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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  • Mancx launches as a LinkedIn Answers with bounties attached

    Described as a “transactional knowledge market”, Mancx has launched today as a sort of classified ads site for business intelligence. Or to think of it another way: a kind of paid-for LinkedIn Answers where each request for specific information comes attached with a bounty. In fact, Mancx offers users the option of linking their LinkedIn accounts for additional credibility, while… Read More

  • Metaswitch Networks acquires Colibria to help operators turn up the heat in mobile messaging

    Norway-headquartered Colibria, which provides instant messaging, presence and network address book solutions to the mobile industry, has been acquired by Metaswitch Networks, which also offers services and applications to operators. The terms aren’t being disclosed. Colibria has previously received investment from Verdane Capital, Ferd Venture, and Bjørgvin. Colibria provides… Read More

  • Online travel company Oktogo.ru raises $5m

    Russia’s Oktogo.ru, the online travel company and hotel aggregator, has raised $5m. The round was led by Mangrove Capital, while ABRT and French fund Ventech VC also participated. Additionally, the founder of OLX, Fabrice Grinda and Jose Marin of IG Expansion will be joining the board. The new investment will be used by Oktogo to pick up more Russian hotels as customers (7,000… Read More

  • Mobile ad network madvertise puts down roots in UK, Spain and Italy

    Mobile ad network madvertise is continuing its European expansion, opening dedicated offices in London, Barcelona, Madrid and Milan. That’s because the Berlin-headquartered startup is seeing 35% of its revenues coming from international campaigns, coupled with the fact that ad sales, even online, need a certain amount of actual feet on the ground. This is especially true if… Read More

  • HouseTrip raises $2.7m from Index Ventures, relaunches today

    HouseTrip, the holiday lettings marketplace, has raised $2.7m from Index Ventures. The deal was led by Index co-founder Neil Rimer who will also take a seat on HouseTrip’s board. This paves the way for a major relaunch of the site that has gone live today. Established in late 2009, HouseTrip is another play in the holiday apartments space. It lets homeowners put up their holiday homes… Read More

  • Tech City Launchpad – £1m in match-funding for startups in Silicon Roundabout

    The UK’s Technology Strategy Board has unveiled a new £1m fund to support “digital businesses” in the Tech City area around Old Street and Shoreditch in east London (‘Silicon Roundabout’ to you and me). The initiative will be announced by Universities and Science Minister David Willetts, while visiting the co-working space and startup community TechHub. The Tech… Read More

  • Two is better than one? Bigpoint appoints co-CEO

    Why have one CEO when you can have two, right? That’s the thinking behind Bigpoint, the Hamburg-based online gaming company, which today announced that it has appointed Arthur Bastings as co-CEO. He’ll share the title with Bigpoint’s founder and CEO Heiko Hubertz. Bastings will join the executive team in Hamburg, while Hubertz will focus on international expansion in the U.S. Read More

  • Online pawn broker Borro raises £7.5m led by Augmentum Capital

    Online pawn broker Borro has raised £7.5m in a round led by Augmentum Capital, the growth capital fund launched by Tim Levene and Richard Mathews. Existing investors Eden Ventures and Rockridge Investments have also participated, while the new investment will be used by Borro to “aggressively drive new customer acquisition” and raise awareness of the company’s offering. Read More

  • Email ad network ividence raises $4.2 million in Series A

    Ividence, the email ad network, has raised $4.2 million in a series A round from A Plus Finance, the Paris-based investment fund. The new capital will be used by the company to consolidate its position in France and to accelerate international expansion, including hiring “around 20 people” in 2011. Read More

  • Diagnosia aims to make medicine information easier to swallow

    There’s a plethora of medical advice and information about drugs and treatment online. But separating the wheat from the chaff can be somewhat of a problem. Enter Diagnosia, a newly launched startup that is aiming to become “Europeʻs premier drug search engine” by providing a safe place for people looking up medicine information. Curiously, perhaps, it’s aimed at… Read More

  • Photocollect offers a way to create photo and video albums around events

    Somewhat similar to one-man shop Yogile, Photocollect offers a way for a group of people to upload and share photos related to an event. In addition, the site supports (up to) HD video. And although the service is currently web-based, a dedicated iPhone app is in limbo waiting for Apple’s App Store approval. Read More

  • Social recruitment site Bright Network secures £300k in Angel funding

    Bright Network, the social recruitment site, has secured £300k in investment from a consortium of angels. They include the VC and former chairman of Sage, Michael Jackson, and Zach Miles, a former CEO of Vedior, the recruitment company that was acquired for €3.5 billion by Randstad. Both Jackson and Miles will join Bright Network’s board, while Jackson will also become Chairman. The… Read More

  • BaseKit raises a further $6.5m for its website creation service

    BaseKit, which lets designers build websites without the need to write code, has secured a further $6.5m in funding from Nauta Capital, Eden Ventures and NESTA. This follows a previous A round in June of last year, bringing the total raised by the UK-based company to just over $10m. The funding will be used by BaseKit to “rapidly expand its global reach” and open new offices… Read More

  • Can I get a receipt for that? Plendi secures €50k seed investment from Enterprise Ireland

    Irish startup Plendi, which helps people track their business expenses using their mobiles, has secured a €50,000 seed investment from Enterprise Ireland’s Internet and Games Competitive Start Fund. The Dublin-based company, whose launch we covered 4 months ago, is a sort of Mechanical Turk for transcribing paper receipts. Available for iPhone and Android, the app works as follows… Read More

  • Collective buys online video ad network Web TV Enterprise

    U.S. online ad network Collective, which recently opened its doors in the UK, has acquired Web TV Enterprise, which claims to be the UK’s largest premium online video ad network. Details of the deal weren’t disclosed. It follows just weeks after Collective bought video advertising platform Oggifinogi. Web TV Enterprise has been in the video on-demand advertising space since 2006… Read More

  • MobiCart secures $500k seed round

    MobiCart, the free service lets users build a native storefront for Apple’s iOS, has secured a $500,000 seed funding round with participation from the UK’s Finance for Business North East Angel Fund. The new investment will be used to expand the company’s offering, which will add support for Android in the next eight weeks, with Blackberry and Windows Mobile to come later… Read More

  • 7digital bags new Radiohead album as a download exclusive

    This is quite a coup for 7digital. The UK company’s music download store has bagged Radiohead’s new album “The King of Limbs” as a world-wide digital exclusive, meaning that it’s the only place online to purchase said album as a download. What’s more, 7digital is offering up an extremely high quality 24bit FLAC version of the recording –… Read More

  • Utopic finds an Angel in Skype chief technical architect Ahti Heinla

    Utopic, the service that lets you see what content is trending amongst your friends, has closed a $70k convertible note from a number of angels, including Ahti Heinla, one of the founding team of Skype and its chief technical architect. We’ve also learned that Vitaly Rubstein has also participated. He is an ex-majority owner and the “product brain” behind Russia’s… Read More

  • Finally! Vouchercloud brings its local discounts to Android

    It’s taken a while but the UK’s Invitation Digital has finally brought Vouchercloud, its location-based discount app, to Android. Like the company’s existing iPhone offering, the free app enables users to find the best offers local to them and have the associated ‘digital voucher’ delivered to and redeemable from their phone. That’s both off-line in… Read More

  • Europe's Wooga moves up the social gaming leader-board but Silicon Valley dominates

    Wooga, which is sometimes referred to as the Zynga of Europe, has moved up two places on the social gaming leader-board, overtaking U.S. rivals Popcap and Digital Chocolate. Or so says the Berlin-based startup, citing data from Facebook metric service Appdata.com. Interestingly, however, Wooga’s 18 million monthly users are dwarfed by Zynga itself, which holds on to the number one spot… Read More