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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  • 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

  • DigitalOcean Raises $37.2M From Andreessen Horowitz To Take On AWS

    DigitalOcean Raises $37.2M From Andreessen Horowitz To Take On AWS

    Cloud hosting company DigitalOcean raised a Series A round of $37.2 million at a $153 million valuation led by Andreessen Horowitz. Previous investors IA Ventures and CrunchFund also participated, but Andreessen Horowitz is by far the largest investor in this round — and Peter Levine will join the board. Previously, the company had raised $3.2 million. Read More

  • Mention Launches An iPad App For Its Media Monitoring Tool, Opens Office in New York

    Mention Launches An iPad App For Its Media Monitoring Tool, Opens Office in New York

    French startup Mention launched an iPad app to monitor your online reputation from your tablet. At the same time, the company hired its first full time employee in New York — it will expand to the U.S. in the coming months. It also purchased the mention.com domain name and moved its product to the new domain name. As a reminder, Mention is a media monitoring tool that works a lot like… Read More

  • TVShow Time Lets You Stream All Your Favorite TV Shows Thanks To Put.io

    TVShow Time Lets You Stream All Your Favorite TV Shows Thanks To Put.io

    French startup TVShow Time just added a major new feature for its social platform for TV show enthusiasts. Not only can you keep track of your progress in your favorite TV shows, you can now play new episodes directly from the website as well, without having to leave the site. All of this was made possible thanks to a deep Put.io integration. “When you reach the last 10 percent of… Read More

  • Uber Wants To Take Over The French Market With Aggressive Bonus Tactics

    Uber Wants To Take Over The French Market With Aggressive Bonus Tactics

    Urban transportation company Uber is fighting very hard to conquer France. It doesn’t hesitate to redistribute bonuses of up to $1,100 a week to its drivers — these bonuses are higher than Uber’s revenue from these drivers. In other words, Uber is willing to operate at a loss for some drivers to lure drivers. Under-funded French startups can’t compete financially… Read More

  • How Capitaine Train Is Disrupting Train Ticket Booking Through Engineering

    How Capitaine Train Is Disrupting Train Ticket Booking Through Engineering

    French startup Capitaine Train wants to improve the cumbersome process of booking train tickets online and on your phone. It’s not yet another travel agency, it’s an alternative to popular European ticket booking services with an emphasis on efficiency. “We want our clients to leave the site as soon as possible,” co-founder and CEO Jean-Daniel Guyot told me in an interview. Read More

  • 8tracks Reaches 8 Million Monthly Active Users, Launches Xbox 360 App

    8tracks Reaches 8 Million Monthly Active Users, Launches Xbox 360 App

    Music startup 8tracks just released a new app for the Xbox 360. Live Gold subscribers will be able to play 8tracks playlists for free on their consoles. In other news, the service just reached 8 million monthly active users, representing 30 million hours of music streamed per month. As a reminder, its competitor Pandora announced during its earnings that its users now stream 4.54 billion hours… Read More

  • Apple Releases iBeacon Specifications Under Non-Disclosure Agreement

    Apple Releases iBeacon Specifications Under Non-Disclosure Agreement

    Apple has just released the iBeacon specifications for everyone who is a member of the MFi program, Apple’s program for hardware partners (“Made for iPhone program”, etc.). You’ll have to sign an NDA to read the specifications. BEEKn first spotted the news. The company also reiterates that you can’t use the iBeacon brand without prior consent. You have to register… Read More

  • Current.ly Is An App That Makes Twitter Trending Topics Suck Less

    Current.ly Is An App That Makes Twitter Trending Topics Suck Less

    Meet Current.ly, the app that resurfaces interesting content on Twitter. It works a lot like Twitter’s own trending topics, but better. The startup tries to show more interesting content. It’s a visually compelling laid-back Twitter experience to keep track of the major events happening right now. “Twitter’s trending algorithm on Twitter tends to have a lot of chitchat. Read More

  • Microsoft Is Interested In Buying Stake In Dailymotion

    Microsoft Is Interested In Buying Stake In Dailymotion

    Orange CEO Stéphane Richard talked with BFM Business at the Mobile World Congress about Dailymotion — as a reminder, the YouTube competitor is fully owned by Orange. The French telecom company would retain a majority stake. “We are still talking with a major American partner in particular,” Richard said. Then he dropped the name of this potential partner. “With… Read More

  • Lydia Is A Fee-Free Payment App That’s Like Venmo For France

    Lydia Is A Fee-Free Payment App That’s Like Venmo For France

    French startup Lydia looks and acts a lot like Venmo — and it’s not a bad thing. Venmo is a great way to pay back your friends in a few taps without having to pay any fee. But its main issue is that it only works in the U.S. This is where Lydia comes into play. Read More

  • Bye Bye, WhatsApp: Germans Switch To Threema For Privacy Reasons

    Bye Bye, WhatsApp: Germans Switch To Threema For Privacy Reasons

    Swiss startup Threema probably didn’t expect this. In 24 hours, the startup has doubled its user base, according to Süddeutsche. It is now sitting at the top of the paid App Store chart in Germany. Interestingly, Threema’s key feature is its true end-to-end encryption — German users probably don’t want to use a Facebook-owned app anymore. Read More

  • Korean Messaging Service Kakao Gets Ready For A $2 Billion IPO

    Korean Messaging Service Kakao Gets Ready For A $2 Billion IPO

    Korean messaging leader Kakao is negotiating with Morgan Stanley and Samsung Securities Co. to file for an IPO in Korea, according to the WSJ. The seven-year-old company is mostly known for its dominant messaging app, KakaoTalk. 133 million people are using the app. It is also the primary platform for mobile games. KakaoTalk is the undisputable winner in South Korea. But with a population of… Read More

  • Criteo Acquires Tedemis For $29 Million, Proving There Is A Nascent Exit Market In France

    Criteo Acquires Tedemis For $29 Million, Proving There Is A Nascent Exit Market In France

    Ad-tech company Criteo just acquired French startup Tedemis for $29 million (€21 million). Originally from France, Criteo went public on the NASDAQ late last year. The company made around $250 million on the day of the IPO. As a reminder, Criteo is a leading advertising retargeting company. For example, if you search for a particular product on an ecommerce website, you will get ads about… Read More

  • Jolicloud Introduces Jolicloud 2, Your Digital Home On The Web

    Jolicloud Introduces Jolicloud 2, Your Digital Home On The Web

    It’s been five years already, and Jolicloud still has a few tricks up its sleeve. Yesterday, at an event called the Jolicloud Ecosystem Party at Numa, the company presented its long-term vision for the company. It also gave everyone a sneak peek at Jolicloud 2, a step forward in the company’s ultimate goal to build the only platform you need to simplify and centralize your life on… Read More

  • PediaPress Wants To Print The Complete English Wikipedia In 1,000 Books

    PediaPress Wants To Print The Complete English Wikipedia In 1,000 Books

    This is not a joke. PediaPress launched an Indiegogo campaign to print the entire English Wikipedia encyclopedia on around 1,000 books, representing more than a million pages. The startup printed the first volume to see how it would look — in it, you will find all the articles from “A” to “A76 motorway”. More than 4 million articles from 20 million volunteers… Read More

  • Humble Bundle Switches To Steam-Like Region-Based Pricing For The Humble Store

    Humble Bundle Switches To Steam-Like Region-Based Pricing For The Humble Store

    Video game store Humble Bundle announced that the Humble Store has switched to more traditional Steam-like prices, with different prices depending on your region. European customers will have to pay more for some games if the publisher chooses to set higher prices in Europe. Humble Bundle is mostly known for its Humble Indie Bundles and smaller weekly bundles. So far, Humble Bundle has mostly… Read More

  • Microsoft Officially Rebrands SkyDrive To OneDrive

    Microsoft Officially Rebrands SkyDrive To OneDrive

    SkyDrive is dead, long live OneDrive. In January, Microsoft announced that it would rebrand its storage service to OneDrive following a trademark dispute with British pay-TV provider BSkyB. Starting today, the website, the mobile apps and the desktop apps all share the same OneDrive name. That’s not all. Microsoft is also launching today a new referral program. It is very reminiscent… Read More

  • Introducing The TechCrunch France Weekly Newsletter

    Introducing The TechCrunch France Weekly Newsletter

    This newsletter is for you, French friends and people interested in French startups. Starting next Friday, we will send out a weekly newsletter with TechCrunch’s best posts of the week covering the French tech ecosystem. Let me tell you why France matters. Read More