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 Adopts Extensive Surveillance Law

    France Adopts Extensive Surveillance Law

    Oh, irony. Only a day after WikiLeaks revealed that the NSA has been spying on the past three French presidents as well as many French officials, France’s lower house adopted the very controversial surveillance law. According to politicians from all parties, France needs a comprehensive intelligence law following Charlie Hebdo’s attacks. Yet, in many ways, this law is even broader… Read More

  • Startup Studio eFounders Grabs $6 Million To Build 6 New SaaS Startups

    Startup Studio eFounders Grabs $6 Million To Build 6 New SaaS Startups

    French startup studio eFounders just raised $6 million from Fotolia co-founder Oleg Tscheltzoff to build its next batch of software-as-a-service startups. So far, eFounders is behind five startups that are now independent — Mailjet, Textmaster, Mention, Front and Aircall. Pressking has been sold, and two startups are in the works — Illustrio and Tipi. With today’s funding… Read More

  • Ily Is A Modern Family Phone To Stay Connected With Your Family

    Ily Is A Modern Family Phone To Stay Connected With Your Family

    Meet Ily, a brand new take on personal communication between family members. Ily is a new connected device for your home as well as a smartphone app. Developed by New York-based startup Insensi, Ily doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel. This all-in-one communication box does a few things really well, and makes sense for all family members, from kids to grandparents. “When I was working… Read More

  • Task Manager Todoist Releases Completely Revamped Android App

    Task Manager Todoist Releases Completely Revamped Android App

    Popular task manager Todoist just received a major Android update with a completely overhauled user interface and very efficient new features. First, the company switched to Material design in order to make a more polished app that fits in better in Google’s operating system. Second, the company added natural language processing as well as intruitive gestures in order to manage your… Read More

  • Numericable-SFR Bids To Acquire Bouygues Telecom For $11.4 Billion As French Telecom Market Consolidates

    Numericable-SFR Bids To Acquire Bouygues Telecom For $11.4 Billion As French Telecom Market Consolidates

    Numericable acquired France’s second biggest telecom company SFR just last year, but the new telecom giant is back on the acquisition market. This time, its target is Bouygues Telecom, the waning third telecom company. Numericable-SFR is willing to pay $11.4 billion to acquire Bouygues Telecom (€10 billion) and sell some of its frequencies, shops and a part of its network infrastructure… Read More

  • Phantom Speaker Maker Devialet Turns Up The Volume With New $20 Million Funding Round

    Phantom Speaker Maker Devialet Turns Up The Volume With New $20 Million Funding Round

    Devialet, known for its Phantom speaker which supposedly sounds better than speakers 20 times bigger, just announced that it has closed a $20 million Series B round. LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault, Xaviel Niel, Jacques-Antoine Granjon, and Marc Simoncini are behind today’s funding round. This funding follows a Series A in 2012 where the company raised $19.1 million to fund the development of… Read More

  • How A Team Of Accomplished Entrepreneurs Plan To Revolutionize Your Television Experience

    How A Team Of Accomplished Entrepreneurs Plan To Revolutionize Your Television Experience

    The company’s logo on the doorbell was so tiny that I wasn’t sure I was at the right door. After 18 months of hard work, I was the first journalist to see Molotov in action, a brand new way to watch TV. Behind the scene, AlloCiné co-founder Jean-David Blanc, Canal+ co-founder Pierre Lescure, former TF1 executive Jean-Marc Denoual, and Gamekult and Sens Critique co-founder… Read More

  • Watch Nintendo’s E3 Press Event Live Right Here

    Watch Nintendo’s E3 Press Event Live Right Here

    Nintendo’s E3 press event happens at 9 AM PT today (12 PM ET), and the company is in a tough position as both Microsoft and Sony delivered solid conferences. In particular, Sony tried to break the Internet with a lengthy Last Guardian trailer, a Final Fantasy VII HD remake and a Shenmue 3 Kickstarter campaign. Read More

  • ‘La Ruche Qui Dit Oui’ Scores $9 Million From USV And Felix Capital For Its Local Food Marketplace

    ‘La Ruche Qui Dit Oui’ Scores $9 Million From USV And Felix Capital For Its Local Food Marketplace

    Forget about your supermarket and buy directly from your local farmers and foodmakers. French startup La Ruche qui dit oui (also known as The Food Assembly in the U.K.) has been making waves in its home country for a while now. But it seems like international investors also got the word as Fred Wilson from Union Square Ventures and Frédéric Court from Felix Capital are leading a $9… Read More

  • Microsoft’s $150 New Controller Is A Gamer’s Dream

    Microsoft’s $150 New Controller Is A Gamer’s Dream

    Microsoft recently announced an updated controller with a 3.5mm jack input instead of a proprietary input, but this new controller is an entirely new beast. The new Elite wireless controller comes with hair-trigger locks, a textured rolling pad instead of the good old D-pad and bumpers. But the best part is that most components and swappable, meaning that you can switch the joystick for a… Read More

  • Samsung Invests In Sigfox’s Network For Connected Objects

    Samsung Invests In Sigfox’s Network For Connected Objects

    Sigfox’s $115 million mega round has yet to close (€100 million). Today, Samsung announced at a press conference that the company invested in the French startup as well. The amount of this additional funding is undisclosed. And that’s not all. A source told me that two other companies also recently invested in Sigfox’s current round — one of them is a major tech… Read More

  • 8tracks Closes $2.5 Million Debt Line, Signs More Direct Licensing Deals With Music Labels

    8tracks Closes $2.5 Million Debt Line, Signs More Direct Licensing Deals With Music Labels

    Music streaming service 8tracks has been profitable since 2012, but wants to move faster. For its new round of funding, the company chose to secure a $2.5 million debt financing from Silicon Valley Bank. As a reminder, 8tracks is a library of modern mixtapes, as anyone can create and listen to user-generated playlists based on genres and moods. The company recently moved into direct… Read More

  • When An UberPOP Driver Gets Fined In Paris, Uber Pays For The Fine

    When An UberPOP Driver Gets Fined In Paris, Uber Pays For The Fine

    Urban transportation company Uber found a neat way to keep UberPOP afloat in Paris. For the past few months, policemen have been tracking UberPOP drivers in order to fine them as the low-cost offering of the service was banned in December 2014. While the company never directly stated that it pays for these fines, a recent report from the New York Times clearly indicates that drivers have… Read More

  • Apple Announces iOS 9

    Apple Announces iOS 9

    It’s pretty much tradition for Apple to announce a new version of iOS at WWDC. For the past few months, rumor had it that Apple was taking a gap year to focus on fixing existing features and solidifying Apple’s mobile OS foundation. And it’s true that many existing apps received some much-needed refinement. Still, Apple announced new features, including a few unexpected… Read More

  • Apple Pay Is Coming To The U.K. Next Month

    Apple Pay Is Coming To The U.K. Next Month

    Apple announced at WWDC that Apple Pay is coming to the U.K. as soon as next month. “We will launch with eight of the most popular banks, more coming this fall,” Jennifer Bailey said. As expected, the feature should work in a lot of stores as soon as it’s available. For instance, you’ll be able to use Apple Pay in London’s subway system. There are a few new… Read More

  • French Lower House Might Let Google Keep Its Search Algorithm Workings Secret After All

    French Lower House Might Let Google Keep Its Search Algorithm Workings Secret After All

    French politicians may not be going on a vendetta against Google after all. In April, the French Senate voted two very tough amendments aimed at Google. Part of Emmanuel Macron‘s economy bill, these amendments were supposed to force the tech giant to disclose how its famous search ranking algorithm works and advertise for competitors on its homepage. Read More

  • Facebook Opens New AI Research Center In Paris

    Facebook Opens New AI Research Center In Paris

    France has many hidden gems, and Facebook is well-aware of that. The company is building a new artificial intelligence research team in Paris in order to work on ambitious futuristic projects. The new team will work closely with existing Facebook AI Research (FAIR) teams in Menlo Park and New York on image recognition, natural language processing, speech recognition, machine learning, live… Read More

  • Aircall Is The Easiest Way To Create And Manage Your Phone Customer Service

    Aircall Is The Easiest Way To Create And Manage Your Phone Customer Service

    Meet Aircall, a French startup specializing in creating a modern platform for your phone support needs. The company started as an easy way to create a virtual number that would ring your support team’s phones one by one until someone picked up the phone. It is now a complete yet easy-to-use phone solution for support teams that you manage from your computer. “We launched a desktop… Read More

  • Glose Brings Its Social Ebook Reader To Android, Adds Free Excerpts

    Glose Brings Its Social Ebook Reader To Android, Adds Free Excerpts

    Glose is a brand new take on ebook reading for phones and tablets. Yet, until today, one thing was crucially missing — Android support. Today, the company is launching its app on Android phones and tablets. It is also adding free book excerpts for its entire catalog. “Things are going well,” co-founder and CEO Nicolas Princen told me. “We basically doubled our catalog… Read More

  • Izberg Marketplace Turns Any Website Into An E-Commerce Marketplace

    Izberg Marketplace Turns Any Website Into An E-Commerce Marketplace

    Meet Izberg Marketplace, a French startup that has been flying under the radar for a while. The company recently grabbed $1.7 million from Alven Capital (€1.5 million) — and it’s already profitable. Izberg provides one of the most flexible e-commerce solutions available, and it finds the right balance between customizability and complexity. “We can add an e-commerce… Read More

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