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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  • Voddler, the Spotify-for-movies, lands on Android

    Voddler, the so-called “Spotify for movies”, has announced its first mobile app for Android. The free Android app will be rolled out in stages. A version limited to movie trailers is currently being tested with Voddler users, and a more featured offering – full movies, and sharing of playlists on social networks – should be available by the end of this month. Because… Read More

  • Report: The iPad won't go mass market anytime soon

    As magical as Apple’s iPad may be, it’s unlikely to go mass market anytime soon. That’s according to research carried out in the UK, which concludes that consumers struggle to see how the device could fit into their lives. Simpson Carpenter‘s qualitative research drew comments from participants such as: “It’s just a big iPod Touch … a big iPhone… Read More

  • Hackathon produces most useful Twitter app yet – a game of 'trumps'

    Who says nothing useful ever comes of a hackathon? Enter Tweet Trumps, which was coded over 24 hours by Tom Scott and Dom Hodgson at WarbleCamp, the Twitter developer ‘unconference’ held last weekend in London. It turns your mutual Twitter friends (the people you follow who follow you back) into a deck of cards ready for a game of ‘trumps’. Read More

  • Silentale, the Dropbox-for-communications, opens to the public

    After nearly a year in private Beta, Silentale, which is calling itself the “Dropbox for communications”, opens to the public today. The service is a kind of personal CRM system, providing a searchable backup of your contacts, messages and attachments across various communication channels, including email and social networks Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. It’s designed… Read More

  • 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

    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

    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, 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

    [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

    [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

    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

    [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

    [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

    [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!

    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

    [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

    [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

    [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

    [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

    [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