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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  • 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

  • SCVNGR launches in the UK through partnership with 'stealth' rail search and booking service Quno

    The U.S. location-based social gaming platform SCVNGR is launching in the UK today through a partnership with Quno, a web based rail search and booking service due to launch later this year. It will give rail passengers the opportunity to “participate in fun challenges” in stations across the country. In line with other games built on top of SCVNGR, which runs on iPhone and… Read More

  • TweeShot launches TwitPic-for-screenshots, wants to become "pause button" for the Web

    TweeShot has launched as a simple way to share screenshots of web pages via Twitter: a sort of TwitPic for screenshots. That’s in the short term anyway. Longer term, the service, put together by a team of Spanish developers, bloggers and designers, wants to become the “pause button” for the web by offering an API so that other applications can tap into the screen capture or… Read More

  • 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