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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  • 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

  • MyVoucherCodes lands on Android – claims to be a first?

    Following success on iPhone, MyVoucherCodes has launched its voucher app on Android, letting consumers locate local discounts via GPS. It’s the first of its kind on Google’s mobile OS, says the company, a claim that appears to fall slightly short. A quick search of the Android market reveals a number of GPS-powered voucher apps, including vouchAR, a nifty Augmented… Read More

  • Tweetminster prepares to move beyond politics – relaunches as a 'News Platform'

    Tweetminster, which we’ve been describing as a UK politics tracker powered by Twitter, has undergone another revamp today with the launch of the Tweetminster News Platform, which will replace the current version of the site. The new Tweetminster and third major update attempts to pull together all of the technology that the UK startup has developed – the ability to identify… Read More

  • Dailyplaces pivots to let friends recommend places and earn a 'dividend' for doing so

    Dailyplaces, which launched as a location-based microblogging platform in December 2009, has made a significant pivot today by relaunching as a social recommendation service for places but with its own gaming twist. Aside from ditching its Twitter-for-location roots, the premise of the updated iPhone app is to shun ‘anonymous’ lengthy reviews of places as is the model used by… Read More

  • GraphDB maker Sones hires new CEO to increase sales and expand partner program

    Sones, developer of the GraphDB graph database, which operates in the so-called NoSQL space, has appointed a new Managing Director and CEO: Richard Doll joins from Novell where he spent 4 years, most recently as Director of ISV Ecosystem and Channel for the Linux Business Unit. Aside from Novell he has held “leading positions” in various U.S. and German companies including FAST… Read More

  • vBulletin now comes with Skimlinks

    Affiliate marketing platform Skimlinks has pulled off what they see as quite a coup, partnering with U.S.-based vBulletin, makers of the popular forum software. The deal sees Skimlinks built into and shipped with the vBulletin software, so that it can be enabled by any forum site instantly. Besides Adsense, Skimlinks is the only other ad platform to have this degree of integration with… Read More

  • Simfy, the-German-Spotify, gets on-deck with O2

    Simfy, the so-called German Spotify, has struck a strategic partnership with O2 Germany (Telefónica). In a similar arrangement to Aspiro-owned WiMP’s recent on-deck deal with telco Telenor in Scandinavia, the simfy music streaming service will be pre-installed on handsets sold through O2 and integrated into its app store, web site and retail points of sale. Read More

  • With the platform burning, Nokia also talked to RIM before jumping into Redmond's arms

    The battle of mobile ecosystems is now a three horse race: Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android, and Microsoft’s Windows Phone. Or so says Nokia CEO Stephen Elop now that the Finnish handset maker has jumped off of a burning platform into Redmond’s arms. Conspicuous by their absence – in Elop’s analysis – was RIM’s BlackBerry or indeed the dark horse in… Read More

  • 7digital adds Visual Music Discovery to its arsenal via partnership with Mobile Acuity

    Stick a camera in an Internet-connected smartphone and it leads to all sorts of visual discovery technologies. From full on Augmented Reality to less ambitious bar codes, with applications ranging from genuinely new content experiences to advertising and marketing opportunities. Enter a new partnership between Mobile Acuity, which develops mobile visual search technology, and ‘digital… Read More

  • StudiVZ who? Facebook reigns supreme in Germany

    The above chart says it all. After battling it out with local clone StudiVZ and the other social networks in the VZ networks group, Facebook has reigned supreme. Produced by Fitton & Maass Consulting, it shows that the U.S. social network has 64.4% of the market based on users who login at least once per week. StudiVZ claims just over 12% while the group as a whole sits at 32.7%. Thus… Read More

  • WiMP comes to Sweden – not afraid to step on Spotify's toes

    WiMP, the music streaming service owned by Aspiro, is bedding down in Scandinavia. Already available in Norway and Denmark, it’s “finally” coming to Sweden, once again via a distribution partnership with teclo Telenor. Sweden, of course, is the birthplace of competitor Spotify and telco agreements are seen as the future for cloud-based music services. So despite its… Read More

  • Intel kept in the dark over Nokia’s MeeGo plans; operators reject first device

    Prior to the public announcement on Friday, Intel was kept in the dark with regards to Nokia’s plans to relegate MeeGo to a glorified R&D project, sources with knowledge of the situation tell TechCrunch Europe. The U.S. chip maker, it appears, was caught off guard as were many media outlets and analysts – this publication aside – with the news that Nokia has forged a… Read More

  • Podio, the connected work platform, secures $4m in Series A round

    Podio, which describes itself as a connected work platform, has secured $4m in Series A funding. Sunstone Capital led the round and the investment is said be used to further develop Podio’s product and to hire “key employees”. A sort of collaborative social network for the Enterprise or ‘Facebook for the workplace’, Podio operates in the so-called Enterprise 2.0… Read More

  • FlyScreen lands on iPhone but not as we know it

    FlyScreen, the lock screen replacement for Android and Symbian phones from Israeli startup Cellogic, has landed on the iPhone. But not as we know it. That’s because Apple’s iOS is locked down as it were (see what I did there) and doesn’t allow third-party apps to take over the lock screen. This doesn’t mean that iPhone users of FlyScreen don’t get access to… Read More

  • Post-pivot, SoundCloud reaches three million registered users

    SoundCloud, the audio platform originally targeted at music makers but now a wider consumer play, has announced that it’s reached three million registered users. And considering that the Berlin-based startup was at a million users as recently as last May – pre-pivot, if you will – the change of direction would appear to be paying off or at least hasn’t affected the… Read More

  • Is Nokia's first MeeGo device DOA? Here's what we know

    Reuters is reporting that Nokia’s first device running MeeGo, its ‘next generation’ mobile operating system developed as a joint-venture with Intel, is dead on arrival. Or, specifically, it’s been canceled before actually being formerly announced. And yet, in the same report, analysts are cited as saying that the device could be revealed at the company’s… Read More

  • Language learning community Busuu partners with The Guardian and Macmillan Education, the language learning community, has teamed up with The Guardian newspaper and Macmillan Education to give its users more real-life context when learning English. Under the partnership, busuu users can access daily world news updates provided by a feed from However, if they don’t understand a particular word, powered by Macmillan Education’s online… Read More

  • Adyen chosen to power Spil Games' online payments

    In the coming together of two Dutch startups, Adyen, the Internet payment solutions provider, has been selected by casual gaming portal Spil Games to power its online payments. Adyen’s pitch is that its technology enables payment via a single page and single click by making nifty use of AJAX and, the company claims, is shown to boost conversion rates and reduce costs by as much as 50%. Read More