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.

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  • 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

  • Augment Raises $1.5 Million For Its Augmented Reality Solution

    Augment Raises $1.5 Million For Its Augmented Reality Solution

    French startup Augment raised $1.5 million to fuel international growth. Three private investors participated in this round — Alain Roubach, Georges Saier and Stanislas Cromback. Augment makes augmented reality useful for salespeople. Whenever you want to show how furniture, merchandising displays or even art prints would look, you can just use your iPad. You can upload your 3D models to… Read More

  • 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

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