Romain Dillet

Romain Dillet

Senior Reporter

Romain Dillet is a Senior Writer at TechCrunch.

He has written over 2,500 articles on technology and tech startups and has established himself as an influential voice on the European tech scene. He has a deep background in startups, privacy, blockchain, security, fintech, mobile, social and media.

With eight years of experience at TechCrunch, he’s one of the familiar faces of the tech publication that obsessively covers Silicon Valley and the tech industry. In fact, his career started at TechCrunch when he was 21. Based in Paris, many people in the tech ecosystem consider him as the most knowledgeable tech journalist in town.

Romain likes to spot important startups before anyone else. He was the first person to cover N26, Revolut and DigitalOcean. He has written scoops on large acquisitions from Apple, Microsoft and Snap.

When he’s not writing, Romain is also a developer — he understands how the tech behind the tech works. He also has a deep historical knowledge of the computer industry for the past 50 years. He knows how to connect the dots between innovations and the effect on the fabric of our society.

Romain graduated from Emlyon Business School, a leading French business school specialized in entrepreneurship. He has helped several non-profit organizations, such as StartHer, an organization that promotes education and empowerment of women in technology, and Techfugees, an organization that empowers displaced people with technology.

Disclosure: Romain owns small amounts of various cryptocurrencies.

The Latest from Romain Dillet

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Last week, the European Union named the six big tech companies that should be considered as gatekeepers in one way or another under the Digital Markets Act (DMA). And just a few days later, as WABetaI

Roku cuts 10% of its workforce, impacting more than 300 people

TV streaming hardware and software company Roku has announced in an SEC filing that it plans to lay off approximately 10% of its workforce — it represents more than 300 employees. The company is tr

French VC firm Founders Future reaches $80 million first close for its new funds

Founders Future is a pretty recent entrant in the French VC scene, but it has already built an interesting portfolio of tech startups over the past few years. The firm is currently in the process of r

Worldover is a compliance platform for cosmetic products (and soon any product)

Meet Worldover, a new London-based startup that recently received $3.8 million in funding (£3 million). The startup is trying to simplify the compliance process when it comes to launching new product

The Eve Play turns any classic stereo system into an AirPlay 2 speaker

Eve, the manufacturer of smart home devices that work particularly with Apple’s ecosystem and HomeKit, just unveiled a brand new device at IFA, a consumer electronics trade show. The Eve Play is a s

Teale, your mental health companion at work, raises $11 million

French startup Teale has secured a funding round of $11 million earlier this summer (€10 million). The company provides a mental health platform for employees and helps HR managers when it comes to

Pollen is a professional development platform for tech workers, by tech workers

Meet Pollen, a new French startup that wants to provide a better way to learn new skills. Instead of working with full-time teachers, Pollen invites business executives and top performers in the tech

Dioxycle raises $17 million for its electrolyzer that turns CO2 into ethylene

Dioxycle is a carbon transformation startup that is working on a new process to produce ethylene at scale using recycled carbon emissions. Ethylene is used in packaging, clothing, PVC-based sewage pip

ChatGPT for Android is now available in the US, India, Bangladesh and Brazil

A few days after putting up a preorder page on Google Play, OpenAI has flipped the switch and released ChatGPT for Android. The app is now live in a handful of countries, such as the U.S., India, Bang

Spotify reports strong user growth as it is raising subscription price

Spotify just reported its second-quarter earnings and the two most impressive metrics are the number of subscribers and the total number of Spotify users. There are currently 220 million people who pa

Crypto wallet Zengo launches pro subscription with additional security features

Cryptocurrency mobile wallet Zengo has introduced a handful of new features combined with a new premium subscription called Zengo Pro that costs $20 per month. This new, optional subscription brings a

WordPress Playground lets you run WordPress entirely in your browser

If you don’t keep up with WordPress ecosystem news, you might not be aware of a cool new project called WordPress Playground. And I include myself in this group, as I had never heard of WordPress Pl

Microsoft and Sony sign deal to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation consoles

Microsoft and Sony signed an agreement to keep Call of Duty games on PlayStation consoles. As a reminder, Microsoft offered to acquire Activision Blizzard for $69 billion. And yet, 18 months after the

Apple’s password manager is compatible with third-party browsers in latest macOS beta

Yesterday, Apple released the first public beta of macOS Sonoma — the next major update for macOS that will be available to everyone this fall. Following this update, Mac users will be able to use A

Here’s what to expect in iOS 17 as Apple releases first public beta

Apple just published the first public beta of iOS 17. Unlike developer betas, that’s the beta version that should be stable enough to be used by regular people. The company still plans to release th

Employee benefits startup Swile expects to become profitable next quarter

French startup Swile shared some revenue metrics just a year after merging with Bimpli, the employee benefits division of BPCE. Swile’s main product is a payment card for employee benefits, such as

Testing automation platform Tricentis acquires Waldo

Tricentis, a test automation platform that has acquired quite a few testing services and startups over the years, is making another M&A move with the acquisition of Waldo, an automated testing too

Cyber insurance startup Coalition acquires privacy assistant Jumbo

San Francisco-based cybersecurity startup Coalition is acquiring Jumbo, a mobile app that lets you control your privacy on the web. I have covered Jumbo several times over the past few years, so it’

Defacto gets new credit facility to provide instant financing to small companies

French startup Defacto has closed a new securitization fund that will be used to provide short-term loans to small and medium enterprises via an embedded, API-first approach. This is a new fund of up
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