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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  • Ibanfirst grabs $11 million to expand beyond foreign exchange services

    Ibanfirst grabs $11 million to expand beyond foreign exchange services

    French startup Ibanfirst is launching its full-fledged banking service for companies. The startup was previously known as FX4BIZ, a sort of TransferWise for business transactions. The company just raised $11 million (€10 million) from Xavier Niel and others. Ibanfirst plans to go much further than being a foreign exchange service. The initial idea behind Ibanfirst is quite simple. Many… Read More

  • Apple reportedly doesn’t want to build a car anymore — just its brain

    Apple reportedly doesn’t want to build a car anymore — just its brain

    Apple has been working on a not-so-secret car project for years. Project Titan, as it is called internally, has already gone through a bunch of leadership and roadmap changes. According to a new report from Bloomberg, the company is now scrapping plans to build an electric car. The car team is focusing on autonomous driving technology instead. Even more intriguing, it looks like Apple is… Read More

  • VC firm Daphni announces its first $165 million fund

    VC firm Daphni announces its first $165 million fund

    Paris-based VC firm Daphni is announcing its inaugural fund for seed and Series A investments. The team will manage a $165 million fund (€150 million) and try some new things when it comes to venture capital in Europe. On paper, Daphni looks like many other funds. A bunch of limited partners have given a big pile of money so that a team of tech-savvy people can invest everything in startups. Read More

  • Salesforce officially walks away from Twitter acquisition for real this time

    Salesforce officially walks away from Twitter acquisition for real this time

    Salesforce wants to make things super clear for everyone — no, the company won’t buy Twitter. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff gave an interview to the FT and said that the company ruled out the acquisition. “In this case we’ve walked away. It wasn’t the right fit for us,” Benioff told the FT. If you were looking for an official confirmation, it can’t get… Read More

  • Apple will open another R&D center in Japan

    Apple will open another R&D center in Japan

    Apple is on a research & development spree! The company has announced a bunch of new R&D centers over the past few months, and R&D spendings have skyrocketed. This time, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the company plans to open a new center in Japan during a visit in Tokyo, according to Xinhua. This isn’t the first time we’re hearing about a new R&D center in Japan. Read More

  • Sonali De Rycker and Niklas Zennström join TechCrunch Disrupt London, Dec 5-6

    Sonali De Rycker and Niklas Zennström join TechCrunch Disrupt London, Dec 5-6

    TechCrunch Disrupt London is happening once again this December and we have some of the most iconic entrepreneurs and thought leaders in the tech industry lined up to speak. The two-day conference runs December 5 to 6 in the Olympic Village’s Copper Box Arena and features Startup Alley and Startup Battlefield where one startup will take home £30,000. You can buy early-bird tickets… Read More

  • Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn on the future of cars

    Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn on the future of cars

    Renault-Nissan is the fourth largest car maker in the world. And yet, Tesla seems to be getting more headlines. I got the chance to interview Renault-Nissan’s CEO Carlos Ghosn to talk about self-driving cars, electric cars and the company’s recent partnership with Microsoft. This interview was slightly edited for clarity. TechCrunch: What are you going to unveil at the Paris Motor… Read More

  • Netatmo launches an indoor climate monitor

    Netatmo launches an indoor climate monitor

    Netatmo’s first device was a sophisticated weather station. But it’s not for everyone. Chances are you don’t need to know the historical trend when it comes to the humidity in your house. That’s why the company is releasing the Healthy Home Coach, an indoor device that lets you see stats about your home at a glance. In many ways, the Healthy Home Coach looks similar to… Read More

  • Payfit grabs $5.6 million to manage French payrolls

    Payfit grabs $5.6 million to manage French payrolls

    French startup Payfit wants to modernize the good old paychecks in France. After just a few months, the company just raised $5.6 million (€5 million) from Otium Venture and Xavier Niel. Payfit officially started in April 2016. And it looks like many companies were waiting for a product like this one given today’s funding round. Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, Jean-Daniel Guyot, Oleg… Read More

  • Journy tells you what you should do during your next vacation

    Journy tells you what you should do during your next vacation

    It’s easy to feel like you’re missing out on a great restaurant or a nice museum when you’re walking around an unknown city. Journy wants to help you get the most out of your next vacation by planning the best itinerary for you. Unlike many startups out there, Journy isn’t a concierge app to book flights and hotels. Journy is (mostly) about all the other… Read More

  • Side matches students with companies for short-term jobs

    Side matches students with companies for short-term jobs

    Meet Side, a French startup that until recently was called WeSlash. Side is a marketplace for short-term jobs. Companies may need a few extra hands for a few days or weeks, and students may want to work on the side to make a bit of money or gain experience — Side fills this need and raised $1.5 million (€1.3 million) from Connect Ventures, Fly Ventures, Kima Ventures and… Read More

  • Twitter shares drop 20% as takeover rumors fade away

    Twitter shares drop 20% as takeover rumors fade away

    Twitter has performed incredibly well on the stock market for the past couple of weeks. But the honeymoon is over as it’s back to reality and correction time. Twitter shares are currently down 20.06 percent to $19.88 compared to yesterday’s closing price of $24.87. So what happened? Recode has published multiple reports saying that many of the companies that were looking at Twitter… Read More

  • Here’s what the Google Pixel could look like

    Here’s what the Google Pixel could look like

    Google is set to announce a bunch of new products tomorrow. And the star of the show is supposed to be the long-rumored Google Pixel. 9to5Google has spotted not one but two accidental leaks that match up and look legit. The Google Pixel will be Google’s flagship Android phone, and here’s what we know so far. It looks like Google shared some details about the new phones with… Read More

  • Atomic is like Google Docs for interface prototyping

    Atomic is like Google Docs for interface prototyping

    Meet Atomic, a prototyping service for your next mobile app or website. It works in your browser, but it’s a lot more powerful than you’d expect. Atomic handles animations and lets you make interactive designs. And you can collaborate on your designs with your team in real time. The startup launched the version 2 this week adding a bunch of new features that make your design… Read More

  • Apple’s new ad focuses on background animations for Messages

    Apple’s new ad focuses on background animations for Messages

    Apple is releasing a new video advertisement for the iPhone and iOS. Like previous ads, this video shows a stark departure from its predecessors. You can feel Tor Myhren’s influence on this ad. The recently hired VP of Marketing Communications has an impressive background in the advertising industry and is now in charge of Apple’s ads. That’s probably the reason why these… Read More

  • Front launches a mobile app for its inbox for teams

    Front launches a mobile app for its inbox for teams

    Front has been around for three years, but the startup is only releasing a proper mobile app now. If you’re a Front user, it brings all the features from the desktop version to your phone so that you can manage emails and other communication protocols in multiplayer mode. Front’s basic premise is quite simple. With Front, you can collaborate, comment, assign and reply to those… Read More

  • Lydia grabs $7.8 million for its peer-to-peer payment service

    Lydia grabs $7.8 million for its peer-to-peer payment service

    French startup Lydia raised $7.8 million (€7 million) from New Alpha AM and Oddo & Cie in order to expand to other European countries. The startup lets you easily pay back your friends without any fee using a mobile app — among other things. Think about it as a sort of Venmo for France. While Lydia has only been available in France, with today’s funding round, the company… Read More

  • Zenly raises $22.5 million from Benchmark for its location-sharing app

    Zenly raises $22.5 million from Benchmark for its location-sharing app

    French startup Zenly has raised $22.5 million over the summer from Benchmark and a few other investors. Business Insider first reported the round and TechCrunch got an official confirmation. Here’s what we know. Benchmark is leading the round with Peter Fenton joining the board of the company. Fenton has invested in a few social network companies and also is a board member of Twitter. Read More

  • Apple could also be in talks to acquire Lit Motors

    Apple could also be in talks to acquire Lit Motors

    Apple is rumored to be in talks to acquire McLaren, but that’s not all. While the New York Times was digging on the McLaren story, they also found out that Apple is also talking with Lit Motors for a potential acquisition. Now you might be thinking “Lit who?” While Lit Motors is nowhere as big as McLaren, it’s another interesting company in the automotive space. The… Read More

  • Apple just dropped the first iOS beta for the iPhone 7 Plus’ Portrait mode

    Apple just dropped the first iOS beta for the iPhone 7 Plus’ Portrait mode

    Surprise! You thought you were done with iOS 10 beta for a while? Apple already released the iOS 10.1 beta 1 for developers. This beta has one new feature in particular — the Portrait mode that takes advantage of both cameras in the iPhone 7 Plus. If you remember Apple’s press conference on September 7, the company talked about a really neat feature for the iPhone 7 Plus camera. If… Read More

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