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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  • Babbel turns a profit after dumping freemium model

    Babbel turns a profit after dumping freemium model

    [Germany] With the revelation last week that the incredibly well funded social networking service Ning was dumping its freemium model to move to a paid-for only offering, it’s perhaps a good time to re-visit European startup Babbel. The Berlin-based language learning site took a similar decision back in November 09, announcing that its then 500,000 users would have to pay up or…… Read More

  • Navmii brings Sat-Nav to iPhone for €3.99, GPS race to the bottom continues

    Navmii brings Sat-Nav to iPhone for €3.99, GPS race to the bottom continues

    [UK] Following Google’s move to offer free satellite navigation in the US, and Nokia’s response to make its world-wide turn-by-turn solution also free, it was inevitable that other providers would join the race to the bottom. That’s exactly what’s happened with today’s announcement that UK startup Navmii in partnership with map provider Automotive Navigation… Read More

  • Ex-Yahoo Mobile MD joins Taptu as non-executive Director

    Ex-Yahoo Mobile MD joins Taptu as non-executive Director

    [UK] Cambridge, UK-based Taptu, the mobile search engine that targets the touch-friendly web, has appointed “industry veteran” and former Yahoo Mobile MD Mitch Lazar to its board as a non-executive director. Prior to Yahoo, Lazar “launched, ran and commercialized the mobile services and products” of various media brands, including Time Warner’s CNN, Cartoon… Read More

  • Videoplaza adds ex-Spotify CTO to advisory board

    Videoplaza adds ex-Spotify CTO to advisory board

    [Sweden] Stockholm-based Videoplaza, the video ad server startup, has announced two new recruits to its board of advisors today: former CTO of Spotify Andreas Ehn, and Nils Winkler, previously CSO of ADTECH. This follows last month’s news that the Swedish startup had raised a new €3.5 million funding round from leading Nordic VCs Creandum and Northzone Ventures. Read More

  • Lovefilm co-founder Adam Valkin joins VC firm Accel Partners

    Lovefilm co-founder Adam Valkin joins VC firm Accel Partners

    [UK] Lovefilm co-founder and ex-CEO Adam Valkin has joined VC firm Accel in London as a partner. Most recently Valkin was head of digital and new business at Endemol Group, and prior to that he spent nine years as an investor at Arts Alliance Advisors where he invested in and managed portfolio companies in Europe and Israel. Accel Partners is focused on investing in early stage technology… Read More

  • Glam Media opens London Int. headquarters, talks up global expansion

    Glam Media opens London Int. headquarters, talks up global expansion

    [UK/US] Fresh on the heels of $50m of new investment, Glam Media is forging ahead with its global expansion, opening a new International headquarters in London. The vertical media and advertising network’s new office will be headed up by Co-Founder & EVP, Glam Global Partners, Ernie Cicogna, who has relocated to London to take the position of General Manager, International. At the… Read More

  • Livebookings bolsters executive team with ex-Google hire

    Livebookings bolsters executive team with ex-Google hire

    Livebookings, the European-based restaurant reservation service, has announced three new recruits to its executive team, including ex-Google New Business Development Principal for EMEA, Robert Swerling, who becomes Chief Commercial Officer. The other two new recruits are Sue Ball, ex-Unibet Group, who joins as CFO; and Andris Berzins, who joins from AeroScout as Chief Marketing… Read More

  • mflow wants to be "iTunes meets Twitter", but with influencers getting paid

    mflow wants to be "iTunes meets Twitter", but with influencers getting paid

    [UK] West London-based mflow is pitching itself as “iTunes meets Twitter” — and as convenient as that sounds, the concept is actually quite compelling, especially as users get paid for the music sales they help generate. Just like Twitter, users follow one another but instead of sending out tweets, they share links to tracks available in the mflow music store –… Read More

  • Rockola.fm secures a further €1.5m

    Rockola.fm secures a further €1.5m

    [Spain] The music streaming service Rockola.fm has secured €1.5 million of additional funding, reports Loogic. The new round comes from investment bank Caja Navarra (CAN), Cabiedes & Partners, which invests in early-stage companies, and Jesus Encinar, a previous investor in Rockola, among others. We understand that this now takes the startup’s total funding to just over €2m. Of… Read More

  • Social cataloging site Thinglink hires Nokia's Godfather of NFC

    Social cataloging site Thinglink hires Nokia's Godfather of NFC

    [Finland] The ‘Internet of Things’ startup Thinglink has pulled off quite a coup, recruiting Nokia’s Janne Jalkanen as its new CTO. Jalkanen is an 8 year veteran of Nokia where he earned the unofficial title of the Godfather of NFC because of his leading role in developing the burgeoning wireless technology. He’s also been a long-term advocate of the Internet of Things… Read More

  • FanDuel partners with Philly.com to let US newspaper readers bet online legally

    FanDuel partners with Philly.com to let US newspaper readers bet online legally

    [UK/US] FanDuel, from UK-based social gaming company HubDub, has picked up its first major US newspaper partner. A white-labeled version of the fantasy sports site is being used by the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Philly.com to bring social gaming to the newspaper and, of course, generate much needed revenue. It’s a model that has already proved successful in the UK, says… Read More

  • Daily Deal secures €7m to fight German rival City Deal

    Daily Deal secures €7m to fight German rival City Deal

    [Germany] While the Groupon-clone fall out has already begun in the UK, it’s looking more and more like a two horse race in Germany based on funding alone. Berlin-based Daily Deal, whose main rival is the Samwer brothers’ City Deal, has secured a further 7 million euros, this time from Mangrove Capital Partners and Adinvest. Stefan Glänzer (an early investor in Last.fm), Michael… Read More

  • Turn your shiny new iPad into a Twitter picture frame

    Turn your shiny new iPad into a Twitter picture frame

    [Romania] What better use for that shiny new and expensive iPad than to turn it into a Twitter-driven picture frame? That’s the idea behind Chirp Frame, a new iPad app from Romanian web and mobile development outfit Work in Progress. It’s a Twitter client with a difference in that it displays one tweet at a time from those that you follow, in full screen glory. Designed, says Work… Read More

  • Tweetminster rolls out election special

    Tweetminster rolls out election special

    [UK] While we don’t yet have an official date for when Brits will be asked to go to the polls (hint: May 6th), UK startup Tweetminster has rolled out an ‘election special’. The new site, effectively a mash-up of existing features with a few new ones thrown in for good measure, lets users get a pulse on how well each of the main political parties are fairing through Twitter… Read More

  • Shoot to kill – Groupon clone Snippa enters the deadpool

    Shoot to kill – Groupon clone Snippa enters the deadpool

    [UK] With over 12 UK competitors, it’s no surprise that the Groupon clone fall-out has begun. After writing about the group buying aggregator Deal Romeo earlier today, one of our readers alerted us to the fact that Groupon clone Snippa, which launched as recently as March 9th this year, has entered the deadpool. A notice on the site reads: “Following careful consideration we… Read More

  • Attack of the Groupon clones 2 – If you can't beat 'em, aggregate 'em

    Attack of the Groupon clones 2 – If you can't beat 'em, aggregate 'em

    [UK] There doesn’t seem to be a week gone by without the launch of another Groupon clone. In fact, so hot is the group buying space that we’re now hearing of a number of sites that do nothing more than aggregate the daily deals of the Groupon clones. West Sussex-based Deal Romeo, which has only just launched, is one such offering. The site, which is privately funded and was founded… Read More

  • Mobile app developers, it's time to join the circus

    Mobile app developers, it's time to join the circus

    OK, it’s not really a circus. More of a traveling expo of some the best mobile apps. That’s how mobile strategist Rudy De Waele describes his latest project AppCircus, which aims to showcase “the most creative and innovative apps by developers, startups and other organizations presented in front of live audiences.” The idea is to take mobile app developers on the road… Read More

  • 1st in Europe – Kwaga BirdsEye gets Gmail OAuth support

    1st in Europe – Kwaga BirdsEye gets Gmail OAuth support

    [France] Kwaga, which offers a semantic email organiser, has announced that users of its Kwaga Birdseye product can log in without handing over their Gmail password. That’s because the service now supports Google’s newly rolled out implementation of the OAuth standard, a first for a European company, says Kwaga. The Paris-based startup was a third-party developer tester and worked… Read More

  • IRIS invests in FreeAgent to become exclusive UK accountancy distributor

    IRIS invests in FreeAgent to become exclusive UK accountancy distributor

    [UK] Business software specialist IRIS has invested in Edinburgh-based FreeAgent Central, the money management and accounting tool aimed at small businesses, in return for a minority stake. As well as providing additional funding, IRIS will become the exclusive reseller for FreeAgent to the UK accountancy practice market, which will be re-badged under their own brand. FreeAgent will continue… Read More

  • Mobile ad network madvertise secures series A round

    Mobile ad network madvertise secures series A round

    [Germany] Berlin-based mobile ad network madvertise has closed a series A round from Earlybird Venture Capital and the startup’s previous investor and co-founder Team Europe Ventures. The actual amount isn’t being disclosed but is said to be in the “medium single-digit million Euros” range. The new funding will be used by madvertise to leverage its strong position in… Read More