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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  • Busuu.com launches campaign to save language with only 8 users

    In a move that cynics might claim is just cheap PR, busuu.com, the language learning community, has launched a campaign to save Busuu, a Cameroonian language with only 8 remaining speakers and on UNESCO’s list of ‘critically endangered’ languages. Yes, apparently, such a list does exist. The Save Busuu campaign takes the form of a music video and learning pack, along with… Read More

  • BuildorPro wants to bring HTML/CSS editing to the cloud – we have invites

    Web designers have to deploy their finished work in a web browser so perhaps it makes sense to move the design tools themselves to the browser too. That’s the thinking behind BuildorPro, which claims to be the first browser-based, web design and development environment with built in HTML/CSS tools. Or, for seasoned web designers out there, think Coda or Espresso but in the cloud. The… Read More

  • GMBHnews turns any blog into a mobile site – for a price

    GMBHnews, from Otzberg, Germany-based Omer Networks, has launched as a quick and easy way for publishers to create and monetize mobile versions of their website. It does this through a near idiot-proof setup ‘wizard’ that asks for the site’s name, URL, RSS feed and Google Mobile AdSense code (if applicable). However, the fact that it’s RSS-driven would seem to suggest… Read More

  • Runa Capital invests $2 million in Russian mobile startup OnAir3G

    Runa Capital, a new Russian VC fund that launched in August, has announced its first investment: $2 million in OnAir3G, which is described as a “voice-enabled mobile social networking platform”. Notably, the Moscow-based startup is founded by Andrey Vasilevsky who also co-founded SmartCom, a developer of navigation software for Symbian, Windows Mobile and J2ME, which was sold to… Read More

  • MyVoucherCodes lands on iPhone to help more local outlets cut their own margins

    MyVoucherCodes, the UK’s leading discount voucher code site, has launched its local offering with an iPhone app (and accompanying website) that helps consumers locate the best local deals via GPS. However, as we noted when the company first unveiled its ‘hyper-local’ strategy, the idea isn’t a new one and MyVoucherCodes is entering a space that is getting crowded… Read More

  • Twago raises "six-digit Euro" sum for its outsourcing platform

    Twago, which provides a “global online intermediation platform” for services in the areas of IT, design, and business support, has received backing from a Frankfurt, Germany-based investment group from the private banking sector. The exact amount isn’t being disclosed but is described as in the “six-digit” Euros, while the actual investors are also remaining… Read More

  • Car comparison site Carbuzz aims to ride slipstream of expert reviewers

    A new independent car comparison website has launched in the UK hoping to take on much more established media in the car review space. Founded by 23 year old “car enthusiast” James Hind, Carbuzz aggregates expert reviews and ratings, along with user reviews, statistics, and additional video and images, in order to help car buyers make their next purchase based on criteria such… Read More

  • Kwaga partners with Viadeo to add professional profiles to its semantic email filter

    Kwaga, which offers a semantic toolkit to help manage email, is partnering with LinkedIn competitor Viadeo to make the social network’s 30m user profiles available within Gmail, with other email services to follow. Specifically, Viadeo support is being rolled out first for Kwaga Context so that a sender’s Viadeo profile (if available) will be displayed, as well as other… Read More

  • GrabCAD flicks the monetization switch, launches marketplace

    GrabCAD, the open source CAD (computer aided design) library and engineering community, has flicked the monetization switch with the launch of its CAD services marketplace. Harvesting the talent of its 1,000 engineer-strong community, the marketplace connects those engineers with anyone in need of technical drawings and CAD-related services, promising a 24-hour turnaround and a flat fee of $30… Read More

  • MobiCart exits Beta to let anyone build a free iOS-powered store

    MobiCart, the free service lets users build a native storefront for Apple’s iOS, has left private Beta so that anybody can sign-up. First unveiled at the DEMO Fall conference held in San Francisco in September, MobiCart offers a fully customized storefront that can operate standalone or tie into a website’s existing e-commerce content management system via the startup’s open API. Read More

  • Europe lacks the dynamism required to produce the 'next Google'

    Europe’s business environment lacks the dynamism required to produce the next ‘Google’, according to a new report published by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and FORA, which compared the business climate in Europe with that of the US, as well as Canada and New Zealand. Based on detailed analysis of the growth characteristics of six… Read More

  • Apprupt, the affiliate network for mobile apps, bags MTV as a partner

    Apprupt, the affiliate network for mobile apps, has today announced that its bagged MTV Networks as a publisher partner. Four of MTV’s German mobile websites – MTV Music, VIVA, the children’s and family station Nickelodeon, as well as GameOne – will now offer iPhone users relevant and value-added apps for download via apprupt’s affiliate network. Headquartered… Read More

  • True Knowledge sets out to find the most boring day in recent history

    True Knowledge, the Cambridge, UK-based natural language search company, has set out to find the most boring day of the 20th century. Or, technically speaking, the most “uneventful” day, since the term boring is far too subjective for even the most sophisticated computer program to understand. That day, apparently, is April 11th 1954. Read More

  • PlayNice.ly exits Beta, wants to make bug tracking fun

    Let’s face it, bug tracking is a chore. It’s by far the least sexy side of software development and, frankly, many of the tools available to handle the process reflect this. That’s something that London-based startup PlayNicely Labs is trying to change with its first offering, PlayNice.ly, a web-based bug tracker that focuses on speed, UX and, well, fun. Yes, you read… Read More

  • Khojan soft launches to help London's boutique stores move online

    Khojan is a new UK startup that is on a mission to help independent or boutique stores get online, aiding their discovery in the process. Initially soft launching in London’s trendy Brick Lane and Portobello road areas, Khojan is described as an online shopping community that allows shoppers to buy products, view profiles and interact with individual shops all within one platform. Users… Read More

  • Moneybookers to rebrand as Skrill – hopes to become a verb

    Moneybookers, the European PayPal alternative or “eWallet provider”, has announced that it is rebranding to Skrill. The new name, which will take over as the consumer-facing brand by the end of 2011, is said to better capture the “ease and functionality of the company’s online payment suite”. Of course, the word skrill (short for skrilla) is already a commonly… Read More

  • Mobile music download store Gigaboxx dumps subscription charge for artists and labels

    Gigaboxx, the mobile music download platform targeting artists and record companies who want to set up shop to sell direct to fans, has dumped its monthly subscription charge to make the bulk of its B2B service free. This actually makes a lot of sense since the UK startup gets a kick back for every track sold, so why charge for the razors? Furthermore, Gigaboxx says that it’s seen 1,000… Read More

  • Anything Spotify can do – another operator offers Aspiro-powered music streaming

    There’s a strong case to be argued that, ultimately, premium music streaming services like Spotify et al. will need to partner with ISPs and telcos in order to achieve the “feels like free” proposition that’s required for mass adoption. But this is proving quite difficult, especially so when there are a number of companies offering white label versions of such services… Read More

  • iGlue, which wants to wikify the Web, launches its semantic content organiser

    iGlue, which wants to “wikify the web“, has officially launched its semantic content organizer and search application. Three years in the making before being unveiled at TechCrunch Europe’s GeeknRolla event in London last April, iGlue creates an additional information layer over web pages by using natural language technology to understand its content. The browser plug-in… Read More

  • Gruupy, a group buying site for gadget fans, gets official UK push

    Gruupy, the Ireland-based group buying site for gadget fans, has officially launched in the UK. The format is a familiar one: offer one deal a day that only becomes active is enough users commit to purchasing the item in a single 24 hour period. So far Gruupy has offered headline items such as discounted iPads, netbooks, and Xbox 360s. But the young startup, which is part bootstrapped and… Read More