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. CrunchBase profile →

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  • 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 million 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

  • Sunrise Comes To Android And The Web

    Sunrise Comes To Android And The Web

    Calendar app Sunrise just launched on Android phones and desktop (thanks to a new web app). It’s a major release for the company as the app was only available on the iPhone and iPad until today. On Android, it looks a lot like the existing iPhone app. On the web, it’s like Google Calendar, but much better. “By launching on the web and Android, we become the first… Read More

  • Infinit Raises $1.8 Million To Become The Definitive File Sharing App

    Infinit Raises $1.8 Million To Become The Definitive File Sharing App

    French startup Infinit raised $1.8 million in funding from Alven Capital and 360 Capital Partners. The Infinit app differs from WeTransfer or CloudApp as it uses peer-to-peer technology to boost file sharing between two users. And there isn’t any file size restriction. “We see that a lot of our users share huge files,” co-founder and COO Baptiste Fradin told me in a phone… Read More

  • With Polagram, Print Photos From Your Phone In Just A Few Taps

    With Polagram, Print Photos From Your Phone In Just A Few Taps

    French startup Polagram just released a couple of new features and raised a round of funding. You can use the iPhone or Android app to print your photos directly from your phone and receive your prints a few days after ordering them. The app tries to get out of the way as much as possible, it’s just the missing link between your camera roll and your printed photos. The company… Read More

  • Fleex Lets You Learn English By Streaming Content With Popcorn Time

    Fleex Lets You Learn English By Streaming Content With Popcorn Time

    The beauty of open source software strikes again. Fleex is a platform to learn English by watching movies, TV shows, TED talks and more. The French startup just forked Popcorn Time, the so-called Netflix for streaming content, to get “interesting” content. As a non-native English speaker, this issue is dear to me. When I first learned English, an important part of my process… Read More

  • Notifyr Is A Nifty Little App That Sends Your iPhone Notifications To Your Mac

    Notifyr Is A Nifty Little App That Sends Your iPhone Notifications To Your Mac

    Notifyr lets you receive iOS notifications on your Mac. When I work, I put my iPhone on the table next to my Mac. Every time it buzzes, I look away from my screen to see whether it’s an important notification. I get quite a lot of notifications, and most of the time it’s not important. But it can become problematic if I’m trying to focus and write a long post. I know it’s… Read More

  • TVTY Raises $4.5 Million To Sync TV And Online Ads

    TVTY Raises $4.5 Million To Sync TV And Online Ads

    French startup TVTY raised $4.5 million from Partech Ventures, 360 Capital Partners and business angels. This is yet another sign that French companies’ efforts to advertise technology have been doing very well. TVTY provides an API for advertising companies to bridge the gap between TV campaigns or events and web ads. In other words, if you want to launch an advertising campaign on an… Read More

  • How TheFamily Is Reshaping The French Tech Ecosystem

    How TheFamily Is Reshaping The French Tech Ecosystem

    French startup accelerator TheFamily is raising up to $2 million from angel investors and Index Ventures. It’s an open round — so far investors have committed $1 million. Given the overall interest around the funding, the company should quickly max out its round. Today’s news is also a good opportunity to take a step back and tell you why TheFamily has been key in improving… Read More

  • The ISKN Slate Is A Smart Surface To Digitize Your Sketches Without Even Realizing It

    The ISKN Slate Is A Smart Surface To Digitize Your Sketches Without Even Realizing It

    French startup ISKN (also known as iSketchnote) just launched preorders for its first product, a smart slate. It’s different from competing technologies, such as Livescribe pens or more traditional graphics tablet — it’s inexpensive, you can use regular paper and a dumb pen, as long as it has a magnet ring. Today isn’t the first time that the company unveils its product… Read More

  • Local Services Marketplace Thumbtack Raises $30 Million

    Local Services Marketplace Thumbtack Raises $30 Million

    Thumbtack, a marketplace that connects local professionals with clients, has raised a $30 million Series C round from Sequoia Capital and Tiger Global Management, TechCrunch has learned. Read More

  • Dear Montebourg, Please Don’t Kill French Startup Acquisitions

    Dear Montebourg, Please Don’t Kill French Startup Acquisitions

    Arnaud Montebourg has a huge responsibility now. He’s France’s minister of the economy, industrial renewal, and the digital economy. He just signed a decree that allows the government to prevent acquisitions of French companies by foreign firms in multiple industries, including “electronic communications”. As a reminder, he’s the one who killed… Read More