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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  • Trainline now gives you real-time train information in France

    Trainline now gives you real-time train information in France

    Trainline’s European service (formerly known as Captain Train) is becoming your one-stop shop for French trains. The company has partnered with SNCF to get real-time data about trains, delays and your current location. You had to use SNCF’s official app before to get this kind of information. If you’ve used Trainline to book a ticket before, you know that the app can alert you… Read More

  • Revolut raises $66 million for its global banking alternative

    Revolut raises $66 million for its global banking alternative

    Revolut has raised a $66 million Series B round with Index Ventures leading the round, and existing investors Balderton Capital and Ribbit Capital also participating. The startup will also run another $5 million crowdfunding campaign in a few weeks. The company has raised $83 million in total. Revolut started as a mobile app that lets you send and receive money in multiple currencies. Over… Read More

  • Agricool raises $9.1 million to grow fruits and vegetables in containers

    Agricool raises $9.1 million to grow fruits and vegetables in containers

    French startup Agricool is using containers to grow strawberries around big cities. The company just raised a $9.1 million (€8 million) funding round from Jacques-Antoine Granjon, Thibault Elziere as well as existing investors Henri Seydoux and Daphni. The great thing about growing fruits in containers is that you can control everything. The company tweaks the temperature, humidity, CO2… Read More

  • Foodles uses connected fridges to modernize your office canteen

    Foodles uses connected fridges to modernize your office canteen

    French startup Foodles thinks office canteens should work more like food delivery startups. The company delivers fresh food every morning into smart fridges that sit in your office. Employees can then buy cheap lunches using a card or a phone. Think about Foodles as a sort of hybrid company between vending machines and those popular full-stack delivery startups in Paris, such as Frichti… Read More

  • Partech Ventures raises $450 million fund

    Partech Ventures raises $450 million fund

    Partech Ventures has raised so many funds over the past couple of years that it’s hard to keep track of all of them. This time, the VC firm is closing the fundraising of Partech International Ventures VII. With $450 million under management (€400 million), the team plans to use this money for Series A and B investments. This was the upper limit of this fund, so Partech ended up raising… Read More

  • Inside Station F, the startup megacampus that just opened in Paris

    Station F is the world’s biggest startup campus. Thousands of entrepreneurs are currently moving into the new building here in Paris. But if you’re still wondering what it actually looks like, we visited Station F and interviewed the two persons behind it — Roxanne Varza and Xavier Niel. Read More

  • Side raises $5.7 million to match students with companies for short-term jobs

    Side raises $5.7 million to match students with companies for short-term jobs

    French startup Side raised another $5.7 million with Xavier Niel leading the round. As the name suggests, Side lets students make some money on the side by working for companies for a few days or weeks. It’s a marketplace that helps you scale your workforce for a product launch, peak season and more. Aglaé Ventures, Jacques-Antoine Granjon and others are also participating in… Read More

  • Pandascore is a data provider for your favorite e-sports competitions

    Pandascore is a data provider for your favorite e-sports competitions

    Pandascore turns e-sports matches into sets of data that can instantly be manipulated or archived for later. When you watch a basketball game on TV, the screen is filled with stats while the game is still going on. And if you’re missing a match, you can also access all this data from a browser. But this isn’t true for a League of Legends game today. That’s what Pandascore… Read More

  • PayFit raises $15.9 million to manage European payrolls

    PayFit raises $15.9 million to manage European payrolls

    French startup PayFit just raised a $15.9 million Series B round (€14 million) from Accel with Xavier Niel and Otium Venture also participating. PayFit handles most pesky administrative tasks in your company with a simple web interface. The company started with basic payroll features for French companies. Instead of relying on outdated processes and third-party companies, PayFit lets you… Read More

  • Qonto launches its digital bank accounts for small companies

    Qonto launches its digital bank accounts for small companies

    French startup Qonto has raised another $11.3 million (€10 million) from existing investors Valar Ventures and Alven Capital. The company is now also open for business. You can now create a French business bank account on the company’s website. Qonto wants to become the N26 of business accounts. While retail banking hasn’t changed quickly enough over the past few years, it feels… Read More

  • Molotov adds OCS and HBO content just in time for ‘Game of Thrones’ new season

    Molotov adds OCS and HBO content just in time for ‘Game of Thrones’ new season

    This deal is a bit convoluted, but the bottom line is that you’ll be able to watch the season 7 of Game of Thrones live or on demand on TV streaming app Molotov. The French startup just signed a deal with OCS, a premium TV package focused on movies and TV shows. Starting today, Molotov users can subscribe for €12 per month and access both live channels and on-demand content. Read More

  • UK data regulator says DeepMind’s initial deal with the NHS broke privacy law

    UK data regulator says DeepMind’s initial deal with the NHS broke privacy law

    The U.K.’s data protection watchdog has finally shared the results of its lengthy investigation into DeepMind’s original deal with the NHS. According to the Information Commissioner’s Office, the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust failed to comply with the Data Protection Law with its deal with Google’s DeepMind. Read More

  • A walk around Station F with Emmanuel Macron

    A walk around Station F with Emmanuel Macron

    “We called this building Station F, like Station France, Station Femmes [ed. note: women in French], Station Founders or Station Freyssinet because Freyssinet was a great architect and a great entrepreneur,” French billionaire and Iliad founder Xavier Niel told Macron. While Station F was originally built in the 1920s by Eugène Freyssinet, it was supposed to be destroyed in 2011. Read More

  • Apple just released the first iOS 11 beta to everyone

    Apple just released the first iOS 11 beta to everyone

    Are you excited about trying out the new features coming up with iOS 11? If so, Apple just released the first public beta of iOS 11 now available to download for everyone. You don’t need to pay $99 for a developer account to download it. But remember, it is still a beta. While the company still plans to release the final version of iOS 11 this fall, Apple is going to release regular… Read More

  • iOS 11 turns your iPad into a completely different machine

    iOS 11 turns your iPad into a completely different machine

    I’ve been playing with a beta version of iOS 11 on a 10.5-inch iPad Pro for the past few weeks. While the final version of iOS 11 is not coming until later this fall, Apple just launched the public beta. Here’s a preview of what you can expect. If you’re using an iPad, get ready to be disoriented by the update because the iPad simply doesn’t work the same way. Apple… Read More

  • Reverso now lets you translate words using your voice

    Reverso now lets you translate words using your voice

    Dictionary app Reverso is getting a major update with a focus on voice features. In particular, you can now say a phrase to translate it. This might be particularly useful if you can’t spell a word or when you don’t know anything about a language and you can ask the other person to repeat a phrase to get a translation. Conversely, when you press the tiny speaker icon, the… Read More

  • The company called Blockchain raises $40 million

    The company called Blockchain raises $40 million

    Blockchain (the company) just raised a $40 million Series B funding round led by Lakestar. Blockchain has been working on the most popular bitcoin wallet in the world. You can open a wallet on the company’s website or through its mobile apps. GV, Nokota Management, Digital Currency Group and existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Mosaic Venture Partners, Prudence Holdings… Read More

  • Scaleway doubles down on ARM-based cloud servers

    Scaleway doubles down on ARM-based cloud servers

    Iliad’s cloud hosting division Scaleway has been betting on ARM chipsets for years because they believe the future of hosting is going to be based on ARM’s processor architecture. The company just launched more powerful ARMv8 options and added more cores to its cheapest options. Read More

  • Snap copied location sharing app Zenly to build Snap Map

    Snap copied location sharing app Zenly to build Snap Map

    Snap just announced a brand new feature today called Snap Map, which lets you view your friends on a map in real time and browse stories around you. If this sounds familiar, it’s because French startup Zenly has been working for years on a location sharing app so that you can see what your friends have been up to. According to multiple sources, Snap approached Zenly late last year about… Read More

  • Watch former Apple engineers and Scott Forstall discuss the creation of the iPhone

    Watch former Apple engineers and Scott Forstall discuss the creation of the iPhone

    Last night at the Computer History Museum, former New York Times reporter John Markoff interviewed some of the original engineers who work on the first iPhone that was unveiled in January 2007. Hugo Fiennes, Nitin Ganatra, and Scott Herz all talked about their own experience working on this incredible project. Then, Scott Forstall looked back at his time at the company when he was leading… Read More

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