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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  • KashFlow launches Orbit Accounts, SaaS for bean counters

    KashFlow, the London-based accounting startup, is launching a complementary offering to its core product for small businesses. Targeted at accountants, Orbit Accounts is a fully web-based service to let them “monitor, control and collaborate with their SME clients” and, naturally, it’s powered by the KashFlow engine. In terms of functionality, accountants can customise… Read More

  • U.S. ad network Collective enters the UK

    Online ad network Collective (formerly Collective Media) has opened its doors in the UK. It’s the first part of an “aggressive growth strategy” to get in to the European market, says the heavily funded U.S. company. As part of that expansion, Steve Filler, former Commercial Director of Unruly Media, has been appointed as managing director to lead the UK wing of… Read More

  • MobiCart offers free storefront builder for iOS and Android

    With the rise of the App Store phenomenon, it’s natural that e-commerce sites will want to roll out their own native mobile apps, but the cost of doing so – outsourcing or otherwise – may be prohibitive for boutique-sized and independent online traders. Enter MobiCart, a new UK startup that is offering a platform to build native store fronts for Apple’s iOS and Android at… Read More

  • Nokia World: "Nokia is back", claims handset maker with three new devices but MeeGo is M.I.A.

    With the company in-between CEOs, it was left to Niklas Savander, Executive Vice President, Markets, to deliver the opening keynote at today’s Nokia World in London. And strangely but perhaps appropriately, he was later joined by Anssi Vanjoki, EVP Mobile Solutions and effectively Nokia’s no. 2, who just yesterday handed in his notice. Admirably, Savander did his best to rally… Read More

  • Wavebreak raises €350k for its HD royalty free film footage and animation service

    Wavebreak, which produces broadcast quality HD royalty free film footage and animation, has raised €350k of funding led by the Bank of Ireland Seed and Early Stage Equity Fund managed by Kernel Capital. Specifically, the fund put in €250k with the remainder coming through Enterprise Ireland. Founded in 2006, Cork-based Wavebreak, a former InterTradeIreland Seedcorn national finalist, boasts… Read More

  • What should Nokia announce at Nokia World tomorrow?

    With one day to go before Nokia World, the Finnish handset maker’s annual shindig, the perception to the outside media is of a corporate family in crisis. First up, despite being scheduled to give a keynote speech, we learn that current Chief Executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo has been ousted, to be replaced by Stephen Elop, formerly of Microsoft Corp., although Elop won’t come… Read More

  • Slicethepie, the crowdfunding platform for artists, partners with UMG's Fontana

    Slicethepie, the web-based artist financing engine that lets musicians and bands raise money to make a professional record, has partnered with Fontana Distribution, the “indie” arm of Universal Music Group Distribution. The arrangement will see Fontana act as a sort of A&R middle-person by recommending the best Slicethepie artists to their network of over 80 labels across the U.S. Read More

  • The case for the dedicated e-reader: When it's time to go off the grid

    With the advent of the iPad and the plethora of cheaper Android tablets that are due to flood the market over the coming months, there’s an increasingly popular theory in the tech industry: the days of the dedicated e-reader are numbered. Last week we published the latest forecasts from Informa Telecoms & Media analysts that said as much. Sales of ‘smartbooks’ (a… Read More

  • Flirtomatic reaches 3m users, out flirts Match and eHarmony in U.S. mobile

    Mobile social network Flirtomatic (“the world’s number one flirting company”) today announced somewhat of a milestone: It’s passed the 3 million global user mark and, perhaps more noteworthy, recently surpassed 1 million users in the U.S. Furthermore, citing a study by the mobile media measurement firm Ground Truth, the London-based company says that over the summer… Read More

  • MXP4 brings interactive music to Facebook but will Farmville users skip a beat?

    In a bid to cash in on the popularity of ‘casual gaming’ on Facebook, the interactive music startup MXP4 is jumping on the uber-social networking site, rolling out 15 apps for major artists including David Guetta, Big Boi, Hot Chip and Enrique Iglesias. The idea being that artists and labels can now offer a music solution on their Facebook page that moves beyond traditional… Read More

  • Socowave secures €3m Series A round led by Balderton Capital

    Socowave, which developes advanced wireless access systems for mobile communications, has secured a €3 million Series A round led by Balderton Capital. The funding will enable the Dublin-based company to accelerate the development of its technology, which is said to substantially increase “the data handling capacity of cellular radio infrastructure whilst reducing the energy… Read More

  • MouseTrace integrates with Google Analytics, Clicky and others

    MouseTrace, a service that provides website owners with a visual replay of how visitors interact with their wares, has announced integration with a number of analytics providers. Support via a Google Chrome plug-in (Firefox and Safari to follow soon) has been added for Chartbeat, Google Analytics, Clicky and Statcounter. Once the plug-in is installed, MouseTrace users can access visitor… Read More

  • Mentaline – Just-Eat founder launches platform for virtual therapists and life coaches

    Jesper Buch who co-founded Just-Eat, the European company that took fast food online, has launched his latest venture: Mentaline, a platform for therapists, life coaches and psychologists to deliver services to clients. Ambitiously, it’s not a marketplace in which sessions eventually take place offline but instead the whole thing operates on the Web. Users browse the site by specialism… Read More

  • German eyewear retailer Mister Spex raises €7m in second round

    Mister Spex, the German online eyewear retailer, has raised over seven million Euros in a second round led by DN Capital. Existing investors Grazia Equity, High-Tech Gründerfonds, Team Europe Ventures and Astutia Ventures have also taken part, while Xange joins DN Capital as a new investor. The new capital will be use to increase brand awareness in Germany and fuel international expansion… Read More

  • Pic-Nic Village launches with lofty crowdfunding ambitions

    Does the world really need another social network? Pete Lawrence, a social entrepreneur and the guy behind The Big Chill Festival, apparently thinks so with the pending launch of Pic-Nic Village. Although, perhaps tellingly, he expects to finance it through crowdfunding, hoping to raise as much as £750,000. Described as a “modern day co-operative”, the social network aims to… Read More

  • Bike Doctor for iPhone helps cyclists carry out repairs

    Bike Doctor, as the name somewhat implies, is a simple iPhone app to help cyclists carry out common bike repairs and maintenance, such as fixing a puncture or adjusting brakes. It’s been developed by Andreas Kambanis who writes the London Cyclist Blog and Ron Forrester, also the developer of Cychosis app, a mobile journal tool for cyclists. Read More

  • Slash 'n' Grab launches as a poor man's Blekko

    Slash ‘n’ Grab has launched as a simple way to search some of the most popular sites on the web from a single interface. Simply type the name of the site you want to search, followed by a slash and the term that you’re searching for. So, for example, if you want to search TechCrunch for, say iPhone 4, you would type “TechCrunch/iPhone 4″. If, however, Slash… Read More

  • Spotify lands on Sonos home audio systems

    The European music streaming service Spotify has partnered with Sonos, the Californian maker of Wireless Multi-Room Music Systems. This will mean that by the end of this month, Spotify Premium subscribers – the same tariff that enables mobile access – will be able to stream Spotify’s music catalog around the home to a networked Sonos box (or multiple boxes), which is a… Read More

  • Televisa partners with Level Up to launch co-branded video game channel

    Televisa Interactive Media, the digital wing of Televisa, the largest Spanish-language media company, has partnered with Busca Corp-owned Level Up to launch an “exclusive” video game channel across Latin America. Level Up is the leading online social media and news site for the Spanish-speaking video-gamer market. The new channel will be co-branded and will have a content tie-in… Read More

  • AOL creates 20 new software engineer jobs in Dublin

    AOL has announced that it is creating 20 new software engineering jobs at its Dublin Development Centre, the majority of which will be with AOL’s Media Technology division and will focus on “developing AOL’s global media channels” which include AOL News, DailyFinance and the AOL.com homepage, amongst 80 brands in total. The new jobs are in addition to 50 software… Read More