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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  • 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

  • Google Play Movies & TV Comes To iOS To Compete Head-To-Head Against iTunes Store

    Google Play Movies & TV Comes To iOS To Compete Head-To-Head Against iTunes Store

    Google just released a new app in the iOS App Store, and it’s a significant one when it comes to the company’s content strategy — the awkwardly named Google Play Movies & TV is an iTunes Store competitor for movies and TV shows. You can watch your Google media content directly from your iPhone or iPad. But, just like the Kindle app, you won’t be able to buy or rent your… Read More

  • Fotolia Launches Dollar Photo Club, An Exclusive Club For Heavy Stock Photo Clients

    Fotolia Launches Dollar Photo Club, An Exclusive Club For Heavy Stock Photo Clients

    Stock photo company Fotolia just launched a new vertical named Dollar Photo Club with a brand new offering targeted toward heavy stock photo customers. Instead of amassing the biggest database and trying to reach as many clients as possible, Dollar Photo Club will target a small audience of approved members and provide exclusive photos. “We want to target big buyers, and provide them with… Read More

  • Youmiam Is A Soundcloud For Recipes Coming Out Of France

    Youmiam Is A Soundcloud For Recipes Coming Out Of France

    French startup Youmiam released a new version of its recipe sharing website and just announced that it has raised $410,000 (€300,000) from angel investors Patrick Robin (24h00), Thierry Petit (Showroomprivé) and Denis Chavanis (former managing director of Nestlé Waters). Youmiam makes it easy to browse, create and share recipes online. It’s a full-fledged social network that is very… Read More

  • Oyster Raises $14 Million To Build A Comprehensive Netflix For Books

    Oyster Raises $14 Million To Build A Comprehensive Netflix For Books

    New York-based startup Oyster just announced a new funding round, according to the New York Times. New investor Highland Capital Partners is leading the round, with existing investor Founders Fund also participating. As a reminder, Oyster is an ulimited subscription service for ebooks. For $9.95 a month, you get access to hundreds of thousands of books on your iPhone or iPad — Android… Read More

  • Protesting Taxi Drivers Attack Uber Car Near Paris

    Protesting Taxi Drivers Attack Uber Car Near Paris

    Taxi drivers attacked an Uber car while protesting near Charles-de-Gaulle Airport earlier today — the protesters smashed a window, damaged the car hood and slashed a tire. Rude Baguette first spotted the attack on Twitter. We also confirmed with the passengers and Uber that the incident is very real. Nobody got hurt, but the attack was very violent. Eventbrite co-founder and CTO Renaud… Read More

  • The ‘Anti-Amazon Law’ Is About To Become A Reality In France, But It’s Not A Bad Thing

    The ‘Anti-Amazon Law’ Is About To Become A Reality In France, But It’s Not A Bad Thing

    The cultural exception strikes again — France’s National Assembly will most probably pass the so-called ‘anti-Amazon’ law in the coming days. In a few months, Amazon won’t be able to offer free shipping for books in order to protect independent bookstores. It’s a logical evolution of the Lang Law. Book prices in France are hard to understand from a… Read More

  • Sunrise Adds iPad App And Week View In Its Quest To Build The Best Calendar Platform

    Sunrise Adds iPad App And Week View In Its Quest To Build The Best Calendar Platform

    Calendar app Sunrise released a major update today, completing two missing pieces of the complicated calendar puzzle — you can now use Sunrise on your iPad with a new design tailored for bigger screens, and there is a much-requested week view to get a better picture of what your schedule looks like. Finally, the company added background updates so that your calendar is always up to date when… Read More