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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  • Language learning community Busuu partners with The Guardian and Macmillan Education, the language learning community, has teamed up with The Guardian newspaper and Macmillan Education to give its users more real-life context when learning English. Under the partnership, busuu users can access daily world news updates provided by a feed from However, if they don’t understand a particular word, powered by Macmillan Education’s online… Read More

  • Adyen chosen to power Spil Games' online payments

    In the coming together of two Dutch startups, Adyen, the Internet payment solutions provider, has been selected by casual gaming portal Spil Games to power its online payments. Adyen’s pitch is that its technology enables payment via a single page and single click by making nifty use of AJAX and, the company claims, is shown to boost conversion rates and reduce costs by as much as 50%. Read More

  • Jagex, the games studio behind RuneScape, raises further funding

    Jagex, which claims to be the UK’s largest independent games developer and publisher and is the company behind the popular MMOG RuneScape, has raised new funding from Insight Venture Partners, Spectrum Equity Investors and The Raine Group. The undisclosed investment will “enable Jagex to accelerate growth of its development and publishing capabilities.” Read More

  • Freespee raises €1.1m for its call tracking and pay-per-call solution

    Freespee, which provides call tracking and pay-per-call solutions for the “lead generation industry”, has closed a second round of funding of 1.1 million euros. The new investment comes from Finland’s Inventure and will be used to fuel growth across Europe. It follows previous funding in October 2009 to the tune of €800k also from the Finnish VC fund whose other… Read More

  • Nokia heading to Silicon Valley? And the 'Standing on a burning platform' memo

    With Nokia expected to unveil a shift in its long term strategy at the company’s annual Capital Markets Day this Friday, it should be no surprise that rumor and conjecture are rife. Much of that has focused on whether or not the Finnish mobile giant will be adopting a third-party platform with talk of Windows Phone 7 given new CEO Stephen Elop’s previous connection with Redmond. Read More

  • Zoopla becomes a top 100 UK website – remember that TV ad campaign?

    Zoopla, the real estate startup, is now one of the top 100 most visited sites in the UK and number two in its space. That’s according to web measurement firm Experian Hitwise’s January figures, says Zoopla, which positions the site at 98 and ahead of older rivals Findaproperty (ranked 125th) and Primelocation (ranked 193rd). The three year-old startup can’t, however, claim… Read More

  • It's official – GoSquared gets funded to take the fight to Chartbeat

    GoSquared, the real-time website analytics startup, has announced that it’s raised an Angel round from Stefan Glaenzer, Eileen Burbidge, Robert Dighero, and Thomas Jones. That’s the early-stage investor team at White Bear Yard where GoSquared has been resident for some time but it’s only now that the funding is official. That said, terms remain undisclosed, which is… Read More

  • Geomium adds event listings to its location-based social network

    Geomium has announced a tie-in with CBS-owned that sees the latter’s 1.5 million music event listings get added to the discovery features of Geomium’s location-based social network. Under the commercial arrangement, local gigs and festivals pulled in from will show up on Geomium’s GPS-powered iPhone app, along with existing listings such as bars, restaurants… Read More

  • Runa Capital ups it fund to $50m for early-stage Russian startups

    Runa Capital, the Russian VC fund that launched in August last year, has announced that it’s increased its fund from 30 to $50 million. Runa Capital’s mission is to back early-stage Russian and CIS-region technology companies so that they can compete globally, a vision that has attracted other investors both in Russia and globally (including the U.S.), says the VC firm, hence… Read More

  • Groupalia claims 4.5m 'active users' – that's those on the mailing list to you and me

    Groupalia, the Groupon-clone that operates in Spain, Italy, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Chile, has put out what at first glance seems like some impressive figures. The headline number: the group buying site now has 4.5 million users. And, perhaps better still, the company is expecting to record a turnover of $100m in 2011. As I say, impressive. Except I had no idea how you measure users of… Read More

  • Google goes high brow – unveils museum Art Project powered by Street View 'indoor' tech

    Google has gone all high brow on us, unveiling its Art Project, a collaboration with art museums around the world to enable people to enjoy their collections without leaving the house. It’s powered in-part by Google’s Street View ‘indoor’ technology and started off as a ‘20% project’ – the time set aside for Google engineers to work on their own… Read More

  • Fix the Web launches accessibility reporting toolbar – bad news for startups?

    Internet startups have a lot on their plate and much of it is outside of their core business. Things like government red tape, raising funding, recruitment, and other peripheral but necessary activities add to the pain of building great products and suck up scarce bandwidth. But what about the need to make your website accessible to people with various disabilities? A new browser toolbar… Read More

  • StrikeAd raises Series A round for its mobile ad platform

    StrikeAd, the mobile ad startup, has raised a Series A round from German VC firm eValue, which has also backed the European video ad network, smartclip. As is often the case with regards to European investment, the actual amount remains undisclosed. However, it’s said to enable StrikeAd to “accelerate the development and deployment of its technology platform as well as help drive… Read More

  • Your own mini-me? Sculpteo lets you print a real-life 3D avatar

    This is pretty cool. Sculpteo, the online 3D printing service, has launched a new product that lets users turn two photographs of a person into a real-life figure – a mini me or physical avatar if you will. The Paris-based company is interesting in that it’s in-part positioning 3D printing, a relatively new method of producing a real-life object from a 3D file, as a… Read More

  • Lateral powers Travelzoo's Groupon-clone, signs three year technology deal

    Lateral, the pan-European software development company, has signed a three year deal with NASDAQ-listed Travelzoo to becomes its “technology Solutions provider”. Prior to today’s announcement, the two companies had already been working together with Lateral powering Travelzoo’s attempt at getting into the daily deals space with its own Groupon-clone. The newly… Read More

  • Spil Games unveils new logo – it's a big deal, apparently

    Spil Games, the casual gaming portal, has unveiled a new logo, err, “brand identity”. The revamp includes a redesigned corporate website and the drawing up of the Dutch company’s manifesto, which contains bold statements like “We play … by our own rules.” But I shouldn’t mock, the “corporate rebrand” is a big deal to Spil Games apparently. The… Read More

  • ScreenReach raises £500,000 for its Screach app and platform for smartphones

    ScreenReach, maker of the Screach app and accompanying platform for creating interactive experiences on smartphones, has raised a second round of funding: £500,000 from Hotspur Capital Partners. This follows earlier investment from Tom Maxfield, a founder of Sage, shortly after ScreenReach graduated from the Difference Engine accelerator program. The new funds announced today will be used… Read More

  • Yandex acquires Loginza, the single sign-in plugin maker

    Russian search engine Yandex has acquired Loginza, a local startup whose service allows developers to implement user authentication via the likes of Facebook, Twitter or OpenID-supported sites, without additional registration. Terms of the deal, which came about through Yandex’s “open days for startups”, an initiative as part of the Yandex.Start program, remain… Read More

  • Musicmetric updated – aggregates traditional radio play with P2P filesharing activity

    Semetric, the startup behind the Musicmetric analytics service, has released version 3 of its “music data aggregation and analysis software”. It now offers a more 360 degree view, if you will, of activity across P2P filesharing networks, social media, as well as the ability to import and compare this to data based on sales and traditional radio play. The paid-for service is designed… Read More

  • 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