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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  • Private equity firm Permira acquires online travel agency eDreams from TA

    eDreams, the Spanish online travel giant, has changed private equity hands once again. In a deal reportedly worth €250-300 million, the UK’s Permira has acquired a majority share in the site from its previous owner US private equity firm TA Associates. TA paid €153 million for the company in 2006 from its original VC backers, which included Apax Partners, Atlas Venture, BSCH… Read More

  • Report: European VC funding bounces back, IT is the "star performer"

    European VC funding has bounced back. That’s according to Q2 figures produced by Dow Jones VentureSource which reports that investment is up by 50 percent compared to the record low of this time last year. €1.1 billion into 289 deals against 252 deals, which raised just €735 million. But specifically, says Dow Jones, the Information Technology (IT) industry, which apparently… Read More

  • Map My Tracks partners with Team Sky to deliver iPhone app for cyclists and fans

    When we first profiled Map My Tracks, a web service which provides real-time GPS tracking for cyclists, runners and other sporting types, we liked the concept and user experience but were critical of the subscription model employed. That was back in February 2008 and since then the service, developed by UK-based digital agency Tinderhouse, has ditched premium for a combination of free for… Read More

  • Post-credit crunch, Pay4later lets UK online retailers offer customers finance

    Buy now, pay later. We’re all too familiar with the way “cheap” or sometimes 0% finance is offered by bricks ‘n’ mortar stores at the point of purchase, and some of us are no doubt paying for the privilege right now. Online, however, buying on credit isn’t always quite as easy to come by or at least not at smaller e-commerce outlets. Pay4Later, in the UK… Read More

  • Listiki offers a smart way of gathering public opinion through crowdsourced lists

    Listiki (a portmanteau of the words “list” and “wiki”) lets you crowdsource lists of, well, anything. This could be something as trivial as a list of the ‘top ten horror movies’ or something more self-serving like, I don’t know, ‘5 must-read tech bloggers’. Lists can be as short or as long as you like and each item may also include a… Read More

  • ProcessOne's HostedIM offers business-class instant messaging for SMEs

    ProcessOne has launched a new hosted instant messaging (IM) service aimed at SMEs. Dubbed Hosted.IM, it allows businesses to easily create a “business-class” IM capability using their own domain name without the cost of managing the required hardware and software in-house. It’s free for up to 5 users after which ‘packs’ can be purchased for up to 10, 25, 50, 75 or… Read More

  • hits iPhone, lets you stream your music collection from the cloud, the cloud-based music service that lets users upload their music collection and access it anywhere, has added the iPhone/iPod touch to its list of supported devices through a native application. Previously, iPhone users could only access AudioBox via Mobile Safari, a bit of a kludge since the QuickTime Player plugin effectively takes over the phone’s browser. There’s… Read More

  • London's Gatwick Airport integrates Twitter to solicit customer complaints

    As part of its brand relaunch, London’s Gatwick Airport is going all social media on us by integrating Twitter directly into its customer service strategy. While not quite as bold as actually installing a giant Twitter wall in the airport itself – that would possibly induce riots – Gatwick’s management are to solicit feedback from travelers via their official… Read More

  • Ebuzzing, the sponsored content platform for bloggers, launches in the UK

    Ebuzzing, the European “video and sponsored content ad platform”, officially launches in the UK today. The service, which has a slightly checkered history based on its original pay per-post model, offers an ad channel for viral videos: Bloggers sign up and blog about the video campaigns that interest them and get paid in the process. It’s part of the Wikio Group and has… Read More

  • MailSuite adds Twitter @replies and DMs to its unified in-box

    MailSuite, the unified in-box, has added some nifty Twitter integration that makes it possible to receive and reply to @replies and Direct Messages (DM) via email. There’s also support for multiple Twitter accounts and the ability to include attachments and override Twitter’s 140 character limit, in which replies are truncated, adding a link to the full text and any… Read More

  • Zattikka raises $5.5m for its browser and mobile social games

    Zattikka, the browser and mobile games company, has announced that its raised $5.5m through its parent company Expedite 5, Inc. The new round of funding is being led by Notion Capital and a group of private investors which include Harald Ludwig, co-chair of Lionsgate Entertainment. Ludwig will also join Zattikka’s Board. The London-based startup previously received seed funding from… Read More

  • Report: Mobile app store downloads to hit 25 billion by 2015

    The app store train seems unstoppable. According to a Juniper Research report out today, the number of “consumer-oriented handset downloads” is expected to rise from less than 2.6 billion per-year in 2009 to more than 25 billion in 2015. The trend, notes the report, is being driven by industry players who are seeking to emulate Apple’s success with the App Store by… Read More

  • Karsa Flash Payer offers bait and switch model for video monetization

    Karsa Flash Payer offers a way for content creators to monetize their online video using a bait and switch model in which payment is only requested mid-viewing, once the user is already hooked. The service was developed by UK-based Steven Carroll, the guy behind, which came very close to entering the Deadpool after he found it difficult to generate enough revenue to cover… Read More

  • Channel 4 appoints new online chief, 4iP to report directly

    The UK broadcaster Channel 4 has appointed Richard Davidson-Houston in a newly created role of Head of Online. Previously he was Head of Online Products, and with this promotion is being given responsibility for “all Channel 4’s online propositions and commissioning”, which will also see 4iP, the broadcaster’s digital media fund, reporting directly to him. Read More

  • Appstream released "just to get a reaction from Apple", proves a surprise hit

    Appstream, a simple visualisation tool to help iPad owners discover new apps via a matrix-style wall (perhaps inspired by Apple’s own efforts at its World Wide Developer Conference), appears to be resonating with users. It’s currently hovering in the top 50 of free iPad apps in the U.S. App Store, while in France (the iPad’s second biggest market), it’s doing even… Read More

  • Facebook rebuffs British Prime Minister, won't remove Raoul Moat page

    The British Prime Minister David Cameron and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg look like they could be about to fall out already. Just days after that cosy, if a little awkward, video chat, it seems that this particular marriage of convenience may be over. Yesterday, when answering a question in Parliament regarding whether or not Cameron should ask Zuckerberg to remove a Facebook… Read More

  • Flirtomatic raises $9m in Series C round from Nauta Capital and existing investors

    Mobile social network Flirtomatic (“the world’s number one flirting company”) today announced that it has raised $9 million in Series C funding from Nauta Capital and existing investors Doughty Hanson, Seraphim Capital and Chairman Avi Azulai. This brings the total capital raised to $17 million. The London-based company says it will use the new investment to “further… Read More

  • GrabCAD secures €256k for its open source 3D library and CAD marketplace

    GrabCAD, an open source library for CAD (computer aided design) engineers, has secured €256k of angel funding from the Estonian Development Fund and telecommunication technology company Astrec Baltic (owner of with the aim to become “the world’s leading web environment for CAD engineers within three years.” Founded by Hardi Meybaum and Indrek Narusk, GrabCAD… Read More

  • Ideas4all, the platform for sharing ideas, raises further €1m

    Ideas4all, the platform where users share ideas to help solve problems, has raised an additional €1 million, largely from existing angel investors, adding to the €3m raised in previous rounds. As well as its consumer facing site, the Madrid-based startup sells a version of its service to businesses and organisations who want to foster innovation amongst their employees. Ideas4all says it… Read More

  • Internet voting outfit Scytl secures $9.2m

    Scytl, the Internet voting company, has closed a $9.2 million round of funding led by European VC firm Balderton Capital, and supported by Nauta Capital, a previous investor. The new funds will enable Scytl to “consolidate its leading position in the electronic voting market and support its international expansion”, says the company, with a primary focus on the… Read More