E3 2014 Press Conference Here

    Tune back on Monday, June 9 at 6:00 pm PDT to watch Sony’s E3 press conference. Sony will also broadcast the conference in 40-50 movie theaters across the U.S. and Canada. Last year, Sony’s E3 conference was all about the PlayStation 4. The console had yet to launch, and many gamers were eagerly waiting for the successor to the PS3. But this year, Sony shouldn’t be announcing… Read More

  • Don’t Become A Tech Company With Feet Of Clay

    Don’t Become A Tech Company With Feet Of Clay

    Not so long ago, many big tech companies used to be startups with small engineering teams, a little bit of money in the bank and fast-paced development cycles. But when these companies grew, it became harder and harder to find a consensus and release new features or entirely new versions of their core products. Small startups with a dozen employees can now easily outpace tech companies… Read More

  • Product Hunt Is The Social News Site Of Tech Products Read By Influential People

    Product Hunt Is The Social News Site Of Tech Products Read By Influential People

    Meet Product Hunt, a small experiment that is increasingly becoming the center of the conversations of product-oriented people working in tech. You can call it the Reddit of tech products, the Hacker News of product launches, but none of these descriptions really capture what Product Hunt is. “It initially started with friends of mine and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley,” Product… Read More

  • Lima Raises $2.5 Million For Its Personal, Subscription-Free Dropbox

    Lima Raises $2.5 Million For Its Personal, Subscription-Free Dropbox

    French startup Lima already did a very successful Kickstarter campaign last year, raising more than $1.2 million. But the company just raised even more money — French VC firm Partech Ventures invested $2.5 million. As a reminder, Lima is a small device that you plug to your router, as well as one or multiple USB drives. It will then seamlessly transform your USB drives into a… Read More

  • Apple’s iMessage Adds Self-Destructing Audio And Video Messages, Location Sharing

    Apple’s iMessage Adds Self-Destructing Audio And Video Messages, Location Sharing

    Today at WWDC, Apple introduced iOS 8 and a few new features. Among other things, the Messages app will receive a few new features, including the ability to send audio and video messages, share your location and more. First, Apple VP of iPad, iPhone and iPod Marketing Greg Joswiak started off with new group messaging features. You can now name your conversation, add or remove people, turn… Read More

  • Apple Announces Box Competitor As Aaron Levie Watches From The VIP Row

    Apple Announces Box Competitor As Aaron Levie Watches From The VIP Row

    Apple’s umbrella of cloud services dubbed iCloud will soon receive a major upgrade. SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi just introduced the new feature at WWDC. Basically, the company just copied Dropbox, Microsoft’s OneDrive, Google Drive, Box, and every other cloud storage service out there. In OS X Yosemite, you’ll find a new magic folder called iCloud Drive and… Read More