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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  • Capography Helps Entrepreneurs Manage Their Cap Table Without The Excel Headache

    Capography Helps Entrepreneurs Manage Their Cap Table Without The Excel Headache

    Being an entrepreneur and knowing how to do your startup’s capitalization table require two different kinds of skills. Capography is a web application that eases the process of creating and keeping an up-to-date cap table. You won’t have to rely on a complicated Excel spreadsheet model you found online. A cap table lists who owns what in a startup. With each investment round… Read More

  • Google Analytics Could Be Banned In Norway [Updated]

    Google Analytics Could Be Banned In Norway [Updated]

    The Norwegian Tax Administration and the State Educational Loan Fund have declared that Google Analytics is not in accordance with the law. They justify themselves by referring to a 2008 European Directive that demonstrates once again the ignorance of Eurocrats. Google will have to deeply alter its popular product in the coming weeks if it wants to keep its doors open to Norwegian… Read More

  • Windows 8 Is “A Cognitive Burden”

    Windows 8 Is “A Cognitive Burden”

    It’s hard to blame Microsoft for making bold decisions with its upcoming desktop operating system. But the renamed Windows 8-style UI (or Modern UI) instead of Metro might be too great a departure from known and trusted interactions found in the previous versions of Windows. According to Raluca Budiu, User Experience Specialist with Nielsen Norman Group, who gave an interview to… Read More

  • API, ShmAPI: App.net Still Has Many Difficulties To Overcome If It Wants To Beat Twitter

    API, ShmAPI: App.net Still Has Many Difficulties To Overcome If It Wants To Beat Twitter

    With Thursday’s Twitter API changes, App.net could not have gotten better news. Suddenly, Dalton Caldwell’s vision of a subscription-based Twitter clone seems quite clever. Yet, when it comes to creating a competitor to such an ubiquitous service, App.net now has to face many challenges. Most of them will be very hard to overcome — even harder than reaching its $500,000… Read More

  • Tigerlabs Accelerator Showcases Its First Batch Of Startups At Princeton Demo Day

    Tigerlabs Accelerator Showcases Its First Batch Of Startups At Princeton Demo Day

    Today, seed fund and startup accelerator Tigerlabs hosted its first Demo Day in Princeton, New Jersey. Co-founded by Jason Glickman (co-founder of Tremor Video) and Bert Navarrete (long-time investor) and with James Smits (recent Princeton graduate) as program director, it provides a 3-month summer accelerator program with $20,000 in funding. Seven teams of first-time student entrepreneurs… Read More

  • iRobot Releases New Versions Of Its Vacuuming Robot And Gutter Cleaning Robot

    iRobot Releases New Versions Of Its Vacuuming Robot And Gutter Cleaning Robot

    After 22 years of existence, iRobot has come a long way and is still releasing new models of its home cleaning robots. The Looj 330 has been completely redesigned to improve your gutter cleaning experience. In the vacuuming robot line, the Roomba 600 series has been updated as well with redesigned brushes and a better air system. Read More

  • As Marissa Mayer Annoys Investors By Keeping $4.2B In Dividends, YHOO Is Down 5.4%

    As Marissa Mayer Annoys Investors By Keeping $4.2B In Dividends, YHOO Is Down 5.4%

    Less than a month after taking over Yahoo, Marissa Mayer is already sending strong signals of leadership to investors. Yet, the announcement of a new financial strategy led to a 5.37 percent downturn of YHOO today as the company played down dividend expectations. Yahoo filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission that the strategy review “may lead to a re-evaluation of, or changes… Read More

  • Startup Accelerator TechStars Showcases 11 New Startups At Boulder Demo Day

    Startup Accelerator TechStars Showcases 11 New Startups At Boulder Demo Day

    Today, seed fund and accelerator TechStars hosted its “Demo Day” in Boulder, where it showcased its 11 newest startups. With an average funding of $1.28 million raised per TechStars-backed company so far, it was an important day for these new companies as the room was full of investors at the Boulder Theater. TechStars was founded in 2006 in Boulder but now holds programs in… Read More

  • Chinese Manufacturers, Carriers And Developers Form An Alliance To Block Apple’s Siri In China

    Chinese Manufacturers, Carriers And Developers Form An Alliance To Block Apple’s Siri In China

    Chinese companies don’t view Siri in a favorable light, hence the creation of the Speech Industry Alliance of China (SIAC). They are willing to offer an alternative that is supposed to work better with Mandarin and Cantonese. In fact, iOS 6 will include a new version of Siri that understands and speaks Mandarin and Cantonese. It is a threat for Chinese mobile phone manufacturers… Read More

  • Task Manager Todoist Receives a Major HTML5 Update

    Task Manager Todoist Receives a Major HTML5 Update

    Todoist is one of the oldest web-based task managers still available today. Yet, they unveiled a major update that takes advantage of some bleeding edge HTML5 features. In addition to demonstrating the latest technology improvements that can be implemented in a web app, it is still today a relevant task manager for individuals. Read More

  • CLMapper Is A PadMapper Alternative that Can’t Be Blocked by Craigslist

    CLMapper Is A PadMapper Alternative that Can’t Be Blocked by Craigslist

    Developer Alan Hamlett has just released CLMapper, a Chrome extension reminiscent of PadMapper. When that extension is installed, you see a map view on the right side while browsing apartment and housing postings on Craigslist. In other words, the developer found a workaround to provide the PadMapper experience without the legal issues that have been troubling the service. Read More

  • Blekko Launches ROCKZi, a Social News Site to Complement Its Search Engine

    Blekko Launches ROCKZi, a Social News Site to Complement Its Search Engine

    Even though Digg was once known as the next big thing in social news site, it was torn down and sold in small pieces. Yet, part of the concept still lives on. The search engine Blekko just launched ROCKZi, a visually compelling way to consume and interact with the fresh content that users care about the most. After selecting the category that you want to read (Geekery, The BiZ, Glitterati…)… Read More

  • Shavenu Delivers Razor Blades to Your Doorstep Every Month

    Shavenu Delivers Razor Blades to Your Doorstep Every Month

    European newcomer Shavenu is now offering shaving blade subscriptions to scruffy Brits, Canadians, and Deutschlanders using the DollarShaveClub.com model that set the shaving world alight last month. For £1 per month, a pack of 5 two-blade cartridges is sent to your home every month with a handle in the first package. Unfortunately, this competitive price does not include shipping cost. If… Read More

  • Restaurant Reservation Service LaFourchette Sticks Its Fork Into $10.5M

    Restaurant Reservation Service LaFourchette Sticks Its Fork Into $10.5M

    The European online restaurant reservation service LaFourchette announced that it has raised €8 million ($10.5 million) from Serena Capital and Partech at a valuation of more than €50 million ($65.8 million). This funding will be used to consolidate its leading position in Europe. New country-specific websites are said to launch soon. Restaurant reservations online are still new in Europe. Read More

  • Russian VC Firm NGI Will Invest Heavily in French Startups

    Russian VC Firm NGI Will Invest Heavily in French Startups

    Russia was once known for its undying adoration for all things French back in the day, and a century and a half later you could argue that some of that spark is still hanging around. New Generation Investment, the Russian VC firm part-owned by Leonid Reiman, former Minister of Communications and Information Technologies, has announced that it would like to start investing into the startup scene… Read More

  • Official.fm Launches Its New Music Promotion Platform

    Official.fm Launches Its New Music Promotion Platform

    These days, it seems SoundCloud is the player to beat in the music platform space. It’s been called (among other things) the “Flickr for audio” or the “YouTube for audio.” Evidence of this lies in the fact that the company raised $50 million in January at a $200 million pre-money valuation — they must be doing something right. Instead of competing with… Read More

  • Ticl Her Fancy With Romantic Gift Service Ticlr

    Ticl Her Fancy With Romantic Gift Service Ticlr

    When you ask someone on a date, maybe you are a gentleman that likes to offer some flowers to make it official. This is where Ticlr, a startup showcased at DEMO Spring 2012, comes into play. You can send a date idea for a nice dinner at a French restaurant with yes/no answer options. If the recipient agrees, some flowers will be sent to his or her home. This is called “tickling”… Read More