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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  • Spotify signs exclusive deal with Finnish telco TeliaSonera for its Premium offering

    Spotify signs exclusive deal with Finnish telco TeliaSonera for its Premium offering

    [Finland] This is exactly the type of distribution that Spotify needs to achieve the kind of economies of scale that should reduce the cost to end-users with regards to its Premium offering. And of course, generate much needed revenue. The music streaming startup has signed up telco TeliaSonera as its exclusive partner in Finland to market and sell Spotify Premium. The two companies already have… Read More

  • Team Europe Ventures starts €6m fund for early stage Internet and mobile startups

    Team Europe Ventures starts €6m fund for early stage Internet and mobile startups

    [Germany] Team Europe Ventures, the Berlin-based VC firm, has launched a new €6 million fund for early stage startups in the Internet and mobile Internet space. The fund is mainly targeting companies in Germany and Europe, but also in the USA, and the focus will be on the seed stage, with 4-5 startups being invested in per-year for a maximum of €500K per company. This is bound to be good… Read More

  • Attack of the Groupon clones – Here comes Snippa

    Attack of the Groupon clones – Here comes Snippa

    [UK] Now this is getting a little silly. Snippa, another UK-based Groupon clone launches today, this time from two experienced entrepreneurs: Tim O’Shea, founder of Blurtit, and David Hobart, founder of PureContent. The company is self funded by O’Shea and Hobart from their existing businesses, operating with a six person team headquartered in North Walsham, Norfolk. Snippa, which… Read More

  • Platogo enables developers to make their casual games Facebook ready

    Platogo enables developers to make their casual games Facebook ready

    [Austria] Platogo, the social games platform, has today released its Platogo Wrapper that enables casual games developers to easily integrate their games with Facebook by inserting a few lines of code. Essentially, it lets any casual game take advantages of the basic social features offered through Facebook, such as the ability for a user to invite and play with friends in their social graph… Read More

  • SyncFu's widget lets vendors adopt the group buying model

    SyncFu's widget lets vendors adopt the group buying model

    [Italy] The group buying model is proving incredibly popular right now. It seems that not a week passes by without another Groupon clone being launched – we have exclusive news coming tomorrow of a new London offering about to launch – but what if vendors themselves could easily add group buying to their own destination sites rather than relying on a third-party… Read More

  • Foursquare checks-in with Vodafone UK

    Foursquare checks-in with Vodafone UK

    [UK] The location-based social networking space is about as competitive as they get right now – though it’s still relatively early days – but Foursquare appears to be executing particularly well. It certainly has the mind share of the press, which should trickle down to end-users, and today the New York-based startup has announced a tie-in with Vodafone UK, currently the… Read More

  • London’s TechHub plans to be a mini-cluster for tech startups

    London’s TechHub plans to be a mini-cluster for tech startups

    TechHub (@TechHub), the project set up by Elizabeth Varley and Mike Butcher to create a physical space in London for tech start-ups “from from across the UK, Europe, the US and beyond”, appears to be well on its way. It is now accepting a limited number of Founder Memberships, booking sponsors and details about the actual space will, I’m told, be outlined… Read More

  • ClickandBuy, the 'European PayPal', lets Facebook users set up shop

    ClickandBuy, the 'European PayPal', lets Facebook users set up shop

    [UK/Germany] ClickandBuy, the ‘European PayPal’, has launched a Facebook app – Buxter – that enables users of the social network to send and receive real money through the site rather than virtual currency, which the company claims as first. In fact, it’s a little more ambitious than that. The London and Cologne-based company also wants to become the platform… Read More

  • Deutsche Telekom's T-Venture Holding invests in Lantiq

    Deutsche Telekom's T-Venture Holding invests in Lantiq

    [Germany] T-Venture Holding, the venture capital company of Deutsche Telekom, has made a strategic investment in Neubiberg, Germany-headquarted Lantiq, a provider of next-generation access and home networking technologies. The terms of the deal aren’t being disclosed. Along with the investment in Lantiq, Deutsche Telekom will provide future strategic advice to the company. Lantiq is… Read More

  • Little World Gifts partners with WWF, location-based virtual goods up next

    Little World Gifts partners with WWF, location-based virtual goods up next

    [UK] Little World Gifts, the Liverpool-based mobile virtual goods startup, has signed WWF as its first major brand partner. That’s WWF-UK, the world-renowned conservation charity, not the wrestling federation with the same initials. More interesting, however, is where Little World Gifts is headed next: Location-based gifting. In a future update, users of the company’s iPhone… Read More

  • LBi and Bigmouthmedia to merge in supposed $150 million deal

    LBi and Bigmouthmedia to merge in supposed $150 million deal

    LBi International, the global marketing and technology agency, is to merge with SEO and Internet marketing specialist bigmouthmedia, creating “Europe’s largest digital agency”. The deal is deal worth around £100m (roughly $150 million), reports Econsultancy, with the two companies combining “to offer clients digital marketing, consulting and technology services… Read More

  • Brands4friends appoints ex-VC for M&A action

    Brands4friends appoints ex-VC for M&A action

    [Berlin] Germany’s leading online private shopping club, Brands4friends, has appointed ex-VC Olivier Schuepbach as Director of International & Corporate Development where he’ll be spearheading the Berlin-based startup’s international expansion. Schuepbach, a native Swiss, joins from Wellington Partners, a leading pan-European venture capital firm where he was responsible… Read More

  • Spotify competitor We7 screws up iPhone app launch

    Spotify competitor We7 screws up iPhone app launch

    [UK] It’s probably tricky to time these things to perfection, since Apple pulls the strings. The UK Spotify competitor, We7, has had its iPhone app approved and is now available to download from the iTunes App Store. The problem is that the associated premium music subscription service, needed to run the app, doesn’t seemed to have launched yet. Or at least that’s how it looks. Read More

  • Nightmare! Muzu TV launches music video jukebox just as YouTube gets in on the action

    Nightmare! Muzu TV launches music video jukebox just as YouTube gets in on the action

    [Ireland] It’s the type of scenario that keeps even the most seasoned entrepreneurs up at night. Your startup toils away for months on a new product or feature and – boom – a giant like Google comes along and walks all over it. That appears to be the case for Dublin-based music video site, Muzu TV (see previous TCEU coverage), which today launched its new music video… Read More

  • Groupola.com – yet another Groupon clone launches in the UK

    Groupola.com – yet another Groupon clone launches in the UK

    [UK] A new website launches in the UK today that uses “the power of group-buying to save consumers up to 90% off the best things to do, see, eat and buy.” Sounds familiar? Yep, it’s yet another Groupon clone. Only this time, Groupola.com is already making claims to be the biggest group buying site in the country. That’s because it’s launching simultaneously in 8… Read More

  • Vouchercloud – local discount vouchers delivered straight to the iPhone

    Vouchercloud – local discount vouchers delivered straight to the iPhone

    [UK] Vouchercloud, a new iPhone app, hopes to make paper discount vouchers a thing of the past. The free app enables users to find the best offers local to them and have the associated ‘digital voucher’ delivered to and redeemable from their phone – off-line in brick ‘n’ mortar outlets as well as online via a traditional discount code. Along with location (using… Read More

  • LBi acquires Danish digital agency TRIPLE Copenhagen

    LBi acquires Danish digital agency TRIPLE Copenhagen

    [Denmark] LBi International, the global marketing and technology agency, is to acquire TRIPLE Copenhagen, a 28-person strong digital agency based in Denmark whose clients include Rezidor Hotel Group, IKEA, Hotel Missoni, and DONG Energy. The total purchase price will be determined on an earn-out arrangement. LBi expects this acquisition to be EBITDA and earnings accretive with immediate effect. Read More

  • Nosey Parker helps iPhone-touting Brits park for less

    Nosey Parker helps iPhone-touting Brits park for less

    [UK] Finding a parking space in major cities across the UK can be a nightmare. Now a new iPhone app from Manchester-based digital agency Stardotstar hopes to make things a little easier. Nosey Parker enables users of Apple’s smartphone to find the nearest car park to their current position and the cheapest too. Read More

  • Lovefilm finally gets an iPhone app

    Lovefilm finally gets an iPhone app

    [UK] Lovefilm, the Netflix of the UK, has released an iPhone app that enables members to view and manage their rental lists on Apple’s smartphone. It’s a move that seems more than a little overdue, especially considering US-based Netflix has a whole bunch of iPhone apps that tie into the service thanks to the company’s widely available API. Read More

  • GoAdv buys Italian blog network Blogosfere

    GoAdv buys Italian blog network Blogosfere

    [Italy] GoAdv, the pan-European online media company listed on Alternext market of Nyse-Euronext Paris, has acquired leading Italian blog network Blogosfere. The actual sum isn’t being disclosed but our sources say it’s in the low 7 digits and was paid in cash. Milan-based Blogosfere was launched in 2005 and has a network of 210 blogs consisting of over 150 contributors. The… Read More