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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  • Alven Capital raises $261 million fund to invest in French entrepreneurs

    Alven Capital raises $261 million fund to invest in French entrepreneurs

    French VC firm Alven Capital has been around since 2000 and has become a major player in the VC scene in Paris. The firm recently closed a brand new $261 million fund called Alven V (€250 million), which is a big step up as Alven IV was only a $125 million fund (€120 million). Over the years, the firm has managed to invest in many successful startups led by French entrepreneurs. Alven… Read More

  • WTF is a VPN?

    WTF is a VPN?

    You’re watching a movie. A criminal is trying to evade a crime scene in a sports car on the highway. A helicopter is following the car from above. The car enters a tunnel with multiple exits and the helicopter loses track of the car. A VPN works just like the tunnel in this movie scene; it connects different roads and turns them into one, and a helicopter can’t see what’s… Read More

  • South Korea fines Qualcomm $850 million for its patent licensing practices

    South Korea fines Qualcomm $850 million for its patent licensing practices

    American chipmaker Qualcomm is in trouble in South Korea. The country’s antitrust regulator has fined the company roughly $850 million (1.03 trillion won) for its patent royalty activities in South Korea. Many of you are familiar with Qualcomm for its chips. The next time you read the tech specs of your favorite smartphone, chances are that you’ll find a Qualcomm chip. The… Read More

  • Russian authorities are trying to unlock iPhone 4S from Russian ambassador’s killer

    Russian authorities are trying to unlock iPhone 4S from Russian ambassador’s killer

    The off-duty police officer who killed the Russian ambassador in Turkey was shot by Turkish special forces minutes after the crime. He had an iPhone 4S on him, and now, according to MacReports and Habertürk, Turkish authorities asked for Russia’s help to unlock the iPhone. Given that it’s an iPhone 4S and it has a 4-digit passcode, it should be quite easy to unlock the device. Read More

  • Molotov activates the cloud DVR feature and raises $23.3 million

    Molotov activates the cloud DVR feature and raises $23.3 million

    French startup Molotov launched five months ago, but a key feature had yet to go live. Molotov users can now bookmark TV shows and movies in the cloud so that they can watch them later. That’s not all, the startup has also raised $23.3 million (€22 million). I’ve already written quite a few words about Molotov, but it’s worth reiterating that it’s the best way to watch… Read More

  • Startup studio eFounders raises $5.3 million because it can’t get enough of SaaS

    Startup studio eFounders raises $5.3 million because it can’t get enough of SaaS

    European startup studio eFounders is raising an additional $5.3 million (€5 million) from entrepreneurs and family offices. eFounders has been behind some very promising software-as-a-service startups, providing human and financial resources for the first year or so before the startups can go and do great things on their own. In exchange, the startup studio takes a significant portion of… Read More

  • And the winner of Startup Battlefield at Disrupt London 2016 is… Seenit

    And the winner of Startup Battlefield at Disrupt London 2016 is… Seenit

    Startups participating in the Startup Battlefield have all been hand-picked to participate in our highly competitive startup competition. They all presented in front of multiple groups of VCs and tech leaders serving as judges for a chance to win £40,000 and the coveted Disrupt Cup. After hours of deliberations, TechCrunch editors pored over the judges’ notes and narrowed the list down… Read More

  • Citymapper will start monetizing in 2017

    Citymapper will start monetizing in 2017

    Citymapper founder and CEO Azmat Yusuf took the stage today at TechCrunch Disrupt London to talk about the future of cities and Citymapper. Now that the startup works in dozens of cities, it plans to start monetizing in 2017. While Citymapper is a mobile star in Europe and most people living in big cities are using it every day to use public transportation, it has been a long ride. Originally… Read More

  • Partech Ventures closes its $107 million seed fund

    Partech Ventures closes its $107 million seed fund

    French VC firm Partech Ventures announced that they closed their seed fund of $107 million (€100 million) for early stage startups. Partech Entrepreneur II is focusing on seed rounds, and the firm plans to invest in 80 different startups. The firm already announced the creation of the seed fund 18 months ago. At the time, Partech had $65 million (€60 million) under management. So it looks… Read More

  • Tim Cook says Apple Watch sales are doing just fine

    Tim Cook says Apple Watch sales are doing just fine

    It’s hard to know if the Apple Watch is a hit or a miss. The company doesn’t disclose sales numbers directly, but Tim Cook wanted to react to IDC’s report on wearables, saying that sales are doing just fine. According to the report, Apple is only the fourth wearable company now behind Fitbit, Xiaomi and Garmin. It represents a stark 71 percent decline in shipments compared… Read More

  • N26 expands its bank of the future to 17 European countries

    N26 expands its bank of the future to 17 European countries

    Berlin-based startup N26 got its own banking license a few months ago. As N26 is building a mobile-first bank without any physical branch, the startup can expand to new countries much more easily. N26 co-founder and CEO Valentin Stalf is announcing on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt that the startup is now active in 17 countries across Europe. As a European banking license works across the… Read More

  • Oxehealth uses cameras to monitor your heartbeat from across the room

    Oxehealth uses cameras to monitor your heartbeat from across the room

    Meet Oxehealth, a startup that plans to turn any regular security camera into a health monitor. The British company wants to make it easier to monitor patients in a hospital, police station, psychiatric hospital or an assisted living residence. It’s a non-intrusive way to make sure that everybody is doing well. The startup is launching onstage at Disrupt London. Finger pulse oximeters… Read More

  • With Station F, Paris will have the world’s biggest startup campus

    With Station F, Paris will have the world’s biggest startup campus

    Station F (formerly known as la Halle Freyssinet) is quite an ambitious project and is bound to change the face of the tech ecosystem in Paris. Financed by Xavier Niel and directed by Roxanne Varza, Station F is going to be the world’s biggest startup campus with companies like Facebook and TechShop opening offices there. “We’re talking about a startup campus because… Read More

  • WorldRemit’s Ismail Ahmed thinks mobile money accounts are the future

    WorldRemit’s Ismail Ahmed thinks mobile money accounts are the future

    WorldRemit founder and CEO Ismail Ahmed took the stage at TechCrunch Disrupt London to talk about his company and his views on the future of remittances. While you might be more familiar with companies like Western Union, MasterCard and TransferWise, WorldRemit has become an essential service when it comes to sending money to developing countries, and helping the unbanked receive that… Read More

  • The Emotion Journal wins the Disrupt London 2016 Hackathon Grand Prize

    The Emotion Journal wins the Disrupt London 2016 Hackathon Grand Prize

    Some of them were participating in our event for the first time, while others were regular hackers. Their challenge was to come up with a neat, funny and smart hack in just 24 hours. We could all feel the excitement in the air when the 63 teams took the stage to present a short one-minute demo to impress fellow hackers and our judges. But only one team could take home the grand prize and £4,000. Read More

  • YayPay wants to help big companies deal with accounts receivable

    YayPay wants to help big companies deal with accounts receivable

    YayPay is focusing on an interesting yet underserved niche — collecting payments from your customers. The startup is launching the second version of its platform today and now focuses on big companies with accounts receivable teams. The company first launched on stage at Disrupt London exactly one year ago. At the time, the company wanted to help small and medium companies get paid on time. Read More

  • Apple could be using drones to improve Apple Maps data

    Apple could be using drones to improve Apple Maps data

    Apple is putting a lot of effort to improve its Apple Maps data and design. According to a new report from Bloomberg, the company plans to use drones to track changes and improve mapping data over time. It would apparently be faster to use a fleet of drones rather than vans with sensors. Apple already admitted that mapping data is a harder problem than the company first anticipated. You need… Read More

  • Spotify launches new series of original recordings called Spotify Singles

    Spotify launches new series of original recordings called Spotify Singles

    Music streaming startup Spotify is introducing a new series of original artist recordings called Spotify Singles. The company plans to record a couple of songs from each artist in its in-house New York studio and update the main Spotify Singles playlists every Wednesday. As the name suggests, the Spotify Singles concept channels back the good old days of vinyl and CD singles. You… Read More

  • Readdle’s email client Spark is now available on macOS

    Readdle’s email client Spark is now available on macOS

    Spark is a neat email client with a few tricks up its sleeve. While it has been available on iOS for a while, Readdle is launching the app in the Mac App Store today so that you can use the same email client on all your Apple devices. Readdle is a popular iOS app developer. Chances are you’ve already used a few Readdle apps over the years, such as Scanner Pro, Documents or Calendars 5. Read More

  • It’s not just you, iCloud calendar spam is on the rise

    It’s not just you, iCloud calendar spam is on the rise

    If you’re using iCloud to sync your calendar across your devices, chances are you just received a bunch of spammy invites over the last few days. Many users are reporting fake events about Black Friday “deals” coming from Chinese users. If you’re looking for cheap Ray-Ban or Louis Vuitton knockoffs, you might find these invites useful. Otherwise, you might be wondering… Read More