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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  • Zenprise mobilises in Europe, purchases France's Sparus Software

    Zenprise, the California, US-based provider of enterprise mobile device management software, has acquired France’s Sparus Software, which specialises in “managing, securing and remotely deploying line of business applications” in anything from smartphones, smartpads and things like card readers and scanners. The details of the acquisition aren’t being disclosed… Read More

  • With Betfair's pending IPO, Smarkets sees £1m traded on its social 'betting exchange'

    Smarkets, the London-based social gambling startup, has announced that it’s seen over £1 million traded on its ‘betting exchange’ since it publicly launched in February. The site, which competes with the likes of Betfair and to some degree intrade and betdaq, lets users set their own odds and bet against each other before and during events. The company has also revealed… Read More

  • Buyometric – a flash sales aggregator with a laser-focus on personalisation

    Yet another daily deal and flash sales aggregator launches today. You know the format: pull in all of the local Groupon-clone type offers and those from private buying clubs such as Brand Alley, and offer them up in a single destination or email. But actually, Buyometric (aside from the name) may have got the format just right with its laser-focus on personalisation and a very… Read More

  • Bebo's Paul Birch and Skype's Michael van Swaaij invest in accountancy service Crunch

    Bebo co-founder Paul Birch and former Skype Chairman Michael van Swaaij have taken part in a second round of investment in, the online accountancy service. The actual amount remains undisclosed, although it’s described as “significant” and is said to value the UK startup at £4 million. Although there are a plethora of competitors – the likes of KashFlow… Read More

  • Endomondo's Sports Tracker gathers pace – reaches 500,000 users

    Endomondo‘s free GPS-powered Sports Tracker app, which notably runs on multiple mobile platforms, including Garmin watches, has achieved more than a million downloads and reached 500,00 registered users. That’s up from 40,000 registered users at the start of January and 100,000 in April. Or, as the Copenhagen, Denmark-based startup is keen to point out, a doubling of its user… Read More

  • miiCard wants to become your digital passport to ease financial transactions

    Buying products online seems the norm these days but there are a few exceptions. In particular, the purchase of certain financial products where, ultimately, the need to prove your identity involves completing the final part of the transaction offline. That’s a kludge if ever there was one. It also represents an opportunity, one that miiCard, which soft launched this month, is grabbing… Read More

  • Compare Away launches as an aggregator for "agent managed" holiday rentals

    Compare Away launched officially today as an aggregator for “agent managed” holiday rentals. It’s founded and self-funded by Andrew Gibson and Chris Bradley who, aside from being based in the mining town of Spennymoor, County Durham in the North of England, previously built The Card and Gift Company in 2007, an online greeting cards business that sold to Hallmark Cards Plc. Read More

  • Vouchercloud goes Old Skool – offers vouchers by SMS

    Vouchercloud, the iPhone app that delivers local discount vouchers straight to a user’s smartphone, is going Old Skool by employing the use of SMS, opening up the service to, well, any mobile phone. The UK-only Vouchercloud launched in February from Bristol-based Invitation Digital Ltd. to enable users to find the best offers local to them and have the associated ‘digital… Read More

  • SponsorPay partners with virtual economy services platform Live Gamer

    SponsorPay, the European leader in virtual currency monetization, has partnered with U.S.-based Live Gamer, a virtual economy services platform that works with publishers in gaming, social and entertainment including CCR, Electronic Arts, Namco Networks, REAL Networks, Sony Online Entertainment and THQ. The new partnership will see Live Gamer’s clients being given… Read More

  • Dragontape brings YouTube-powered mixtapes to Facebook

    Dragontape, which lets users create ‘mixtapes’ of their favorite YouTube videos, has added the ability to embed the final result in blog posts, and more importantly, Facebook updates. That’s because the new feature uses the oEmbed standard to ensure widest possible compatibility. It’s also a feature that, frankly, should have existed from the start considering… Read More

  • Private equity outfit Dansk Kapitalanlæg buys stake in Danish IT security firm Secunia

    Private equity outfit Dansk Kapitalanlæg has acquired a 31 percent share in Danish IT security firm Secunia. Secunia, headquartered in Copenhagen, is a provider of “Vulnerability Intelligence and Vulnerability Management tools”. It supplies security intelligence and software to a range of international customers. The company was founded in 2002 by Niels Henrik Rasmussen together… Read More

  • ShareMyPlaylists re-launches to ride a bigger Spotify wave

    ShareMyPlaylists, the music social network built on top of Spotify with the specific purpose of sharing playlists, has been given a complete re-write along with a new shiny logo to boot. Dumping its previous infrastructure based on WordPress and Buddypress (you’d be surprised how many social offerings start off that way such is the low barrier of entry), the site has been re-engineered… Read More

  • Gamersband raises $500,000 for its geo-social network for gamers

    Oxent, the French startup behind Gamersband, a geo-social network for gamers, has raised $500,000 in a Series A round led by French VC Petit Poucet. Oxtent is founded by Antoine Frankart and Matthieu Dallon, while Gamerband launched in late September and to-date claims 4,000 beta testers. Gambersband is an interesting proposition in that it’s targeting video gamers with a social network… Read More

  • Quno exits stealth to get UK rail travellers booking online

    Quno, part of global travel technology group SilverRail Technologies, has exited stealth with the simple aim of bringing airline ticket-style booking to rail journeys in the belief that existing offerings are too unwieldy, displaying a mix of complex fares, times and information. This is, of course, perhaps a reflection of the industry itself but either way, Quno believes it’s impacting… Read More

  • Stream UK levels with the Enterprise

    Stream UK, which provides streaming services for the likes of GMG Radio (Real Radio, Smooth Radio and Rock Radio) and BBC World service, has turned its attention to the Enterprise market. Specifically, the Camden, London-based company is partnering with CDN provider Level 3 Communications to offer a joint live-streaming solution for enterprise customers using Adobe HTTP Dynamic Streaming. Read More

  • Julian Ranger's DAD app hopes to set your digital assets free

    There’s no doubt that managing and sharing digital assets – photos, videos, music, contacts and other documents – around the home or indeed with friends and family can be a pain. Services such as Dropbox and SugarSync have gone someway to address this problem but, arguably, the problem hasn’t yet been solved. In fact, by some estimates, digital data is increasing… Read More

  • sees U.S. launch – find the cheapest mp3s, the UK mp3 price comparison website, has today launched in the U.S., along with being given a much needed design overhaul. Starting out as a sort of Kelko-for-mp3s, the site launched to offer a one stop destination for comparing music download prices – surprisingly, they can vary quite a lot. To make the U.S. roll out possible, CompareDownload has tied up deals… Read More

  • Fyesta launches as a European Plancast, aims to tap the "intention web"

    Starting with the simple question “What are you doing next?“, the newly launched, developed by Germany’s Blue Oceans Labs, lets users share their upcoming travel and event plans with select friends or to make them even more public so that they can be discovered further afield. The service hopes to tap into a sentiment its founders are calling the… Read More

  • Official: Lovefilm comes to PlayStation 3

    Lovefilm, the European Netflix, has announced that its movie streaming service is coming to Sony’s PlayStation 3 games console. A YouTube video leak, quickly pulled, had been widely circulated in the blogosphere earlier this week so it comes as no surprise. It’s also in line with the ramping up of Lovefilm’s digital strategy as it, like Netflix in the States, slowly begins… Read More

  • Today's News: a slick unofficial iPad app for The Guardian newspaper

    When The Guardian newspaper released its Open API, interesting and potentially cool things were bound to happen. Developers love great content and great content loves smart developers. We’d previously gushed over Today’s Guardian developed by Phil Gyford, a web app that we described as The Guardian newspaper re-imagined for the iPad, even though strictly speaking it… Read More