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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  • Shazam hits 100m user mark, targets the living room for growth

    Music recognition and discovery service Shazam has reached somewhat of a milestone today: growing its user base to 100 million, of which 25 million users were added in the past six months. At first glance that sounds pretty impressive, though not entirely surprising. Back in May we reported that the ten-year old London-based ‘startup’ had grown its user base from 50 million to… Read More

  • WYGU wants to be a Facebook-for-careers-advice

    WYGU (When You Grow Up) has launched as a “Facebook for careers advice” – that’s their words not mine – and offers a mix of “social careers guidance”, development and e-mentoring. It’s founded by Alun Baker and is backed by £350,000 of Angel funding, which Baker says he’s matched. The UK site’s noble aim is to help people avoid… Read More

  • Developers take note – carrier subsidy should help Apple shift a lot more iPads

    The iPad might be one of the most sought after gadgets this Christmas but for many, its high price is a definite deal breaker. That’s before you factor in carrier subsidy, says a new report from global research and technology firm Vision Critical which reveals that subsidised iPad offers, such as those recently announced by three of the four UK mobile operators, are likely to… Read More

  • Almost three-quarters of Brits check Facebook in bed, while one in five text during sex

    Britain’s a nation of Facebook-ers, that much we already know. But now new research from technology experts Travelodge — OK, it’s a chain of cheap and not so-cheerful hotels — has revealed that almost three-quarters of UK adults check Facebook in bed (72%). Specifically, the survey of 6,000 adults reveals that Brits spend an average of 16 minutes each night on the… Read More

  • Russian search giant Yandex partners with local Facebook-clone VKontakte

    Yandex, the Russian juggernaut of a search engine that is thought to be considering an IPO for up to $1.5 billion, has partnered with VKontakte, which is the largest social network in Russia. How big? The so-called Facebook-clone accounts for more than half of web traffic in the CIS region. Under the arrangement, the public-facing elements of VKontakte user profiles will show up in Yandex… Read More

  • Mixlr exits Beta – now targets everybody not just DJs and musicians

    Mixlr, which we previously described as a UStream-for-audio, has exited Beta and with it a wider remit: No longer is the live audio streaming service aimed at just DJs and musicians but now targets the likes of conference organisers, journalists, podcasters and public speakers too. It’s a pivot not dissimilar to that made by SoundCloud recently, a service that Mixlr both competes with… Read More

  • Will this year be a gadget Christmas? Survey says, no

    While none of my friends and family would dare to buy me a gadget for Christmas – they’d only get it wrong – for as long as I can remember, technology has taken its fair share of present space under the tree. Not this year though, predicts an opportunistic survey carried out by Opinion Matters on behalf of the UK’s Mobile Fun, which sells mobile accessories online. It… Read More

  • RendezVous353, the social network for Irish expats, sees UK launch, the social network for Irish expats, saw its UK launch last week with a typically Irish party in London. And at a time when Ireland has little to celebrate and many of the country’s working population are said to be heading elsewhere, a dedicated community online for the 80 million-strong “global Irish Diaspora” is perhaps fitting. That tiresome… Read More

  • Flook discovers English Heritage – that's castles, ruined abbeys and stately homes

    Flook, which we’ve previously described as a StumbleUpon for location-based discovery, has partnered with English Heritage, the UK government’s quango responsible for helping preserve historical landmarks, such as famous sites like Stonehenge and Hadrian’s Wall. Under the arrangement, English Heritage is working with flook to let users ‘discover’ almost 400… Read More

  • Social games publisher Jolt Online brings Playboy to Facebook – "don't tell your girlfriend"

    Is there no escape from the Playboy franchise? Jolt Online, the Ireland-based social games publisher that was acquired by GameStop last December, has unveiled its latest Facebook game: Playboy Party. Described as featuring “pretty much all the things that you can imagine from a Facebook Playboy game” – I haven’t a clue what that means – the accompanying press… Read More

  • MyTweetMag is another Twitter-driven publishing tool but with a few tricks of its own

    MyTweetMag, launched quietly in the summer by Hamburg-based Sebastian Schuermanns, is a service that lets users create a ‘magazine’ based on links and other content pulled in from their Twitter stream. However, where it differs slightly from is the degree of manual intervention that is required. Instead of automatically culling links from a user’s… Read More

  • Txtr partners with Dutch e-tailer to power its Samsung Galaxy eBook store

    Txtr, maker of the txtr Reader, Germany’s answer to the Kindle, is partnering with, Netherlands’ largest online retailer, to power its newly launched eBook store pre-installed on the Samsung Galaxy tablet and Android-based smartphones. In addition, an iPhone/iPad version will be available for download from Similar to Amazon’s multi-device approach, with… Read More

  • Simfy, the Spotify-of-Germany, partners with social network StudiVZ

    Simfy, a sort of German equivalent to Spotify, has signed an exclusive partnership with VZ networks, Germany’s largest social network and operator of the so-called Facebook clone StudiVZ. The deal will see VZ’s 16 million users being given access to simfy’s ad-supported and free on-demand music streaming service, which comprises a catalog of more than 6.2 million songs. Read More

  • launches campaign to save language with only 8 users

    In a move that cynics might claim is just cheap PR,, the language learning community, has launched a campaign to save Busuu, a Cameroonian language with only 8 remaining speakers and on UNESCO’s list of ‘critically endangered’ languages. Yes, apparently, such a list does exist. The Save Busuu campaign takes the form of a music video and learning pack, along with… Read More

  • BuildorPro wants to bring HTML/CSS editing to the cloud – we have invites

    Web designers have to deploy their finished work in a web browser so perhaps it makes sense to move the design tools themselves to the browser too. That’s the thinking behind BuildorPro, which claims to be the first browser-based, web design and development environment with built in HTML/CSS tools. Or, for seasoned web designers out there, think Coda or Espresso but in the cloud. The… Read More

  • GMBHnews turns any blog into a mobile site – for a price

    GMBHnews, from Otzberg, Germany-based Omer Networks, has launched as a quick and easy way for publishers to create and monetize mobile versions of their website. It does this through a near idiot-proof setup ‘wizard’ that asks for the site’s name, URL, RSS feed and Google Mobile AdSense code (if applicable). However, the fact that it’s RSS-driven would seem to suggest… Read More

  • Runa Capital invests $2 million in Russian mobile startup OnAir3G

    Runa Capital, a new Russian VC fund that launched in August, has announced its first investment: $2 million in OnAir3G, which is described as a “voice-enabled mobile social networking platform”. Notably, the Moscow-based startup is founded by Andrey Vasilevsky who also co-founded SmartCom, a developer of navigation software for Symbian, Windows Mobile and J2ME, which was sold to… Read More

  • MyVoucherCodes lands on iPhone to help more local outlets cut their own margins

    MyVoucherCodes, the UK’s leading discount voucher code site, has launched its local offering with an iPhone app (and accompanying website) that helps consumers locate the best local deals via GPS. However, as we noted when the company first unveiled its ‘hyper-local’ strategy, the idea isn’t a new one and MyVoucherCodes is entering a space that is getting crowded… Read More

  • Twago raises "six-digit Euro" sum for its outsourcing platform

    Twago, which provides a “global online intermediation platform” for services in the areas of IT, design, and business support, has received backing from a Frankfurt, Germany-based investment group from the private banking sector. The exact amount isn’t being disclosed but is described as in the “six-digit” Euros, while the actual investors are also remaining… Read More

  • Car comparison site Carbuzz aims to ride slipstream of expert reviewers

    A new independent car comparison website has launched in the UK hoping to take on much more established media in the car review space. Founded by 23 year old “car enthusiast” James Hind, Carbuzz aggregates expert reviews and ratings, along with user reviews, statistics, and additional video and images, in order to help car buyers make their next purchase based on criteria such… Read More