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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  • LinkedIn competitor Viadeo hits 30 million members

    LinkedIn competitor Viadeo hits 30 million members

    Viadeo, the social network for professionals, has reached somewhat of a milestone today, claiming 30 million members. It competes directly with the likes of Germany’s Xing and Silicon Valley heavyweight LinkedIn, which claims 65 million users. To put Viadeo’s growth into context, however, when we reported on the company’s latest funding round in July 2009, it could only boast… Read More

  • Radar exits Beta, matches bands with hopeful music video directors

    Radar exits Beta, matches bands with hopeful music video directors

    Today sees the launch of Radar Music Videos, a platform that enables artists, bands and music labels to commission music videos from established and upcoming directors. The site, which has been in Beta for just over a year, is entirely bootstrapped by ex-BBC producer Caroline Bottomley and is already cash-positive. That’s thanks to a business model that shuns free or freemium in favor… Read More

  • Facebook's byzantine privacy controls produce more confusion

    Facebook's byzantine privacy controls produce more confusion

    Since last week’s chat exploit, I’ve received further tips of Facebook ‘security bugs’. Only each time they’ve turned out not to be bugs at all, but, well, features. With regard to the site’s privacy controls, users are clearly confused. This confusion, I suspect, is leading to over sharing, which Facebook’s critics say is intentional. More sharing… Read More

  • Good Noows, an elegant RSS reader with big social plans

    Good Noows, an elegant RSS reader with big social plans

    Good Noows, from ZNet Labs, is described as a personal news stream. And like Netvibes and others before it, is another attempt to take RSS mainstream. In its first incarnation the product offers a simple but elegant RSS reader, with various newspaper-like page layouts and pre-defined content bundles. Moving forward, however, ZNet Labs founder and ex-Googler Daniel Franz has more ambitious… Read More

  • Livestation adds CNBC as a premium option

    Livestation adds CNBC as a premium option

    [UK] Livestation, the online TV service from London-based Skinkers, has added business and financial news channel CNBC as a premium option, and premium is the right word. Users in Europe, the Middle East and Africa can now watch the live pan-EMEA feed of CNBC on Livestation’s online TV platform for a monthly fee of €4.99. It’s accessible through the company’s… Read More

  • Voters kissing politicians, Flirtomatic users choose Lib Dem's Nick Clegg

    Voters kissing politicians, Flirtomatic users choose Lib Dem's Nick Clegg

    [UK] I can’t decide if this is a piece of crass PR – like when a politician kisses a baby – or an interesting data point. Actually I’m pretty sure it’s the former but as this is all about democracy, I’ll let you make up your own mind. Flirtomatic, the mobile social network aimed at young adults, asked its 1 million UK users which of the main three British… Read More

  • Video: Major Facebook security hole lets you view your friends' live chats

    Video: Major Facebook security hole lets you view your friends' live chats

    You’ve got to hand it to Facebook. They certainly know how to do security — not. Today I was tipped off that there is a major security flaw in the social networking site that, with just a few mouse clicks, enables any user to view the live chats of their ‘friends’. Using what sounds like a simple trick, a user can also access their friends’ latest pending… Read More

  • BandCentral, a Basecamp-for-bands, gets official push today

    BandCentral, a Basecamp-for-bands, gets official push today

    [UK] BandCentral, a sort of ‘Basecamp for bands’, gets its official launch today, although an early version of the site was soft launched as far back as July 09. The site provides tools for artists, managers and labels to project manage the business end of being in a band. Things like organising tours, managing fan databases, merchandising and accounting. BandCentral was conceived… Read More

  • WatchMouse launches GeoBrand, PPC brand abuse monitoring tool

    WatchMouse launches GeoBrand, PPC brand abuse monitoring tool

    [Holland] WatchMouse, the website performance monitoring company, has launched its new GeoBrand service today. It’s designed to detect “brand abuse” in search-based keyword advertising and follows the recent European Court ruling on the LVMH vs Google case which places the onus on the brands themselves to monitor for trademark infringements. The service targets… Read More

  • With 'youth' unemployment on the rise, PathMotion launches career-minded jobs site

    With 'youth' unemployment on the rise, PathMotion launches career-minded jobs site

    [UK] Does the UK really need another job hunting site? Apparently so, says PathMotion. The Paris-based startup is targeting students and young professionals in the UK with its mix of career guidance and job vacancies. And considering that ‘youth’ unemployment in Britain is worryingly high, the site’s launch looks well timed, although it’s curious that a French company… Read More

  • Vodafone AppStar European finalists – get voting!

    Vodafone AppStar European finalists – get voting!

    We’re not always convinced by the developer initiatives of mobile operators but we can’t argue with a good old fashioned mobile app competition when there’s cold hard cash up for grabs. Enter Vodafone’s AppStar, which today announced the regional winners in its Europe-wide competition, each of whom have already bagged €25,000. They’ll now go head-to-head against… Read More

  • Mobile payment startup Fortumo targets the long tail of virtual goods

    Mobile payment startup Fortumo targets the long tail of virtual goods

    [Estonia] Fortumo, the mobile payments provider, has launched FortuMoPay, a new service designed for selling credits in “online games, web applications and social networks.” It differs from competitors such as Zong (which recently signed a partnership with Facebook) and boku, says the company, in the way it targets small and medium-sized businesses (or even individuals) by making… Read More

  • Gimv invests €4.7m in workspace management company RES Software

    Gimv invests €4.7m in workspace management company RES Software

    [Netherlands] RES Software, which offers workspace management software and services, has secured a €4.7 million investment from the publicly traded European private equity and VC firm Gimv. Having recently appointed a new CEO and seen ‘significant customer wins’ in the Netherlands, UK and France, RES Software says it will use the new finance to further its international… Read More

  • Yahoo! UK bags English Premier League Football highlights

    Yahoo! UK bags English Premier League Football highlights

    [UK] Brits are football mad and so are advertisers. It’s no surprise then that the online rights of the English Premier League are highly contested. This morning, Yahoo UK announced that it has secured the exclusive UK online highlights for the next three seasons (2010-13), taking over from Virgin Media who is the current rights holder. The deal means that from August this year… Read More

  • Sponsume lets projects get off the ground with Groupon-style group funding model

    Sponsume lets projects get off the ground with Groupon-style group funding model

    [UK] Sponsume is a new online platform to help individuals and organisations promote and crowd source the funding of their projects. The site soft-launched this week and is the brainchild of Grégory Vincent, an ex-financial analyst and fund manager for M&G Investments, the investment branch of Prudential Plc. The London-based startup is currently bootstrapped with funding from… Read More

  • GetJar signs deal with RCOM to create India’s largest free mobile app store

    GetJar signs deal with RCOM to create India’s largest free mobile app store

    [Lithuania] GetJar, the largest independent mobile app store, has announced a ‘strategic partnership’ with Reliance Communications (RCOM), India’s second largest mobile operator. Under the arrangement, the two companies will create India’s largest free mobile apps store, in which RCOM’s 100 million subscribers will get access to GetJar’s 65,000 free… Read More

  • WorkSnug opens up – lets mobile workers add new workspaces

    WorkSnug opens up – lets mobile workers add new workspaces

    [UK] WorkSnug, the location-based service for mobile workers, has updated its iPhone app (iTunes link) to let users add new locations and even measure their noise levels. The augmented reality-based app connects mobile workers to potential working spaces – coffee shops, libraries, formal co-working spaces and Wi-Fi hotspots etc. – and provides ratings on Internet connectivity… Read More

  • Nexus One: Google's superphone hits Vodafone UK

    Nexus One: Google's superphone hits Vodafone UK

    [UK] Brits can now get their hands on Google’s so-called ‘superphone’ for an upfront cost of “free”. Kinda. Available from today for pre-order on Vodafone UK, the Android-powered Google Nexus One can be had for £35 per-month on a 2 year contract, including a bundle of minutes and texts, and the much needed 1GB monthly data allowance — this is a Google… Read More

  • AdTaily wants to help publishers turn readers into advertisers

    AdTaily wants to help publishers turn readers into advertisers

    AdTaily, the self service advertising platform, thinks it’s spotted a gap in the online advertising market. As it stands, says the company, publishers have no easy way of selling advertising space directly to their readers, many of whom would like to sponsor a site and reach its audience if only there was less friction involved in the process. Enter AdTaily’s ad sales widget. Read More

  • Mifiction takes 80s style 'game books' mobile

    Mifiction takes 80s style 'game books' mobile

    [UK] Remember ‘game books‘, those branching stories where the reader could influence the outcome by making narrative decisions at various points throughout the book? They were very popular in the 80s, so perhaps not. Either way, Surrey-based mifiction wants to update the concept for the mobile age – and in doing so hopes to encourage younger audiences to read (and buy books… Read More