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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  • Google Is Splitting Its Stock Today To Solidify Sergey Brin And Larry Page’s Domination

    Google Is Splitting Its Stock Today To Solidify Sergey Brin And Larry Page’s Domination

    Google shares (NASDAQ:GOOG) are worth 50 percent less today. But don’t worry, the company isn’t crashing. It is executing its 2 for 1 stock split as previously announced. But why is the company doing that? Google shares closed at $1,135.10 a share yesterday. It should open around $570 a share today. This way, it makes it easier for small shareholders to buy more shares, decrease… Read More

  • Canonical Shuts Down Cloud Storage Service Ubuntu One

    Canonical Shuts Down Cloud Storage Service Ubuntu One

    Ubuntu creator Canonical just announced that it is shutting down its cloud storage service called Ubuntu One. Among the reasons cited, increased competition is an important one — maybe the service didn’t really take off as Canonical intended. “Additionally, the free storage wars aren’t a sustainable place for us to be, particularly with other services now regularly… Read More

  • Creads Raises $4.1 Million To Fuel International Growth

    Creads Raises $4.1 Million To Fuel International Growth

    French startup Creads raised $4.1 million (€3 million) from CM-CIC Capital Privé. Creads is an advertising agency powered by a marketplace of advertising jobs. As a company, you can submit your ad brief to the platform and set your requirements. As a creative freelancer or agency, you can work on those tasks. Eventually, Creads wants to become the dominant professional social network for… Read More

  • Milkster Is A Maker-Friendly Launchpad For Interior Design Enthusiasts

    Milkster Is A Maker-Friendly Launchpad For Interior Design Enthusiasts

    Meet Milkster, a brand new marketplace for designers, craftspeople and interior design enthusiasts. Designers too often end up working for big companies instead of working on products that they are truly passionate about. Milkster is here to solve that by connecting designers with customers to fund their projects. “We started from things that you might use in your daily life,”… Read More

  • Frontback Update Adds Better User Profiles

    Frontback Update Adds Better User Profiles

    Photo-sharing app Frontback just received an update in the App Store. The company revamped user profiles to make them a little more informative. Now, you can see an avatar, the nickname and full name, a user description and a location. You can also easily access followers and following lists. Finally, you can block someone if you don’t want this particular person to see your Frontbacks. As a… Read More

  • Confirmed: Dropbox Aqcui-Hires Social Reading App Readmill

    Confirmed: Dropbox Aqcui-Hires Social Reading App Readmill

    As TechCrunch’s Steve O’Hear predicted yesterday, Readmill just confirmed that Dropbox acquired the company and that the service will shut down. It is a pure acqui-hire as the team will join Dropbox’s team and work on its core service. “As of today, it is no longer possible to create a new account, and on July 1, 2014, the Readmill app will no longer be available,”… Read More

  • Sigfox Raises $20.6 Million To Create A Global Cellular Network For Connected Objects

    Sigfox Raises $20.6 Million To Create A Global Cellular Network For Connected Objects

    French startup Sigfox raised a Series B round of $20.6 million (€15 million) from IDInvest and BPIFrance. Existing investors (Elaia Partners, Partech Ventures, Ixo and Intel Capital) also participated. As a reminder, Sigfox wants to create an alternative cellular network specifically dedicated to connected objects. Compared to traditional cellular networks, this network can cover a larger area… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger Adds A Dedicated Groups Tab

    Facebook Messenger Adds A Dedicated Groups Tab

    Facebook is gradually rolling out an update to its Facebook Messenger app for iOS and Android. Users will see a new dedicated “Groups” tab for group discussions. Instead of mixing one-on-one conversations with group discussions, you can pin permanent group discussions in a separate tab. You can also pin existing group discussions or start a new group from this screen. When you create a… Read More

  • Tapvalue Raises $2.2 Million For Its Advertising Technology For Offline Retailers

    Tapvalue Raises $2.2 Million For Its Advertising Technology For Offline Retailers

    French startup Tapvalue raised $2.2 million (€1.6 million) to boost its international growth and keep iterating on the product. Tapvalue is an innovative cross-device tracking and advertising platform, but with a twist — it is specifically targeted towards offline retailers. In other words, the startup is bringing modern advertising technologies to brick and mortar store owners. “Our… Read More

  • Andreessen Horowitz Raises Massive New $1.5 Billion Fund

    Andreessen Horowitz Raises Massive New $1.5 Billion Fund

    Venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz just announced that it has closed its Fund IV. And it's a massive $1.5 billion fund for all sorts of investments from seed rounds to late-stage rounds. Previously, Andreessen Horowitz had raised $300 million in 2009 (Fund I), $650 million in 2010 (Fund II), $200 million in 2011 (Growth fund) and $1.5 billion in 2012 (Fund III). Read More

  • Spotify Could Be Planning An IPO For Later This Year

    Spotify Could Be Planning An IPO For Later This Year

    Music streaming service Spotify could go public at some point in the fall of 2014, according to Quartz. Rumors of an IPO have been floating around for weeks. And there are a few signs that seem to indicate that the company is getting ready for an IPO. In February, Reuters found an interesting job opening on the company’s website. Spotify was looking for an External Reporting Specialist to… Read More

  • Last.fm Shuts Down Its Streaming Service To Focus On Scrobbling

    Last.fm Shuts Down Its Streaming Service To Focus On Scrobbling

    Music discovery company Last.fm just announced that it will end its subscription radio streaming service on April 28th. The radio service is currently available in the U.K., the U.S. and Germany with a freemium model. For $3/€3/£3, users can access Last.fm radio on their phones and get an ad-free experience. The streaming service is also available in Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and… Read More

  • Producteev Adds iPad And Outlook Apps Following Jive Acquisition

    Producteev Adds iPad And Outlook Apps Following Jive Acquisition

    Task management tool Producteev just launched a new iPad app and a native Outlook plugin. Now part of Jive, the company also launched a new pro plan. For $99 per month, you get the Outlook plugin, custom branding and premium support for up to 100 employees. “There is a big market opportunity with people who use Outlook,” Producteev co-founder Ilan Abehassera told me in a phone… Read More

  • France’s Greatest Strength Might Just Be Leaving France

    France’s Greatest Strength Might Just Be Leaving France

    “The attraction of the American revolution transported me suddenly to my place. I felt myself tranquil only when sailing between the continent whose powers I had braved.” —Lafayette, Letter to the Bailli de Ploën. France has been shaped by its own history. One of the most overlooked aspects of the French history is how important Lafayette was. He rallied the French army to fight… Read More

  • Capitaine Train Releases Android App To Book Your Train Tickets On The Go

    Capitaine Train Releases Android App To Book Your Train Tickets On The Go

    Train ticket booking startup Capitaine Train just released its Android app. If you used the iPhone app at some point, you won’t feel lost as the Android app is very similar in design and features. As a reminder, Capitaine Train wants to improve the cumbersome process of booking train tickets online and on your phone. The service works for train tickets in Europe. But instead of using a… Read More

  • PlayStation 4 Supply Issues Will Be Fixed This Summer

    PlayStation 4 Supply Issues Will Be Fixed This Summer

    Sony is selling its PS4 as fast as it can. But the company has experienced supply constraints ever since its launch in November 2013. And don’t expect to find a PS4 on your store shelf anytime soon — Sony told the WSJ that it doesn’t expect to meet demand before this summer. Yet, the console only recently launched in Japan, its home country. While Sony managed to sell 300,000… Read More

  • Vulfpeck Releases An Album Of Absolute Silence On Spotify To Make Money

    Vulfpeck Releases An Album Of Absolute Silence On Spotify To Make Money

    Funk band Vulfpeck is showing everyone what growth hacking is all about — exploiting weaknesses to promote your work. The band recently released a new album on Spotify called Sleepify. It consists of 10 songs comprised entirely of silence. Each song is 31 or 32 seconds long. Not coincidentally, Spotify pays royalties when someone listens to a song for more than 30 seconds. In a video, the… Read More

  • Orange Gives All Of Its Data To France’s NSA

    Orange Gives All Of Its Data To France’s NSA

    Orange has been cooperating allegedly illegally for years with France’s main intelligence agency (the DGSE). According to a newly found report by Edward Snowden and an investigation by Le Monde, the DGSE was given access to all of Orange’s data (not just metadata). Orange is the leading telecom company in France with more than 26 million clients. These clients have communicated with… Read More

  • Hublo Is The Web Analytics Tool For The Rest Of Us

    Hublo Is The Web Analytics Tool For The Rest Of Us

    Meet Hublo, a recently launched analytics service that is easier to use than your average analytics tool. It works a lot like Mixpanel, KISSmetrics and others, but you don’t have to write a single line of code to make it work. “Hublo is the Mailchimp of analytics,” co-founder and CEO Cyril Gantzer told me. “We turn what was once a very technical field, into a user-friendly… Read More

  • How Telecom Company Free Nearly Disrupted The French Mobile Landscape All Over Again

    How Telecom Company Free Nearly Disrupted The French Mobile Landscape All Over Again

    Last week, everything was very different in the mobile landscape in France. France’s disruptive telecom company Free was about to make the best strategic move I had ever seen. Yet, it all fell apart today. While it’s a boring industry, the acquisition of SFR is a story of secret agreements and betrayals. SFR (the second biggest telecom company behind Orange) is about to get acquired by… Read More