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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  • Fight My Monster wants to be a Moshi Monsters for boys, Dylan Collins joins as Angel

    Seen as a “last throw of the dice” in 2008 by Michael Acton Smith’s Mind Candy, Moshi Monsters has grown into a phenomenal success. The educational social game for kids is said to be signing up a new player every second and when your online brand is shifting merchandise in the physical world too, you must be doing something right. It’s no wonder then that a new UK… Read More

  • iGlue challenges users to Wikify-the-Web with $40k in cash prizes

    Designed to mark the company’s full launch after four years of development, iGlue, in partnership with one of its backers, Power of the Dream Ventures (PDV), is launching “The iGlue Summer Annotation Challenge” with cash prizes totaling $40k. Putting to one side the question as to whether this is money well spent compared to other forms of marketing, the competition, which… Read More

  • Social games publisher Pixonic raises $5m

    Although this isn’t on the same level as Wooga’s $24m Series B round announced today, it’s more evidence that social gaming remains a hot space. Pixonic, the social games publisher, has raised a $5 million round from VCs Ventech, Kite Ventures, and TA Ventures. This follows earlier funding of $1m secured last year. The new investment will be used to expand the Russian… Read More

  • Billed as an affordable TED, Launch48 brings The Inspire Conference to London

    Billed as a sort of affordable TED, The Inspire Conference is coming to London on 7-8 June. The event, organised by the team behind Launch48, promises to bring “the most brilliant minds” together in Technology, Creativity and Entrepreneurship. And on that note our very own Mike Butcher is making an appearance. He’ll be doing an on-stage discussion/interview with Peter… Read More

  • Magma, the Basecamp-for-magazine-publishers, scores $350k from SDTI

    Magma, the platform that helps magazine publishers (both dead tree and online) streamline their workflow, has secured $350k from Syddansk Teknologisk Innovation (SDTI). A sort of ‘Basecamp for magazine publishers’, Magma was founded in July 2010 by Andrew Dahl, whose had stints at Amazon, Expedia and PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Sebastian Stockmarr, a User Experience Designer who… Read More

  • Huddle introduces 'Adoption Guarantee'; heads to Silicon Roundabout

    There’s an argument that says that more enterprises would adopt cloud-based alternatives to legacy desktop software if it wasn’t for those pesky users. That’s presuming that you can get buy in from the IT department first. But presuming that is the case, Huddle has an interesting offer: the company is introducing the ‘Huddle Adoption Guarantee’ for its… Read More

  • Whatser to let brands put their stamp on location curation

    Whatser, the location-based service that lets users share their favorite locations with friends and discover new ones, is rolling out a new money-making feature today: Brands can now create collections of their favourite locations, which users of the platform can then ‘follow’. Collections are a form of location curation so in this sense brands get to put their stamp on places that… Read More

  • Brightpearl scores further $5m from Notion and Eden for its cloud-based solution for SMEs

    Brightpearl, which provides a cloud-based integrated suite of applications for SMEs, has secured $5 million in Series A funding from Notion Capital and Eden Ventures. Both VC firms have previously backed the Bristol, UK-based startup to the tune of $1.5m. Founded in 2007 by Chris Tanner, Brightpearl’s pitch to SMEs is that its SaaS helps take away the pain of implementing information… Read More

  • MobiCart bags £100k from ex-Google director who also joins as Chairman

    MobiCart, the free service that lets users build a native storefront for Apple’s iOS, has announced that ex-Google European Director of Online Sales and Operations, Stephen Lusty, has invested £100k in the UK startup in addition to joining as Chairman. The company had previously scored $500,000 in a seed funding round in March this year led by the UK’s Finance for Business North… Read More

  • Server Density scores Angel funding and rolls out 'app store for sysadmins'

    After its initial funding from pan-European seed fund and incubator Seedcamp, Server Density, the server monitoring tool, has secured £135k in an Angel round from Christoph Janz, Qamar Aziz, Kyle McGinn and The new investment will be used to accelerate growth through “several new projects.” To that end, the UK startup is also announcing its new “app store… Read More

  • Frooly sets up shop as a local Etsy for indie stores in the UK

    Frooly launches out of beta today as a market place for local boutique and independent stores from the UK who want to set-up shop online. It’s similar in some ways to Etsy with its focus on “luxury, handcrafted and unique sellers” but in this case certainly aimed at merchants who already operate off-line but need a low barrier to entry to entering the world of e-commerce. Read More

  • Gootip: You know what's hipper than Hipster? Actually launching

    You know what’s hipper than Hipster? Actually launching. OK, that’s not quite what the three-person team behind new local Q&A site Gootip said but it’s true that this tiny French startup launched this week has got their product out in the wild in full before their US-based rival. Ignoring the host of other location-based Q&A offerings, Gootip is also keen to point… Read More

  • NFC-ready! Smart payments startups ACT and sQuid see £53.3m merger

    There’s a lot of excitement (and hype) at the moment around smart payment solutions, not least in relation to the potential of NFC now that mobile operating systems and handsets are finally supporting the technology. As a result, VC money for startups in the space has been coming thick and fast, while the likes of Silicon Valley-based Jumio and Boku have been getting plenty of… Read More

  • Amateur sports network Pitchero hits 1m monthly uniques – aims to cash in on Rugby World Cup

    Pitchero, the UK startup that makes it easy for amateur and semi professional sports clubs to build their own web presence with social networking features, has seen a major revamp and with it is announcing a milestone of 1 million monthly unique visitors. In addition, the network, which aggregates and links those club websites and user profiles via sport, location and competition, houses… Read More

  • LoveYourLarder wants to be an Etsy-for-foodies

    LoveYourLarder, which soft-launched late last year, is pitching itself as an “Etsy-for-foodies”. It’s an apt reference since the site offers users a way to discover and buy hard-to-find ingredients or “artisan” food and drink from independent producers in the UK. Like Etsy, it’s also a classic long tail play in that it aggregates the products of those who… Read More

  • WorldTV sees full launch, flicks switch on in-app store for premium features

    After fours years of tweaking and pivoting, WorldTV, which brings a TV channel-viewing experience to online video publishing, finally thinks it has the model right and is flicking the switch on an in-app store for à la carte premium features. The ‘friends and family’-funded company has been cashflow positive since 2009 but after experimenting with an ad-supported model, which… Read More

  • Old Skool vs New Skool – Napster's Spotify competitor goes mobile in the UK

    Music streaming services are are becoming a dime a dozen, and that’s before we factor in the expected launch of Apple’s own cloud music offering. Today, Best Buy-owned Napster, the Old Skool player of yesteryear (by brand name only) has unleashed its mobile apps here in the UK. Like Spotify, We7 and a raft of European and U.S. music streaming services, Napster Unlimited plus… Read More

  • ViewsHound introduces revenue sharing for its crowd-sourced news site

    Just two weeks after launch, ViewsHound, the crowd-sourced news site with daily prizes, has introduced a revenue share option for contributors. Instead of just being in with a chance of winning a part of the site’s daily prize fund for the best articles, photos and cartoons contributed, in a move similar to UK competitor Blottr, users can now get a share of advertising revenue – I… Read More

  • Netcycler swaps an old idea for a slightly better one

    Netcycler, the online swapping site, has seen its UK launch. Up until now the service, which is a European competitor to US-based, has been available in Finland first in March 2010, followed by Germany a few months later. As of this month, however, Brits can use the site to start recycling unwanted items for things they do want – and apparently we’re pretty good at doing… Read More

  • ShareMyPlaylists lands on iPad ahead of the mothership connection

    ShareMyPlaylists, the music social network built on top of Spotify with the specific purpose of sharing playlists, has landed on the iPad. Interestingly, this is before the European music streaming service has its own dedicated app for Apple’s tablet. That’s perhaps a little odd (or preemptive) considering how closely the two services are tied, although ShareMyPlaylists founder… Read More