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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  • France Could Create A Developer Visa To Support French Startups

    France Could Create A Developer Visa To Support French Startups

    French Secretary of State for the digital economy Axelle Lemaire announced in an interview with Le JDD that the French government will work on a developer visa for highly skilled employees. While the French government already announced that it plans to create a so-called startup visa for entrepreneurs and investors, Lemaire wants to extend this visa to engineers. According to French… Read More

  • Google Is Preparing To Pay A Huge Fine For Tax Noncompliance In France

    Google Is Preparing To Pay A Huge Fine For Tax Noncompliance In France

    France’s equivalent of the IRS (Direction générale des finances) has been investigating Google for tax noncompliance. With only €138 million of revenue reported in France in 2011, something wasn’t right. Le Canard Enchaîné first reported in 2012 that the company owed $1.3 billion (€1 billion). Le Point confirmed this number in 2014. Google will probably end up paying less… Read More

  • Appsfire Launches ‘Brichter-San’, A Native Pull-To-Refresh Ad Unit

    Appsfire Launches ‘Brichter-San’, A Native Pull-To-Refresh Ad Unit

    Advertising tech company Appsfire is rolling out a new ad unit again! This time, it’s called Brichter-San, and it’s all about taking advantage of the load time when you pull to refresh. These are native ads, but the content is automatically provided by Appsfire. Once again, Brichter-San seems to be mostly about app promotion. After implementing the ad unit, your app will… Read More

  • France Joins Open Government Partnership

    France Joins Open Government Partnership

    French minister Marylise Lebranchu announced earlier today at the Paris Conference that France is joining the Open Government Partnership. It’s the logical next step following France’s work on open data and open government. In particular, a small entity called Etalab acted like a startup within the French government to release a new version of Data.gouv.fr. Many open data… Read More

  • Intralinks Acquires Document Security Service docTrackr

    Intralinks Acquires Document Security Service docTrackr

    Enterprise software vendor Intralinks acquired document encryption service docTrackr for $10 million in cash. Gigaom first spotted the news in an SEC filing, Intralinks confirmed in a release. docTrackr provided powerful plugins to add a security layer on top of Gmail or Box. For example, you could send a PDF file using docTrackr to encrypt the file on your computer and then track it. You… Read More

  • Uber, SnapCar And Others May Not Be Able To Use Geolocation In France

    Uber, SnapCar And Others May Not Be Able To Use Geolocation In France

    Thomas Thévenoud had an impossible job — he was the member of the Assemblée Nationale in charge of finding an agreement between urban transportation startups and taxi unions in France. He just announced his report to those companies, and it will become a law in the coming weeks. But some of the 30 points are highly controversial. For example, Uber, Chauffeur-Privé, LeCab and… Read More

  • Apple Beats In Q2 2014 With $45.6B Revenue, $10.2B Profit And $11.62 EPS

    Apple Beats In Q2 2014 With $45.6B Revenue, $10.2B Profit And $11.62 EPS

    Apple has just released its fiscal Q2 2014 earnings, reporting $45.6 billion in revenue, $10.2 billion in net profit representing $11.62 per share. Compared to the year-ago quarter, it corresponds to a growth of 4.6 percent in revenue, and 15.2 percent in EPS. According to Fortune, the consensus among analysts was for Apple to report earnings of $10.22 per share on $43.45 billion in revenue… Read More

  • Here’s What To Look For In Apple’s Earnings

    Here’s What To Look For In Apple’s Earnings

    Later today, Apple will report its fiscal Q2 2014 earnings. Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer said in the previous earnings call that the company expected more or less a flat quarter in Q2. And analysts agree. Apple should report flat revenue, flat gross margin, flat net profit — flat everything. But there are a couple of interesting numbers to look at. The two main factors in… Read More

  • These HBO Go Ads Are Hilarious

    These HBO Go Ads Are Hilarious

    My colleagues wrote about Apple ads yesterday. So when I stumbled across these HBO Go ads, I thought that you, dear TechCrunch readers, also deserve to see these seven videos. In them, you see teenagers sitting on a couch and watching HBO shows, such as Game of Thrones, True Detective or Girls. But their parents are lingering in the background. Everybody remembers those awkward moments watching… Read More

  • La Belle Assiette Launches Its On-Demand Chef Service In Belgium And The U.K.

    La Belle Assiette Launches Its On-Demand Chef Service In Belgium And The U.K.

    French startup La Belle Assiette just opened shop in Belgium. La Belle Assiette is a sort of on-demand chef service. You can browse the site, find your chef and book a meal directly from the service — a chef will then come to your home or office. The startup will also roll out its offering in the U.K., Switzerland and Luxembourg in the next six weeks. Here’s how the service works. Read More

  • Nest Uses Its Data To Turn Electric Utilities Into Cash Cows

    Nest Uses Its Data To Turn Electric Utilities Into Cash Cows

    When Google acquired smart thermostat maker Nest for $3.2 billion, the startup quickly stated that it would never share its user data with other Google services and outside companies. But according to a recent report by Forbes, the company is taking advantage of its data to create a lucrative revenue stream from electric utilities. “Our privacy policy clearly limits the use of… Read More

  • The Xbox One Still Lags Behind The PS4

    The Xbox One Still Lags Behind The PS4

    Titanfall was supposed to change it all, but it didn’t work. So far, Microsoft announced that it has shipped 5 million Xbox One units to retailers. In comparison, Sony has sold 7 million PS4 units to customers. It doesn’t look good for Microsoft as the company doesn’t even say how many people actually bought an Xbox One. Microsoft’s announcement fits well with… Read More

  • Putting The Many Pieces Back Together After The Death Of Your Co-Founder

    Putting The Many Pieces Back Together After The Death Of Your Co-Founder

    Sébastien Métrot shared a tough story today at FailCon France at the Ministry for the Economy and Finance — he co-founded Yasound in 2011 with CEO Jean-Marc Plueger, who died in a scooter accident in 2012. But It wasn’t just an accident, Métrot said Plueger’s terrible work/life balance was a contributing factor. Today’s interview was Métrot’s tribute to… Read More

  • Spotify Removes Peer-To-Peer Technology From Its Desktop Client

    Spotify Removes Peer-To-Peer Technology From Its Desktop Client

    Music streaming startup Spotify is shutting down its peer-to-peer network that powered a significant part of the service in the desktop app. According to TorrentFreak, the company doesn’t need to use peer-to-peer anymore as it has enough servers spread around the world. As a reminder, the mobile app and the web interface never used the peer-to-peer technology. But this is a significant… Read More

  • AngelList Unveils Maiden Lane, A $25 Million Fund For AngelList Deals

    AngelList Unveils Maiden Lane, A $25 Million Fund For AngelList Deals

    AngelList is working on a new project called Maiden Lane. Behind this name is a new experiment in startup investment. Structured as a traditional small VC firm, Maiden Lane will only invest in AngelList syndicates or hand some money to active angels on the platform. While technically not part of AngelList, Maiden Lane currently has two general partners, AngelList’s chief operating… Read More

  • Photo-Sharing App Frontback Comes To Android

    Photo-Sharing App Frontback Comes To Android

    Frontback just released the Android version of its popular photo-sharing app. Previously, the app was only available on iOS. But even with just the iPhone app, the app was downloaded one million times over the past eight months. With the new Android release, the company can certainly expect many new users. Frontback started as a photo-taking app to capture fleeting moments. A Frontback post is… Read More

  • Webedia Acquires Blogging Platform OverBlog

    Webedia Acquires Blogging Platform OverBlog

    Long-standing blogging platform OverBlog has been acquired by Webedia, a French online media company, for “less than $6.9 million” (€5 million) according to L’Opinion. OverBlog co-founder and CEO Frédéric Montagnon wrote on his blog that it’s been a long and winding road for OverBlog. OverBlog was created ten years ago. As a reminder, the web was very different… Read More

  • Uber Ride-Sharing Service UberPOP Now Banned in Brussels

    Uber Ride-Sharing Service UberPOP Now Banned in Brussels

    Urban transportation company Uber is slowly but surely expanding its ride-sharing service UberPOP in Europe before Lyft expands to Europe. After opening first in Paris, the company recently launched UberPOP in Brussels, Berlin and Barcelona. But according to De Tijd and Tech.eu, the company is facing legal opposition in Brussels as UberPOP is now banned in Brussels. Uber will receive a… Read More

  • Native Advertising Startup Adyoulike Acquires Content Amp For $2.5M

    Native Advertising Startup Adyoulike Acquires Content Amp For $2.5M

    French native advertising company Adyoulike acquired Content Amp. According to Rude Baguette, the British company was acquired for $2.5 million. Adyoulike appears to be at the same time an advertising technology company and a more traditional advertising network for native content. An ad-tech company in native advertising seems counterintuitive — native ads are blog posts, articles… Read More

  • Following Spotify, Deezer Goes Freemium On Mobile

    Following Spotify, Deezer Goes Freemium On Mobile

    Music streaming startup Deezer just revamped its free offering across the board in order to become more competitive with Spotify, Rdio and others. Mobile users will now be able to listen to smart radios for free. Like on the web, your music will be interrupted by audio ads every now and then. The company also dropped its listening cap of 10 hours per month on all platforms. Deezer presented a… Read More