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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  • 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

  • Contract Live Raises $1.4 Million, Because Signing Contracts Sucks

    Contract Live Raises $1.4 Million, Because Signing Contracts Sucks

    French startup Contract Live raised $1.4 million from Ingenico founders, Jean-Marc Tassetto, Arnaud Vaissié, Bruno Deschamps and more. Contract Live lets you manage and sign your contracts in a webmail interface. Instead of having to fight with paperwork, it feels like using Gmail and sending emails. “We launched our platform in May of last year. Now, we work with more than 3,000… Read More

  • PeopleDoc (Née Novapost) Raises $17.5 Million To Digitalize HR

    PeopleDoc (Née Novapost) Raises $17.5 Million To Digitalize HR

    Formerly known as Novapost, French startup PeopleDoc raised a $17.5 million round led by Accel Partners. Existing investors Alven Capital and Pierre Kosciusko-Morizet’s Kernel Investissements also participated. PeopleDoc lets you paperlessly manage all your HR documents. The main solution is a unified platform for every document from job offers to digital payslips. It isn’t just… Read More

  • Wheretoget Raises $2 Million For Its Powerful Shazam For Fashion

    Wheretoget Raises $2 Million For Its Powerful Shazam For Fashion

    Meet Wheretoget, a community of dedicated fashion enthusiasts. Whenever you see an outfit that you like on the web or in the street, you upload a picture. Wheretoget’s community will take care of the rest and find where you can get this very same outfit. There is no secret sauce, no magic algorithm, just dedicated human beings. And the French startup just raised $2 million (€1.4… Read More

  • Against The Odds, Bunkr Raises $1.4 Million For Its PowerPoint Killer

    Against The Odds, Bunkr Raises $1.4 Million For Its PowerPoint Killer

    French startup Bunkr raised $1.4 million (€1 million) from Idinvest Partners, Deezer co-founder Daniel Marhely and Free founder Xavier Niel. When I first covered the online presentation service in August 2013, the company told me that it was about to begin raising a seed round. It took a while because French VCs didn’t make it easy for the Rouen-based team. “Idinvest rarely… Read More

  • Apple In Talks To Acquire Beats For $3.2 Billion, Says FT

    Apple In Talks To Acquire Beats For $3.2 Billion, Says FT

    Update: Apple announced the $3 billion deal on May 28th. This could be Apple’s largest acquisition to date. According to the Financial Times, Apple is close to a deal to acquire Beats Electronics. Beats is the maker of the popular Beats headphones, as well as the music service, Beats Music. If it closes, the deal should be announced next week, the FT reports. The two companies have yet… Read More

  • 8tracks Launches New iPhone App To Take On Pandora

    8tracks Launches New iPhone App To Take On Pandora

    Music startup 8tracks just released a major new version of its iPhone app. The 3.0 version comes with a completely redesigned interface, a simpler user experience and a new advertising strategy. At its core, it remains a laid-back radio service like Pandora or Songza, but with human-generated playlists. After launching the app, the music experience is slightly different. You are presented with… Read More

  • And The Winner Of TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2014 Is… Vurb

    And The Winner Of TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2014 Is… Vurb

    It’s been a long, tough road, but it’s finally time to crown the winner of the Disrupt Battlefield. This year’s batch was truly awesome. Twenty-seven startups took the stage to present. The six finalists were Boomerang Commerce, ISI Technology, Mimi, Mink, ShowKit, and Vurb. It was an amazing batch with multiple hardware startups, innovative business models and good… Read More

  • Yahoo Is Doubling Down On Mobile — Again

    Yahoo Is Doubling Down On Mobile — Again

    “Mobile is doubling on every traffic metric we have,” she said. But it doesn’t mean that Yahoo’s mobile strategy is already successful. Yahoo ended 2013 with no apps in Apple’s top 100. In other words, producing massive mobile hits is a long and difficult process. That’s why Mayer promoted Adam Cahan to be in charge of all things mobile. If things go well… Read More

  • Restaurant Reservation Service LaFourchette Gobbled Up By TripAdvisor For ~$140M

    Restaurant Reservation Service LaFourchette Gobbled Up By TripAdvisor For ~$140M

    European restaurant reservation service LaFourchette — the so-called OpenTable of France — has entered into agreement to be acquired by NASDAQ-listed travel site TripAdvisor, with whom it already had a partnership. Read More

  • AirHelp Lets You Claim Money For Messed Up Flights

    AirHelp Lets You Claim Money For Messed Up Flights

    Airline websites are terrible. It’s hard to book flights, so imagine how hard it must be to claim compensation for delayed, canceled or overbooked flights. Meet AirHelp, the startup that will save you all the hassle and claim money for you. Today at Disrupt NY, the company unveiled a major new feature, making the claiming process much easier. “Before today, you had to go to our… Read More

  • DocSend Is The Analytics Tool For Documents We’ve All Been Waiting For

    DocSend Is The Analytics Tool For Documents We’ve All Been Waiting For

    Meet DocSend, a comprehensive toolbox for your documents. It doesn’t sound sexy, but it could rapidly become a major part of your workflow. A startup successfully raised $20 million by taking advantage of DocSend’s data — it’s that powerful. The company is launching today at Disrupt NY. “When you send a document to someone, you always wonder: did they look at it… Read More

  • The Head Of Google X Reveals Its Anti-Technology Mission Statement

    The Head Of Google X Reveals Its Anti-Technology Mission Statement

    Astro Teller gave a keynote at Disrupt NY to talk about what he’s doing. He is the head of Google’s forward-looking innovation lab, Google X. The team is responsible for the self-driving cars, Project Loon, Google Glass and more. And his message was very different from what you would expect. According to Teller, the truly innovative projects should become perfectly transparent in… Read More

  • Audience Choice Winner Roadie Automagically Tunes Your Guitar

    Audience Choice Winner Roadie Automagically Tunes Your Guitar

    Roadie is a nifty little robotic device. It’s a small box that you put on your guitar’s machine heads. You connect it to your phone and it automatically tunes your guitar, all by itself. Earlier today, the startup was selected as the audience choice in the Disrupt NY Battlefield. And it’s no surprise. Roadie is accurate, fast and easy — if you’re a musician, it… Read More

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