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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  • Loved.by helps consumers take products viral and get paid for doing so

    Hoping to tap into the social shopping phenomenon that enables products to go viral through social networks like Twitter and Facebook, Loved.by is a newly launched site that lets users share links to products that they “love” and potentially get rewarded for doing so. The startup, founded by Oliver Krohne and Thorsten Singhofen, is funded by HackFwd, the investment vehicle set up… Read More

  • Spil Games embraces HTML5 to take its casual games mobile, launches developer contest

    Spil Games, the casual gaming portal, has rolled out mobile versions of its games based on HTML5, making them accessible on a range of Android handsets, as well as the iPhone and iPad. Additionally, the Netherlands-based company is launching a developer contest to help fuel new HTML5 games, with prizes totaling $50,000 for the best new titles. Claiming to be ranked as a top 60 most visited… Read More

  • SellMyMobile launches white label offering

    SellMyMobile.com, the UK mobile phone recycling price comparison site, is launching a white label service which enables partner sites to offer their own branded version of the service and take a cut in any revenue generated. Like similar price comparisons sites for other sectors, SellMyMobile works by comparing the prices from all of the leading aftermarket mobile phone buying sites: a user… Read More

  • Videoplaza partners with the UK ad network Unanimis

    Videoplaza, the video ad server startup, has announced its working with the UK digital advertising network Unanimis. The “strategic partnership” will see the two companies offer “seamless integration of advertisements” into online videos for Unanimis’ clients, which include Orange.co.uk, Sony’s Crackle.com and WWE. Videoplaza, headquartered in Stockholm… Read More

  • MouseTrace lets you replay how visitors point, click, swipe and tap around your site

    MouseTrace has launched as a way for website owners to optimize their sites “to better suit their customers and visitors.” It does this via a single line of javascript which gives the owner the ability to spy on their visitors, literally, through a visual replay of how they’ve interacted with the site, including mouse movement, clicks and page scrolling. Additionally… Read More

  • Onefinestay launches as an 'unhotel', lets travelers stay in other people's homes

    Calling itself an ‘unhotel’, Onefinestay, which launches first in London, lets travelers stay in someone’s real home while the owner is out of town. For guests, it’s being pitched as a better value alternative to a premium or boutique hotel with the attraction being that they can “live like a local” (or so the marketing goes), while for house owners the… Read More

  • Ad targeting platform nugg.ad acquired by Deutsche Post

    Deutsche Post, Europe’s largest mail services operator, has announced that it’s to acquire the ad targeting platform nugg.ad in a bid to continue expanding into the online advertising market. The terms of the deal remain undisclosed, however, although nugg.ad will operate independently as a subsidiary of Deutsche Post and will remain headquartered in Berlin. Nugg.ad is a service… Read More

  • Zoopla hopes to become household name with 'multi-million pound' TV ad campaign

    Having largely relied on online marketing and word of mouth to fuel growth over the last two years, the leading UK property site Zoopla has today launched a multi-million pound TV ad campaign with the hope to become a “household name” in Britain. It will include a number of prime-time slots across ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and the Sky digital channels, with the initial campaign… Read More

  • From humble beginnings, We7's catalog now boasts 6.5m tracks

    We7, the UK music streaming service, has announced that its catalog now exceeds 6.5 million tracks. That in itself may not seem like such a big deal but consider this: at the same time last year, the music platform, which competes with the likes of Spotify, had around 3m tracks, under half of what is available today. Go back another year and a half and you’ll find that We7 didn’t… Read More

  • Dragontape is a fun, visual YouTube mixtape creator

    Dragontape is a new web app that lets you create ‘mixtapes’ of your favorite YouTube videos and easily show these with friends. The site’s functionality isn’t unique – its numerous competitors include vodpod.com, worldtv.com, and yubby.com – but creating a mix tape couldn’t be much simpler as Dragontape utilizes a familiar (and fun) drag… Read More

  • Spotify playlists get 'folders', plus other updates

    The music streaming service Spotify has long had the ability for users to create their own playlists. And with the recent ‘Spotify Social’ update, sharing those playlists became possible without the need to use third-party services, such as Sharemyplaylists. However, add more than a few playlists to Spotify’s desktop client and managing them can become a pain as they appear… Read More

  • Intel and Nokia open joint 3D research center in Finland

    Hot on the heels of their MeeGo mobile OS effort, Intel and Nokia are to open a joint research center in partnership with the University of Oulu in Finland. It will employ “about two dozen R&D professionals” and become the latest member of Intel’s European Research Network, Intel Labs Europe. The Intel and Nokia Joint Innovation Center will initially conduct research… Read More

  • Daily Mail newspaper plants job advert in robots.txt file

    Perhaps unsurprising for a newspaper that probably has more SEO staff than, well, actual journalists, the UK’s Daily Mail is hiring a new Search Engine Optimization manager. Interestingly, however, the job advert itself in fact appears in the newspaper’s website robots.txt file, which isn’t usually designed to be read by humans but is targeted at search engines bots to tell… Read More

  • DST buys Russian social network Odnoklassniki.ru

    The Internet investment group Digital Sky Technologies (DST) has acquired Odnoklassniki.ru, having previously owned an 80 percent interest in the Russian social network. The deal, reported to be valued between $14m and $28m, according to local newspaper Vedomosti, sees Odnoklassniki.ru founder, Albert Popkov, relinquish his remaining 20 per cent of the company. Popkov had raised several… Read More

  • Germany to outlaw employers checking out job candidates on Facebook, but Googling is OK

    A new law in Germany could soon make it illegal for employers to check out prospective job candidates on Facebook and other non-career focused social networks, according to local newspaper reports. Bizarrely, however, it will still be legal to “google” applicants, although they are to disregard information that is either too old or outside of a candidate’s control. Social… Read More

  • Virgin Mobile India gets a shiny new app store courtesy of GetJar

    GetJar, the largest independent mobile app store, continues to bed down in India. Today the company, which originates from Lithuania, has announced a partnership with Virgin Mobile India to operate a white label app store for the youth-oriented MVNO. This follows a similar ‘strategic partnership’ with Reliance Communications (RCOM), India’s second largest mobile operator… Read More

  • Video: The "first" dead tree magazine with Augmented Reality support

    I’ll confess that I’m not familiar with SZ Magazine, a supplement that is part of the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung, but this is pretty cool. In what the dead tree magazine claims as a first, although other publications have flirted with the concept, the latest edition is fully Augmented Reality supported. Yep, that’s right, point your iPhone’s camera at pages… Read More

  • This is twunbelievable! Tweetup makes Oxford Dictionary

    The latest revision to the prestigious Oxford Dictionary gives recognition to the rise of social media. Along with the phrase social media itself, other new entrants include microblogging, defriend (as in ditching someone on Facebook) and, wait for it, tweetup. I know, that’s twunbelievable! Seriously. For those of you who don’t know what a tweetup is, it’s a gathering of… Read More

  • MyVoucherCodes plans to go hyper-local with iPhone app

    MyVoucherCodes, the UK’s leading discount voucher code site, is preparing to go hyper-local. The idea isn’t a new one: let users find the best local deals using their iPhone via GPS. In fact, Vouchercloud from Invitation Digital, which we profiled in February, is another such offering. There’s also competition from the host of deal-a-day Groupon clones, of which… Read More

  • Zemanta partners with Automattic to add its recommendation engine to WordPress.com

    Zemanta, the service that helps bloggers find related content as they write, has partnered with Automattic so that its plugin is now available to users of WordPress.com. This follows existing partnerships with SixApart’s Movable Type, Blogger.com and Scribefire, and means that with today’s addition of WordPress.com, Zemanta now reaches 30% of the blogosphere, claims the company. Read More