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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  • Flirtomatic hooks up with new CEO as Mark Curtis steps down

    Mobile social network Flirtomatic (“the world’s number one flirting company”) has appointed Neil Goldberg as its new CEO. He’ll replace outgoing CEO Mark Curtis. Goldberg is described as having “16 years of leadership experience building global companies in the entertainment and technology industries” and was previously with Silicon Valley’s SayNow… Read More

  • EDITD scores $1.6m to help fashion industry mine the social web and more big data

    EDITD, the London-based startup that offers a retail monitoring and analytics platform for the fashion industry, has raised a $1.6 million “seed round” led by Index Ventures. Alex Zubillaga, Atlas Venture, High Line Venture Partners, Sylvie Gabriel and Joanne Wilson have also participated. The new funding will be used to further develop EDITD’s product offering, including… Read More

  • Social media agency Punktilio acquired by Essence – another exit for Michael Birch

    Social media specialist Punktilio has been acquired by digital media agency Essence, just two years after being founded. In fact, the accompanying press release carries the line: “From ‘start-up to ‘sold’ in just two years”, which reminds me of the Stuart Baggs quote from the TV show The Apprentice: “Everything I touch, turns to sold”. That’s… Read More

  • Restalo.es raises €1m to let diners book tables in real-time

    Restalo.es, the leading Spanish restaurant reservations site, has raised €1m from Barcelona-based Active Venture Partners. The funding will be used to fuel growth both at home and Internationally. Funded in 2008, the startup currently operates across Spain, along with Paris, London and Rome. Similar to Toptable in the UK, Restalo lets diners book tables in real-time with immediate… Read More

  • You said what? Brandwatch brings its social media monitoring search to Seesmic

    Brandwatch, the UK social media monitoring startup, has released a free search plugin for Seesmic, the desktop client for companies who want to manage their social media presence. Aimed at users who want to monitor a particular brand or topic across the whole of the Web, not just the services that Seesmic supports out of the box, the Brandwatch plugin adds additional search/monitoring… Read More

  • Next Performance raises €16m for its online ad retargeting

    Next Performance, the online ad company that specialises in “dynamic retargeting”, has raised €16m from UK-based growth equity firm Kennet Partners. The new funds will be used by Next Performance to continue its European expansion, while Michael Elias, Managing Director at Kennet, and Hillel Zidel, Director at Kennet, will join the the Paris, France-based company’s Board… Read More

  • Mixcloud brings its 'YouTube-for-radio' to iPhone

    Mixcloud, the ‘YouTube of radio’ (see our recent TechCrunch TV interview), has finally brought its offering to the iPhone in the form of a native app. The Mixcloud iPhone app gives on-the-go access to the London startup’s library of on-demand radio – DJ mixes, radio shows and podcasts, along with 100s of thousands of other “Cloudcasts” that have been uploaded… Read More

  • 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 Distilled.net. 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