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](http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/29/welcome-to-the-french-tech-ecosystem/) 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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  • 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

  • Capitaine Train Releases Android App To Book Your Train Tickets On The Go

    Capitaine Train Releases Android App To Book Your Train Tickets On The Go

    Train ticket booking startup Capitaine Train just released its Android app. If you used the iPhone app at some point, you won’t feel lost as the Android app is very similar in design and features. As a reminder, Capitaine Train wants to improve the cumbersome process of booking train tickets online and on your phone. The service works for train tickets in Europe. But instead of using… Read More

  • PlayStation 4 Supply Issues Will Be Fixed This Summer

    PlayStation 4 Supply Issues Will Be Fixed This Summer

    Sony is selling its PS4 as fast as it can. But the company has experienced supply constraints ever since its launch in November 2013. And don’t expect to find a PS4 on your store shelf anytime soon — Sony told the WSJ that it doesn’t expect to meet demand before this summer. Yet, the console only recently launched in Japan, its home country. While Sony managed to sell… Read More

  • Vulfpeck Releases An Album Of Absolute Silence On Spotify To Make Money

    Vulfpeck Releases An Album Of Absolute Silence On Spotify To Make Money

    Funk band Vulfpeck is showing everyone what growth hacking is all about — exploiting weaknesses to promote your work. The band recently released a new album on Spotify called Sleepify. It consists of 10 songs comprised entirely of silence. Each song is 31 or 32 seconds long. Not coincidentally, Spotify pays royalties when someone listens to a song for more than 30 seconds. In a video… Read More

  • Orange Gives All Of Its Data To France’s NSA

    Orange Gives All Of Its Data To France’s NSA

    Orange has been cooperating allegedly illegally for years with France’s main intelligence agency (the DGSE). According to a newly found report by Edward Snowden and an investigation by Le Monde, the DGSE was given access to all of Orange’s data (not just metadata). Orange is the leading telecom company in France with more than 26 million clients. These clients have communicated… Read More

  • Hublo Is The Web Analytics Tool For The Rest Of Us

    Hublo Is The Web Analytics Tool For The Rest Of Us

    Meet Hublo, a recently launched analytics service that is easier to use than your average analytics tool. It works a lot like Mixpanel, KISSmetrics and others, but you don’t have to write a single line of code to make it work. “Hublo is the Mailchimp of analytics,” co-founder and CEO Cyril Gantzer told me. “We turn what was once a very technical field, into a… Read More

  • How Telecom Company Free Nearly Disrupted The French Mobile Landscape All Over Again

    How Telecom Company Free Nearly Disrupted The French Mobile Landscape All Over Again

    Last week, everything was very different in the mobile landscape in France. France’s disruptive telecom company Free was about to make the best strategic move I had ever seen. Yet, it all fell apart today. While it’s a boring industry, the acquisition of SFR is a story of secret agreements and betrayals. SFR (the second biggest telecom company behind Orange) is about to get acquired… Read More

  • Algolia Adds Asian Data Center While Taking Over Search On The Web

    Algolia Adds Asian Data Center While Taking Over Search On The Web

    Real-time search startup Algolia has been doing very well over the past few weeks. Slowly but surely, its search API is taking over every search engine on your favorite websites. The company also launched a new data center in Asia to improve response times with Asian users. As a reminder, Algolia is a developer-friendly hosted search engine for your website. After adding a few lines of… Read More

  • Flink Update Adds Social Features To Its Addictive Fashion App

    Flink Update Adds Social Features To Its Addictive Fashion App

    Fashion app Flink just received an update in the App Store. As a reminder, this app is the perfect time waster for fashion enthusiasts — you can browse new looks from your favorite fashion bloggers in an immersive app. With today’s update, you can now follow and unfollow your friends, comment, like and more. Flink is trying to create a community of fashion-savvy people. By default… Read More

  • VeryLastRoom Raises $2.1 Million To Compete With Hotel Tonight In Europe

    VeryLastRoom Raises $2.1 Million To Compete With Hotel Tonight In Europe

    French last-minute hotel app VeryLastRoom just raised $2.1 million (€1.5 million). The app is very reminiscent of its American competitor, Hotel Tonight. VC APlusFinance, Extend and Sigma Gestion invested in this round. Previously, the company had raised $550,000 from business angels (€400,000). It is one of the last standing European Hotel Tonight competitor with Hot Hotels as Blink… Read More

  • Wikipedia Co-Founder Jimmy Wales Accidentally Starts A Bitcoin Donation Campaign For Wikipedia

    Wikipedia Co-Founder Jimmy Wales Accidentally Starts A Bitcoin Donation Campaign For Wikipedia

    Is Jimmy Wales testing out Bitcoin donations for Wikipedia? He is certainly considering it, according to a thread on Reddit. It first started with a tweet — Wikipedia co-founder set up a personal Coinbase account. Playing with BTC today: I just bought 0.1 bitcoin with @Coinbase! coinbase.com—
    Jimmy Wales (@jimmy_wales) March 06, 2014 But then, Wales shared his wallet address… Read More

  • Appsfire Launches ‘Sashimi’, A New Native Mobile Ad Unit For Timelines

    Appsfire Launches ‘Sashimi’, A New Native Mobile Ad Unit For Timelines

    Advertising tech company Appsfire is rolling out a new ad unit, Sashimi. Like its previous units, the company is experimenting with native ads on mobile. Sashimi is very reminiscent of Facebook or Twitter ads in your timelines, except that the company is working with multiple third-party developers. Sashimi ads promote third-party apps. These ads are automatically generated from the app name… Read More

  • Le Camping 5th Demo Day: Meet StreamRoot, Hublo, Krack And More

    Le Camping 5th Demo Day: Meet StreamRoot, Hublo, Krack And More

    French startup accelerator Le Camping presented its fifth batch of startups today at Numa in Paris. Today is the first part of a demo day tour that will bring the 12 startups to London, Berlin and Luxembourg. When Le Camping started three years ago, the French ecosystem was very different. There weren’t a lot of events and Le Camping was one of the first startup accelerator in France. Read More

  • Apple Adds Support For External Retina Displays In Recent OS X Beta

    Apple Adds Support For External Retina Displays In Recent OS X Beta

    Apple just added external Retina display support in a recent beta of OS X Mavericks 10.9.3, According to 9to5mac. 4K monitors can now run the operating system at a pixel-doubled resolution, like on a Retina MacBook Pro. It could also be a sign that Apple is getting ready to release a long-anticipated external retina display. Like on the MacBook, the display setting screen will allow you to… Read More

  • Japan’s Government Has No Plans To Regulate Bitcoin Transactions After Mt. Gox’s Demise

    Japan’s Government Has No Plans To Regulate Bitcoin Transactions After Mt. Gox’s Demise

    Following the implosion of Japanese exchange Mt.Gox, the Japanese government wanted to clarify its stance regarding the cryptocurrency. According to the Wall Street Journal, the government doesn’t consider Bitcoin a currency. Companies and individuals using Bitcoin don’t need to obtain a banking license or comply with regulatory standards. In other words, Japan could have become… Read More

  • Sunrise Adds Exchange Support To Its Calendar App

    Sunrise Adds Exchange Support To Its Calendar App

    New York-based startup Sunrise just added Microsoft Exchange calendar support to its iPhone and iPad app. Exchange support was the last missing major calendar integration — the app already works with Google Calendar and Apple’s iCloud calendar. For now, the company uses Apple’s Exchange API. This way it doesn’t have to store user passwords. Many potential users… Read More