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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  • 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

    [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

    [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

    [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

    [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

    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

    [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

    [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

    [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

  • $1 million: UK's Top 10 buys .com domain for global expansion

    [UK] A million dollars, baby. That’s the amount paid by UK price comparison site ‘Top 10 Broadband and Top 10 Mobile Phones‘ to purchase the Top10.com domain name from US-based investor Idealab in a cash plus equity deal. Apparently, this also makes it one of the most expensive domain names ever purchased by a British company. Under the terms of the deal, Top 10 Broadband and… Read More

  • Stephen Lowery leaves 3i to join Frog Capital as Partner

    [UK] London-based Frog Capital has announced that Stephen Lowery has joined as a Partner. Frog invests in growth-stage companies across the cleantech and IT & digital media sectors. Lowery leaves 3i where he was Director of Venture and then Growth Capital and led or was “closely involved in” investments in European IT and cleantech companies, such as Icera, Nujira and Light… Read More

  • 3view to launch its own trojan horse into the Internet-connected living room

    [UK] It’s not the norm for a startup based in London’s Silicon Roundabout to be in the hardware business, let alone the highly competitive world of consumer electronics. But that’s precisely the position that 3view find themselves in. The company’s Internet connected set-top box, which marriages the worlds of over-the-air broadcast television and Internet TV (IPTV)… Read More

  • Semantic search-based email filter Kwaga dumps Firefox add-on for desktop widget

    [France] Paris-based startup Kwaga, which offers a semantic search-based solution to help manage email, has launched a new desktop widget. It replaces Kwaga’s existing Firefox add-on, which is being discontinued, following a 6 month Beta testing period that saw nearly 2 million emails analysed, says the company. Dubbed Kwaga BirdsEye, the Windows/Mac OS app keeps an eye on your in-box… Read More

  • Sportpost.com launches with lofty claims but plenty of commercial partners

    [UK] Being given its first marketing push today, London-based Sportpost.com is making the rather lofty claim to be “Europe’s first sports social media site”. Which is far too much hyperbole for what is essentially a site for sports fans that mixes professionally-produced branded channels with user-generated content in the form of discussion forums, video and other content… Read More

  • Updated: European Court of Justice: Google NOT liable for keyword trademark infringement but others maybe

    Updated: Sorry for the confusion but we’d been given conflicting information (see here, for example) relating to this story. After a back and forth, here’s our understanding of the ruling. Keyword advertising using the trademark of others without their permission is illegal and services providers such as Google are also liable for any infringement. Google and other advertising… Read More

  • Rummble adds check-ins, reviews via Twitter, pulls in updates from Foursquare, Gowalla

    Social mobile location startup Rummble has added the ability for members to ‘check-in’ and recommend places via Twitter, rather than having to use the company’s Android or iPhone app or browser-based version. It does this through a bit of nifty but fairly crude sentiment analysis, turning any tweet with the hashtag #rummble into something the service will understand. So… Read More

  • Atomico Ventures raises $165m fund targeting “disruptive” early-stage European startups

    Good news for startups in Europe. Skype founders Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis, through their Atomico Ventures vehicle, have raised a new $165m fund for investing in “disruptive” early-stage European tech companies, reports the FT. The London-based VC firm, founded in 2006 by the duo, will focus on early-stage software and internet companies that have the potential to be… Read More

  • When's the next bus due? There's an app for that too

    [UK] You know how it is, you wait for a bus and then three arrive at once. Although NextBuses (iTunes link), a new iPhone app by London-based developer Malcolm Barclay, doesn’t quite solve this problem, it does promise to make it easier to know when the next bus is due and even, in some instances, tell you if it’s running on time. The app, which costs 59p, delivers departure… Read More

  • Videoplaza secures €3.5 million from leading Nordic VCs

    [Sweden] Stockholm-based Videoplaza, the video ad server startup, has secured a €3.5 million funding round from leading Nordic VCs Creandum and Northzone Ventures. This follows seed investments of €80,000 and €420,000, bringing the total raised to-date to €4m. The company, which currently has a staff of 20 based in Sweden, the UK and France, will use the new capital to continue to… Read More

  • Social games company Nival Network raises $7m from DST, 1C and Sergey Orlovskiy

    [Russia] The Moscow-based social games company Nival Network, part of the Nival Group, has raised $7 million in new funding from DST, 1C Company and Nival Group founder & CEO Sergey Orlovskiy, according to a report (russian) in the Vedomosti newspaper. DST have invested $4 million for a 12.5% stake, with software vendor 1C (a previous investor) providing an additional $1 million and… Read More