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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  • 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

  • Uber, SnapCar And Others May Not Be Able To Use Geolocation In France

    Uber, SnapCar And Others May Not Be Able To Use Geolocation In France

    Thomas Thévenoud had an impossible job — he was the member of the Assemblée Nationale in charge of finding an agreement between urban transportation startups and taxi unions in France. He just announced his report to those companies, and it will become a law in the coming weeks. But some of the 30 points are highly controversial. For example, Uber, Chauffeur-Privé, LeCab and… Read More

  • Apple Beats In Q2 2014 With $45.6B Revenue, $10.2B Profit And $11.62 EPS

    Apple Beats In Q2 2014 With $45.6B Revenue, $10.2B Profit And $11.62 EPS

    Apple has just released its fiscal Q2 2014 earnings, reporting $45.6 billion in revenue, $10.2 billion in net profit representing $11.62 per share. Compared to the year-ago quarter, it corresponds to a growth of 4.6 percent in revenue, and 15.2 percent in EPS. According to Fortune, the consensus among analysts was for Apple to report earnings of $10.22 per share on $43.45 billion in revenue… Read More

  • Here’s What To Look For In Apple’s Earnings

    Here’s What To Look For In Apple’s Earnings

    Later today, Apple will report its fiscal Q2 2014 earnings. Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer said in the previous earnings call that the company expected more or less a flat quarter in Q2. And analysts agree. Apple should report flat revenue, flat gross margin, flat net profit — flat everything. But there are a couple of interesting numbers to look at. The two main factors in… Read More

  • These HBO Go Ads Are Hilarious

    These HBO Go Ads Are Hilarious

    My colleagues wrote about Apple ads yesterday. So when I stumbled across these HBO Go ads, I thought that you, dear TechCrunch readers, also deserve to see these seven videos. In them, you see teenagers sitting on a couch and watching HBO shows, such as Game of Thrones, True Detective or Girls. But their parents are lingering in the background. Everybody remembers those awkward moments watching… Read More

  • La Belle Assiette Launches Its On-Demand Chef Service In Belgium And The U.K.

    La Belle Assiette Launches Its On-Demand Chef Service In Belgium And The U.K.

    French startup La Belle Assiette just opened shop in Belgium. La Belle Assiette is a sort of on-demand chef service. You can browse the site, find your chef and book a meal directly from the service — a chef will then come to your home or office. The startup will also roll out its offering in the U.K., Switzerland and Luxembourg in the next six weeks. Here’s how the service works. Read More

  • Nest Uses Its Data To Turn Electric Utilities Into Cash Cows

    Nest Uses Its Data To Turn Electric Utilities Into Cash Cows

    When Google acquired smart thermostat maker Nest for $3.2 billion, the startup quickly stated that it would never share its user data with other Google services and outside companies. But according to a recent report by Forbes, the company is taking advantage of its data to create a lucrative revenue stream from electric utilities. “Our privacy policy clearly limits the use of… Read More

  • The Xbox One Still Lags Behind The PS4

    The Xbox One Still Lags Behind The PS4

    Titanfall was supposed to change it all, but it didn’t work. So far, Microsoft announced that it has shipped 5 million Xbox One units to retailers. In comparison, Sony has sold 7 million PS4 units to customers. It doesn’t look good for Microsoft as the company doesn’t even say how many people actually bought an Xbox One. Microsoft’s announcement fits well with… Read More

  • Putting The Many Pieces Back Together After The Death Of Your Co-Founder

    Putting The Many Pieces Back Together After The Death Of Your Co-Founder

    Sébastien Métrot shared a tough story today at FailCon France at the Ministry for the Economy and Finance — he co-founded Yasound in 2011 with CEO Jean-Marc Plueger, who died in a scooter accident in 2012. But It wasn’t just an accident, Métrot said Plueger’s terrible work/life balance was a contributing factor. Today’s interview was Métrot’s tribute to… Read More

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