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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  • Beat that! Google acquires the UK’s for £37.7m

    Breaking: Google has acquired the financial product comparison site for £37.7m. The news was first outed by the blog but has since been made official. Writing on the UK company’s site, BeatThatQuote Managing Director, John Paleomylites, says that the acquisition offers the opportunity to “develop new and innovative options for personal finance in… Read More

  • Qriously raises $1.6m to let brands replace mobile ads with questions

    Qriously, a service that lets brands measure location-based public opinion, has raised $1.6m in a new funding round led by Accel Partners. Amalfi Capital also participated, while the London-based startup is originally backed by Pacific Tiger Group. Through its SDK offered to mobile app developers, Qriously lets advertisers display questions instead of traditional mobile ads so that they… Read More

  • SocialSafe adds Twitter back-ups – we have giveaways

    SocialSafe, the Facebook back-up tool from 1minus1 and Julian Ranger‘s iBundle, has added support for Twitter so that users can make an offline back-up of their tweets, @mentions, Direct Messages, profile and follower structure. Built using Adobe Air, the app supports both Mac and Windows and, unlike the likes of Backupify, shuns the Cloud for back-ups. Instead all data is stored locally… Read More

  • We7 launches free personalised Radio App for Android – offline playback supported

    After pivoting somewhat to focus on the more economical Internet radio model, the UK’s We7 has launched a new, ad-supported app for Android. Along with its headline price of free, the Radio app for phones running Google’s mobile OS supports offline playback. This means that personalised radio stations based on a user’s musical tastes or those curated by editors can be cached… Read More

  • Russia plots 4G future – good news for startups?

    Yota, the Russian mobile broadband company, has signed a deal with the country’s main network operators – Beeline, Megafon, MTS and Rostelekom – that plots out a 4G future. A future that should benefit local startups. Under the deal, the signing of which was witnessed by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin no less, Yota is to become the 4G network provider for the Russian telco… Read More

  • Utopic lets you see what content is trending amongst your friends

    It’s not an entirely new idea: offer a way to view trending content shared by your friends via social media. That’s the basic premise of Utopic, the latest project from the team behind Talentag, the “social CV” that we profiled last August. In its first iteration, Utopic is entirely reliant on Facebook – support for Twitter and YouTube is forthcoming – and… Read More

  • European Commission raids eBook publishers on suspicion of cartel

    The European Commission has confirmed “unannounced inspections” in the eBook publishing sector in several European countries related to suspicions that said companies have “violated EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and other restrictive business practices.” This is a pretty big deal, although the EC – for obvious reasons – is keen to stress that… Read More

  • UnLtdWorld done good, acquired by Guardian News & Media

    UnLtdWorld, the three year-old social network for social entrepreneurs, has been acquired by Guardian News & Media Limited (part of the Guardian Media Group). Terms aren’t being disclosed and UnLtdWorld are being tight lipped, which suggests it wasn’t a major pay day. The site itself will be kept live for now but the plan moving forward is to combine the current UnLtdWorld… Read More

  • yaM Labs secures $500k to take meeting management to the Cloud

    yaM Labs, a Russian startup not to be confused with Yammer, has secured $500k from Foresight Ventures. The company has developed Cloud-based software to make meetings – both face-to-face and virtual – more efficient by enabling participants to collaborate on the planning, running, and execution of a meeting. The premise being that traditional offline tools make for a lot of wasted… Read More

  • Qype acquires Germany's Cooledeals to go after Groupon, Dailydeal and Facebook Deals

    Qype, the location-based reviews and recommendation service, is to get in on the local coupon market. This is via an acquisition of Munich-based, which the company announced today. Terms of the deal remain undisclosed. The acquisition is enabling Qype, which is the largest user-generated local review site in Europe (ahead of Yelp), to add coupons and discount vouchers to its… Read More

  • MTV Co-Founder John Sykes joins Shazam's Board

    Shazam, which now calls itself a mobile discovery company after broadening out beyond just music to also target the living room, has announced that co-founder of MTV Networks, John Sykes, has joined its board. Sykes was instrumental in creating MTV some 25 years ago (makes me feel old, alright) as well as serving as President of VH1, which he rebranded and “lead to record audience… Read More

  • Storific raises $200k from Kima Ventures to let customers order in restaurants via iPhone

    Storific, the French startup that lets customers place orders in restaurants, bars and hotels via an iPhone, has raised $200k in a seed round financed by Kima Ventures. The company offers a paid-for subscription service via a browser-based interface where businesses can provide full menus, list their tables and receive notifications from customers ordering by an iPhone. Whilst the… Read More

  • Madvertise launches €5m developer fund (sort of but not really)

    Madvertise, the Berlin-based mobile ad network, has launched a five million Euro fund for mobile app developers. Only it isn’t really a fund and it certainly isn’t €5m. This one takes a little time to unravel so we’ll save you the effort. What they’re actually offering is to wave their commission on any ads sold for mobile app developers who apply to the program until… Read More

  • Stepping on the gas? KashFlow seeks 'strategic investment' to accelerate growth

    KashFlow, the feisty UK startup taking on incumbent players like Sage with its cloud-based accounting software for SMEs, has decided it’s time to step on the gas. But to do this, the company is actively seeking a “strategic investor” and isn’t ruling out selling a majority stake, according to a report distributed by Financial Times-owned Mergermarket. That could… Read More

  • Dailymotion shoots for video-powered apps, slowly opening up developer API

    Dailymotion, the French-born video site and YouTube competitor, has quietly launched a public Application Programming Interface (API) for third-party apps that want to integrate some, if not all, of its features. Available as an SDK for JavaScript, PHP and Objective C (iPhone, iPad and Mac), with ActionScript (Flash) and Python also under development, Dailymotion’s initial API… Read More

  • Updated: SponsorPay takes funding from Nokia Growth Partners to target mobile

    SponsorPay, the European provider of advertisement-based payment systems, has raised further investment. This time the funding comes from Nokia Growth Partners, the $350m fund with close ties to Nokia itself and existing investors. It should comes as no surprise then to learn that SponsorPay intends to use the new capital to support its expansion to mobile devices, tapping the Finnish… Read More

  • Blur Group trades Madison Avenue for its Creative Services Exchange

    Don Draper, look away. London-based blur Group has officially launched its Creative Services Exchange, which in their words aims to disrupt the traditional Madison Avenue agency model for the advertising/creative industries. And in doing so, cuts down time to market and, of course, costs. It’s the usual Internet take on an old industry: offer a platform that more or less cuts out the… Read More

  • Fortumo offers European developers operator billing in the U.S.

    European mobile payments provider Fortumo has extended its reach via a partnership with BilltoMobile which sees direct mobile operator billing available to Europe and Asia-based game developers targeting customers in the U.S. Charging customers via their existing mobile phone bill, of course, is seen as key to making payments frictionless and increasing app and content sales. It keeps the… Read More

  • Direct-to-fan ticketing service GigsWiz wants to break America

    GigsWiz, the direct-to-fan ticketing service, which officially rolled out in the UK last month is trying to break America. It saw its U.S. launch last week at the future of music conference, New Music Seminar. Originally conceived as a sort of analytics for bands to help them identify “fan hotspots” and therefore where next to perform, GigsWiz has since pivoted to help artists… Read More