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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  • Foursquare checks-in with Vodafone UK

    [UK] The location-based social networking space is about as competitive as they get right now – though it’s still relatively early days – but Foursquare appears to be executing particularly well. It certainly has the mind share of the press, which should trickle down to end-users, and today the New York-based startup has announced a tie-in with Vodafone UK, currently the… Read More

  • London’s TechHub plans to be a mini-cluster for tech startups

    TechHub (@TechHub), the project set up by Elizabeth Varley and Mike Butcher to create a physical space in London for tech start-ups “from from across the UK, Europe, the US and beyond”, appears to be well on its way. It is now accepting a limited number of Founder Memberships, booking sponsors and details about the actual space will, I’m told, be outlined… Read More

  • ClickandBuy, the 'European PayPal', lets Facebook users set up shop

    [UK/Germany] ClickandBuy, the ‘European PayPal’, has launched a Facebook app – Buxter – that enables users of the social network to send and receive real money through the site rather than virtual currency, which the company claims as first. In fact, it’s a little more ambitious than that. The London and Cologne-based company also wants to become the platform… Read More

  • Deutsche Telekom's T-Venture Holding invests in Lantiq

    [Germany] T-Venture Holding, the venture capital company of Deutsche Telekom, has made a strategic investment in Neubiberg, Germany-headquarted Lantiq, a provider of next-generation access and home networking technologies. The terms of the deal aren’t being disclosed. Along with the investment in Lantiq, Deutsche Telekom will provide future strategic advice to the company. Lantiq is… Read More

  • Little World Gifts partners with WWF, location-based virtual goods up next

    [UK] Little World Gifts, the Liverpool-based mobile virtual goods startup, has signed WWF as its first major brand partner. That’s WWF-UK, the world-renowned conservation charity, not the wrestling federation with the same initials. More interesting, however, is where Little World Gifts is headed next: Location-based gifting. In a future update, users of the company’s iPhone… Read More

  • LBi and Bigmouthmedia to merge in supposed $150 million deal

    LBi International, the global marketing and technology agency, is to merge with SEO and Internet marketing specialist bigmouthmedia, creating “Europe’s largest digital agency”. The deal is deal worth around £100m (roughly $150 million), reports Econsultancy, with the two companies combining “to offer clients digital marketing, consulting and technology services… Read More

  • Brands4friends appoints ex-VC for M&A action

    [Berlin] Germany’s leading online private shopping club, Brands4friends, has appointed ex-VC Olivier Schuepbach as Director of International & Corporate Development where he’ll be spearheading the Berlin-based startup’s international expansion. Schuepbach, a native Swiss, joins from Wellington Partners, a leading pan-European venture capital firm where he was responsible… Read More

  • Spotify competitor We7 screws up iPhone app launch

    [UK] It’s probably tricky to time these things to perfection, since Apple pulls the strings. The UK Spotify competitor, We7, has had its iPhone app approved and is now available to download from the iTunes App Store. The problem is that the associated premium music subscription service, needed to run the app, doesn’t seemed to have launched yet. Or at least that’s how it looks. Read More

  • Nightmare! Muzu TV launches music video jukebox just as YouTube gets in on the action

    [Ireland] It’s the type of scenario that keeps even the most seasoned entrepreneurs up at night. Your startup toils away for months on a new product or feature and – boom – a giant like Google comes along and walks all over it. That appears to be the case for Dublin-based music video site, Muzu TV (see previous TCEU coverage), which today launched its new music video… Read More

  • Groupola.com – yet another Groupon clone launches in the UK

    [UK] A new website launches in the UK today that uses “the power of group-buying to save consumers up to 90% off the best things to do, see, eat and buy.” Sounds familiar? Yep, it’s yet another Groupon clone. Only this time, Groupola.com is already making claims to be the biggest group buying site in the country. That’s because it’s launching simultaneously in 8… Read More

  • Vouchercloud – local discount vouchers delivered straight to the iPhone

    [UK] Vouchercloud, a new iPhone app, hopes to make paper discount vouchers a thing of the past. The free app enables users to find the best offers local to them and have the associated ‘digital voucher’ delivered to and redeemable from their phone – off-line in brick ‘n’ mortar outlets as well as online via a traditional discount code. Along with location (using… Read More

  • LBi acquires Danish digital agency TRIPLE Copenhagen

    [Denmark] LBi International, the global marketing and technology agency, is to acquire TRIPLE Copenhagen, a 28-person strong digital agency based in Denmark whose clients include Rezidor Hotel Group, IKEA, Hotel Missoni, and DONG Energy. The total purchase price will be determined on an earn-out arrangement. LBi expects this acquisition to be EBITDA and earnings accretive with immediate effect. Read More

  • Nosey Parker helps iPhone-touting Brits park for less

    [UK] Finding a parking space in major cities across the UK can be a nightmare. Now a new iPhone app from Manchester-based digital agency Stardotstar hopes to make things a little easier. Nosey Parker enables users of Apple’s smartphone to find the nearest car park to their current position and the cheapest too. Read More

  • Lovefilm finally gets an iPhone app

    [UK] Lovefilm, the Netflix of the UK, has released an iPhone app that enables members to view and manage their rental lists on Apple’s smartphone. It’s a move that seems more than a little overdue, especially considering US-based Netflix has a whole bunch of iPhone apps that tie into the service thanks to the company’s widely available API. Read More

  • GoAdv buys Italian blog network Blogosfere

    [Italy] GoAdv, the pan-European online media company listed on Alternext market of Nyse-Euronext Paris, has acquired leading Italian blog network Blogosfere. The actual sum isn’t being disclosed but our sources say it’s in the low 7 digits and was paid in cash. Milan-based Blogosfere was launched in 2005 and has a network of 210 blogs consisting of over 150 contributors. The… Read More

  • Brands4friends invests in Secretsales – private buying clubs remain hot!

    [UK/Germany] Private buying clubs have become such a hot item of late, it’s perhaps inevitable that we’re starting to see a move towards consolidation. Germany’s leading online private shopping club, Brands4friends, has invested in the UK’s Secretsales. And while the actual figure is undisclosed, which isn’t a surprise considering how competitive this space is… Read More

  • SeeSaw launches, UK's answer to Hulu or another Joost?

    [UK] While we Brits wait, and wait, for any sign of a Hulu UK launch, a rival offering has stepped in to try and fill the void. SeeSaw, the Arqiva-owned Online TV service based on assets bought from Kangaroo, the defunct joint venture between broadcasters BBC, ITV and Channel 4, has today opened its doors to the public. And although the UI is pleasing to the eye, it faces the oh so… Read More

  • Index Ventures invests in PeoplePerHour as business flows East to West

    [UK] PeoplePerHour.com, the online marketplace for freelancers, has closed an interim funding round with Index Ventures who participated on equal terms with existing shareholders. The actual amount remains undisclosed, but our sources say the figure is in the region of half a million pounds. Until now, the London-based startup had been funded to the tune of £425k by its founders and… Read More

  • Freeview launches iPhone HD TV Guide app, ignores the lack of HD content

    [UK] There are already a plethora of TV guide apps for the iPhone but now comes an official one from Freeview. The UK terrestrial digital television provider has released a free TV guide for Apple’s smartphone, which won’t come as good news for others competing in the space. It has ‘official’ stamped all over it and also emphasises HD content in its guide even though… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson gets drunk on the web 2.0 cool aid after everybody else has left the party

    Can good old fashioned User-Generated Content help shift handsets? Sony Ericsson apparently thinks so. The handset maker has announced a new web service called Creations, its “vision for the future of mobile entertainment”, based on something the company is calling ‘co-creation’. Basically, it’s a content sharing site – sorry, a “movement” (I kid… Read More