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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  • That didn't take long – The Guardian to introduce subscriptions to its iPhone app

    When The Guardian newspaper introduced its paid-for iPhone app to rave reviews, we questioned how long its upkeep could be sustained by a one-off payment. Although, in once sense, any income derived from a dedicated app can be viewed as additional since The Guardian’s content is already being produced for its daily newspaper, online is eating away at those revenues, so it’s… Read More

  • When the market can't decide – European Commission to address mobile fragmentation

    In another example of Europe’s bureaucrats leaving themselves open to accusations that they’re meddling in issues that are best left to the marketplace, the European Commission has announced the launch of MOSQUITO (Mobile software and services, Standardisation, Quality, Interoperability, Testing, Open source), a €700,000 research project to “develop a better understanding… Read More

  • We're all in this together – NavFree sees 70,000 OpenStreetMap updates in a month

    NavFree, the free Sat-Nav solution for iPhone (and iPad) from Navmii, has seen more than half a million downloads in its first month and is growing at a rate of 10,000 new users per day. That’s not too shabby considering that it’s a UK & Republic of Ireland-only offering, although perhaps not so surprising considering the app’s free-ness and the expense of some of… Read More

  • Bank of Ireland Kernel Capital Fund invests €2m in chip maker DecaWave

    The Bank of Ireland Kernel Capital Fund has announced that it’s invested €2m in Dublin-based, DecaWave Limited, which provides real-time location and wireless sensor solutions. The investment was co-led with International Investment and Underwriting (IIU). It follows the recent sale of another Irish semi-conductor company, ChipSensors, a developer of innovative silicon sensor chips… Read More

  • Ka-Ching! One million Brits have used PayPal to make a payment on their mobile phone

    I have a love-hate relationship with PayPal. I love the fact that the service makes it possible to send money to anybody who has an email address. But, having been paid my wages via PayPal in a previous job, I hate the charges that are sometimes inflicted on the receiver or sender (I could never work out which and why – something to do with being forced to upgrade to a Pro account… Read More

  • Quotables launches as a Delicious-for-quotations but with CafePress revenue model

    Quotables, which soft launched in August, is aiming to become the destination for finding and sharing quotations online by embracing social media and crowdsourcing to organise its, largely, user generated database of quotes and to weed out misquotations and misattributions. The Glasgow, Scotland-based startup is backed by Channel 4 and the Arts Council England, while the site itself was built… Read More

  • VisualDNA, formerly Imagini, expands to the U.S.

    London-based startup VisualDNA (formerly Imagini) has announced that it’s taking its “audience network” to the U.S. today, along with appointing digital media industry veteran Leighton Webb to head up its operations across the pond as Senior Vice President and Managing Director. Webb has held senior level roles with major media companies in both the U.S. and Europe… Read More

  • 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