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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  • Veebeam raises $6 million for its wireless PC-to-TV solution

    With the deluge of Internet-connected TVs and consumer-facing set-top boxes hitting the market, not to mention the soon-to-launch YouView IPTV platform in the U.K., it seems inevitable that sometimes kludgy and niche PC-to-TV solutions will continue to be squeezed. Why involve a PC for getting Internet video onto the television, if it’s not necessary. But that not stopping a whole host… Read More

  • Stealthiest recruitment campaign yet? Agency makes Facebook Places land grab before launch

    We’ve seen quite a few ingenious ways to use the Web for recruitment or to land a job. The Daily Mail newspaper’s job advert in its search engine-targeted robot.txt immediately springs to mind as does the ad man who bought up Google Adwords spots next to the names of six ad executives he wanted to work with. But the following effort from German digital marketing agency Jung von… Read More

  • Hold the front page: Financial Times on iPad does a cool £1m in ad revenue

    Could it be that the iPad and its ilk are the savior of the newspaper industry? The jury’s still out but today’s news that the Financial Times’ iPad app has generated a cool £1 million in ad revenue since its launch in May does bode quite well, at least in relation to the FT itself. That figure comes from the paper’s own deputy chief executive Ben Hughes as revealed at… Read More

  • Confused BusinessWeek report: INQ planning a Spotify phone, may integrate Facebook too

    INQ, the British handset maker and wholly owned subsidiary of Hutchison Whampoa (who also own mobile network 3), are working on a “Spotify phone”. Or so says BusinessWeek in a report that seems to be somewhat confused. It’s not a particularly new story – both INQ and Spotify share an investor in Li Ka-shing (who also owns a stake in Facebook) – but this time… Read More

  • Octopus and YFM invest £3.95m in Bluebell, incorporates Callstream along the way

    Octopus Investments and YFM Private Equity have announced a £3.95m joint investment in Bluebell Telecom who will use the new funding to expand and, in particular, incorporate Callstream, the inbound telephony specialist, into a newly formed Bluebell Telecom Group. Callstream’s technology provides customers with “cost effective management of external and internal… Read More

  • Shock! Nokia ships latest smartphone before we've all forgotten about it

    Say what you will about the state of Nokia, Europe’s favourite Finnish handset maker, but no one will disagree that its product launch strategy over the years has been the very opposite of Apple’s. Whereas Steve Jobs likes to start shipping a product within weeks – if not the same day – of an announcement, a typical Nokia launch goes something like this: First, a… Read More

  • 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