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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  • Comufy launches friend-finder to help websites go viral via IM

    Friend-finder has launched as a way to help websites go viral, not via newfangled social media but good old fashioned IM. It’s the latest product from London-based Comufy, the communications platform for businesses. Similar to TweetSwitch, which we covered last year, the service is powered by Comufy’s existing technology. The widget can be integrated into virtually any website with… Read More

  • Yandex rolls out 'Geo-targeted Ads' – sticks ads on a map

    Yandex, the leading Russian search engine thought to be mulling over an IPO for up to $1.5 billion, has added ‘Geo-targeted Ads’ to its arsenal, targeting local businesses who might otherwise not have an online presence. The feature itself doesn’t sound too innovative – on one level it amounts to sticking ads on a map – and is something that Google and others… Read More

  • launches its 'realtime' filesharing service, the browser-based file publishing and sharing service, gets an official launch today. The service, which on the surface competes with a plethora of filesharing offerings such as YouSendIt, Dropbox or newer entrants like Twileshare, claims its Beta version went “viral” in November, seeing 10,000 sign-ups despite the fact no sign-up is required (although doing so unlocks… Read More

  • brings its 30,000-strong library of DJ sets to Android, iOS and Windows Phone, the cloud music platform for DJ mixes and other live recordings, has got pretty serious about mobile today by launching simultaneously on Android, iOS and Windows phone 7. However, this is about consumption of’s 30,000 strong library of DJ sets not an app to actually make recordings, so in that sense we’re not talking about a SoundCloud competitor and the… Read More

  • GigsWiz launches its direct-to-fan ticketing service

    GigsWiz, the direct-to-fan ticketing service, is officially launching in the UK today. Conceived originally as a sort of analytics for bands to help them identify “fan hotspots” and therefore where next to perform, the service provides artists with better tools for promoting and selling tickets to gigs via social media and their own websites. In other words, it’s an attempt… Read More

  • Zoopla gets more local muscle, partners with regional publisher Archant

    In a move that gives real estate startup Zoopla more local muscle, the company has signed a “long-term strategic partnership” with regional publisher Archant. The deal will see Zoopla power Archant’s online property channel, giving even more exposure to estate agents utilizing the property search engine. As well as operating a number of property websites of its… Read More

  • TransferWise wants to be the Skype of currency exchange

    TransferWise launches its online currency exchange today, which hopes to give the banks a run for their money, along with disrupting the consumer-end of the money exchange market as a whole. The headline proposition is that the platform gives anyone access to the same mid-market exchange rates that banks get on their interbank market, with TransferWise charging a flat fee of £1 for each… Read More

  • ShareMyPlaylists jumps on the badges bandwagon

    ShareMyPlaylists, the music social network riding the Spotify wave, has introduced Foursquare-style badges. Only in this case the aim isn’t to add gaming metrics to the service, although it’s possible that some may try to game the system, but to reward users for creating popular and high quality playlists. Or to put it another way, “encourage more sharing and repeat use of… Read More

  • Shazam continues to invade the living room, partners with cable channel Syfy

    The living room and, specifically, television is Shazam‘s next growth target. That’s something we’ve known for a while as the service aims to expand beyond its music recognition roots to become a wider discovery technology for all sorts of content. And today, the London-headquartered company has announced its latest television tie-in, partnering with Syfy for a… Read More

  • Shopperhive launches out of TwitJobSearch's 'in-house incubator' – another price comparison site

    Shopperhive has launched today as yet-another price comparison site for the UK. Founded by Marcin Rosinski, an employee at TwitJobSearch, which has its own “in-house incubator program”, the site’s main pitch is that along with a proprietary shopping engine it aggregates video product reviews from YouTube and the like, as well as finding any available discount codes. These… Read More

  • Sportpost, the soc net for sports fans, hopes to spread its own 'Like' button around the Web, the social network for sports fans whose launch we covered back in March, has unveiled a new version of the site today that specifically adds its own Facebook-style ‘Like’ button. The ‘Post Up’ button, which can also be compared to Digg, lets users vote up the best content posted on the site, consisting of both user generated and submitted content, along… Read More

  • Money Dashboard, the UK's answer to, exits beta with consumer push

    Money Dashboard, which can be thought of as a for the UK, gets its consumer launch today. Running in some form of beta since December 2009, the startup, which is funded to the tune of £2m, provides an online service for consumers to manage their finances via a dashboard that aggregates data – balances and transactions – from online bank accounts and credit cards etc. Read More

  •'s browser add-on aims to take the friction out of online shopping, which launched in late December last year, is another attempt at making online shopping more efficient. It takes the form of a browser plugin that supercharges searches on the likes of Google, Bing and Amazon (and a host of other online retailers) to offer on-the-fly price comparisons from a database of 10,000 merchants, along with any known available discount coupons. Notably, the… Read More

  • Natter launches as another attempt to create a "safe" Chatroulette

    It’s hardly an original idea: Natter has launched as yet-another-attempt to create a “safe’ Chatroulette-style video chat site. Just like Andrey Ternovskiy‘s creation, the site lets strangers find each other via webcam, only this time – and similar to vChatter, which also powers social network Bebo’s own take on the idea – users have to log-in via… Read More

  • Populis, the “European Associated Content”, acquires blog network Blogo for €6m

    Populis (formerly GoAdv), which we’ve previously described as the “European Associated Content”, has just announced that it’s acquiring Blogo, a blog network that operates in Europe and South America owned by Dada, the Italian web publisher part owned by RCS MediaGroup. The acquisition price is pegged at €6 million. The “thematic blog network” consists of… Read More

  • FourEyesUp's geeky guide to London finds its way to iPhone

    Described as a Swiss Army knife for techie travellers, FourEyesUp has launched its London Guide for iPhone. The app boasts, amongst other things, a geek shopping guide covering “London’s best technology, photography, comic book and home entertainment stores”, along with listing high-tech hotels and London-based technology events and attractions. These cover categories such… Read More

  • Zoopla moves in on Android with Augmented Reality house hunting app

    Real estate startup Zoopla, which to date is funded to the tune of £7m, has launched a mobile app for Android. Just like its iPhone counterpart that launched last July and saw over 50,000 downloads in its first two weeks, the free app incorporates an Augmented Reality feature to let house hunters search for properties for sale and rent and compare house prices by pointing the phone’s… Read More

  • Stephen Fry to pimp Pushnote to his 2m+ followers – will it work?

    In what we’re sure will amount to a social media orgy, noted author, comedian and British cultural icon Stephen Fry is announcing the formal launch of Pushnote on Twitter at 2pm today. Fry, who became an investor in the UK startup in June of last year, has over 2 million followers on the microblogging service. (Update: Still no tweet as promised by the PR company for Pushnote. Make of… Read More

  • Clever thinking – Skobbler turns its hand to gaming with GeoBrain

    Skobbler, best known for its free sat-nav app for iPhone, has entered the world of gaming. GeoBrain for iPhone and iPad is described as “a fun yet educational game experience that tests and trains geo-knowledge.” Basically, you spin a giant globe and answer questions to demonstrate your knowledge of the world. Fun, huh? OK, it’s probably no Angry Birds. The idea is to build… Read More

  • Get off of my cloud – Shazam discovers Spotify

    Shazam, the mobile music discovery service, is adding integration with music streaming service Spotify, a feature request that I’m sure has been rampant among hardcore users. Users of Shazam’s free and premium apps for iPhone, iPod and Android will now be able to access Spotify directly through a new ‘Play in Spotify’ feature, which upon Shazam recognising or recommending… Read More