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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  • Just like Apple's Ping, Muzu.TV repositions itself as a social network for music

    It could be said that ‘social’ is no longer a product, it’s a feature. Just witness Apple flicking the social networking switch on its hugely popular iTunes. And today the music video streaming startup Muzu.TV is doing the same. “These days music sites need to do more than just provide users with content”, says Mark French, co-founder of Muzu. “Our visitors… Read More

  • Language community busuu learns to love iPhone, 7 apps launched

    Busuu.com, the European online language-learning community, has launched 7 iPhone applications targeting English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Russian. I say community, but after its recent partnership with PONS Publishing Group, the second biggest publisher in Germany as part of the Klett Group, and now with its iPhone debut, the startup is clearly navigating more… Read More

  • Russian search engine Yandex beefs up music streaming options

    Yandex, Russia’s leading search engine, has beefed up its music streaming options with the launch of the Yandex.Music service. In addition to single tracks previously available for streaming directly on yandex.ru, where available, users who search for a particular track, album or artist will be re-directed to Yandex.Music in which they can make their own playlists or further search for… Read More

  • Anything Apple can do… Samsung's European app store reaches 10m downloads in year one

    Anything Apple can do… OK not quite. Nonetheless, Samsung is feeling pretty pleased with itself, announcing that its own app store – Samsung Apps – has seen 10 million downloads in Europe since its launch in September 2009. Initially available in a limited number of European (and Asian countries), including the UK, France, Germany and Italy, the handset maker’s app… Read More

  • Clickworker signs up Swink.tv for its Mechanical Turk competitor

    Clickworker.com (Humangrid), the European paid crowdsourcing platform and a competitor to Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, has picked up a new client: U.S. high-school sports media network Swink.tv. Similar to Amazon’s offering, clickworker breaks down potentially complex tasks, or at least those that can’t be easily automated by a computer, into micro-jobs, which it then distributes… Read More

  • Flexiant raises further £1m for its cloud computing offering

    Flexiant, which provides cloud software and services, has raised approximately a further £1 million in its latest funding round from “over twenty angel investors”, along with the company’s management team. That brings the total raised to-date to around £2m. Flexiant, one of only three independent public cloud providers in Europe (and five worldwide) says it will use the… Read More

  • ImpulsePay powers Spareroom.co.uk's mobile payments

    Spareroom.co.uk, the UK flat and house share website, has chosen ImpulsePay to power its mobile payment option. Users can now pay for access to ‘Early Bird’ ads on Spareroom using their mobile phone, giving them a heads-up of any available rooms, the cost of which will be added to their mobile phone bill or taken from their pre-pay credit. That’s because ImpulsePay… Read More

  • MXP4 brings its interactive music ads to Spotify

    We’d already had a hint that it was forthcoming: MXP4, the interactive music startup, is powering a new ad unit on Spotify in conjunction with Sony Music. Described as a first-of-its-kind, the campaign for Mark Ronson’s new album uses MXP4’s technology to enable Spotify users to play with tracks in a “game-like environment” directly within the ad. Although… Read More

  • DriveGain goes freemium with CarEconomy iPhone app

    DriveGain, the UK startup that helps motorists learn to drive more efficiently and save fuel, is dipping its toe in the freemium waters. It’s released a free iPhone app – CarEconomy – that does one thing: show your average fuel economy as you drive. But, taking advantage of Apple’s App Store in-app purchasing, users can upgrade to add additional features, and there are… Read More

  • Dailyplaces lets you check-in drunk with iPhone app for Oktoberfest

    Dailyplaces, the Frankfurt-based social location startup, has launched an iPhone app dedicated to the Oktoberfest which kicked off on Saturday and runs for 17 days. Developed in partnership with muenchen.de – the official portal of the Bavarian capital – the Wiesn App is being described as a “temporarily community” and enables beer festival goers (OK, the Oktoberfest… Read More

  • We7 streams to Android, offers 2 week free trial

    We7, the UK music streaming service and rival to the likes of Spotify in Europe, has launched its Android app, which is now available through the Android Marketplace. And to mark the full launch, the company is giving users a 2 week free trial by waiving the need for a ‘Premium Plus’ subscription, which is normally required to listen on the go, making it easy for Android… Read More

  • ExpertMaker offers AI tools for dummies

    ExpertMaker, which launched in Beta at the DEMO conference earlier this week, wants to democratize the use of Artificial Intelligence, creating AI tools “for the masses”. That sounds like a lofty mission but the Swedish startup says that its desktop tool is capable of handling complex problems, such as human-like recommendations, advice and diagnosis, but that you don’t need… Read More

  • Vodafone announces Mobile Clicks 2010 finalists, €150,000 up for grabs

    Vodafone has announced the four finalists of its Mobile Clicks competition to find the best mobile Internet start-ups based in either Spain, The Netherlands, Portugal or the UK. The shortlist includes startups working on field-worker remote reporting; mobile loyalty cards; mobile application “lifecycle management” and so-called ‘2nd screen’ gaming, where you interact… Read More

  • Tupalo partners with CityGrid Media to expand to the U.S., goes up against Yelp

    Vienna-based social yellow pages startup Tupalo (a European competitor to Qype) has launched in the U.S. in partnership with CityGrid Media, a local media company “connecting the millions of businesses and customers on the web.” As a result, Tupalo now offers over 1 million business listings across the U.S., adding tens of thousands more on a daily basis. This, of course, also pits… Read More

  • 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