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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  • 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

  • Algolia Adds Asian Data Center While Taking Over Search On The Web

    Algolia Adds Asian Data Center While Taking Over Search On The Web

    Real-time search startup Algolia has been doing very well over the past few weeks. Slowly but surely, its search API is taking over every search engine on your favorite websites. The company also launched a new data center in Asia to improve response times with Asian users. As a reminder, Algolia is a developer-friendly hosted search engine for your website. After adding a few lines of codes… Read More

  • Flink Update Adds Social Features To Its Addictive Fashion App

    Flink Update Adds Social Features To Its Addictive Fashion App

    Fashion app Flink just received an update in the App Store. As a reminder, this app is the perfect time waster for fashion enthusiasts — you can browse new looks from your favorite fashion bloggers in an immersive app. With today’s update, you can now follow and unfollow your friends, comment, like and more. Flink is trying to create a community of fashion-savvy people. By default, you… Read More

  • VeryLastRoom Raises $2.1 Million To Compete With Hotel Tonight In Europe

    VeryLastRoom Raises $2.1 Million To Compete With Hotel Tonight In Europe

    French last-minute hotel app VeryLastRoom just raised $2.1 million (€1.5 million). The app is very reminiscent of its American competitor, Hotel Tonight. VC APlusFinance, Extend and Sigma Gestion invested in this round. Previously, the company had raised $550,000 from business angels (€400,000). It is one of the last standing European Hotel Tonight competitor with Hot Hotels as Blink was… Read More

  • Wikipedia Co-Founder Jimmy Wales Accidentally Starts A Bitcoin Donation Campaign For Wikipedia

    Wikipedia Co-Founder Jimmy Wales Accidentally Starts A Bitcoin Donation Campaign For Wikipedia

    Is Jimmy Wales testing out Bitcoin donations for Wikipedia? He is certainly considering it, according to a thread on Reddit. It first started with a tweet — Wikipedia co-founder set up a personal Coinbase account. Playing with BTC today: I just bought 0.1 bitcoin with @Coinbase! coinbase.com— Jimmy Wales (@jimmy_wales) March 06, 2014 But then, Wales shared his wallet address on Twitter… Read More

  • Appsfire Launches ‘Sashimi’, A New Native Mobile Ad Unit For Timelines

    Appsfire Launches ‘Sashimi’, A New Native Mobile Ad Unit For Timelines

    Advertising tech company Appsfire is rolling out a new ad unit, Sashimi. Like its previous units, the company is experimenting with native ads on mobile. Sashimi is very reminiscent of Facebook or Twitter ads in your timelines, except that the company is working with multiple third-party developers. Sashimi ads promote third-party apps. These ads are automatically generated from the app name, icon… Read More

  • Le Camping 5th Demo Day: Meet StreamRoot, Hublo, Krack And More

    Le Camping 5th Demo Day: Meet StreamRoot, Hublo, Krack And More

    French startup accelerator Le Camping presented its fifth batch of startups today at Numa in Paris. Today is the first part of a demo day tour that will bring the 12 startups to London, Berlin and Luxembourg. When Le Camping started three years ago, the French ecosystem was very different. There weren’t a lot of events and Le Camping was one of the first startup accelerator in France. These… Read More

  • Apple Adds Support For External Retina Displays In Recent OS X Beta

    Apple Adds Support For External Retina Displays In Recent OS X Beta

    Apple just added external Retina display support in a recent beta of OS X Mavericks 10.9.3, According to 9to5mac. 4K monitors can now run the operating system at a pixel-doubled resolution, like on a Retina MacBook Pro. It could also be a sign that Apple is getting ready to release a long-anticipated external retina display. Like on the MacBook, the display setting screen will allow you to… Read More

  • Japan’s Government Has No Plans To Regulate Bitcoin Transactions After Mt. Gox’s Demise

    Japan’s Government Has No Plans To Regulate Bitcoin Transactions After Mt. Gox’s Demise

    Following the implosion of Japanese exchange Mt.Gox, the Japanese government wanted to clarify its stance regarding the cryptocurrency. According to the Wall Street Journal, the government doesn’t consider Bitcoin a currency. Companies and individuals using Bitcoin don’t need to obtain a banking license or comply with regulatory standards. In other words, Japan could have become a… Read More

  • Sunrise Adds Exchange Support To Its Calendar App

    Sunrise Adds Exchange Support To Its Calendar App

    New York-based startup Sunrise just added Microsoft Exchange calendar support to its iPhone and iPad app. Exchange support was the last missing major calendar integration — the app already works with Google Calendar and Apple’s iCloud calendar. For now, the company uses Apple’s Exchange API. This way it doesn’t have to store user passwords. Many potential users… Read More

  • DigitalOcean Raises $37.2M From Andreessen Horowitz To Take On AWS

    DigitalOcean Raises $37.2M From Andreessen Horowitz To Take On AWS

    Cloud hosting company DigitalOcean raised a Series A round of $37.2 million at a $153 million valuation led by Andreessen Horowitz. Previous investors IA Ventures and CrunchFund also participated, but Andreessen Horowitz is by far the largest investor in this round -- and Peter Levine will join the board. Previously, the company had raised $3.2 million. Read More

  • Mention Launches An iPad App For Its Media Monitoring Tool, Opens Office in New York

    Mention Launches An iPad App For Its Media Monitoring Tool, Opens Office in New York

    French startup Mention launched an iPad app to monitor your online reputation from your tablet. At the same time, the company hired its first full time employee in New York — it will expand to the U.S. in the coming months. It also purchased the mention.com domain name and moved its product to the new domain name. As a reminder, Mention is a media monitoring tool that works a lot like Google… Read More

  • TVShow Time Lets You Stream All Your Favorite TV Shows Thanks To Put.io

    TVShow Time Lets You Stream All Your Favorite TV Shows Thanks To Put.io

    French startup TVShow Time just added a major new feature for its social platform for TV show enthusiasts. Not only can you keep track of your progress in your favorite TV shows, you can now play new episodes directly from the website as well, without having to leave the site. All of this was made possible thanks to a deep Put.io integration. “When you reach the last 10 percent of your… Read More

  • Uber Wants To Take Over The French Market With Aggressive Bonus Tactics

    Uber Wants To Take Over The French Market With Aggressive Bonus Tactics

    Urban transportation company Uber is fighting very hard to conquer France. It doesn’t hesitate to redistribute bonuses of up to $1,100 a week to its drivers — these bonuses are higher than Uber’s revenue from these drivers. In other words, Uber is willing to operate at a loss for some drivers to lure drivers. Under-funded French startups can’t compete financially with… Read More

  • How Capitaine Train Is Disrupting Train Ticket Booking Through Engineering

    How Capitaine Train Is Disrupting Train Ticket Booking Through Engineering

    French startup Capitaine Train wants to improve the cumbersome process of booking train tickets online and on your phone. It’s not yet another travel agency, it’s an alternative to popular European ticket booking services with an emphasis on efficiency. “We want our clients to leave the site as soon as possible,” co-founder and CEO Jean-Daniel Guyot told me in an interview. Read More

  • 8tracks Reaches 8 Million Monthly Active Users, Launches Xbox 360 App

    8tracks Reaches 8 Million Monthly Active Users, Launches Xbox 360 App

    Music startup 8tracks just released a new app for the Xbox 360. Live Gold subscribers will be able to play 8tracks playlists for free on their consoles. In other news, the service just reached 8 million monthly active users, representing 30 million hours of music streamed per month. As a reminder, its competitor Pandora announced during its earnings that its users now stream 4.54 billion hours of… Read More

  • Apple Releases iBeacon Specifications Under Non-Disclosure Agreement

    Apple Releases iBeacon Specifications Under Non-Disclosure Agreement

    Apple has just released the iBeacon specifications for everyone who is a member of the MFi program, Apple’s program for hardware partners (“Made for iPhone program”, etc.). You’ll have to sign an NDA to read the specifications. BEEKn first spotted the news. The company also reiterates that you can’t use the iBeacon brand without prior consent. You have to register to… Read More