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

Netflix raises prices again after reporting strong subscriber growth

Netflix reported its third-quarter earnings and things are going great right now for the streaming giant. The company added nearly 9 million subscribers globally, which means that revenue is up. And y

French VC firm Founders Future just acquired an equity crowdfunding platform, Sowefund

Here’s an interesting move. Founders Future, a well-known VC firm in the French tech ecosystem, acquired an equity crowdfunding marketplace called Sowefund. While terms of the deal remain undisclose

Zygon helps startups avoid data breaches from SaaS providers

Last week, cloud computing company Shadow confirmed a data breach involving customers’ personal information. The hacker claims to have access to the data of more than 530,000 customers. According to

Devialet’s Gemini II are the most luxurious wireless earbuds you can get

Devialet isn’t like any other tech company — its products are at the intersection of audio engineering and luxury. That’s why its new wireless earbuds with active noise cancellation don’t look

Shadow launches Windows-based cloud PCs for $9.99 per month

While Shadow is better known for its high-end cloud PCs with a dedicated Nvidia GPU, the company is introducing a new tier called Shadow PC Essential. As the name suggests, Shadow isn’t targeting ga

Orus offers business insurance products to restaurant owners and other small companies

French startup Orus has raised an $11.6 million Series A funding round (€11 million). The startup offers insurance products specifically designed for small and medium companies. Interestingly, today

Ohm’s Quest is an electronic puzzle console inspired by escape rooms

Ohm’s Quest is a steampunk-inspired cubical device that acts as a sort of escape game console. You can scan an NFC-enabled card on a side of the cube, and it starts a new story with interactive chal

Bastille challenges the iconic Brompton bikes with a new folding bicycle

Meet Bastille, a new French company that wants to challenge Brompton, the most emblematic brand for folding bicycles. The main difference with the British manufacturer is that Bastille wants to design

‘Be optimistic and innovate’
 — The legacy of Cowboy founder and e-bike pioneer Karim Slaoui, who has passed away

Cowboy, the e-bike startup that creates innovative electric bikes for city riders, has announced that Karim Slaoui, co-founder (pictured above, right), has passed away. Karim stepped down from the bo

Kestra is an open source data orchestration platform for complex workflows

Meet Kestra, a startup that has been working on an open source project focused on data orchestration across several services, databases, files, repositories and warehouses. The open source project has

Qobra raises $10.5 million for its real-time sales compensation tool

French startup Qobra has raised a $10.5 million Series A funding round (€10 million) led by Singular with Revenue Syndicate and existing investor Breega also participating. Qobra helps businesses ma

HCVC is back with a new $75 million deep tech fund

Paris-based VC firm HCVC just announced the final closing of its second fund, simply called “Fund II.” And the team has managed to raise $75 million (€69 million) so that it can back pre-seed an

Procurement is painful, so Pivot wants to simplify it

Earlier this year, a big French tech company started requiring an email to the CEO for every purchase above €1,000. That’s because they didn’t have the right tool to manage procurement. Meet Piv

Apron grabs $15 million to simplify invoice processing

London-based startup Apron announced that it has raised a $15 million Series A funding round led by Index Ventures, with Bessemer Venture Partners and Visionaries Club participating. The company wants

The Raspberry Pi 5 is here and looks yummier than ever

Four years after the release of the Raspberry Pi 4, the Raspberry Pi team is back with a new small-but-mighty computer — the Raspberry Pi 5. It’s a worthy successor that features updated component

La Belle Vie acquires Frichti following bankruptcy process

French grocery delivery startup La Belle Vie is acquiring Frichti, another food delivery service that was placed under court-ordered receivership. TechCrunch can confirm that the court picked La Belle

French billionaire Xavier Niel pledges to invest up to $210 million in AI

Xavier Niel, the founder, CEO and majority shareholder of telecom company Iliad, has announced several new projects around AI and told the AFP that he plans to conduct strategic investments in artific

Rayon is a collaborative design tool for architects and designers

When you think about collaborative design tools, chances are you immediately start thinking about Figma, the popular design tool that Adobe wants to acquire for $20 billion (by the way, that acquisiti

Katie Haun believes now is a good time to invest in crypto

Nearly two years ago, Katie Haun left Andreessen Horowitz and raised two crypto funds totaling $1.5 billion. And then . . . a crypto market crisis happened. At TechCrunch Disrupt, she looked back

And the winner of Startup Battlefield at Disrupt 2023 is . . . BioticsAI

Over the last three days, 20 startups participated in the incredibly competitive Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt. These 20 companies were selected as the best of the Startup Battlefield 200
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