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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  • BaseKit raises $2.6m for its 'Photoshop-to-website' service, launches in UK and US

    BaseKit, which lets designers build websites from a Photoshop concept without the need to write code, has secured a $2.6m Series A round from Eden Ventures and NESTA (the UK’s National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts). Today also sees the startup, which was a Seedcamp winner in 2008, launch in the UK and US. Read More

  • Mendeley, the-Last.fm-of-research, rolls out premium packages to steady customer nerves

    Mendeley, “the Last.fm of research”, has rolled out new premium packages after customers requested features such as more storage and expressed a willingness to pay. If only to see the longevity of the London-based startup. Mendeley offers a secure online database for scientists, academics and researchers to store their research papers in the ‘cloud’, making it easier… Read More

  • Taptu appoints ex-Yahoo mobile exec as COO to head up new US office

    Hoping to conquer America, touch-friendly mobile search engine Taptu is opening a US office in Denver, Colorado. But, perhaps more interesting, it’s to be headed up by former Yahoo Mobile European MD, Mitch Lazar, who joined the Taptu Board as recently as March. Not long in that role, his new title is President and Chief Operating Officer, which will see him “heading home”… Read More

  • Hate commitment? iPhone 4 goes SIM-free and unlocked in the UK

    Today is the day that most of the UK mobile carriers are taking iPhone 4 pre-orders. But, if like me, you’re afraid of commitment – well the 2 year mobile contract kind, anyway – then you might want to hold off for now. Apple today has announced the availability and pricing of its latest smartphone SIM-free (sans contract) for British iPhone-touting wannabes shy of signing on… Read More

  • Mixlr wants to be an 'audio UStream' for DJs and live bands – we have invites

    Mixlr, a sort-of UStream for audio, wants to make it easy for DJs and bands to share and stream live performances to fans. The service, founded by London-based Rob Watson (a recent graduate of the Music Informatics department at the University of Sussex), is currently in a closed beta, although TechCrunch Europe has 200 invites to give away to readers. In its current incarnation, Mixlr is a… Read More

  • Skobbler's 'do-it-yourself' free Sat-Nav for iPhone finds its way to the UK

    Skobbler, the free iPhone Sat-Nav solution based on the ‘Wikipedia of maps’ OpenStreetMap project, is now available for the UK and Ireland. It’s already reached number 1 in the US App store’s navigation chart – not all that surprising since free beats the hefty prices of competitor TomTom and others – and its been a best selling app in Germany for more than… Read More

  • OnePage wants to make business cards a thing of the past

    OnePage, founded by Warwick University alumni Oo Nwoye and Joel Gascoigne, wants to make physical business cards a thing of the past by aggregating all of your contact details online. These can include anything from your homepage address, Skype and IM handles, to your Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn profile, along with a range of other social networking accounts. There’s also the ability… Read More

  • TechCrunch 5th year anniversary meetup in London tonight

    On June 11 (today), it will be exactly five years since Michael Arrington hit the ‘Publish’ button and started TechCrunch with his very first post. So we’re celebrating this fifth anniversary with a world-wide series of meetups today. The event was already publicised on TechCrunch last month, but in case you didn’t notice, there is also a London meetup. Read More

  • Tweetminster, the UK politics tracker, gets a revamp and new features

    Tweetminster, the UK politics tracker with a particular emphasis on Twitter, launches version 2.0 today. The latest features – Channels, Lists, and support for Twitter’s recently announced @anywhere functionality – brings the service closer to its goal of making it “easier for people to follow and interact with UK politics”, says the startup. Read More

  • Three UK swims with the tide – iPhone 4 announced

    At a press event I attended earlier this year, Three UK’s CEO Kevin Russell was repeatedly asked about why the network didn’t sell Apple’s iPhone and if it had plans to do so (along with the iPad too). Russel’s answer was that it was something that they were considering but hinted that Cupertino would need to offer a better deal first – although, ultimately… Read More

  • Social games developer Playdom begins European invasion

    Playdom, the Silicon Valley-based social games developer, has announced its intention to try and crack Europe. It’s planning an aggressive roll out this side of the Atlantic, aiming to create localised versions – French, Italian, German and Spanish – of its top titles, which include Mobsters, Tiki Resort and Big City Life, by the end of this year. The company’s… Read More

  • SponsorPay secures further €3.8m for its virtual currency ad solution

    SponsorPay, Europe’s leading provider of advertisement-based payment systems, has secured a further €3.8m of funding. The new round comes from Hasso Plattner Ventures, Moscow’s Kite Ventures, and Team Europe Ventures who are the original backers of the Berlin-based startup. The injection of capital solidifies SponsorPay’s dominant position in Eurpope, having recently… Read More

  • Google’s free Sat-Nav for Android reaches mainland Europe

    Reports are coming in that Google Maps Navigation, the search giant’s free satellite navigation app for Android, is now available in and supports much of mainland Europe. The list of countries confirmed so far include Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, and Belgium. This follows support for the UK and Ireland rolled out in late April after… Read More

  • 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

    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?

    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

    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’, 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 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

    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