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.

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  • Female entrepreneurs wanted – Astia opens applications for its European accelerator

    I won’t get into the “women in tech” debate but any help for startups is definitely a good thing. On that note, Astia, the not-for-profit “venture accelerator for women-led high-growth companies”, is calling for applications from UK and European startups for its Entrepreneur Programme, to be held in London in March 2011. Specifically, it’s targeting… Read More

  • Zoopla continues property site roll up – acquires Houseprices.co.uk

    Real estate startup Zoopla continues it land grab today, announcing that it’s acquired Houseprices.co.uk, which when launched in 2005 was one of the first sites to offer free property price data for the UK and is currently the leader in the space. The terms of the deal are undisclosed but, having secured a further £3.25 million in funding in December (adding to the £3.75 million… Read More

  • Madvertise brings location-based mobile ads to Germany

    Madvertise, the Berlin-based mobile ad network, has added location-based targeting to its array of options – a first in Germany, claims the company. Advertisers can now reach customers based on their exact GPS location, city, region or state. This is in addition to existing targeting such as channels, carriers, operating systems and devices, which, says madvertise, allows for… Read More

  • HYPE raises multi-million Euro round for its idea and innovation solution

    HYPE, a provider of “idea and innovation management solutions”, has closed a multi-million Euro growth financing round via funds advised by European private equity firm ViewPoint Capital Partners. The investment will be used to boost the Bonn, Germany-based company’s worldwide sales and marketing efforts. HYPE’s main product is HypeIMT, described as an end-to-end… Read More

  • Navmii's free iPhone Sat-Nav app crosses the pond to the U.S.

    NavFree, the free Sat-Nav solution for iPhone (and iPad) from Navmii, has seen a U.S. roll out with maps now covering North America. The app, which originally targeted the UK & Republic of Ireland-only, is powered by the ‘do-it-yourself’ OpenStreepMap project – hence its freeness – and offers features such as full turn-by-turn voice guided navigation, off-line… Read More

  • Qeep secures multi-million Series B for its mobile gaming and entertainment soc network

    Blue Lion Mobile, the German company behind mobile gaming and entertainment social network qeep, has raised a multi-million euro B round led by French VC firm XAnge with co-investment from KfW. In addition, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments, who originally invested in Blue Lion’s Series A round back in 2007, has also participated. The precise amount of the round isn’t being… Read More

  • AdTaily rolls out its ad marketplace, remains commission-free for now

    AdTaily, the self-service advertising network, has launched its global marketplace for advertisers. It builds on top of the company’s existing self-serve ad widget for publishers which lets them sell ads direct, to offer a central place for advertisers to buy ads across the AdTaily network. Interestingly, however, the marketplace – just like the self-serve widget – will… Read More

  • Posterbee pivots to help teams share ambient info: news, slides, reports and videos

    Posterbee is relaunching today – yes, they’re pivoting! – as a more efficient way for teams to share what the Estonian startup refers to as “ambient information”, such as news, slides, reports and videos. It combines elements of Facebook’s news feed (these are called ‘streams’), including the ability to comment on any shared item, with the… Read More

  • Apprupt strengthens its partnership with RTL, now targets iPad devs and users

    Apprupt, the affiliate network for mobile apps, has today announced a further partnership with RTL interactive, specifically extending its “app shop” reach to the European broadcaster’s iPad users, a first for the startup. Apprupt already powers a version of its affiliate network for mobile apps on RTL’s mobile website mobil.rtl.de and the RTL iPhone app, but this will… Read More

  • Three bucks trend with all-you-can-eat data for smartphone users, but for how long?

    Mobile carrier Three UK, owned by Hutchison Whampoa, has beefed up its ‘One Plan’ pay-monthly tariff to include an all-you-can-eat data allowance. This is quite interesting on several fronts. Firstly, what we’re talking about here isn’t so-called ‘Unlimited’ data that in actual fact has a fair usage policy that translates into something like 1GB or less… Read More

  • Russian search engine Yandex gets a semantic injection

    Yandex, Russia’s leading search engine which is thought to be mulling over an IPO for up to $1.5 billion, is rolling out a new feature today that aims to make its search experience seem a lot more intelligent. Dubbed “Spectrum” and claiming to be able to read users’ minds, it uses what sounds like a combination of semantic technology and machine learning to… Read More

  • Fubra invests in deal-a-day aggregator Buyometric, lends marketing muscle too

    Fubra, the Aldershot, UK-based online media company behind PetrolPrices.com and a network of around 100 other sites, has invested in deal-a-day aggregator Buyometric. The actual amount isn’t being disclosed but is said to be a “5 figure seed investment”. Perhaps equally significant, however, the deal involves a marketing and infrastructure tie-in that will see Fubra push… Read More

  • Is Groupola heading to the deadpool?

    Groupola, the rather opportunistically named UK Groupon clone from the same company behind MyVoucherCodes, has ceased offering any deals. A quick check in on the website today, for example, reveals no current live offers, and we’re hearing that this has been the state of play since late November. A sign that Groupola is heading to the deadpool maybe? It wouldn’t be the first… Read More

  • Lovefilm begins streaming to Germany

    Lovefilm, the Netflix-of-Europe, has rolled out its streaming service in Germany, albeit in Beta. Previously, Germans only had access to the DVD and Blu-ray rental via the post element of Lovefilm, but slowly but surely the company is growing its video-on-demand proposition. Subscribers of Lovefilm.de can now stream films to their PC as part of their subscription package. Content comes from… Read More

  • Hivext secures $500,000 from Runa Capital for its Cloud dev platform

    Hivext, a cloud-based application development platform, has secured $500,000 of funding from Runa Capital, the Russian VC fund that launched in August. It follows Runa’s first investment announced last month: $2 million in OnAir3G, which is described as a “voice-enabled mobile social networking platform”. Read More

  • Fortumo cracks open the (Angry Birds) Piggy Bank to let Android devs offer carrier billing via SMS

    You remember Bad Piggy Bank, the in-game payment model for Rovio‘s Angry Birds on Android which lets users either remove the ad on the free version of the game or buy the pending Mighty Eagle update. Yes, the one that circumvents Android’s own app store payment system in favour of carrier billing. Well, it’s actually powered by European mobile payments provider Fortumo… Read More

  • Nokia's Navteq acquires crowdsourced traffic data app Trapster

    Nokia-owned Navteq (technically the handset maker’s mapping division) has acquired crowdsourced traffic data app Trapster. Details remain undisclosed. The San Diego, USA-based company’s app, which runs on multiple mobile platforms – iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Symbian, WebOS and JAVA-compatible feature phones – as well as network aware dedicated Sat-Nav devices… Read More

  • Online ad company Admeta bags new investors and CEO

    European online ad company Admeta has bagged a bunch of new investors and put in place a new CEO. Chalmers Innovation Seed Fund, Layline Partners and KL Ventures, together with two founders Leif Jägerbrand and Fredrik Strauss plus Ola Tiverman have acquired a majority stake in Admeta from the Sixth Pension. They have also made a capital injection to ensure the “continued software… Read More

  • DN Capital invests in Performance Horizon Group

    DN Capital, which invests in media and technology companies at the growth and early stages, has led a first round of investment in Performance Horizon Group (PHG), a provider of online performance marketing technology. The size of the round remains undisclosed. Headquartered in the North East of England with offices in London and Luton, PHG’s founders include Malcolm Cowley and Paul… Read More

  • Birch returns to help re-invent Bebo, puts his money where his mouth is

    It’s not quite on the level of Steve Jobs returning to Apple, but every time a founder comes home it leaves me feeling all warm and fuzzy. This time it’s the turn of Michael Birch who has re-joined Bebo as a strategic advisor, along with investing in the social network which he co-founded with his wife Xochi in early 2005 before selling the company to AOL in 2008 for $850… Read More