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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  • 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, 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

  • leNewz – a realtime coverflow-style iPhone news reader

    leNewz, developed by Paris-based Triviumsoft, offers a more visual way of browsing news on the iPhone. A “DemoPit Audience Choice” at TechCrunch Europe’s recent GeeknRolla event, the app is built on Triviumsoft’s ‘Eaagle‘ text mining and mapping technologies to deliver a real time keyword map of the most important topics in each of six news categories… Read More

  • Tengelmann acquires stake in baby products e-tailer

    Tengelmann Group has a acquired a 49.9% stake in, the Dortmund-based baby products e-tailer. The financial details are undisclosed and the deal, in which Parklane Capital advised, is subject to regulatory approval. Tengelmann has recently stepped up its investment activity with interests in fashion retailers brands4friends and Zalando through its subsidiary Tengelmann… Read More

  • "Read TechCrunch instead" – Pushnote lets users leave notes behind on any site they visit

    Pushnote wants to make web browsing social by enabling users to leave comments, in the form of notes, on any site they visit. It’s not a new idea and isn’t dissimilar in concept to Google Sidewiki, for example, which is perhaps more aimed at academic researchers. Pushnote on the other hand is intended to have greater consumer appeal, the site gives example use-cases such as the… Read More

  • Design feedback tool FineTuna to go under the hammer

    FineTuna, the dead-simple image sharing and annotation service, has been put up for auction. The service targets designers who wish to share concepts with their clients and get feedback in the form of comments, although it’s suitable for any kind of design collaboration. FineTuna also offers a Firefox add-on to capture an entire web page or send individual images, which has been… Read More

  • Livestation goes iPad-friendly

    Livestation, the online TV news service spun out from London-based Skinkers, has rolled out an iPad-friendly version of its website. Alongside its Flash video-based offering designed for “general web consumption”, the company has built a version that supports HTML5 and is optimized for viewing on Apple’s newfangled tablet. Users of the iPad can access Livestation’s array… Read More

  • Lovefilm appoints Dawn Airey to board

    Lovefilm, the pan-European home entertainment subscription service, has announced the appointment of Dawn Airey as a non executive director. Airey is regarded as one of the UK media industry’s most influential figures, holding key roles at a number of major broadcasters including BSkyB, iTV, and Five where she is currently Chairman and Chief Executive. Notably, Airey was the first… Read More

  • ZenTracker lets you keep tabs on your kid's location via Google Latitude

    As every parent can attest, knowing the whereabouts of your children, especially as they become more independent, can be both a source of stress and comfort. Are they where they said they’ll be and/or where they’re supposed to be? That’s the question that ZenTracker, a location-based service built on top of Google Latitude, helps to answer. The site, a side project of 25 year… Read More

  • NewVoiceMedia raises £4m for its cloud-based contact centre

    NewVoiceMedia, which offers a cloud-based contact centre solution, has raised £4m in VC funding from Eden Ventures and Notion Capital, the fund established last year by Jos and Ben White, founders of Messagelabs. NewVoiceMedia says it will use the new investment to further develop its ContactWorld product and take it global. The company’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution claims… Read More

  • Brits get their iPads early – a little too early for some

    Who said Christmas doesn’t come early? It’s iPad day tomorrow here in the UK, when the device officially launches. But, for those that pre-ordered, it hasn’t stopped delivery vans across the country turning up this morning with Apple’s shiny new toy in hand. And most customers are delighted, of course. Yes, I said most. Read More