Steve O'Hear

Steve O'Hear
Steve O'Hear is best known as a technology journalist, currently at TechCrunch where he focuses on European startups, companies and products. He first joined TechCrunch in November 2009 as Contributing Editor for TechCrunch Europe, where he worked alongside Editor Mike Butcher to help build TechCrunch's coverage in Europe. In June 2011, Steve took a break from journalism to co-found the London and Prague-based startup Beepl. In his role as CEO, he helped the company raise its first VC round, along with seeing the Question & Answer site through development, private alpha and a high profile public launch. In November 2012, Beepl was acquired by Brand Embassy. Along with TechCrunch, Steve has written for numerous publications, including ZDNet (where he wrote the well-respected blog 'The Social Web'), The Guardian, Macworld, TES, Last100 and ReadWriteWeb. He also wrote and directed the critically acclaimed Silicon Valley documentary 'In Search of the Valley', which was released in September 2006. In 2002, Steve was made a fellow of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts. He's also one half of ProtoBake Labs, an 'ideas incubator' he co-founded with Pete Harris. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Videoplaza partners with the UK's Dennis Publishing

    Videoplaza, the video ad server startup, has announced a partnership with leading UK consumer publisher Dennis Publishing, whose magazine titles include Maxim, Evo, Auto Express and Kontraband. Videoplaza will help Dennis grow and better monetise its video inventory. Specifically, Videoplaza’s ‘Monetizer’ product has been chosen for its ability to target video advertising… Read More

  • 1TouchTaxi gets an extra large tip from T-Venture and e42

    T-Venture, the venture capital arm of Deutsche Telekom, and e42, have invested in the taxi booking system 1TouchTaxi developed by German startup Intelligent Apps. The terms remain undisclosed. Currently limited to Hamburg, 1TouchTaxi is a smartphone-based system that lets customers hail and book a taxi via the mobile web and the company’s Android and iPhone apps. The new funding from… Read More

  • Heavily funded Smilebox brings its photo service to the UK

    Smilebox, the U.S. photo and video sharing service that lets users create greeting ‘cards’, slideshows, scrapbooks, collages and the like, has officially launched in the U.K. This comes after the heavily funded company’s most recent “follow-on” round where it raised $2m specifically for international expansion. Its previous series B round in December 2007 led… Read More

  • Molten Technologies launches Desktops-as-a-Service platform

    Molten Technologies, a provider of cloud-based desktop infrastructure services, has launched its Desktops as a Service (DaaS) platform. Riding the current wave of IT moving to the cloud, the new service offers businesses a “secure and scalable” route to outsourcing costly desktop infrastructure, while still allowing them to retain full control over their data, applications… Read More

  • Zingaya launches tweet-to-call service, when 140 characters isn't enough

    Zingaya, the UK-based VoIP startup, has launched a fun new service today that makes it easy for your Twitter followers to call you. I’m calling it tweet-to-call in reference to the company’s main offering, its click-to-call widget that can be embedded on any web page. Dubbed zin.to, here’s how the new service works: After logging in through Twitter, you’re asked to… Read More

  • SponsorPay raises "seven-digit" funding from IBB for its virtual currency ad offering

    SponsorPay, the European leader in virtual currency monetization, has received a “seven-digit” euro investment from Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB), the development bank of the Federal Land of Berlin. The precise terms aren’t being disclosed, as much as we’ve tried, which is a little odd considering that in its previous funding round the company wasn’t shy of… Read More

  • Flook extends it StumbleUpon-for-location app beyond the iPhone

    Flook, a sort of StumbleUpon for location-based discovery from Ambient Industries, has extended its content creation tool beyond the iPhone so that users can create ‘cards’ via a standard web browser. The new Web Card Creator takes advantage of modern web browsers’ support for HTML5. You can upload a photo, have your browser detect your approximate location (or tell flook… Read More

  • Thinglink, the product tagging startup, raises $1m for its in-image ad network

    Thinglink, the product tagging startup founded by design blogger Ulla-Maaria Engeström (wife of Jaiku co-founder Jyri Engestrom, who is also an adviser), has raised $1 million in seed funding from Nordic investors Inventure and Lifeline Ventures. The new funds will be used to develop an in-image advertising network for brands, retailers and other product advertisers, says the… Read More

  • MeeGo home, another Nokia VP quits

    The phrase jumping a sinking ship springs to mind, although that’s perhaps a little too simple for these muddy waters. But certainly something is up at Nokia as another VP quits, this time Ari Jaaksi, the guy in charge of MeeGo devices, who tells Finland’s Talous Sanomat that he resigned last week. This follows the exit of Anssi Vanjoki, Nokia’s smartphone champion. Was… Read More

  • Skobbler launches ForeverMap, an offline Google Maps competitor for iOS

    Skobbler, maker of the free iPhone Sat-Nav solution based on the OpenStreetMap (OSM) project, is at it again. This time the Hamburg, Germany-based company is gunning for Google Maps with the release of ForeverMap, also powered by data from OMS, which although a paid-for app, bests the search giant’s offering in one significant area: it supports offline use since the maps, which cover… Read More

  • Electronic payment solutions provider VeriFone Systems acquires majority stake in Italy's ABS

    California, U.S.-based VeriFone Systems, a secure electronic payment solutions provider, has acquired an 80% majority stake in Italy’s All Business Solutions (ABS) from ABS’ founders and from ACI Informatica, the IT body of ACI (Automobile Club d’Italia) Group, which will retain a minority share. The terms of the deal remain undisclosed. Read More

  • It's raining cash, cloud offering Zimory raises €4m

    Following Flexiant’s latest funding round last month, another European cloud computing startup gets a cash injection today. Zimory, which delivers “secure, scalable, accessible, end-to-end global solutions for private, public and database cloud”, has secured €4 million in a round led by Creathor Venture, High-Tech Gruenderfonds and VC Fonds Technologie Berlin (managed by… Read More

  • MePlease delivers its mobile social media marketing solution to PizzaExpress

    MePlease, the integrated social media and mobile platform, has partnered with PizzaExpress. The restaurant chain has adopted the UK startup’s technology to power “interactive customer voting” during the final round of their ‘Create Your Pizza Challenge’, which has already seen over 48,000 entries. MePlease’s mobile marketing platform gives businesses the… Read More

  • Natural language Q&A engine True Knowledge hits 3m users and 300m facts

    True Knowledge, the natural language search company, has announced a milestone today. In the month of August, its site, where users get answers to questions asked in plain English, surpassed three million unique visitors, 26 times what it was a year ago, apparently. While its database has grown to 300 million facts or 31% in 2010. Many of those facts come from existing structured data, but… Read More

  • From pitch to prototype, London's Launch48 produces four potential startups

    By now you probably know the format: Bring together entrepreneurs, designers and developers, put them in teams, and in a caffeine-fueled frantic 48 hours they’re charged with creating a potential new Internet startup each, from the initial pitch to a working prototype. Some, if not all, of which will then go on to become actual long term businesses. At least that’s the idea. The… Read More

  • E-commerce platform eSellerPro raises £2m from Notion Capital

    E-commerce platform eSellerPro has raised £2m from Notion Capital. It says it will use the new funds to invest in sales, marketing and customer service to “further drive and support huge demand” across the UK, European and U.S. markets, which has already seen the company processes more than £150m in annual sales. For Notion Capital, which invests in early to mid-stage… Read More

  • Dawn Capital invests in European online printing company Optimalprint

    Dawn Capital has invested a “substantial” but undisclosed amount in Optimalprint, the European online printing company. Optimalprint says it will use the new capital to expand its existing technology and distribution platform, initially in Europe but eventually globally. The company, founded in 2007, offers premium quality, low cost printed materials for residential and… Read More

  • Geomium, a location-based social network powered by data from Yelp, Qype and Eventful

    Geomium, a new location-based social network, gets its official launch today, in London first but with other UK cites and then Europe and the U.S. to follow. As with other such services, it lets users connect with friends, but it also emphasises meeting new people and throws in venue data such as bars, restaurants, etc., as well as local deals and events — all with a focus on real time. Read More

  • In the era of austerity, publicly-funded The Difference Engine slashes investment budget

    Citing a change in the “political landscape”, The Difference Engine, a publicly-funded Ycombinator-style acceleration programme for early-stage tech businesses, is making cuts to its investment budget. As a result, they’ve reduced the overall funding from £20k per team to £5k for the idea plus £3,200 per founder (max 3 founders) for which they have also reduced the… Read More

  • Private shopping club Brands4friends ratchets up €1m in sales in a single day

    Germany’s leading online private shopping club, Brands4friends, has hit somewhat of a milestone this week, ratcheting up €1 million worth of sales in a single day. Just in time for its third birthday, apparently. Read More