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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  • Zoopla gets more local muscle, partners with regional publisher Archant

    In a move that gives real estate startup Zoopla more local muscle, the company has signed a “long-term strategic partnership” with regional publisher Archant. The deal will see Zoopla power Archant’s online property channel, giving even more exposure to estate agents utilizing the property search engine. As well as operating a number of property websites of its… Read More

  • TransferWise wants to be the Skype of currency exchange

    TransferWise launches its online currency exchange today, which hopes to give the banks a run for their money, along with disrupting the consumer-end of the money exchange market as a whole. The headline proposition is that the platform gives anyone access to the same mid-market exchange rates that banks get on their interbank market, with TransferWise charging a flat fee of £1 for each… Read More

  • ShareMyPlaylists jumps on the badges bandwagon

    ShareMyPlaylists, the music social network riding the Spotify wave, has introduced Foursquare-style badges. Only in this case the aim isn’t to add gaming metrics to the service, although it’s possible that some may try to game the system, but to reward users for creating popular and high quality playlists. Or to put it another way, “encourage more sharing and repeat use of… Read More

  • Shazam continues to invade the living room, partners with cable channel Syfy

    The living room and, specifically, television is Shazam‘s next growth target. That’s something we’ve known for a while as the service aims to expand beyond its music recognition roots to become a wider discovery technology for all sorts of content. And today, the London-headquartered company has announced its latest television tie-in, partnering with Syfy for a… Read More

  • Shopperhive launches out of TwitJobSearch's 'in-house incubator' – another price comparison site

    Shopperhive has launched today as yet-another price comparison site for the UK. Founded by Marcin Rosinski, an employee at TwitJobSearch, which has its own “in-house incubator program”, the site’s main pitch is that along with a proprietary shopping engine it aggregates video product reviews from YouTube and the like, as well as finding any available discount codes. These… Read More

  • Sportpost, the soc net for sports fans, hopes to spread its own 'Like' button around the Web, the social network for sports fans whose launch we covered back in March, has unveiled a new version of the site today that specifically adds its own Facebook-style ‘Like’ button. The ‘Post Up’ button, which can also be compared to Digg, lets users vote up the best content posted on the site, consisting of both user generated and submitted content, along… Read More

  • Money Dashboard, the UK's answer to, exits beta with consumer push

    Money Dashboard, which can be thought of as a for the UK, gets its consumer launch today. Running in some form of beta since December 2009, the startup, which is funded to the tune of £2m, provides an online service for consumers to manage their finances via a dashboard that aggregates data – balances and transactions – from online bank accounts and credit cards etc. Read More

  •'s browser add-on aims to take the friction out of online shopping, which launched in late December last year, is another attempt at making online shopping more efficient. It takes the form of a browser plugin that supercharges searches on the likes of Google, Bing and Amazon (and a host of other online retailers) to offer on-the-fly price comparisons from a database of 10,000 merchants, along with any known available discount coupons. Notably, the… Read More

  • Natter launches as another attempt to create a "safe" Chatroulette

    It’s hardly an original idea: Natter has launched as yet-another-attempt to create a “safe’ Chatroulette-style video chat site. Just like Andrey Ternovskiy‘s creation, the site lets strangers find each other via webcam, only this time – and similar to vChatter, which also powers social network Bebo’s own take on the idea – users have to log-in via… Read More

  • Populis, the “European Associated Content”, acquires blog network Blogo for €6m

    Populis (formerly GoAdv), which we’ve previously described as the “European Associated Content”, has just announced that it’s acquiring Blogo, a blog network that operates in Europe and South America owned by Dada, the Italian web publisher part owned by RCS MediaGroup. The acquisition price is pegged at €6 million. The “thematic blog network” consists of… Read More

  • FourEyesUp's geeky guide to London finds its way to iPhone

    Described as a Swiss Army knife for techie travellers, FourEyesUp has launched its London Guide for iPhone. The app boasts, amongst other things, a geek shopping guide covering “London’s best technology, photography, comic book and home entertainment stores”, along with listing high-tech hotels and London-based technology events and attractions. These cover categories such… Read More

  • Zoopla moves in on Android with Augmented Reality house hunting app

    Real estate startup Zoopla, which to date is funded to the tune of £7m, has launched a mobile app for Android. Just like its iPhone counterpart that launched last July and saw over 50,000 downloads in its first two weeks, the free app incorporates an Augmented Reality feature to let house hunters search for properties for sale and rent and compare house prices by pointing the phone’s… Read More

  • Stephen Fry to pimp Pushnote to his 2m+ followers – will it work?

    In what we’re sure will amount to a social media orgy, noted author, comedian and British cultural icon Stephen Fry is announcing the formal launch of Pushnote on Twitter at 2pm today. Fry, who became an investor in the UK startup in June of last year, has over 2 million followers on the microblogging service. (Update: Still no tweet as promised by the PR company for Pushnote. Make of… Read More

  • Clever thinking – Skobbler turns its hand to gaming with GeoBrain

    Skobbler, best known for its free sat-nav app for iPhone, has entered the world of gaming. GeoBrain for iPhone and iPad is described as “a fun yet educational game experience that tests and trains geo-knowledge.” Basically, you spin a giant globe and answer questions to demonstrate your knowledge of the world. Fun, huh? OK, it’s probably no Angry Birds. The idea is to build… Read More

  • Get off of my cloud – Shazam discovers Spotify

    Shazam, the mobile music discovery service, is adding integration with music streaming service Spotify, a feature request that I’m sure has been rampant among hardcore users. Users of Shazam’s free and premium apps for iPhone, iPod and Android will now be able to access Spotify directly through a new ‘Play in Spotify’ feature, which upon Shazam recognising or recommending… Read More

  • RateSetter, the UK P2P lending site, raises further £600k

    RateSetter, the UK peer-to-peer lending site that competes with Zopa and, less directly, Funding Circle, has raised a further £600,000 in a new round of funding from existing and new undisclosed investors. This brings the total raised by the startup to £1.5m, while the new cash injection will be spent primarily on marketing. RateSetter, which launched in October 2010 and saw £1m lent by… Read More

  • Localstars, the online video ad startup, hires ex-Trinity Mirror exec as MD

    Localstars, the geo-targeted online video advertising startup, has appointed a new managing director: Chris Bunyan, the former digital director at Trinity Mirror’s regional media division. Prior to that he was director of portal management at cable broadcaster Virgin Media. Bunyan will be replacing founder and former MD, George Dann, who now moves up to become CEO. Localstars attempts… Read More

  • Spotify who? We7 to launch first in Ireland next week

    We7, the UK music streaming service, is launching in Ireland next Monday, reports MusicWeek and we can now confirm. This is interesting not only because it’s the first time We7 has ventured beyond its native shores but also because Spotify, which until very recently was seen as a direct rival, has yet to launch in said country. The much hyped and well funded company is currently available… Read More

  • Following £2m investment, eSellerPro appoints grown up CEO

    What do you do after you’ve raised £2m? Put a grown up in charge, of course. OK, I’m being a little unkind but that’s sort of the message coming through from e-commerce platform eSellerPro, which following a £2m investment from Notion Capital has announced the appointment of a new CEO: Keith Bird, described as a “26 year industry veteran”, will be charged… Read More

  • MarketMeSuite trumpets percentage growth figures but we have some raw numbers

    MarketMeSuite, the social media marketing dashboard that has been flying somewhat under the radar of TechCrunch Europe, is keen to trumpet some stats today, claiming growth of over 500% in the last 6 months or most recently, 30% month on month. Of course, these percentages are pretty meaningless on their own – more on that in a bit. But first, what exactly is MarketMeSuite. The… Read More