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.

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  • Will this year be a gadget Christmas? Survey says, no

    While none of my friends and family would dare to buy me a gadget for Christmas – they’d only get it wrong – for as long as I can remember, technology has taken its fair share of present space under the tree. Not this year though, predicts an opportunistic survey carried out by Opinion Matters on behalf of the UK’s Mobile Fun, which sells mobile accessories online. It… Read More

  • RendezVous353, the social network for Irish expats, sees UK launch

    RendezVous353.com, the social network for Irish expats, saw its UK launch last week with a typically Irish party in London. And at a time when Ireland has little to celebrate and many of the country’s working population are said to be heading elsewhere, a dedicated community online for the 80 million-strong “global Irish Diaspora” is perhaps fitting. That tiresome… Read More

  • Flook discovers English Heritage – that's castles, ruined abbeys and stately homes

    Flook, which we’ve previously described as a StumbleUpon for location-based discovery, has partnered with English Heritage, the UK government’s quango responsible for helping preserve historical landmarks, such as famous sites like Stonehenge and Hadrian’s Wall. Under the arrangement, English Heritage is working with flook to let users ‘discover’ almost 400… Read More

  • Social games publisher Jolt Online brings Playboy to Facebook – "don't tell your girlfriend"

    Is there no escape from the Playboy franchise? Jolt Online, the Ireland-based social games publisher that was acquired by GameStop last December, has unveiled its latest Facebook game: Playboy Party. Described as featuring “pretty much all the things that you can imagine from a Facebook Playboy game” – I haven’t a clue what that means – the accompanying press… Read More

  • MyTweetMag is another Twitter-driven publishing tool but with a few tricks of its own

    MyTweetMag, launched quietly in the summer by Hamburg-based Sebastian Schuermanns, is a paper.li-like service that lets users create a ‘magazine’ based on links and other content pulled in from their Twitter stream. However, where it differs slightly from paper.li is the degree of manual intervention that is required. Instead of automatically culling links from a user’s… Read More

  • Txtr partners with Dutch e-tailer Bol.com to power its Samsung Galaxy eBook store

    Txtr, maker of the txtr Reader, Germany’s answer to the Kindle, is partnering with bol.com, Netherlands’ largest online retailer, to power its newly launched eBook store pre-installed on the Samsung Galaxy tablet and Android-based smartphones. In addition, an iPhone/iPad version will be available for download from bol.com. Similar to Amazon’s multi-device approach, with… Read More

  • Simfy, the Spotify-of-Germany, partners with social network StudiVZ

    Simfy, a sort of German equivalent to Spotify, has signed an exclusive partnership with VZ networks, Germany’s largest social network and operator of the so-called Facebook clone StudiVZ. The deal will see VZ’s 16 million users being given access to simfy’s ad-supported and free on-demand music streaming service, which comprises a catalog of more than 6.2 million songs. Read More

  • Busuu.com launches campaign to save language with only 8 users

    In a move that cynics might claim is just cheap PR, busuu.com, the language learning community, has launched a campaign to save Busuu, a Cameroonian language with only 8 remaining speakers and on UNESCO’s list of ‘critically endangered’ languages. Yes, apparently, such a list does exist. The Save Busuu campaign takes the form of a music video and learning pack, along with… Read More

  • BuildorPro wants to bring HTML/CSS editing to the cloud – we have invites

    Web designers have to deploy their finished work in a web browser so perhaps it makes sense to move the design tools themselves to the browser too. That’s the thinking behind BuildorPro, which claims to be the first browser-based, web design and development environment with built in HTML/CSS tools. Or, for seasoned web designers out there, think Coda or Espresso but in the cloud. The… Read More

  • GMBHnews turns any blog into a mobile site – for a price

    GMBHnews, from Otzberg, Germany-based Omer Networks, has launched as a quick and easy way for publishers to create and monetize mobile versions of their website. It does this through a near idiot-proof setup ‘wizard’ that asks for the site’s name, URL, RSS feed and Google Mobile AdSense code (if applicable). However, the fact that it’s RSS-driven would seem to suggest… Read More

  • Runa Capital invests $2 million in Russian mobile startup OnAir3G

    Runa Capital, a new Russian VC fund that launched in August, has announced its first investment: $2 million in OnAir3G, which is described as a “voice-enabled mobile social networking platform”. Notably, the Moscow-based startup is founded by Andrey Vasilevsky who also co-founded SmartCom, a developer of navigation software for Symbian, Windows Mobile and J2ME, which was sold to… Read More

  • MyVoucherCodes lands on iPhone to help more local outlets cut their own margins

    MyVoucherCodes, the UK’s leading discount voucher code site, has launched its local offering with an iPhone app (and accompanying website) that helps consumers locate the best local deals via GPS. However, as we noted when the company first unveiled its ‘hyper-local’ strategy, the idea isn’t a new one and MyVoucherCodes is entering a space that is getting crowded… Read More

  • Twago raises "six-digit Euro" sum for its outsourcing platform

    Twago, which provides a “global online intermediation platform” for services in the areas of IT, design, and business support, has received backing from a Frankfurt, Germany-based investment group from the private banking sector. The exact amount isn’t being disclosed but is described as in the “six-digit” Euros, while the actual investors are also remaining… Read More

  • Car comparison site Carbuzz aims to ride slipstream of expert reviewers

    A new independent car comparison website has launched in the UK hoping to take on much more established media in the car review space. Founded by 23 year old “car enthusiast” James Hind, Carbuzz aggregates expert reviews and ratings, along with user reviews, statistics, and additional video and images, in order to help car buyers make their next purchase based on criteria such… Read More

  • Kwaga partners with Viadeo to add professional profiles to its semantic email filter

    Kwaga, which offers a semantic toolkit to help manage email, is partnering with LinkedIn competitor Viadeo to make the social network’s 30m user profiles available within Gmail, with other email services to follow. Specifically, Viadeo support is being rolled out first for Kwaga Context so that a sender’s Viadeo profile (if available) will be displayed, as well as other… Read More

  • GrabCAD flicks the monetization switch, launches marketplace

    GrabCAD, the open source CAD (computer aided design) library and engineering community, has flicked the monetization switch with the launch of its CAD services marketplace. Harvesting the talent of its 1,000 engineer-strong community, the marketplace connects those engineers with anyone in need of technical drawings and CAD-related services, promising a 24-hour turnaround and a flat fee of $30… Read More

  • MobiCart exits Beta to let anyone build a free iOS-powered store

    MobiCart, the free service lets users build a native storefront for Apple’s iOS, has left private Beta so that anybody can sign-up. First unveiled at the DEMO Fall conference held in San Francisco in September, MobiCart offers a fully customized storefront that can operate standalone or tie into a website’s existing e-commerce content management system via the startup’s open API. Read More

  • Europe lacks the dynamism required to produce the 'next Google'

    Europe’s business environment lacks the dynamism required to produce the next ‘Google’, according to a new report published by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and FORA, which compared the business climate in Europe with that of the US, as well as Canada and New Zealand. Based on detailed analysis of the growth characteristics of six… Read More

  • Apprupt, the affiliate network for mobile apps, bags MTV as a partner

    Apprupt, the affiliate network for mobile apps, has today announced that its bagged MTV Networks as a publisher partner. Four of MTV’s German mobile websites – MTV Music, VIVA, the children’s and family station Nickelodeon, as well as GameOne – will now offer iPhone users relevant and value-added apps for download via apprupt’s affiliate network. Headquartered… Read More

  • True Knowledge sets out to find the most boring day in recent history

    True Knowledge, the Cambridge, UK-based natural language search company, has set out to find the most boring day of the 20th century. Or, technically speaking, the most “uneventful” day, since the term boring is far too subjective for even the most sophisticated computer program to understand. That day, apparently, is April 11th 1954. Read More