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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  • IRIS invests in FreeAgent to become exclusive UK accountancy distributor

    [UK] Business software specialist IRIS has invested in Edinburgh-based FreeAgent Central, the money management and accounting tool aimed at small businesses, in return for a minority stake. As well as providing additional funding, IRIS will become the exclusive reseller for FreeAgent to the UK accountancy practice market, which will be re-badged under their own brand. FreeAgent will continue… Read More

  • Mobile ad network madvertise secures series A round

    [Germany] Berlin-based mobile ad network madvertise has closed a series A round from Earlybird Venture Capital and the startup’s previous investor and co-founder Team Europe Ventures. The actual amount isn’t being disclosed but is said to be in the “medium single-digit million Euros” range. The new funding will be used by madvertise to leverage its strong position in… Read More

  • $1 million: UK's Top 10 buys .com domain for global expansion

    [UK] A million dollars, baby. That’s the amount paid by UK price comparison site ‘Top 10 Broadband and Top 10 Mobile Phones‘ to purchase the domain name from US-based investor Idealab in a cash plus equity deal. Apparently, this also makes it one of the most expensive domain names ever purchased by a British company. Under the terms of the deal, Top 10 Broadband and… Read More

  • Stephen Lowery leaves 3i to join Frog Capital as Partner

    [UK] London-based Frog Capital has announced that Stephen Lowery has joined as a Partner. Frog invests in growth-stage companies across the cleantech and IT & digital media sectors. Lowery leaves 3i where he was Director of Venture and then Growth Capital and led or was “closely involved in” investments in European IT and cleantech companies, such as Icera, Nujira and Light… Read More

  • 3view to launch its own trojan horse into the Internet-connected living room

    [UK] It’s not the norm for a startup based in London’s Silicon Roundabout to be in the hardware business, let alone the highly competitive world of consumer electronics. But that’s precisely the position that 3view find themselves in. The company’s Internet connected set-top box, which marriages the worlds of over-the-air broadcast television and Internet TV (IPTV)… Read More

  • Semantic search-based email filter Kwaga dumps Firefox add-on for desktop widget

    [France] Paris-based startup Kwaga, which offers a semantic search-based solution to help manage email, has launched a new desktop widget. It replaces Kwaga’s existing Firefox add-on, which is being discontinued, following a 6 month Beta testing period that saw nearly 2 million emails analysed, says the company. Dubbed Kwaga BirdsEye, the Windows/Mac OS app keeps an eye on your in-box… Read More

  • launches with lofty claims but plenty of commercial partners

    [UK] Being given its first marketing push today, London-based is making the rather lofty claim to be “Europe’s first sports social media site”. Which is far too much hyperbole for what is essentially a site for sports fans that mixes professionally-produced branded channels with user-generated content in the form of discussion forums, video and other content… Read More

  • Updated: European Court of Justice: Google NOT liable for keyword trademark infringement but others maybe

    Updated: Sorry for the confusion but we’d been given conflicting information (see here, for example) relating to this story. After a back and forth, here’s our understanding of the ruling. Keyword advertising using the trademark of others without their permission is illegal and services providers such as Google are also liable for any infringement. Google and other advertising… Read More

  • Rummble adds check-ins, reviews via Twitter, pulls in updates from Foursquare, Gowalla

    Social mobile location startup Rummble has added the ability for members to ‘check-in’ and recommend places via Twitter, rather than having to use the company’s Android or iPhone app or browser-based version. It does this through a bit of nifty but fairly crude sentiment analysis, turning any tweet with the hashtag #rummble into something the service will understand. So… Read More

  • Atomico Ventures raises $165m fund targeting “disruptive” early-stage European startups

    Good news for startups in Europe. Skype founders Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis, through their Atomico Ventures vehicle, have raised a new $165m fund for investing in “disruptive” early-stage European tech companies, reports the FT. The London-based VC firm, founded in 2006 by the duo, will focus on early-stage software and internet companies that have the potential to be… Read More

  • When's the next bus due? There's an app for that too

    [UK] You know how it is, you wait for a bus and then three arrive at once. Although NextBuses (iTunes link), a new iPhone app by London-based developer Malcolm Barclay, doesn’t quite solve this problem, it does promise to make it easier to know when the next bus is due and even, in some instances, tell you if it’s running on time. The app, which costs 59p, delivers departure… Read More

  • Videoplaza secures €3.5 million from leading Nordic VCs

    [Sweden] Stockholm-based Videoplaza, the video ad server startup, has secured a €3.5 million funding round from leading Nordic VCs Creandum and Northzone Ventures. This follows seed investments of €80,000 and €420,000, bringing the total raised to-date to €4m. The company, which currently has a staff of 20 based in Sweden, the UK and France, will use the new capital to continue to… Read More

  • Social games company Nival Network raises $7m from DST, 1C and Sergey Orlovskiy

    [Russia] The Moscow-based social games company Nival Network, part of the Nival Group, has raised $7 million in new funding from DST, 1C Company and Nival Group founder & CEO Sergey Orlovskiy, according to a report (russian) in the Vedomosti newspaper. DST have invested $4 million for a 12.5% stake, with software vendor 1C (a previous investor) providing an additional $1 million and… Read More

  • Team Europe Ventures invests in Polish web-based accounting startup Infakt

    [Germany/Poland] Team Europe Ventures, the Berlin-based VC firm focused on early stage Internet companies, has made a minority investment in Infakt. The Polish startup provides web-based accounting and invoicing solutions for small companies locally. Alongside Team Ventures, angel Christoph Janz also brings new investment, with the combined funding amounting to a 30% stake in Infakt. Read More

  • Mobile social network aka-aki hits 500,000 members

    [Germany] Berlin-based aka-aki, the location-based social network for mobiles, has hit something of a milestone. The startup is claiming 500,000 sign-ups, up from 350,00 last October. Writing on the company’s official blog, CEO Gabriel F. Yoran also revealed that the site is seeing 300,000 aki-messages sent daily with average time spent using the service at “about half an hour… Read More

  • Stupeflix launches its Play feature, easily turn website content into a dynamic video

    [France] French startup Stupeflix, the XML-based online video platform, launches its new Stupeflix Play feature today which turns content from a website into a dynamic, broadcast quality video with just “a couple lines of code.” The company’s aim is to considerably lower the barriers for site owners – from ecommerce to publishers – to add video to their offerings… Read More

  • Germany's Brands4friends takes its buying club model to Japan

    [Germany/Japan] Following Austrian and UK expansion, Germany’s leading buying club Brands4friends has opened shop in Japan with the the launch of The new site, which is backed by Partech International and Holtzbrinck Ventures along with its German parent company,, aims to become a market leader locally by applying the same buying club model that is… Read More

  • Ex-Tiscali boss takes the helm at home energy monitoring service AlertMe

    [UK] AlertMe, the Cambridge-based home energy monitoring service, has hired ex-Tiscali UK boss Mary Turner as its new CEO. Turner ran the ISP’s UK business from 2001 where she took the company from less than half a million dial-up customers to the third largest DSL provider in Britain with revenues of €608m in 2008, according to the press release. She also oversaw the acquisitions… Read More

  • Believe Digital's digital music distribution service Zimbalam opens in the US

    [France] Zimbalam, the digital music distributor from Believe Digital, launches in the US today. The service lets artists submit and distribute their music through 25 of the most popular music platforms, including Apple’s iTunes and Spotify, in addition to “several hundred additional stores worldwide”. This makes Zimbalam the largest music distribution network as measured… Read More

  • FlyScreen for Android adds Foursquare integration

    [Israel] FlyScreen, the mobile phone lock-screen replacement from Israeli startup Cellogic, has added Foursquare integration to its Android app ahead of this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) festival. The new Foursquare widget lets users of the location-based social network access its main features, including the ability to quickly find places nearby, “check-in”, share… Read More