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 also speaks at major tech conferences. He likes pop culture more than anything in the world.

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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  • France To Head Open Government Partnership Only One Year After Joining It

    France To Head Open Government Partnership Only One Year After Joining It

    Over the past two years, France has been a leading country when it comes to open data and open government — and it is paying off. Only one year after joining the Open Government Partnership, France has just been elected to head the Partnership starting in October 2016. I’ve been regularly covering France’s effort in this area as I think it’s an interesting take on… Read More

  • With Lydia, Pay For Your Online Purchases Using Your Apple Watch

    With Lydia, Pay For Your Online Purchases Using Your Apple Watch

    Step by step, Lydia is unveiling its product strategy to handle all your payments. When I last covered the French startup, it was still mostly focused on growing its user base by providing a Venmo alternative for French users. But now, Lydia also lets you pay on e-commerce websites, starting with PriceMinister. The app is now also available on the Apple Watch so that you can just tap on your… Read More

  • With Quickie, Make A Quick 5-Second Video Call With Your Friends

    With Quickie, Make A Quick 5-Second Video Call With Your Friends

    Meet Quickie, a nifty little iOS app to make 1-on-1 video calls that automatically end after a few seconds. You might use Quickie to tell a joke to a friend or say good morning to your partner for example. Sending a text message won’t be as personal as a phone or video call, but calls are a strong commitment in our busy lives. “The idea came from frustration with phone calls that… Read More

  • Number26 Grabs $10.6 Million To Bring Its Bank Of The Future To Everyone

    Number26 Grabs $10.6 Million To Bring Its Bank Of The Future To Everyone

    It feels like Number26 opened its doors yesterday, but the young startup just raised a $10.6 million Series A round (€10 million) from Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures, with Daniel S. Aegerter and existing investors Earlybird and Redalpine also participating. This represents Valar Ventures’ second investment in a European fintech startup — the VC fund also participated in… Read More

  • BlaBlaCar Acquires Its Biggest Competitor Carpooling.com To Dominate European Market

    BlaBlaCar Acquires Its Biggest Competitor Carpooling.com To Dominate European Market

    BlaBlaCar, a marketplace for city-to-city ridesharing, is acquiring its German competitor Carpooling.com, as well as Hungary-based competitor AutoHop. This is no surprise when you know the French company’s aggressive expansion strategy. While the terms of the deal are undisclosed, Carpooling.com definitely represents an important acquisition for the French company. BlaBlaCar is a… Read More

  • 8tracks Signs Direct Licensing Deals With Music Labels To Improve Playlist Creation

    8tracks Signs Direct Licensing Deals With Music Labels To Improve Playlist Creation

    Music streaming service 8tracks just signed a few licensing deals with independent music labels to make playlist creation much easier. As a reminder, 8tracks true advantage lies in its community — the service is all about creating playlists and sharing them so that you can find the perfect music depending on your favorite genres and current mood. “Historically, DJs on 8tracks have… Read More

  • Reedsy Launches Behance-Like Profiles To Let Authors Showcase Their Books

    Reedsy Launches Behance-Like Profiles To Let Authors Showcase Their Books

    Reedsy just launched author profiles on its website where writers can collect and showcase their work on a single page. This way, Reedsy provides a simple way to share your profile on the web, much like an About.me link. As a reminder, Reedsy unbundles the good old publishing company and provides all the services you need to self publish a book. The startup helps you find an editor, copy… Read More

  • Community-Based Car Rental Service Drivy Grabs Another $8.6 Million, Acquires Buzzcar

    Community-Based Car Rental Service Drivy Grabs Another $8.6 Million, Acquires Buzzcar

    French startup Drivy raised $8.6 million (€8 million) from Bpifrance, Via-ID as well as existing investors Index Ventures and Alven Capital. The company is also acquiring its smaller competitor Buzzcar for an undisclosed amount. As a reminder, Drivy lets you rent a car from anyone, usually for less than what it would cost you in a brick-and-mortar car rental agency. In addition to spending… Read More

  • Partech Doubles Down On Seed With New $65 Million Seed Fund

    Partech Doubles Down On Seed With New $65 Million Seed Fund

    It feels like Partech Ventures announced its first seed fund (Partech Entrepreneur I) just yesterday — the Paris-based venture capital firm is already announcing a new $65 million (€60 million) seed fund called Partech Entrepreneur II. “This is the biggest dedicated seed fund in Europe focused on digital startups,” Partech General Partner Romain Lavault told me. “We… Read More

  • Service Marketplace StarOfService Takes On Thumbtack

    Service Marketplace StarOfService Takes On Thumbtack

    French startup StarOfService plans to provide a solid Thumbtack alternative for the rest of the world. To achieve this goal, StarOfService is opening its marketplace in 80 countries and just raised $1.2 million (€1.1 million) from Point Nine Capital, Kima Ventures, Oleg Tscheltzoff and other business angels. When I talked with co-founder and CEO Lucas Lambertini, he doesn’t even hide… Read More

  • Infinit’s New Mobile Apps Might Be The Best Way To Transfer Those Pesky HD Videos

    Infinit’s New Mobile Apps Might Be The Best Way To Transfer Those Pesky HD Videos

    French startup Infinit just released its mobile app for both iOS and Android. In addition to providing a simple way to send files to your friends and colleagues, it is now a full-fledged AirDrop replacement as well. As a reminder, Infinit is a file-sharing service that differs from WeTransfer or CloudApp as it uses peer-to-peer technology to boost file sharing between two users. And there… Read More

  • Miguel de Fontenay Joins TheFamily As Partner

    Miguel de Fontenay Joins TheFamily As Partner

    Former Global Consulting Managing Partner at Mazars Miguel de Fontenay is joining Paris-based accelerator TheFamily as a full-time partner. He will be in charge of handling relationships between TheFamily’s startups and France’s biggest public companies. These big French companies present two opportunities for TheFamily. First, when it comes to finding investors, TheFamily is… Read More

  • Uber Faces Legal Challenges In France, South Korea And Germany

    Uber Faces Legal Challenges In France, South Korea And Germany

    Urban transportation company Uber is having a rough week. The company is encountering legal struggles in a few of its international markets. On Monday, around 25 armed police officers searched the company’s office in Paris. In Germany, a court ordered a nationwide ban on Uber’s cheaper ride-sharing service UberPOP. In South Korea, executives and employees were charged with… Read More

  • With Jellynote, Learning To Play An Instrument Is Like Playing Guitar Hero

    With Jellynote, Learning To Play An Instrument Is Like Playing Guitar Hero

    Meet Jellynote, a French startup that provides a new yet familiar experience for learning music. With Jellynote, you can find scores and see YouTube covers at the same time, create a songbook and suggest different versions. But the killer feature is a Guitar Hero-like mode that takes advantage of your microphone. It’s like playing the video game, but with a real guitar — you can see… Read More

  • Mapstr Is A Nifty Little App To Keep Track Of Your Favorite Places

    Mapstr Is A Nifty Little App To Keep Track Of Your Favorite Places

    Meet Mapstr, a hybrid map and note taking app that lets you easily bookmark your favorite restaurants, bars and more. It reminds me of the old Del.icio.us, but this time it’s for places. There are already many ways to keep track of places. You can create address book entries, add bookmarks into Google Maps or just create a new note on your phone. But these options are all clunky in… Read More

  • Apple Updates Existing MacBook Air And MacBook Pro

    Apple Updates Existing MacBook Air And MacBook Pro

    In addition to today’s new 12-inch retina MacBook introduced during the Apple keynote, Apple is keeping the existing lineup, and upgrading the specs across the board. First, the existing MacBook Air was updated with Thunderbolt 2 and faster Core i5 processors. The 13-inch MacBook Air will also get better flash storage — it will be twice as fast according to Apple. As for the… Read More

  • Wisemetrics Optimizes Facebook Ad Campaigns To Make You Pay Less

    Wisemetrics Optimizes Facebook Ad Campaigns To Make You Pay Less

    Meet Wisemetrics, a social media campaign optimization tool to make your posts as efficient as possible. A few weeks ago, Facebook launched the relevance score, meaning that good advertisers now pay less than others. This way, Facebook can increase the average quality of ads on its social network. Wisemetrics quickly realized that there was a big opportunity. Its new advertising… Read More

  • PhotoMath Brings Its Awesome Math Equation Solving App To Android

    PhotoMath Brings Its Awesome Math Equation Solving App To Android

    PhotoMath is a nifty little app. You point your phone camera at a math equation, and it will give you the answer and show you all the steps to solve this particular equation. Following its huge success in the App Store, the app is coming to Android. When I first played with PhotoMath before the team took the stage in our Battlefield competition at Disrupt London, I was impressed by its design… Read More

  • Secret Media Makes Ad Blockers Useless To Display Those Sweet, Sweet Pre-Roll Video Ads

    Secret Media Makes Ad Blockers Useless To Display Those Sweet, Sweet Pre-Roll Video Ads

    Chances are that you installed an ad blocking extension to skip YouTube’s pre-roll video ads. But now, many media companies suffer from these ad blockers and have no choice but to switch to a freemium model or find a way to shove some ads down your throat. Meet Secret Media, an advertising technology startup specialized in advertising encryption so that even the most sophisticated ad… Read More

  • Cisco Will Invest $100 Million In French Startups

    Cisco Will Invest $100 Million In French Startups

    France’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced yesterday a thorough partnership with Cisco for the coming years. Among other things, Cisco CEO John Chambers said that the company is taking tiny steps to ramp up its investments in French startups, starting by investing $100 million in multiple French startups over the coming years. There are two interesting tidbits behind today’s news. Read More

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