Romain Dillet

Romain Dillet is a Senior 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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  • Media startup Cheddar launches its TV channel in Europe with Molotov

    Media startup Cheddar launches its TV channel in Europe with Molotov

    Business news network Cheddar has been partnering with social media platforms and OTT services in the U.S. And Cheddar is now looking at international markets. The media company is partnering with French startup Molotov so that French viewers can watch Cheddar from all their devices. Cheddar first launched 18 months ago. Unlike many new media companies, the startup has been focusing on live… Read More

  • GoCater spins out from La Belle Assiette to build a corporate catering marketplace

    GoCater spins out from La Belle Assiette to build a corporate catering marketplace

    GoCater is a marketplace with hundreds of catering companies accessible from a single platform. It makes it much easier to organize events in your company. As for caterers, it’s a great way to find clients and optimize your workflows. The startup first started as a spinoff from La Belle Assiette. I’ve covered La Belle Assiette multiple times over the years. and the company is… Read More

  • Media startup Axios raises another $20 million

    Media startup Axios raises another $20 million

    There’s a glimpse of hope in new media as Axios just raised $20 million less than a year after its launch, the Wall Street Journal reported. The company already had a pretty big list of investors, and most of the startup’s existing investors are putting more money into Axios. Existing investors Greycroft Partners and Lerer Hippeau Ventures are co-leading today’s founding… Read More

  • Apple’s new ad shows how iPads are going to replace laptops

    Apple’s new ad shows how iPads are going to replace laptops

    Apple has released a brand new ad for the iPad Pro. It features a young girl and a rose gold iPad Pro running iOS 11. And Apple’s pitch is quite clear here — the iPad is the future of computers. The company even thinks there will be a time when a young person doesn’t know what “computer” means. There’s this meme that keeps coming back on Twitter. A young… Read More

  • Zyl is a photo management app with a few AI-powered tricks

    Zyl is a photo management app with a few AI-powered tricks

    Meet Zyl, a smart photo app to view, manage and share all your photos. Formerly called Comet, the French startup is now using deep learning to go beyond the endless grid of photos and replace the default Photos app on your phone. While Zyl started as an app to create collaborative photo albums, the app has expanded beyond this simple social feature to take care of everything you’d do… Read More

  • Drivy launches its car rental marketplace in the UK

    Drivy launches its car rental marketplace in the UK

    French startup Drivy is expanding to another European country. This time, the company is launching in the U.K. For now, the service is mostly live in London and it’s slowly going to expand across the U.K. throughout 2018. The company has been somewhat careful when it comes to international rollout, with only six European countries in seven years. Drivy already has 1.5 million users… Read More

  • Criteo founder raises $19 million for ride-sharing app Less

    Criteo founder raises $19 million for ride-sharing app Less

    Criteo has long been named as one of the most successful French startups, quickly reaching unicorn level and even going public in the U.S. Former Criteo CEO Jean-Baptiste Rudelle is now launching a new startup called Less with Romain Niccoli, Florent Bouteiller and Francis Cohen. The startup just raised $19 million (€16 million) from Index Ventures and Daphni. Less is a ride-sharing service… Read More

  • iOS 11.2 is going to support faster 7.5W Qi wireless charging

    iOS 11.2 is going to support faster 7.5W Qi wireless charging

    The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X all support wireless charging using the Qi standard. It means that iPhones are now compatible with hundreds of chargers out there. But iPhone Qi charging is currently limited to 5W, or the slowest wireless charging speed. Apple is currently working on iOS 11.2 — this update is going to support 7.5W charging, as MacRumors spotted. Wireless charging… Read More

  • Apple could reportedly add TrueDepth features to the rear iPhone camera

    Apple could reportedly add TrueDepth features to the rear iPhone camera

    Apple has packed a ton of sensors into the notch of the iPhone X. The TrueDepth camera system powers many features, from Face ID to face-tracking technology using ARKit. It also lets you do selfies in Portrait mode. According to a new Bloomberg report, Apple now wants to improve the rear camera with 3D-sensing capabilities. Bloomberg says that Apple won’t use the exact same technology in… Read More

  • N26 adds Apple Pay support in France, Spain, Italy and Finland

    N26 adds Apple Pay support in France, Spain, Italy and Finland

    Fintech startup N26 just launched Apple Pay support in European countries where Apple already launched Apple Pay. Starting today, you can now add your N26 card to the Wallet app if you live in Spain, Italy and Finland. The feature has been live in France for a few weeks already. If you live in one of those countries and have an N26 card, open the Wallet app on your iOS device. Tap the plus sign… Read More

  • Apple could launch a bigger iPhone X Plus next year, report says

    Apple could launch a bigger iPhone X Plus next year, report says

    KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo wrote a new report about Apple’s plans for next year. According to him, the company is going to release three new iPhone devices next year. They’ll all have edge-to-edge displays with a notch. The successor of the iPhone X could be roughly the same size and shape. According to Kuo, this new iPhone would feature a 5.8-inch display with a density… Read More

  • Instagram could let you follow hashtags soon

    Instagram could let you follow hashtags soon

    Instagram is testing a new feature with a small fraction of its user base. As spotted by Pippa Akram and The Next Web, some users can now search for a hashtag and follow this tag in particular. Ok this is new. What does this do @SimonSocialMM @BizPaul @NatalieTFG any ideas? I've followed 2 but can't find what that means!! pic.twitter.com/LlCBk4Wmfv — Pippa Akram… Read More

  • Parrot’s Henri Seydoux comes to Disrupt to talk about commercial drones

    Parrot’s Henri Seydoux comes to Disrupt to talk about commercial drones

    Henri Seydoux first founded Parrot in 1994. But the company has drastically evolved over time and managed to remain relevant more than 20 years later. Less than ten years ago, Parrot started working on consumer drones. And now, the company is in the middle of another shift as it focuses more than ever on commercial drone use cases. That’s why we’re excited to announce that… Read More

  • SegWit2x backers cancel plans for bitcoin hard fork

    SegWit2x backers cancel plans for bitcoin hard fork

    Advocates for a bitcoin hard fork have now decided to cancel plans for the so-called SegWit2x fork. The bitcoin blockchain was supposed to split into two blockchains in roughly 8 days. But it looks like SegWit2x backers couldn’t convince enough people in the bitcoin community to make the SegWit2x blockchain the new mainstream bitcoin blockchain. The SegWit2x fork should have increased… Read More

  • Most iOS devices now run iOS 11

    Most iOS devices now run iOS 11

    Apple has updated its App Store support page with new metrics. As of November 6, 2017, iOS 11 is now installed on 52 percent of iPhones and iPads currently in use. 38 percent of devices still run iOS 10, and only 10 percent of people are using an earlier version of iOS. Apple usually updates this page quite quickly after the release of a major iOS update. This year, the company waited a bit as… Read More

  • Revolut is applying for a European banking license to become a true bank

    Revolut is applying for a European banking license to become a true bank

    It’s hard to believe that fintech startup Revolut still doesn’t have a proper banking license. Many users will tell you that Revolut’s electronic wallets already feel like traditional bank accounts with an IBAN and a payment card. But the startup is finally applying for a proper banking license in Lithuania. This process is going to take a few months — the startup… Read More

  • Apple has reportedly relocated its international cash to Jersey

    Apple has reportedly relocated its international cash to Jersey

    Last year, the EU ordered Apple to pay up to $14.5 billion for illegal tax benefits in Ireland. The company smelled something fishy when Commissioner Margrethe Vestager started the investigation in 2014, as the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists revealed in the Paradise Papers. Apple relocated its tax residency to the tiny island of Jersey. Read More

  • Apple offers more bonds to finance its $300 billion capital return program

    Apple offers more bonds to finance its $300 billion capital return program

    Apple just started selling new bonds in order to finance a share buyback program and dividends for shareholders, as Bloomberg spotted in a filing. This is counterintuitive, as Apple is sitting on a big pile of cash and probably doesn’t need to issue bonds. But most of the company’s cash is outside of the U.S. Read More

  • ChartMogul grabs $2.2 million to build the financial dashboard of your subscription business

    ChartMogul grabs $2.2 million to build the financial dashboard of your subscription business

    What do you do when you want to create a software-as-a-service startup but it feels like everything has been built already? You build a product that helps existing SaaS startups. That’s what ChartMogul is currently doing with its subscription analytics platform. The company just raised $2.2 million from Alven Capital, with existing investors Point Nine Capital and angel investors… Read More

  • N26 is launching its bank in the UK in 2018

    N26 is launching its bank in the UK in 2018

    Fintech startup N26 is announcing yet another international expansion move. The company plans to launch its bank of the future in the U.K. at some point during the first half of 2018. As N26 already has a German banking license, the company can also operate in the U.K. Without getting a separate license. British customers will get an account in GBP, a debit card and personal account… Read More