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.

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  • Field Agent launches in the UK as an Amazon Mechanical Turk for field research

    Field Agent, a new iPhone app that launches in the UK today, is bringing the Amazon Mechanical Turk model to field research, although the company, a licensee of the Field Agent brand and model already launched in the US, probably won’t entirely appreciate the comparison. The location-based app lets companies crowdsource their field market research and related activities so that instead… Read More

  • Geomium gets UK roll out, early signs are that users are relaxed about sharing location

    Location-based social network Geomium is getting an official UK roll out today, having launched in London-only last month. Although in actual fact, the GPS-powered app is accessible from anywhere, it’s just the amount of supported local information that differs. The UK startup also says that it’s seen more than 100,000 downloads of the Geomium iPhone app since launch and that the… Read More

  • Yelp continues Euro expansion via Austria

    It’s not long since local reviews site Yelp made its first step into German speaking territory with the launch of a localised version for Germany. But now we’re hearing that the US company is about to embark on the next logical step by launching in Austria, Germany’s smaller neighbour. Right now, is still redirecting to its Top Level Domain, but we expect that to… Read More

  • Rockabox Media secures Series A from Frog to help brands navigate cross-media landscape

    Rockabox Media has secured an undisclosed Series A round from Frog Capital to enhance its Shutters video technology and Viewshare online content distribution platform. The new funding will also see Frog Capital Partner, Mike Reid, join the Rockabox Media board. Founded in 2008 by technology entrepreneur James Booth and TV executive Torie Chilcott, Rockabox, described as a new breed of… Read More

  • Busuu partners with publisher Collins to push more traditional language learning content, the language learning community, is partnering with British publisher Collins to offer a range of grammar guides. It represents the second traditional publisher tie-up for Madrid-based busuu following a similar arrangement with PONS Publishing Group, the second biggest publisher in Germany as part of the Klett Group. It’s also interesting as Collins already has a partnership… Read More

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  • Hellotxt brings its social dashboard to Android

    Hellotxt has launched a version of its ‘social dashboard’ for Android. The app’s main feature is to offer an aggregated view of a user’s social networking activity on sites such as Facebook and Twitter, functionality that isn’t too dissimilar to the kind of thing that HTC’s Sense or Motorola’s MotoBlur provide as a way to differentiate their… Read More

  • Nokia ropes in Pamela Anderson to show off the N8 in latest smartphone-shot movie

    It’s not the first film to be shot on a mobile phone but Nokia’s latest marketing push for its new flagship N8 smartphone is a good opportunity to take stock of how far camera phone technology has come. The short film entitled ‘The Commuter’, which stars Dev Patel, Charles Dance, Ed Westwick and Pamela Anderson – yes, the Baywatch star of yesteryear – was… Read More

  • Easyroommate lands on iPhone, flatshare hunting on the go

    With the extremely high house prices and rents in certain parts of the UK, particularly in cities like London, flatsharing is a popular alternative even if it often means moving in with total strangers. One of the most popular sites to address this need is ten year veteran, and today it launches on iPhone. The idea is pretty simple: users can survey the area that… Read More

  • Is that a WiFi hotspot I see? WorkSnug to add Skype Access listings

    In what looks like a very good fit, location-based service WorkSnug is partnering with Skype to help mobile workers locate Skype Access-supported WiFi locations in coffee shops using its augmented reality app for iPhone. Skype Access lets users pay for WiFi on a per-minute basis using their Skype credentials and credit at 200,000 hotspots, provided by the likes of BT Openzone, Boingo, and… Read More

  • AnchorFree's Expat Shield targets iPlayer loving Brits abroad

    It’s a question I’ve been asked many times: How to watch UK television abroad over the Internet. Never mind the legal ramifications of accessing copyrighted content outside of its licensed jurisdiction, it can also be a technical kludge, involving setting up proxy servers and engaging in a cat and mouse game as the likes of the BBC’s iPlayer block access. As a result… Read More

  • Spotify sees a future with HP's Palm, launches on webOS

    Say what you will about Spotify‘s delayed US launch or whether its freemium model is ultimately flawed, but when it comes to rolling out mobile clients, the music streaming service can’t be bettered. While other companies set the bar at an iPhone app (and possibly Android), Spotify, with its European roots, has already gone where many dare not, developing a fully-fledged client… Read More

  • Zenprise mobilises in Europe, purchases France's Sparus Software

    Zenprise, the California, US-based provider of enterprise mobile device management software, has acquired France’s Sparus Software, which specialises in “managing, securing and remotely deploying line of business applications” in anything from smartphones, smartpads and things like card readers and scanners. The details of the acquisition aren’t being disclosed… Read More

  • With Betfair's pending IPO, Smarkets sees £1m traded on its social 'betting exchange'

    Smarkets, the London-based social gambling startup, has announced that it’s seen over £1 million traded on its ‘betting exchange’ since it publicly launched in February. The site, which competes with the likes of Betfair and to some degree intrade and betdaq, lets users set their own odds and bet against each other before and during events. The company has also revealed… Read More

  • Buyometric – a flash sales aggregator with a laser-focus on personalisation

    Yet another daily deal and flash sales aggregator launches today. You know the format: pull in all of the local Groupon-clone type offers and those from private buying clubs such as Brand Alley, and offer them up in a single destination or email. But actually, Buyometric (aside from the name) may have got the format just right with its laser-focus on personalisation and a very… Read More

  • Bebo's Paul Birch and Skype's Michael van Swaaij invest in accountancy service Crunch

    Bebo co-founder Paul Birch and former Skype Chairman Michael van Swaaij have taken part in a second round of investment in, the online accountancy service. The actual amount remains undisclosed, although it’s described as “significant” and is said to value the UK startup at £4 million. Although there are a plethora of competitors – the likes of KashFlow… Read More

  • Endomondo's Sports Tracker gathers pace – reaches 500,000 users

    Endomondo‘s free GPS-powered Sports Tracker app, which notably runs on multiple mobile platforms, including Garmin watches, has achieved more than a million downloads and reached 500,00 registered users. That’s up from 40,000 registered users at the start of January and 100,000 in April. Or, as the Copenhagen, Denmark-based startup is keen to point out, a doubling of its user… Read More

  • miiCard wants to become your digital passport to ease financial transactions

    Buying products online seems the norm these days but there are a few exceptions. In particular, the purchase of certain financial products where, ultimately, the need to prove your identity involves completing the final part of the transaction offline. That’s a kludge if ever there was one. It also represents an opportunity, one that miiCard, which soft launched this month, is grabbing… Read More

  • Compare Away launches as an aggregator for "agent managed" holiday rentals

    Compare Away launched officially today as an aggregator for “agent managed” holiday rentals. It’s founded and self-funded by Andrew Gibson and Chris Bradley who, aside from being based in the mining town of Spennymoor, County Durham in the North of England, previously built The Card and Gift Company in 2007, an online greeting cards business that sold to Hallmark Cards Plc. Read More

  • Vouchercloud goes Old Skool – offers vouchers by SMS

    Vouchercloud, the iPhone app that delivers local discount vouchers straight to a user’s smartphone, is going Old Skool by employing the use of SMS, opening up the service to, well, any mobile phone. The UK-only Vouchercloud launched in February from Bristol-based Invitation Digital Ltd. to enable users to find the best offers local to them and have the associated ‘digital… Read More