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 fashion, Apple, AI and 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 when he’s not on the road. He used to live in New York and loved it.

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  • Phantom Speaker Maker Devialet Turns Up The Volume With New $20 Million Funding Round

    Phantom Speaker Maker Devialet Turns Up The Volume With New $20 Million Funding Round

    Devialet, known for its Phantom speaker which supposedly sounds better than speakers 20 times bigger, just announced that it has closed a $20 million Series B round. LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault, Xaviel Niel, Jacques-Antoine Granjon, and Marc Simoncini are behind today’s funding round. This funding follows a Series A in 2012 where the company raised $19.1 million to fund the development of… Read More

  • How A Team Of Accomplished Entrepreneurs Plan To Revolutionize Your Television Experience

    How A Team Of Accomplished Entrepreneurs Plan To Revolutionize Your Television Experience

    The company’s logo on the doorbell was so tiny that I wasn’t sure I was at the right door. After 18 months of hard work, I was the first journalist to see Molotov in action, a brand new way to watch TV. Behind the scene, AlloCiné co-founder Jean-David Blanc, Canal+ co-founder Pierre Lescure, former TF1 executive Jean-Marc Denoual, and Gamekult and Sens Critique co-founder… Read More

  • Watch Nintendo’s E3 Press Event Live Right Here

    Watch Nintendo’s E3 Press Event Live Right Here

    Nintendo’s E3 press event happens at 9 AM PT today (12 PM ET), and the company is in a tough position as both Microsoft and Sony delivered solid conferences. In particular, Sony tried to break the Internet with a lengthy Last Guardian trailer, a Final Fantasy VII HD remake and a Shenmue 3 Kickstarter campaign. Read More

  • ‘La Ruche Qui Dit Oui’ Scores $9 Million From USV And Felix Capital For Its Local Food Marketplace

    ‘La Ruche Qui Dit Oui’ Scores $9 Million From USV And Felix Capital For Its Local Food Marketplace

    Forget about your supermarket and buy directly from your local farmers and foodmakers. French startup La Ruche qui dit oui (also known as The Food Assembly in the U.K.) has been making waves in its home country for a while now. But it seems like international investors also got the word as Fred Wilson from Union Square Ventures and Frédéric Court from Felix Capital are leading a $9… Read More

  • Microsoft’s $150 New Controller Is A Gamer’s Dream

    Microsoft’s $150 New Controller Is A Gamer’s Dream

    Microsoft recently announced an updated controller with a 3.5mm jack input instead of a proprietary input, but this new controller is an entirely new beast. The new Elite wireless controller comes with hair-trigger locks, a textured rolling pad instead of the good old D-pad and bumpers. But the best part is that most components and swappable, meaning that you can switch the joystick for a… Read More

  • Samsung Invests In Sigfox’s Network For Connected Objects

    Samsung Invests In Sigfox’s Network For Connected Objects

    Sigfox’s $115 million mega round has yet to close (€100 million). Today, Samsung announced at a press conference that the company invested in the French startup as well. The amount of this additional funding is undisclosed. And that’s not all. A source told me that two other companies also recently invested in Sigfox’s current round — one of them is a major tech… Read More

  • 8tracks Closes $2.5 Million Debt Line, Signs More Direct Licensing Deals With Music Labels

    8tracks Closes $2.5 Million Debt Line, Signs More Direct Licensing Deals With Music Labels

    Music streaming service 8tracks has been profitable since 2012, but wants to move faster. For its new round of funding, the company chose to secure a $2.5 million debt financing from Silicon Valley Bank. As a reminder, 8tracks is a library of modern mixtapes, as anyone can create and listen to user-generated playlists based on genres and moods. The company recently moved into direct… Read More

  • When An UberPOP Driver Gets Fined In Paris, Uber Pays For The Fine

    When An UberPOP Driver Gets Fined In Paris, Uber Pays For The Fine

    Urban transportation company Uber found a neat way to keep UberPOP afloat in Paris. For the past few months, policemen have been tracking UberPOP drivers in order to fine them as the low-cost offering of the service was banned in December 2014. While the company never directly stated that it pays for these fines, a recent report from the New York Times clearly indicates that drivers have… Read More

  • Apple Announces iOS 9

    Apple Announces iOS 9

    It’s pretty much tradition for Apple to announce a new version of iOS at WWDC. For the past few months, rumor had it that Apple was taking a gap year to focus on fixing existing features and solidifying Apple’s mobile OS foundation. And it’s true that many existing apps received some much-needed refinement. Still, Apple announced new features, including a few unexpected… Read More

  • Apple Pay Is Coming To The U.K. Next Month

    Apple Pay Is Coming To The U.K. Next Month

    Apple announced at WWDC that Apple Pay is coming to the U.K. as soon as next month. “We will launch with eight of the most popular banks, more coming this fall,” Jennifer Bailey said. As expected, the feature should work in a lot of stores as soon as it’s available. For instance, you’ll be able to use Apple Pay in London’s subway system. There are a few new… Read More

  • French Lower House Might Let Google Keep Its Search Algorithm Workings Secret After All

    French Lower House Might Let Google Keep Its Search Algorithm Workings Secret After All

    French politicians may not be going on a vendetta against Google after all. In April, the French Senate voted two very tough amendments aimed at Google. Part of Emmanuel Macron‘s economy bill, these amendments were supposed to force the tech giant to disclose how its famous search ranking algorithm works and advertise for competitors on its homepage. Read More

  • Facebook Opens New AI Research Center In Paris

    Facebook Opens New AI Research Center In Paris

    France has many hidden gems, and Facebook is well-aware of that. The company is building a new artificial intelligence research team in Paris in order to work on ambitious futuristic projects. The new team will work closely with existing Facebook AI Research (FAIR) teams in Menlo Park and New York on image recognition, natural language processing, speech recognition, machine learning, live… Read More

  • Aircall Is The Easiest Way To Create And Manage Your Phone Customer Service

    Aircall Is The Easiest Way To Create And Manage Your Phone Customer Service

    Meet Aircall, a French startup specializing in creating a modern platform for your phone support needs. The company started as an easy way to create a virtual number that would ring your support team’s phones one by one until someone picked up the phone. It is now a complete yet easy-to-use phone solution for support teams that you manage from your computer. “We launched a desktop… Read More

  • Glose Brings Its Social Ebook Reader To Android, Adds Free Excerpts

    Glose Brings Its Social Ebook Reader To Android, Adds Free Excerpts

    Glose is a brand new take on ebook reading for phones and tablets. Yet, until today, one thing was crucially missing — Android support. Today, the company is launching its app on Android phones and tablets. It is also adding free book excerpts for its entire catalog. “Things are going well,” co-founder and CEO Nicolas Princen told me. “We basically doubled our catalog… Read More

  • Izberg Marketplace Turns Any Website Into An E-Commerce Marketplace

    Izberg Marketplace Turns Any Website Into An E-Commerce Marketplace

    Meet Izberg Marketplace, a French startup that has been flying under the radar for a while. The company recently grabbed $1.7 million from Alven Capital (€1.5 million) — and it’s already profitable. Izberg provides one of the most flexible e-commerce solutions available, and it finds the right balance between customizability and complexity. “We can add an e-commerce… Read More

  • Algolia Grabs $18.3 Million From Accel For Its Search API On Steroids

    Algolia Grabs $18.3 Million From Accel For Its Search API On Steroids

    Real-time search-as-a-service provider Algolia just raised $18.3 million with Accel Partners leading the round — Philippe Botteri will join the board. This represents some serious funding following Algolia’s $1.2 million second seed round. As a reminder, Algolia makes your website’s search box suck less. It feels like using OS X’s Spotlight feature on the… Read More

  • Sunrise Launches Meet, A Sleek Feature To Schedule Meetings From Your Phone

    Sunrise Launches Meet, A Sleek Feature To Schedule Meetings From Your Phone

    Chances are you often switch between your calendar and email apps on your phone in order to tell someone when you are available. Scheduling meetings has been a pain point for years, and popular calendar app Sunrise is tackling this issue with a new feature called Meet. This is the first major release following Sunrise’s acquisition by Microsoft. Read More

  • And The Winner Of TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2015 Is… Liquidity

    And The Winner Of TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2015 Is… Liquidity

    This year’s Disrupt NY Startup Battlefield was amazing. At the very beginning, there were 24 great companies presenting in front of multiple groups of industry leaders serving as judges. The startups were competing for $50,000 and the highly coveted Disrupt Cup. After hours of deliberations, TechCrunch editors pored over the judges’ notes and narrowed the list down to seven… Read More

  • Winklevoss Twins Eat, Sleep, Breathe Bitcoin

    Winklevoss Twins Eat, Sleep, Breathe Bitcoin

    The twin Harvard graduates of Facebook fame Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss just took the stage at Disrupt NY to update everyone on their recent bitcoin projects. As a reminder, the twins have been working on an exchange traded fund (ETF) under the symbol ‘COIN’ so that old-school traders can trade bitcoins on the NASDAQ OMX. The two brothers also recently announced a new bitcoin… Read More

  • ShoCard Is A Digital Identity Card On The Blockchain

    ShoCard Is A Digital Identity Card On The Blockchain

    Meet ShoCard, a startup that stores your identity onto bitcoin’s blockchain so that you can prove your identity whenever you need to. ShoCard wants to replace cumbersome bank and credit card identification processes with something much more secure and practical. The startup is launching on stage today at Disrupt NY. Read More