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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  • Masabi secures $2 million from m8 Capital for its mobile ticketing technology

    Masabi, which develops mobile ticketing technology for the transport sector, has secured $2 million from London-based m8 Capital, the majority-owned affiliate of AGC Equity Partners that targets mobile startups and technology. In June, m8 invested $800k in the location-based startup Rummble. Masabi says the new funding will be used to support “commercial deployments” of the… Read More

  • MyWeddSpace wants to be a marriage made in heaven between couples and suppliers

    Poland gets what its makers claim to be a first in the country: MyWeddSpace.pl aims to assist couples from the moment they get engaged through to the wedding day itself, and in the process connect them with “the broadest catalogue of wedding suppliers”, which of course is how the site will generate revenue. Specifically, via an online wedding gift list, with discounts for top… Read More

  • SplitGigs, a gig sharing platform that aims to bypass shady promoters

    SplitGigs is a social network that helps emerging bands or musicians find gigs to play. It’s a simple idea: let bands swap slots in their upcoming gigs so that in return for letting a competing act play, they get to do the same the other way. The result is that both bands get an extra opportunity to get their music heard. That’s the theory anyway, although in this… Read More

  • Navmii jumps on the OpenStreetMap bandwagon, releases free Sat-Nav for iPhone

    For those too tightfisted to pony up the required €3.99 for Navmii’s GPS Live iPhone Sat-Nav solution, the company has gone one better, launching NavFree, a turn-by-turn solution that costs absolutely nothing. However, like Skobbler’s ‘do-it-yourself’ iPhone offering, it’s powered by the ‘Wikipedia of maps’ OpenStreetMap project, meaning that… Read More

  • The 2010 Bully Award winners are… Germany and the UK top the list

    The winners of the 2010 Bully Award – all thirty of them – were announced last night at the White Bull Summit 2010 in Barcelona, honouring the leading European technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) companies. Germany and the UK topped the list of winners each with five companies represented, followed closely by The Netherlands with four. All thirty winners were selected… Read More

  • Another win for safe harbour, Spanish court backs YouTube over Telecinco

    It’s a familiar story: Old Media sues Google-owned YouTube claiming copyright infringement. This time it was the turn of Spanish broadcaster Telecinco, insisting that YouTube should be liable when users upload copyright-infringing material. However, a federal court in Madrid disagreed and today dismissed all charges, ordering Telecinco to pay court costs in the process. Ouch. Read More

  • Just like Apple's Ping, Muzu.TV repositions itself as a social network for music

    It could be said that ‘social’ is no longer a product, it’s a feature. Just witness Apple flicking the social networking switch on its hugely popular iTunes. And today the music video streaming startup Muzu.TV is doing the same. “These days music sites need to do more than just provide users with content”, says Mark French, co-founder of Muzu. “Our visitors… Read More

  • Language community busuu learns to love iPhone, 7 apps launched

    Busuu.com, the European online language-learning community, has launched 7 iPhone applications targeting English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Russian. I say community, but after its recent partnership with PONS Publishing Group, the second biggest publisher in Germany as part of the Klett Group, and now with its iPhone debut, the startup is clearly navigating more… Read More

  • Russian search engine Yandex beefs up music streaming options

    Yandex, Russia’s leading search engine, has beefed up its music streaming options with the launch of the Yandex.Music service. In addition to single tracks previously available for streaming directly on yandex.ru, where available, users who search for a particular track, album or artist will be re-directed to Yandex.Music in which they can make their own playlists or further search for… Read More

  • Anything Apple can do… Samsung's European app store reaches 10m downloads in year one

    Anything Apple can do… OK not quite. Nonetheless, Samsung is feeling pretty pleased with itself, announcing that its own app store – Samsung Apps – has seen 10 million downloads in Europe since its launch in September 2009. Initially available in a limited number of European (and Asian countries), including the UK, France, Germany and Italy, the handset maker’s app… Read More

  • Clickworker signs up Swink.tv for its Mechanical Turk competitor

    Clickworker.com (Humangrid), the European paid crowdsourcing platform and a competitor to Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, has picked up a new client: U.S. high-school sports media network Swink.tv. Similar to Amazon’s offering, clickworker breaks down potentially complex tasks, or at least those that can’t be easily automated by a computer, into micro-jobs, which it then distributes… Read More

  • Flexiant raises further £1m for its cloud computing offering

    Flexiant, which provides cloud software and services, has raised approximately a further £1 million in its latest funding round from “over twenty angel investors”, along with the company’s management team. That brings the total raised to-date to around £2m. Flexiant, one of only three independent public cloud providers in Europe (and five worldwide) says it will use the… Read More

  • ImpulsePay powers Spareroom.co.uk's mobile payments

    Spareroom.co.uk, the UK flat and house share website, has chosen ImpulsePay to power its mobile payment option. Users can now pay for access to ‘Early Bird’ ads on Spareroom using their mobile phone, giving them a heads-up of any available rooms, the cost of which will be added to their mobile phone bill or taken from their pre-pay credit. That’s because ImpulsePay… Read More

  • MXP4 brings its interactive music ads to Spotify

    We’d already had a hint that it was forthcoming: MXP4, the interactive music startup, is powering a new ad unit on Spotify in conjunction with Sony Music. Described as a first-of-its-kind, the campaign for Mark Ronson’s new album uses MXP4’s technology to enable Spotify users to play with tracks in a “game-like environment” directly within the ad. Although… Read More

  • DriveGain goes freemium with CarEconomy iPhone app

    DriveGain, the UK startup that helps motorists learn to drive more efficiently and save fuel, is dipping its toe in the freemium waters. It’s released a free iPhone app – CarEconomy – that does one thing: show your average fuel economy as you drive. But, taking advantage of Apple’s App Store in-app purchasing, users can upgrade to add additional features, and there are… Read More

  • Dailyplaces lets you check-in drunk with iPhone app for Oktoberfest

    Dailyplaces, the Frankfurt-based social location startup, has launched an iPhone app dedicated to the Oktoberfest which kicked off on Saturday and runs for 17 days. Developed in partnership with muenchen.de – the official portal of the Bavarian capital – the Wiesn App is being described as a “temporarily community” and enables beer festival goers (OK, the Oktoberfest… Read More

  • We7 streams to Android, offers 2 week free trial

    We7, the UK music streaming service and rival to the likes of Spotify in Europe, has launched its Android app, which is now available through the Android Marketplace. And to mark the full launch, the company is giving users a 2 week free trial by waiving the need for a ‘Premium Plus’ subscription, which is normally required to listen on the go, making it easy for Android… Read More

  • ExpertMaker offers AI tools for dummies

    ExpertMaker, which launched in Beta at the DEMO conference earlier this week, wants to democratize the use of Artificial Intelligence, creating AI tools “for the masses”. That sounds like a lofty mission but the Swedish startup says that its desktop tool is capable of handling complex problems, such as human-like recommendations, advice and diagnosis, but that you don’t need… Read More

  • Vodafone announces Mobile Clicks 2010 finalists, €150,000 up for grabs

    Vodafone has announced the four finalists of its Mobile Clicks competition to find the best mobile Internet start-ups based in either Spain, The Netherlands, Portugal or the UK. The shortlist includes startups working on field-worker remote reporting; mobile loyalty cards; mobile application “lifecycle management” and so-called ‘2nd screen’ gaming, where you interact… Read More

  • Tupalo partners with CityGrid Media to expand to the U.S., goes up against Yelp

    Vienna-based social yellow pages startup Tupalo (a European competitor to Qype) has launched in the U.S. in partnership with CityGrid Media, a local media company “connecting the millions of businesses and customers on the web.” As a result, Tupalo now offers over 1 million business listings across the U.S., adding tens of thousands more on a daily basis. This, of course, also pits… Read More