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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  • 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

  • Oculus VR Created A Research Group To Advance Virtual Reality

    Oculus VR Created A Research Group To Advance Virtual Reality

    Oculus VR was recently all over the news because it was acquired by Facebook for $2 billion. But Oculus VR is still operating independently and trying to figure out the future of virtual reality. Co-founder and CEO Brendan Iribe took the stage at Disrupt NY today to talk about a new research initiative to turn virtual reality into the next major tech platform. “We just started a… Read More

  • Don’t Trust Bitcoin Startups That Centralize Everything

    Don’t Trust Bitcoin Startups That Centralize Everything

    Peter Smith of Blockchain.info and Susan Athey of Stanford University took the stage at Disrupt NY to update everyone on the state of bitcoin. In the last few months, Mt.Gox collapsed, bitcoin has lost half of its value. Can bitcoin survive following the current reality check? According to our two experts, bitcoin as a whole is here to stay. But Mt.Gox may have shown us that there is a wrong… Read More

  • Drivy Raises $8.3 Million For Its Community-Based Car Rental Service

    Drivy Raises $8.3 Million For Its Community-Based Car Rental Service

    French startup Drivy raised a Series A round of $8.3 million (€6 million) from Index Ventures and Alven Capital. These two investors already put $2.8 million (€2 million) in seed funding. As a reminder, Drivy allows anyone to rent out their car. On the other side, you can go to Drivy’s app or website to rent a car, usually for less than what it would cost you in a brick and mortar… Read More

  • Vrban Wins The Disrupt NY 2014 Hackathon Grand Prize, Indulge And MixTape Are Runners Up

    Vrban Wins The Disrupt NY 2014 Hackathon Grand Prize, Indulge And MixTape Are Runners Up

    Yesterday, hundreds of hackers convened at the Manhattan Center for the Disrupt NY Hackathon. They have worked tirelessly for the past 24 hours. After a long night, they all took the stage to present a short and sweet one-minute demo to impress our judges and audience of talented hackers. Read More

  • Snapchat Adds Ephemeral Text Chat And Video Calls

    Snapchat Adds Ephemeral Text Chat And Video Calls

    Snapchat is slowly adding features on top of its highly successful ephemeral messaging platform. Today’s two new features are a good old chat interface and a new FaceTime-like video calling feature. Text messages could greatly change the nature of the app. While ephemeral photos are a great way to send something funny and start a conversation with your friends, many users sent multiple… Read More

  • Twitter Shares Hit All-Time Low

    Twitter Shares Hit All-Time Low

    Following yesterday’s earnings, Twitter shares (NYSE:TWTR) have been tanking to an all-time low. This morning, shares opened at $37.66, or 11.6 percent below yesterday’s closing price of $42.62. Shortly after that, shares traded at $37.24, pushing the limit of Twitter’s all-time low a bit further. Shares are now trading at $38.10. Yet, the most surprising part is that the… Read More

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