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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  • Flirtomatic lands on Android, lets users "Like" each other via Facebook

    Flirtomatic lands on Android, lets users "Like" each other via Facebook

    Flirtomatic, the mobile social network aimed at young adults, has launched an Android app available as a free download from the Android Marketplace. This follows the success of its iPhone app, rolled out in January, which has since become the “largest single source of inflow of new users”, says the UK company. BlackBerry and Nokia Ovi apps are promised this summer. Flirtomatic has… Read More

  • Video monetization platform invideous scores funding, launches in-video micropayments

    Video monetization platform invideous scores funding, launches in-video micropayments

    Invideous, the online video monetization platform from London-based Swiffen, has left beta, adding support for in-video payments of content hosted by Brightcove and JW player. The new feature supplements its existing video hotspot ad and e-commerce offering. The startup has also announced new funding in the “low six figures” from private investors from the digital and… Read More

  • Social networks overtake search engines in UK – should Google be worried?

    Social networks overtake search engines in UK – should Google be worried?

    Hitwise, the web analytics firm, has a report out today that claims that social networks now receive more UK Internet visits than search engines. Which, if the case, would imply that Google should be considerably worried about its future battle with the likes of Facebook and Twitter, as online marketing spend will surely follow Internet foot-through. Or does it? According to Hitwise, during… Read More

  • Spotify competitor WiMP lands on iPhone

    Spotify competitor WiMP lands on iPhone

    Anything you can do we can do too. WiMP, Norway’s local competitor to Spotify, has released an iPhone app that replicates most of the music streaming service’s features including, crucially, cached playlists for off-line playback. It’s a further sign that Spotify may have defined this type of service but that there is nothing stopping others from offering something similar… Read More

  • Audioboo, the Twitter-for-audio, closes first major round

    Audioboo, the Twitter-for-audio, closes first major round

    Audioboo, the ‘Twitter for Audio’, has closed its first major funding round, having ridden out a “monthly cash crisis”, the company tells TechCrunch Europe. And while the actual amount of new funding isn’t being disclosed, we’ve learned that it’s somewhere in the region of £1.5m. Audioboo’s investors now include Channel 4′s digital media… Read More

  • Rummble raises further $800k to boost its UX and expand team

    Rummble raises further $800k to boost its UX and expand team

    Rummble has raised $800k from m8 Capital. The social mobile location startup will use the new funding to further develop its recommendation engine for “finding places nearby”, focusing in particular on User Experience. The round follows on from Rummble’s previous angel investment. Notably, it’s also the first investment of London-based m8 Capital, a majority-owned… Read More

  • Want to advertise on Spotify? BigAudioAds could be the answer

    Want to advertise on Spotify? BigAudioAds could be the answer

    Kieron Donoghue, the guy behind ShareMyPlaylists, appears to be riding the Spotify wave again. Today he launches BigAudioAds.com, a service designed to make it easier to produce a professional sounding audio ad ready for ‘broadcast’ on ad-supported music streaming services such as Spotify and the UK’s We7. Although, of course, the resulting ads can be placed anywhere. Right… Read More

  • leNewz – a realtime coverflow-style iPhone news reader

    leNewz – a realtime coverflow-style iPhone news reader

    leNewz, developed by Paris-based Triviumsoft, offers a more visual way of browsing news on the iPhone. A “DemoPit Audience Choice” at TechCrunch Europe’s recent GeeknRolla event, the app is built on Triviumsoft’s ‘Eaagle‘ text mining and mapping technologies to deliver a real time keyword map of the most important topics in each of six news categories… Read More

  • Tengelmann acquires stake in baby products e-tailer Baby-Markt.de

    Tengelmann acquires stake in baby products e-tailer Baby-Markt.de

    Tengelmann Group has a acquired a 49.9% stake in Baby-Markt.de, the Dortmund-based baby products e-tailer. The financial details are undisclosed and the deal, in which Parklane Capital advised, is subject to regulatory approval. Tengelmann has recently stepped up its investment activity with interests in fashion retailers brands4friends and Zalando through its subsidiary Tengelmann… Read More

  • "Read TechCrunch instead" – Pushnote lets users leave notes behind on any site they visit

    "Read TechCrunch instead" – Pushnote lets users leave notes behind on any site they visit

    Pushnote wants to make web browsing social by enabling users to leave comments, in the form of notes, on any site they visit. It’s not a new idea and isn’t dissimilar in concept to Google Sidewiki, for example, which is perhaps more aimed at academic researchers. Pushnote on the other hand is intended to have greater consumer appeal, the site gives example use-cases such as the… Read More

  • Design feedback tool FineTuna to go under the hammer

    Design feedback tool FineTuna to go under the hammer

    FineTuna, the dead-simple image sharing and annotation service, has been put up for auction. The service targets designers who wish to share concepts with their clients and get feedback in the form of comments, although it’s suitable for any kind of design collaboration. FineTuna also offers a Firefox add-on to capture an entire web page or send individual images, which has been… Read More

  • Livestation goes iPad-friendly

    Livestation goes iPad-friendly

    Livestation, the online TV news service spun out from London-based Skinkers, has rolled out an iPad-friendly version of its website. Alongside its Flash video-based offering designed for “general web consumption”, the company has built a version that supports HTML5 and is optimized for viewing on Apple’s newfangled tablet. Users of the iPad can access Livestation’s array… Read More

  • Lovefilm appoints Dawn Airey to board

    Lovefilm appoints Dawn Airey to board

    Lovefilm, the pan-European home entertainment subscription service, has announced the appointment of Dawn Airey as a non executive director. Airey is regarded as one of the UK media industry’s most influential figures, holding key roles at a number of major broadcasters including BSkyB, iTV, and Five where she is currently Chairman and Chief Executive. Notably, Airey was the first… Read More

  • ZenTracker lets you keep tabs on your kid's location via Google Latitude

    ZenTracker lets you keep tabs on your kid's location via Google Latitude

    As every parent can attest, knowing the whereabouts of your children, especially as they become more independent, can be both a source of stress and comfort. Are they where they said they’ll be and/or where they’re supposed to be? That’s the question that ZenTracker, a location-based service built on top of Google Latitude, helps to answer. The site, a side project of 25 year… Read More

  • NewVoiceMedia raises £4m for its cloud-based contact centre

    NewVoiceMedia raises £4m for its cloud-based contact centre

    NewVoiceMedia, which offers a cloud-based contact centre solution, has raised £4m in VC funding from Eden Ventures and Notion Capital, the fund established last year by Jos and Ben White, founders of Messagelabs. NewVoiceMedia says it will use the new investment to further develop its ContactWorld product and take it global. The company’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution claims… Read More

  • Brits get their iPads early – a little too early for some

    Brits get their iPads early – a little too early for some

    Who said Christmas doesn’t come early? It’s iPad day tomorrow here in the UK, when the device officially launches. But, for those that pre-ordered, it hasn’t stopped delivery vans across the country turning up this morning with Apple’s shiny new toy in hand. And most customers are delighted, of course. Yes, I said most. Read More

  • Data integrity service GuardTime raises $8m in Series A round

    Data integrity service GuardTime raises $8m in Series A round

    GuardTime, the data integrity service, has raised $8m in a Series A round. Investment comes from Horizons Ventures; Ambient Sound Investments, the fund formed by the founding engineers of Skype; Infocomm Investments; FITOne Capital, a subsidiary of FIT-One Holdings, an IT startup business incubator in Japan; and Joi Ito, CEO of Creative Commons, entrepreneur, and venture capitalist. The… Read More

  • Videoplaza targets iPad with HTML5-friendly ad server

    Videoplaza targets iPad with HTML5-friendly ad server

    Videoplaza, the video ad server startup, has moved swiftly to make its Monetizer AdPlayer product ready for the iPad’s European invasion. That’s because it now supports HTML5, enabling videos to be monetized on Apple’s tablet. Remember the iPad doesn’t support Adobe’s Flash Video, the current industry-wide standard for delivering online video, so it’s the… Read More

  • Ex-Amazon Europe VP Simon Murdoch joins Octopus Ventures

    Ex-Amazon Europe VP Simon Murdoch joins Octopus Ventures

    Former Amazon Europe Vice-President, investor and ‘serial entrepreneur’, Simon Murdoch, has joined Octopus Ventures as a Senior Investment Partner. Octopus Ventures, a division of Octopus Investments Limited (‘Octopus’), specialises in early stage venture capital and growth capital transactions. Murdoch will work alongside Alex Macpherson and his team across the… Read More

  • Spotify for Android goes social

    Spotify for Android goes social

    Spotify‘s Android app sees a major update today, integrating a number of the new social and music player features of the music streaming service that launched last month. New to the app is the ability to play and wirelessly sync music files stored locally on your PC to your phone; support for Spotify’s “Inbox, Feed and Starred features”; the option to filter for tracks… Read More