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.

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  • Penguin-heads rejoice, Spotify lands on Linux

    Spotify has been released for Linux. As of today, a Penguin-friendly version of the streaming music service is available as a preview, although we still don’t seem any closer to the much-rumored U.S. launch. According to an official blog post, the Linux version was built by developers at the company “during hack days and late nights”, and shares most of the same features as… Read More

  • Visits to MySpace UK have halved in 6 months say sources

    The number of visitors to MySpace UK has halved in the last six months, TechCrunch Europe has learned, leading to a fresh round of layoffs at the London office of the social networking site. According to internal figures that we’ve seen, monthly visits to MySpace UK are down from a peak of just under 10 million at the start of the year to around 5m as of the end of June 2010. If indeed… Read More

  • Groupola's iPhone deal and a wonky server creates mailing list of upset customers

    It was always probably too good to be true. Groupola‘s aggressive campaign to build up its mailing list and create name recognition for the group buying site, appears to have somewhat backfired. The UK Groupon-clone has been running a promotion offering a limited number of its email subscribers an unlocked iPhone 4 for £99, a massive discount of 80.16%. The deal was scheduled to go… Read More

  • Could Friends Reunited teach Facebook a thing or two about user privacy controls?

    With Facebook’s recent campaign to “fix” its somewhat byzantine privacy controls – or at least the negative PR surrounding them – and an obsession to become more like Twitter, maybe Zuckerberg and co. could learn something from the UK-born Friends Reunited, that old skool social network of the Dot Com era. The site, which has been through many a revamp itself… Read More

  • Tradeshift announces a raft of new partners, API opening up soon

    Tradeshift, which has been described as the “Skype for invoicing”, has announced a raft of new partners in the SaaS accounting space, along with plans to open up its API to enable more third-parties to tie into its free invoicing system. The launch partners who have had access to a beta version of Tradeshift’s API include: ERPLY (free ERP system), E-conomics (a SaaS… Read More

  • DriveGain launches with an iPhone app to make you drive more efficiently

    EXCLUSIVE – DriveGain, a new startup that opens its doors today, aims to help users learn to drive more efficiently and, in doing so, save on their fuel consumption. It’s founded by Simon East, an ex-Psion exec and former VP, Technology of Symbian who subsequently founded Cognima (ShoZu), and Dr. Phil Dixon, who has a background in racing car simulations and was a recent… Read More

  • Dextrose, the browser-based game engine, acquires Effect Games

    Germany’s Dextrose, the browser-based game engine startup, has acquired California-based Effect Games, which provides developer tools for creating and publishing web-based games. The terms of the deal remain undisclosed. Dextrose is building what the startup claims will be the first commercial game engine for pluginless browser-based games. Dubbed ‘Aves Engine‘, it… Read More

  • Apprupt launches self-service affiliate network for mobile apps

    Apprupt, an affiliate network for mobile apps, has today launched its self-service platform for “appvertisers” (a slightly silly name). It enables app developers to sign up to apprupt on a cost-per-install basis, enabling them to track their marketing campaigns for both paid and free apps. Features include account management (including campaign spend), and reports and analytics… Read More

  • Skimlinks launches SkimWords to turn more links into an affiliate revenue opportunity

    Affiliate marketing platform Skimlinks has launched its latest product that aims to make it even easier for publishers to place revenue generating affiliate links in their content. Dubbed SkimWords, the feature, which is currently in beta, differs slightly from the company’s main offering. Rather than simply converting existing retailer links to affiliate links on-the-fly, it looks at… Read More

  • iPhone owners angered by Steve Jobs' response to reception issue

    Remember Steve Jobs’ advice regarding the iPhone 4’s reported reception issues – it’s all your fault – relayed via an email from the Apple CEO himself (yes, one of those emails). Well, perhaps unsurprisingly, it hasn’t gone down well with UK early adopters of the company’s latest smartphone. That’s according to a rather opportunistic… Read More

  • Steve Jobs emails: "We will keep making the best computers"

    It’s all the rage these days. You fire off an email to Apple‘s Steve Jobs, the CEO of one of the world’s biggest and most secretive technology companies, and to your astonishment, the great man himself replies. You then publish said email, sit back and watch as the tech press dissect each and every word. It’s quite the media spectacle, especially when you factor in… Read More

  • Brightpearl secures $1.5m for its cloud-based solution for SMEs

    Brightpearl (previously Pearl), the cloud-based software suite for SMEs, has raised a $1.5 million funding round from Eden Ventures and Notion Capital. The UK startup will use the new investment to support its “global expansion”, having already picked up customers for its offering, which integrates accounting, CRM, order and stock management, e-commerce and help desk functionality… Read More

  • Babbel introduces speech recognition to aid language learning

    Babbel, the language learning site, has added “realtime” speech recognition to enhance its practical application and enable users to fine-tune their pronunciation skills. This pits the service up against more traditional players such as TellMeMore or Rosetta Stone, says the company. The speech recognition functionality was built in-house – much of the team’s background… Read More

  • Is mobile broadband a sham?

    I have a special filing cabinet for all the press releases I receive highlighting a statistic or survey that rather conveniently favors a particular product or brand: it’s called the trash can. But every once in a while, however opportunistic, they can raise an interesting point as is the case with today’s punt from the price comparison site BroadBand Expert, entitled… Read More

  • uShip acquires courier marketplace boxby

    uShip, the Austin-based transport marketplace, has acquired the UK’s boxby, which offers a similar but also complementary service by connecting couriers and transporters with customers in need of delivery. The deal, of which terms are undisclosed, will “support the global growth” of uShip, which already offers localized versions of its reverse auction site for couriers… Read More

  • Woops, Google's Street View cars collected email passwords and more "sensitive data"

    I’ve been known to give Facebook a hard time over its lax security and disregard for user privacy but, frankly, Google’s doing a pretty good job at keeping up. Not to be outdone by the social networking site, the search giant has already got into hot water for the overzealous nature by which it collected WiFi data when driving around towns in 30 countries creating its Google… Read More

  • England fans, vent your frustration on London's World Cup Twitter wall

    Twitter walls are nothing new but, given England’s dire start to the World Cup and a few other European nations I could mention (*cough* France), this one could be particularly cathartic. Brand agency, The Brand Union, is projecting a giant World Cup themed Twitter wall on one side of its Farringdon, London offices. Dubbed ‘The Footwall‘, tweets via the @thefootwall account… Read More

  • Internet TV search engine TVLinks exits stealth, content missing in action

    What’s this, a European startup thinking global? TVLinks, an Internet TV guide and video search engine, exits stealth mode today, and says it wants to battle the big US search engines and TV listings sites. It currently houses a database of over 30,000 movies, and 2,000 TV shows consisting of 80,000 episodes. In total it indexes more than 2,000 content provider websites, some of which it… Read More

  • AdTaily signs up Q&A community BlurtIt for its self-serve ad widget

    It’s good to see two European startups cozy up together. AdTaily, the self service advertising platform, has signed up BlurtIt as a customer, giving potential advertisers access to the Q&A community’s 12 million monthly visitors. Of course, BlurtIt’s content is of the user-generated kind (UGC), which brands can sometimes be shy of, although AdTaily claims that its… Read More

  • BaseKit raises $2.6m for its 'Photoshop-to-website' service, launches in UK and US

    BaseKit, which lets designers build websites from a Photoshop concept without the need to write code, has secured a $2.6m Series A round from Eden Ventures and NESTA (the UK’s National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts). Today also sees the startup, which was a Seedcamp winner in 2008, launch in the UK and US. Read More