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 fashion, Apple, AI and complex tech achievements. He also speaks at major tech conferences. He likes pop culture more than anything in the world.

He now lives in Paris when he’s not on the road. He used to live in New York and loved it.

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  • Smartphone repairing startup Save gets picked up by Remade Group

    Smartphone repairing startup Save gets picked up by Remade Group

    The last time I wrote about Save, the French startup had just raised $16.7 million to prove that you could scale smartphone repair services. It’s been a roller coaster ride since then as the company had to claim insolvency. After this process, Remade Group is picking up Save’s business and employees. While the startup managed to grow quite rapidly, it was hard to keep up with the pace. Read More

  • Transcript: Phil Schiller, Craig Federighi and John Ternus on the state of Apple’s pro Macs

    Transcript: Phil Schiller, Craig Federighi and John Ternus on the state of Apple’s pro Macs

    You have already read the news. But we thought we would also use this opportunity to share a transcript of the interview with Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing; Craig Federighi, Senior Vice President of Software Engineering; John Ternus, Vice President of Hardware Engineering. Bill Evans from Apple PR was also in attendance. It was lightly edited for length and… Read More

  • The Xbox One Scorpio is a six-teraflop gaming beast

    The Xbox One Scorpio is a six-teraflop gaming beast

    Microsoft couldn’t wait until E3 in June to unveil the Scorpio, so the company shared some details with Digital Foundry and we now know all of Project Scorpio’s tech specs. As expected, it’s going to be by far the most powerful gaming console out there. The console GPU will be able to process six trillion floating point operations per second, or six teraflops for short. Read More

  • BNP Paribas acquires Compte Nickel

    BNP Paribas acquires Compte Nickel

    French fintech startup Compte Nickel was acquired by French bank BNP Paribas yesterday. I couldn’t nail down the price but I’ve heard that it was quite significant. Compte Nickel was one of the leading fintech startups in France. You can open the equivalent of a current bank account in thousands of tobacco shops in just a few minutes. Compte Nickel gives you an IBAN and a… Read More

  • TV streaming app Molotov now has 1 million users

    TV streaming app Molotov now has 1 million users

    French startup Molotov is trying to define the future of TV. It’s a promising start as there are now one million registered users on the platform — the service is only available in France. On average, users spend 80 minutes per day on the platform. It is available on smartphones, tablets, computers and TVs. Users watch content on their smartphone 40 percent of the time, on their… Read More

  • Krablr releases first diversity report

    Krablr releases first diversity report

    Things are going well for Krablr, the crab pricing messaging app for millennials. Yet now that the app has managed to attract millions of crab lovers the company faces more scrutiny. That’s why Krablr CEO Paul Paulson Black III just released the company’s first ever diversity report detailing the demographics of its employees. Read More

  • Apple releases new colorful Apple Watch ad

    Apple releases new colorful Apple Watch ad

    Apple just released a new video ad on its YouTube channel for the Apple Watch Series 2. There are two interesting things about this ad. It’s a colorful, cheerful clip that wants to turn the Apple Watch into a pop culture symbol. And it focuses on the fitness features of the Apple Watch, proving that Apple thinks about the device as an activity tracking device first and foremost. Apple… Read More

  • Apple opens its App Accelerator in India

    Apple opens its App Accelerator in India

    Apple is investing into the Indian ecosystem by opening its first App Accelerator in Bengaluru. The company announced plans to open this program back in May 2016. Developers who sign up will get support from Apple’s team in India. Apple engineers will provide feedback, best practices and tools. There will also be presentations. Once you’re selected into the program, it looks… Read More

  • Travauxlib takes care of your home renovation for you

    Travauxlib takes care of your home renovation for you

    French startup Travauxlib matches you with construction companies so that they can fix up your home. The company raised $1.9 million (€1.8 million) from Xavier Niel, Breega Capital and Bpifrance. Travauxlib usually works on complete home renovation, kitchen remodeling, bathroom work and home extensions. In other words, if you want to change something about your home and it costs… Read More

  • Dropbox reportedly secures a $600 million credit line

    Dropbox reportedly secures a $600 million credit line

    Preteen unicorn Dropbox needs some cash real quick, so the company just secured a $600 million credit line according to a new Bloomberg report. This could be the company’s last “funding” round before its initial public offering. According to Bloomberg, Dropbox is thinking about going public before the end of the year. According to what we’ve heard, the timeline… Read More

  • Ledger grabs $7 million for its cryptocurrency hardware wallets

    Ledger grabs $7 million for its cryptocurrency hardware wallets

    Things are going incredibly well for Ledger these days. People find bitcoins, ethers and other cryptocurrencies exciting again. And the French startup just raised a $7 million Series A round to make hardware security devices ubiquitous. MAIF Avenir, XAnge, Wicklow Capital, GDTRE, Libertus Capital, Digital Currency Group, The Whittemore Collection, Kima Ventures, BHB Network and Nicolas… Read More

  • BuzzFeed could be going public in 2018

    BuzzFeed could be going public in 2018

    Media company BuzzFeed is trying to do the impossible by creating a new public media company today. According to reports from The Wall Street Journal and Axios, the company is working on an initial public offering for 2018. Read More

  • Readdle hires Apple Mail engineering manager to work on Spark

    Readdle hires Apple Mail engineering manager to work on Spark

    Third-party app developer Readdle has developed some of the most successful productivity apps on iOS and macOS. And email client Spark in particular is going to be Readdle’s next big bet. Readdle just hired Terry Blanchard, an engineering manager for Apple Mail for six years. He’s going to build a new team in Silicon Valley. Readdle has built an entire company on the App Store… Read More

  • Facebook launches Stories in the main Facebook app

    Facebook launches Stories in the main Facebook app

    Snapchat all the things! Facebook’s plan to copy everything that made Snapchat successful is finally reaching its final form with the launch of stories in the main Facebook app. You can now share stories with your Facebook friends and see what your friends have been up to for the past 24 hours. At the top of the Facebook app, you’ll see rounded profile pictures representing stories… Read More

  • Apple opens lottery registration for WWDC 2017

    Apple opens lottery registration for WWDC 2017

    Developers, let’s see if you’re in luck this year and get a ticket for Apple’s developer conference, WWDC 2017. While tickets cost $1,599, there are just too many people who want to go to the conference to accommodate them all. For the past few years, Apple has run a lottery to select ticket holders. The lottery is opening now for WWDC 2017. You have until March 31 at 10 AM… Read More

  • Apple releases iOS 10.3 as well as macOS, watchOS and tvOS updates

    Apple releases iOS 10.3 as well as macOS, watchOS and tvOS updates

    It’s patch day at Apple. The company just released four new versions of its four operating systems for all its devices — iOS 10.3, macOS 10.12.4, watchOS 3.2 and tvOS 10.2. Some of those updates are more important than others. Read More

  • Startup megacampus Station F is going to open at the end of June

    Startup megacampus Station F is going to open at the end of June

    I’ve been covering Station F for quite a few months already, but the startup campus based in Paris has yet to open. The team had to delay the launch after a pipe burst that inundated the basement. The opening date has now moved from April to the end of June, with startups moving in during the first week of July. The building is already looking quite nice as I was there last week. Read More

  • Wells Fargo will let you use Apple Pay and Android Pay to withdraw money

    Wells Fargo will let you use Apple Pay and Android Pay to withdraw money

    Wells Fargo just announced that you’ll be able to use your phone or smartwatch to withdraw money from 13,000 ATMs in the U.S. As spotted by MacRumors, the bank says that it will support Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay. Five thousand ATMs should already support those NFC payment systems, others will follow suit. TechCrunch first reported that Bank of America and Wells Fargo were… Read More

  • Revolut launches a premium subscription and starts raising a new round

    Revolut launches a premium subscription and starts raising a new round

    Fintech startup Revolut has been a free service and that’s not going to change. But the company is adding a premium tier with more features for £6.99/€8.50/$8.50 per month in 42 European countries. If you sign up to the new “Premium Account,” you’ll receive a MasterCard with a new design. There are three different options and I love pink so I think they look… Read More

  • WikiLeaks releases new CIA documents describing Mac exploits

    WikiLeaks releases new CIA documents describing Mac exploits

    WikiLeaks just shared a few new documents as part of the CIA Vault 7 data dump. These documents describe hacking methods allegedly used by the agency to access Apple devices and upload data. Most of today’s exploits are related to the Mac platform. It’s interesting to see the CIA’s old hacking techniques. It’s unclear if some of them still work today. Update: Apple… Read More