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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  • Apple Has Repurchased $14 Billion Of AAPL Shares Over The Past Two Weeks

    Apple Has Repurchased $14 Billion Of AAPL Shares Over The Past Two Weeks

    You can feel Carl Icahn’s presence in Tim Cook’s recent announcement to the Wall Street Journal — Apple just repurchased the equivalent of $14 billion in Apple shares as part of its massive share buyback program. At today’s market capitalization, it represents just over 3 percent of the company. As a reminder, activist investor Carl Icahn recently lobbied on Twitter, saying… Read More

  • Dropbox Alternative HubiC Now Offers 10TB For $13.50 Per Month

    Dropbox Alternative HubiC Now Offers 10TB For $13.50 Per Month

    French hosting company OVH just updated its product offering for its Dropbox-like service called HubiC. Now, you get 25GB of storage for free, 100GB for $1.35 per month (€1), and you can opt for a whopping 10TB plan for $13.50 per month (€10). Launched two years ago, HubiC has slowly but surely evolved into a full-fledged Dropbox alternative. It now provides a sync client on the desktop… Read More

  • Council Of State Suspends 15-Minute Law Against Uber, LeCab And Others In France

    Council Of State Suspends 15-Minute Law Against Uber, LeCab And Others In France

    France’s Conseil d’État suspended the controversial decree against urban transportation services like Uber and LeCab. As a reminder, since January 1, drivers have had to wait 15 minutes between the time a customer hails them and they let them in the car. But it created a competitive imbalance, that’s why the rule was just suspended — TechCrunch has confirmed with multiple… Read More

  • Look Out Lyft, Uber Is Getting Serious About Ride-Sharing With UberPOP In Paris

    Look Out Lyft, Uber Is Getting Serious About Ride-Sharing With UberPOP In Paris

    Urban transportation company Uber just announced a brand-new offering for Paris called UberPOP — and it looks a lot like Lyft. It’s a cheaper ride-sharing service built right into the Uber app. Everybody can become a driver. While UberX is already available in Paris, it is more or less similar to the traditional Uber offering with mid-range black cars (think Audi A4 and Peugeot 508). Read More

  • Wisembly Raises $2 Million To Make Meetings Suck Less

    Wisembly Raises $2 Million To Make Meetings Suck Less

    French startup Wisembly just raised $2 million (€1.5 million) from Alven Capital. It's the company's first round of funding after three years of existence. Wisembly wants to be the only tool you ever need to keep track of and streamline your meetings in your company. Read More

  • Human Revamps Tracking System For Its Fitness Monitoring App

    Human Revamps Tracking System For Its Fitness Monitoring App

    Human is a slickly designed fitness tracking app that works without any hardware devices. You just launch the app, set it up and you’re all done. Launched in September, the app received its first major update. “First and foremost, the update is a massive upgrade to our tracking system,” co-founder and CEO Renato Valdés Olmos told me. “Apart from improved accuracy and… Read More

  • Flink Is An Addictive Mobile Fashion Experience To Discover New Looks

    Flink Is An Addictive Mobile Fashion Experience To Discover New Looks

    Meet Flink a brand new mobile app that will become the perfect time waster for fashion enthusiasts. It’s a well-designed app to browse new looks on your favorite fashion blogs in a native app. The overall experience is very addictive. When you first open the app, you can instantly follow a selection of some well-known fashion blogs. After that, it works a lot like Frontback and Mindie. You… Read More

  • Facebook Shares Jump 16 Percent After Good Earnings And Paper Announcement

    Facebook Shares Jump 16 Percent After Good Earnings And Paper Announcement

    Facebook shares (NASDAQ:FB) have already been on the rise for the past few months, which makes today’s performance even more impressive — shares opened at $62.12, sixteen percent above yesterday’s closing price of $53.53 a share. In other words, Facebook’s market capitalization gained more than $20 billion in a single night. It now sits at $151 billion. The two reasons why… Read More

  • Nest Team Will Become Google’s Core Hardware Group

    Nest Team Will Become Google’s Core Hardware Group

    Google today sold Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion. While many speculated that Google would release phones after it bought Motorola in 2011, it didn’t happen — Motorola remained a partner like other Android OEMs. Recently, Google acquired Nest, and TechCrunch has learned that Google has big plans for the team behind the connected device company. Google will keep the Nest group… Read More

  • Welcome To The French Tech Ecosystem

    Welcome To The French Tech Ecosystem

    When I first decided that I wanted to move to Paris, I was anxious and excited at the same time. I used to write for TechCrunch in New York, in a perpetually effervescent ecosystem. But I wanted to try something new. Many things got me excited about France — TheFamily created a good-looking accelerator, LeWeb remained an unmissable event, and Europe as a whole was getting more exciting. Even… Read More

  • Apple’s Mixed 1st Quarter In Charts

    Apple’s Mixed 1st Quarter In Charts

    Apple’s December quarter was a mixed bag. If you just read the numbers, revenue has never been so high thanks to continued growth in iPhone and iPad sales. But analysts expected more, and net profit is flat. Who is to blame? Probably the iPhone 5c. It wasn’t the market share machine that everyone expected. Selling more than 50 million iPhones in just three months is amazing, but… Read More

  • Apple’s Mixed Q1 2014 With $57.6B Revenue, $13.1B Profit And $14.50 EPS

    Apple’s Mixed Q1 2014 With $57.6B Revenue, $13.1B Profit And $14.50 EPS

    Apple has just released its fiscal Q1 2014 earnings, reporting $57.6 billion in revenue, $13.1 billion in net profit representing $14.50 per share. Compared to the year-ago quarter, it corresponds to a growth of 5.7 percent in revenue, and 5 percent in EPS, with net profit flat year over year. Apple sold 51 million iPhones, 26 million iPads and 4.8 million Macs in the quarter. As the iPhone… Read More

  • Sony’s Credit Rating Cut To “Junk” By Moody’s

    Sony’s Credit Rating Cut To “Junk” By Moody’s

    Bond credit rating agency Moody’s cut the credit rating of Sony from Baa3 to Ba1 with a stable outlook — Ba1 is also just below investment grade. In other words, Sony is considered a speculative investment right now and it will become harder for the company to borrow money. Today’s downgrade comes from its volatile net profit. Despite many staff cuts, some divisions, such as its… Read More

  • Democratization Is Badass: Soundcloud's Alexander Ljung in Conversation with Josh Constine

    SoundCloud Raises $60 Million At A $700 Million Valuation

    SoundCloud recently closed a Series D round of funding led by Institutional Venture Partners with the Chernin Group. The Wall Street Journal first reported the news. It has since been confirmed by IVP and SoundCloud. Previous investors also participated in the round, including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, GGV Capital, Index Ventures and Union Square Ventures. SoundCloud’s ultimate… Read More

  • Travel The World From Your Web Browser With This Beautiful Instagram Hack

    Travel The World From Your Web Browser With This Beautiful Instagram Hack

    French hacker Benjamin Netter recently released a cool hack called Somewhere, an addictive jukebox machine for travel destinations using Instagram, Foursquare and Wikipedia data — the most impressive part of this simple hack is that people are spending 13 minutes on average on the website. “While working on Tripovore, I realized that Instagram pictures were much better than… Read More

  • Europe’s iBeacon Pioneers Sensorberg Raises $1 Million To Improve Retail Customer Experience

    Europe’s iBeacon Pioneers Sensorberg Raises $1 Million To Improve Retail Customer Experience

    Hardware startup Sensorberg just raised $1 million (€750,000) from Berlin Technologie Holding and undisclosed angel investors. Part of the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in Berlin, Sensorberg is one of the most promising iBeacon startups in Europe. As a reminder, iBeacon is an indoor positioning system developed by Apple to trigger and send relevant information to your smartphone when you are… Read More

  • Algolia Provides ‘Spotlight’ For The Web With Its Turbocharged Real-Time Search API

    Algolia Provides ‘Spotlight’ For The Web With Its Turbocharged Real-Time Search API

    French startup Algolia provides a real-time search API that makes the search function on your website sexy. Now Y Combinator-backed, it’s faster than anything you’ve seen before — everything happens in real time, and results change with each keystroke. “We first started with an offline search engine that would work well on mobile,” co-founder and CEO Nicolas Dessaigne… Read More

  • Sketchfab’s Photoshop Integration Allows You To Share Your 3D Models On The Web

    Sketchfab’s Photoshop Integration Allows You To Share Your 3D Models On The Web

    Adobe recently updated Photoshop with a few 3D capabilities. A hidden gem that wasn’t much discussed is the ability to export and share 3D models directly from Photoshop thanks to Sketchfab. The main focus of last week’s update was on 3D printing support directly from Photoshop. While Photoshop is not a 3D modelling application, it has had the ability to open 3D files for a while. It… Read More

  • Duologue Is A New Quality Assurance Tool For App Designers

    Duologue Is A New Quality Assurance Tool For App Designers

    A French duo got frustrated with QA testing for mobile apps, so they spent a month coding and designing a new service called Duologue. Duologue helps you compare app screenshots with mockups, track bugs and comment. “These days, I’ve been developing a few mobile apps,” developer Paul Dupuy told me. “The process to test and report UX bugs really got on my nerves.”… Read More

  • From A Failing Product To A Successful Video-Sharing App, Mindie Raises $1.2 Million

    From A Failing Product To A Successful Video-Sharing App, Mindie Raises $1.2 Million

    Mindie’s story is a great tale for every aspiring entrepreneur. When I first talked with the French team, the startup wasn’t working on its viral music video app, but was working on something completely different called Ever. In only a few months, Mindie was able to abandon its storytelling app Ever, create another app, release it, get a bit of traction. And now it just closed a $1.2… Read More