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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  • Free Will Sell SIM Cards Using Vending Machines In France

    Free Will Sell SIM Cards Using Vending Machines In France

    How do you compete with well-established mobile carriers in France, such as Orange, SFR and Bouygues? You automate everything. Free is proving once again that it can remain much leaner than its competitors by replacing brick and mortar stores with vending machines. Clients will be able to subscribe to one of Free’s plans, pay with their credit cards and get a SIM card. The best part is… Read More

  • Mindie Adds Direct Video Messaging

    Mindie Adds Direct Video Messaging

    Music video app Mindie has released version 2.0 of its app in the App Store, which adds a number of new features including a private messaging feature. This new use case looks and feels more like Snapchat than Vine’s new direct messaging feature. Other features include the ability to add text on your videos, share on Instagram and more. At heart, Mindie remains a music video sharing app. Read More

  • Sketchfab Revamps Its Platform To Become The SoundCloud Of 3D Files

    Sketchfab Revamps Its Platform To Become The SoundCloud Of 3D Files

    Sketchfab just released the second version of its 3D platform. As a reminder, Sketchfab’s ultimate goal has always been to become a sort of SoundCloud for 3D models. On the website, you can upload, browse and embed 3D models from your browser. Yet, until now, the company first has been focused on building the foundation of Sketchfab and the web platform was neglected. “We spent… Read More

  • Free Now Wants To Acquire Bouygues Telecom To Become A Telecom Heavyweight

    Free Now Wants To Acquire Bouygues Telecom To Become A Telecom Heavyweight

    The mobile landscape in France is still going through a lot of changes. Three days ago, SFR finally got acquired by Numericable, rejecting Bouygues’ offering for a second time. But when everybody thought that things were about to go back to normal, Le Parisien reported that Bouygues is willing to sell its telecom branch to Free, France’s so-called fourth mobile phone company. When… Read More

  • Human Adds M7 Support And A Daily Timeline To Its Fitness App

    Human Adds M7 Support And A Daily Timeline To Its Fitness App

    Health tracking app Human just added a few new features to its latest update. First, the app now supports Apple’s M7 fitness chipset if you have an iPhone 5s, while retaining compatibility with iPhone 4S and iPhone 5. The company also added a new daily summary to keep track of all your activities. Read More

  • France Urgently Needs To Overcome The Divide Between Innovation And Power

    France Urgently Needs To Overcome The Divide Between Innovation And Power

    Before that, Fleur Pellerin was the minister in charge of the digital economy and innovation. After a rough start, she did a pretty good job. She created the French Tech initiative, she wrote a new law allowing AngelList-style syndicates. More importantly, she understood how startups worked. But now, in addition to being the minister of the economy, Montebourg will take over… Read More

  • Google Is Splitting Its Stock Today To Solidify Sergey Brin And Larry Page’s Domination

    Google Is Splitting Its Stock Today To Solidify Sergey Brin And Larry Page’s Domination

    Google shares (NASDAQ:GOOG) are worth 50 percent less today. But don’t worry, the company isn’t crashing. It is executing its 2 for 1 stock split as previously announced. But why is the company doing that? Google shares closed at $1,135.10 a share yesterday. It should open around $570 a share today. This way, it makes it easier for small shareholders to buy more shares… Read More

  • Canonical Shuts Down Cloud Storage Service Ubuntu One

    Canonical Shuts Down Cloud Storage Service Ubuntu One

    Ubuntu creator Canonical just announced that it is shutting down its cloud storage service called Ubuntu One. Among the reasons cited, increased competition is an important one — maybe the service didn’t really take off as Canonical intended. “Additionally, the free storage wars aren’t a sustainable place for us to be, particularly with other services now… Read More

  • Creads Raises $4.1 Million To Fuel International Growth

    Creads Raises $4.1 Million To Fuel International Growth

    French startup Creads raised $4.1 million (€3 million) from CM-CIC Capital Privé. Creads is an advertising agency powered by a marketplace of advertising jobs. As a company, you can submit your ad brief to the platform and set your requirements. As a creative freelancer or agency, you can work on those tasks. Eventually, Creads wants to become the dominant professional social network… Read More

  • Milkster Is A Maker-Friendly Launchpad For Interior Design Enthusiasts

    Milkster Is A Maker-Friendly Launchpad For Interior Design Enthusiasts

    Meet Milkster, a brand new marketplace for designers, craftspeople and interior design enthusiasts. Designers too often end up working for big companies instead of working on products that they are truly passionate about. Milkster is here to solve that by connecting designers with customers to fund their projects. “We started from things that you might use in your daily life,”… Read More

  • Frontback Update Adds Better User Profiles

    Frontback Update Adds Better User Profiles

    Photo-sharing app Frontback just received an update in the App Store. The company revamped user profiles to make them a little more informative. Now, you can see an avatar, the nickname and full name, a user description and a location. You can also easily access followers and following lists. Finally, you can block someone if you don’t want this particular person to see your Frontbacks. As… Read More

  • Confirmed: Dropbox Aqcui-Hires Social Reading App Readmill

    Confirmed: Dropbox Aqcui-Hires Social Reading App Readmill

    As TechCrunch’s Steve O’Hear predicted yesterday, Readmill just confirmed that Dropbox acquired the company and that the service will shut down. It is a pure acqui-hire as the team will join Dropbox’s team and work on its core service. “As of today, it is no longer possible to create a new account, and on July 1, 2014, the Readmill app will no longer be… Read More

  • Sigfox Raises $20.6 Million To Create A Global Cellular Network For Connected Objects

    Sigfox Raises $20.6 Million To Create A Global Cellular Network For Connected Objects

    French startup Sigfox raised a Series B round of $20.6 million (€15 million) from IDInvest and BPIFrance. Existing investors (Elaia Partners, Partech Ventures, Ixo and Intel Capital) also participated. As a reminder, Sigfox wants to create an alternative cellular network specifically dedicated to connected objects. Compared to traditional cellular networks, this network can cover a larger… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger Adds A Dedicated Groups Tab

    Facebook is gradually rolling out an update to its Facebook Messenger app for iOS and Android. Users will see a new dedicated “Groups” tab for group discussions. Instead of mixing one-on-one conversations with group discussions, you can pin permanent group discussions in a separate tab. You can also pin existing group discussions or start a new group from this screen. When you create… Read More

  • Tapvalue Raises $2.2 Million For Its Advertising Technology For Offline Retailers

    Tapvalue Raises $2.2 Million For Its Advertising Technology For Offline Retailers

    French startup Tapvalue raised $2.2 million (€1.6 million) to boost its international growth and keep iterating on the product. Tapvalue is an innovative cross-device tracking and advertising platform, but with a twist — it is specifically targeted towards offline retailers. In other words, the startup is bringing modern advertising technologies to brick and mortar store… Read More

  • Andreessen Horowitz Raises Massive New $1.5 Billion Fund

    Andreessen Horowitz Raises Massive New $1.5 Billion Fund

    Venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz just announced that it has closed its Fund IV. And it’s a massive $1.5 billion fund for all sorts of investments from seed rounds to late-stage rounds. Previously, Andreessen Horowitz had raised $300 million in 2009 (Fund I), $650 million in 2010 (Fund II), $200 million in 2011 (Growth fund) and $1.5 billion in 2012 (Fund III). Read More

  • Spotify Could Be Planning An IPO For Later This Year

    Spotify Could Be Planning An IPO For Later This Year

    Music streaming service Spotify could go public at some point in the fall of 2014, according to Quartz. Rumors of an IPO have been floating around for weeks. And there are a few signs that seem to indicate that the company is getting ready for an IPO. In February, Reuters found an interesting job opening on the company’s website. Spotify was looking for an External Reporting Specialist… Read More

  • Last.fm Shuts Down Its Streaming Service To Focus On Scrobbling

    Last.fm Shuts Down Its Streaming Service To Focus On Scrobbling

    Music discovery company Last.fm just announced that it will end its subscription radio streaming service on April 28th. The radio service is currently available in the U.K., the U.S. and Germany with a freemium model. For $3/€3/£3, users can access Last.fm radio on their phones and get an ad-free experience. The streaming service is also available in Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand… Read More

  • Producteev Adds iPad And Outlook Apps Following Jive Acquisition

    Producteev Adds iPad And Outlook Apps Following Jive Acquisition

    Task management tool Producteev just launched a new iPad app and a native Outlook plugin. Now part of Jive, the company also launched a new pro plan. For $99 per month, you get the Outlook plugin, custom branding and premium support for up to 100 employees. “There is a big market opportunity with people who use Outlook,” Producteev co-founder Ilan Abehassera told me in a phone… Read More

  • France’s Greatest Strength Might Just Be Leaving France

    France’s Greatest Strength Might Just Be Leaving France

    “The attraction of the American revolution transported me suddenly to my place. I felt myself tranquil only when sailing between the continent whose powers I had braved.”
    —Lafayette, Letter to the Bailli de Ploën. France has been shaped by its own history. One of the most overlooked aspects of the French history is how important Lafayette was. He rallied the French army to… Read More