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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  • Less altruism, more capitalism – Flattr users no longer need to give to receive

    Flattr, the social micropayment startup founded by ex-Pirate Bay associates, is announcing a significant change today. In a move that represents less altruism and more capitalism, from May 1st onwards Flattr will no longer require new users to add credit to their accounts in order to run the Flattr button on their sites and start receiving payments. In other words, users won’t be required… Read More

  • Seedcamp Berlin announces winners

    Seedcamp, the pan-European micro seed fund and startup accelerator, has announced the winners of its recent startup showcase in Berlin. The two companies beat off competition from 20 finalists, while Seedcamp Berlin had the most applications to-date. Both will join its existing 38 portfolio companies. So, without further ado, the winners are: Read More

  • Peecho launches the 'Print Button' – wants to be Facebook 'Like' for Cloud-printing

    Peecho, the Cloud-printing startup based in Amsterdam, has launched a new service that it’s calling the ‘Print Button’. The idea is that with just a few lines of code, any website or web app can embed Peecho’s Cloud-based printing service, making it easy to send and print content to the company’s network of professional printers. Best of all they can add a markup… Read More

  • $350m changes hands as Bigpoint gains two new majority investors

    Bigpoint, the German online gaming outfit, has taken a $350m majority share investment from Summit Partners and TA Associates in what’s described as a recapitalization of the company. Representatives from both firms will join Bigpoint’s Board of Directors. The new capital is said to position the company for “continued strong global growth” and will support… Read More

  • With Vevo crossing the pond, Muzu.TV partners with Metacafe to bed down in Europe

    Who’d have thought that years after MTV went out of vogue and post-YouTube, a number of sites would still be battling it out to dominate the music video space online. That’s because online video is said to be the fastest growing market for advertising globally and music videos are potentially a big part of that story. Perhaps then it’s not just co-incidence that on the day… Read More

  • Vevo, the Hulu-for-music-videos, opens up in the UK

    Music video site Vevo, which now claims to be the third largest source for video on the web, has opened up in the UK today, including versions of its iPhone, iPad & Android apps hitting their respective local app stores. In September of last year, the site boasted 49 million unique video viewers per-month, with 500 million views in the US and 1.4 billion in the rest of the world. Read More

  • Funding Circle, the Zopa-for-SMEs, raises £2.5m led by Index Ventures

    Funding Circle, the peer-to-peer lending site for small businesses in the UK, has raised £2.5m in a Series A round led by Index Ventures. Unnamed co-investors as well as existing shareholders have also participated, while Neil Rimer, co-founder and Partner of Index will take a seat on the Board. Before today’s round, the London-based company was Angel funded to the tune of $1.1m… Read More

  • Busuu raises Angel round from FON-founder Martin Varsavsky, the language learning community, has raised an Angel round from FON-founder and serial entrepreneur Martin Varsavsky. The Madrid-based startup is remaining mum about the size of the investment, however, but says that to-date Busuu has received less than €1m in funding. That’s a figure dwarfed by its main competitors. US-based Livemocha has raised $14m, while European… Read More

  • Huddle hopes to wean UK government off SharePoint

    No one ever got fired for buying Microsoft, right? For too long that’s been the story in both enterprise and government contracts alike. It’s also a narrative that too-often stops startups getting in on the action with regards to public sector IT provision. But with the UK government making loud noises in relation to the benefits of cloud computing and services, perhaps change… Read More

  • No 'coupon-chasers' here – Whatser wants to help local businesses reward customer loyalty

    Whatser, the location-based service that lets users share their favorite locations with friends and discover new ones along the way, is flicking the monetization switch today. It’s launching a ‘marketing platform’ in which local merchants and brands can ‘claim’ a location that they operate and then communicate with Whatser users who’ve already added that… Read More

  • Posts mean prizes – ViewsHound to launch crowd-sourced news site with daily prize fund

    Posts mean prizes. That’s how ViewsHound, a new soon to launch crowd-sourced news site from the team behind digital publishing platform Publisha, is pitching its wares. It hopes that volunteers will be enticed to contribute by the chance to win cash for the best articles, photos and cartoons posted to the site. Once ViewsHound launches on the 2nd of May, a prize pot of $120 will be up… Read More

  • Lovefilm gets its streaming hands on Disney

    In what is being billed as a first outside of the traditional Pay TV window, Amazon-owned Lovefilm has signed a streaming deal with Disney that covers both subscription-based streaming and pay-per-view digital rentals or ‘Transactional Video on Demand’ to use the correct industry term. In other words, just in time for the Easter holidays, the DVD in the post service is getting… Read More

  • Cardcloud wants to take business cards online by adding location and context

    Cardcloud launches (or relaunches) today as another take on the virtual business card. Its app, which runs on iPhone and in the browser, is built on top of the vCard standard so enabling cards to be exchanged across multiple platforms – a bit like ‘beaming’ cards to a Palm Pilot back in the day – but it’s the bespoke features of Cardcloud that potentially make… Read More

  • Metabar, the 'Russian Conduit', raises $1m for its browser bar builder

    Metabar, a Russian competitor to browser bar builder Conduit, has raised $1m from local seed-stage VC firm Runa Capital. Metabar’s platform is designed to enable publishers to create a browser bar-type app without having to write code. This can include content from their site, such as a news ticker or headlines, instant notifications to new content or even games. Additionally, the… Read More

  • SilverRail raises further $5m for its passenger rail ticketing platform

    SilverRail Technologies, the passenger rail ticketing platform, has raised a further $5m in a round led by PAR Captial. Previous investors include Sutter Hill, Grandbanks Capital, Brook Ventures and Accel Partners, with the London and Boston-based company having already raised $9 million in a series A round. SilverRail’s non-trivial mission is to consolidate the world’s rail… Read More

  • Yandex bringing maps in-house – Moscow first to launch

    Russia’s leading search engine Yandex has announced that its now building its own maps courtesy of its purchase of mapping data provider GIS Technologies and associated licenses last year. The first digital map built in-house is a detailed map of Moscow and the Moscow region. It shows two times as many buildings as its previous editions, while users can see recently built apartment… Read More

  • Spotify, the American Dream, and why freemium is a broken record

    There’s a certain irony that just two days after the who’s-who of the London startup scene were out toasting Spotify as the Telegraph newspaper’s inaugural #startup100 winner, the music streaming service announces an about turn and all but begins ditching its non-paying users. It looks like free music doesn’t pay after all. Then again, it’s not like the UK… Read More

  • Russia's Yandex launches startup investment program – international projects may apply

    Russia’s leading search engine Yandex has launched a new investment program for Russian startups as well as those from further afield. The Yandex.Factory will invest “up to hundreds of thousands US dollars” in startups from Russia, the CIS region or, basically, anywhere that have demonstrated potential in their seed or early investment stage. Read More

  • KashFlow wants to make a monkey of email marketing, integrates with MailChimp

    In today’s world of cloud computing, the ‘small pieces, loosely joined’ approach is very often the only sensible one for small to medium-sized businesses on a budget. And so it’s always nice to see two Software-as-a-Service offerings come together, especially when they bridge the Atlantic. Such is the case with today’s announcement that the UK’s KashFlow… Read More

  • Dailyplaces ups the social – adds realtime chat to locations

    Dailyplaces, the social recommendation service for places, has upped the social today by adding realtime chat to its iPhone and Android apps. Dubbed ‘Places Chat’, users can communicate directly and in realtime with other users that are checked-in at the same location. Additionally, it’s possible to chat with other users that aren’t nearby via a user’s friend-list. Read More