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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  • 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

  • Algolia Grabs $18.3 Million From Accel For Its Search API On Steroids

    Algolia Grabs $18.3 Million From Accel For Its Search API On Steroids

    Real-time search-as-a-service provider Algolia just raised $18.3 million with Accel Partners leading the round — Philippe Botteri will join the board. This represents some serious funding following Algolia’s $1.2 million second seed round. As a reminder, Algolia makes your website’s search box suck less. It feels like using OS X’s Spotlight feature on the… Read More

  • Sunrise Launches Meet, A Sleek Feature To Schedule Meetings From Your Phone

    Sunrise Launches Meet, A Sleek Feature To Schedule Meetings From Your Phone

    Chances are you often switch between your calendar and email apps on your phone in order to tell someone when you are available. Scheduling meetings has been a pain point for years, and popular calendar app Sunrise is tackling this issue with a new feature called Meet. This is the first major release following Sunrise’s acquisition by Microsoft. Read More

  • And The Winner Of TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2015 Is… Liquidity

    And The Winner Of TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2015 Is… Liquidity

    This year’s Disrupt NY Startup Battlefield was amazing. At the very beginning, there were 24 great companies presenting in front of multiple groups of industry leaders serving as judges. The startups were competing for $50,000 and the highly coveted Disrupt Cup. After hours of deliberations, TechCrunch editors pored over the judges’ notes and narrowed the list down to seven… Read More

  • Winklevoss Twins Eat, Sleep, Breathe Bitcoin

    Winklevoss Twins Eat, Sleep, Breathe Bitcoin

    The twin Harvard graduates of Facebook fame Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss just took the stage at Disrupt NY to update everyone on their recent bitcoin projects. As a reminder, the twins have been working on an exchange traded fund (ETF) under the symbol ‘COIN’ so that old-school traders can trade bitcoins on the NASDAQ OMX. The two brothers also recently announced a new bitcoin… Read More

  • ShoCard Is A Digital Identity Card On The Blockchain

    ShoCard Is A Digital Identity Card On The Blockchain

    Meet ShoCard, a startup that stores your identity onto bitcoin’s blockchain so that you can prove your identity whenever you need to. ShoCard wants to replace cumbersome bank and credit card identification processes with something much more secure and practical. The startup is launching on stage today at Disrupt NY. Read More

  • France Is One Step Closer To Adopting Extensive Surveillance Law

    France Is One Step Closer To Adopting Extensive Surveillance Law

    Following Charlie Hebdo’s attacks, the French Government has been tirelessly working to draft and vote a new intelligence law that goes way too far. Today, the lower house of the French Parliament overwhelmingly voted for this new law, making it highly likely to be definitely implemented in a couple of months. In many ways, this law is even broader than the Patriot Act, and many… Read More

  • Lyft Wants To Provide The Perfect Transportation Option For Everyone

    Lyft Wants To Provide The Perfect Transportation Option For Everyone

    Lyft co-founder and CEO Logan Green took the stage at Disrupt NY to update everyone on the company’s current focus. Lyft has been iterating quickly for the past few months, and our own Ryan Lawler gave him the opportunity to explain what makes Lyft different from its competitors, and in particular Uber. Read More

  • Case Is An Insanely Secure Hardware Bitcoin Wallet

    Case Is An Insanely Secure Hardware Bitcoin Wallet

    You shouldn’t trust anyone with your bitcoins, and Case is well aware of that. Over the past few years, Mt.Gox, Bitstamp and countless other centralized services have suffered serious security breaches. But Case is about to put an end to all this, as this startup has built one of the most secure hardware bitcoin wallets in the world. The startup is launching onstage today at Disrupt NY. Read More

  • Witness Wins The Disrupt NY 2015 Hackathon Grand Prize, Picorico And MoolahMe Are Runners Up

    Witness Wins The Disrupt NY 2015 Hackathon Grand Prize, Picorico And MoolahMe Are Runners Up

    It’s been a long night at the Manhattan Center. Yesterday, we welcomed hundreds of hackers for my favorite spring tradition — the Disrupt NY Hackathon. Some of them were participating in our event for the first time, while others were regular hackers. Their challenge was to come up with a neat, funny and smart hack in just 24 hours. Read More

  • Pager Turns Your Facebook Pages Into Full-Fledged Websites

    Pager Turns Your Facebook Pages Into Full-Fledged Websites

    Meet Pager, a neat little hack developed during our 24-hour Disrupt NY Hackathon by a team of three engineers. It’s the perfect idea for small business owners who want to turn their Facebook page into a more traditional website. The team has already worked for restaurant owners, doing freelance work and teaching them how to update their WordPress websites — in many ways, it’s… Read More

  • My Citi Bike Is A Neat Little Hack That Displays All Your Citi Bike Rides On A Map

    My Citi Bike Is A Neat Little Hack That Displays All Your Citi Bike Rides On A Map

    There are two things that Andrew Furman loves — riding a Citi Bike, and playing with maps. So when he participated in TechCrunch’s Disrupt NY Hackathon, he mixed these two things together and built a neat little tool. While it is still mostly a work in progress, My Citi Bike is a promising stat page for Citi Bike addicts. Read More

  • Apple Beats In Q2 2015 With $58B Revenue, $13.6B Profit And $2.33 EPS

    Apple Beats In Q2 2015 With $58B Revenue, $13.6B Profit And $2.33 EPS

    Apple has just released its fiscal Q2 2015 earnings, reporting $58 billion in revenue, $13.6 billion in net profit representing $2.33 per share. Compared to the year-ago quarter, it corresponds to a growth of 27.2 percent in revenue, and an impressive 40.4 percent jump in EPS (adjusted for the 7-for-1 split). Expectations were pretty high following Apple’s blockbuster quarter three… Read More

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