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. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Central European asset roll-up as Naspers looks to buy Forticom

    It looks like some major consolidation is about to go down in the Central European Internet market, and in particular Poland. According to local newspaper reports, the largest Internet group in the region, Naspers/MIH Group, is conducting due diligence of assets belonging to DST (Digital Sky Technology)-owned holding Forticom. Naspers/MIH Group and DST already together own the largest… Read More

  • Garlik partners with stockbroker Selftrade to up-sell its ID fraud protection

    [UK] The London-based online identity startup Garlik has partnered with the UK online stockbroker Selftrade to offer its customers identity fraud protection. In what looks like a classic premium play, a basic free version of Garlik’s offering, rebranded Selftrade Identity Monitor Lite, is being made available to all of Selftrade’s customers with the option to upgrade to the… Read More

  • A social game to pick pop hits could finally kill the A&R man

    [UK] Forget farming or being a gangster, a new Facebook game from London-based music store theBizmo, lets users play the role of record label A&R person. And in the process of doing so, help promote and sell tracks by real artists. Players of Hit Or Not compete with each other to predict the popularity of tracks from a catologue of independent artists. After picking from a range of… Read More

  • Bab.la turns Twitter into a real-time translation dictionary

    [Germany] Bab.la, the wiki-style language portal, has created a Twitter app that effectively turns the microblogging service into a real-time translation dictionary. The Hamburg-based startup says that the idea was suggested by users, which seems appropriate given the crowdsourced nature of bab.la itself. Read More

  • Creathor Venture invests in French mobile advertising company Sofialys

    [Germany/France] Creathor Venture, the Germany-based VC firm has invested “several million” euros in the French mobile advertising company Sofialys. The Paris-based startup, launched in 2002, provides mobile marketing and advertising solutions for operators, publishers, agencies and advertisers. Read More

  • Spotify about to get a little more Last.fm – new recommendation engine

    One perceived weakness of Spotify is its music recommendation features. Let’s just say it’s no Last.fm, appearing to make very little use of users’ listening data to help other users discover new music. That’s about to change, to some degree at least, as the European music streaming service rolls out an improved artist discovery feature. Read More

  • BuskerLabel, more crowd-financing for unsigned bands

    [Italy] BuskerLabel thinks it has a new take on crowd-financing for unsigned bands. The Roma, Italy-based startup lets fans sponsor an artist’s upcoming album not at the point of pre-production but ramping up to its release. In return for pledging cash, fans get early access to the music and, upon release, are rewarded with a credit on the album’s digital sleeve notes and a… Read More

  • Russia's leading search engine Yandex sees decline in USD revenue

    [Russia] Yandex, the leading search engine and contextual advertising company in Russia, has reported a decline in USD revenue for the first time in the company’s history. Although it’s not quite as it seems. In 2009 revenue was actually up 14% year-on-year to 8.7 billion Rubles but due to weakness in the local currency, this translated into a decrease in USD revenue of 9%… Read More

  • 3G networks at breaking point, says WiFi provider The Cloud

    [UK] This has vested interest written all over it but the claims made still seem plausible enough. According to The Cloud, Europe’s largest mobile WiFi provider, 3G networks are at a breaking point. To blame is the rise in smartphone usage and the accompanying ‘unlimited’ data plans, along with social networking, online video and music streaming, all of which encourage… Read More

  • Another headache for web publishers, DoGooder blocks ads for a good cause

    This one is bound to send web publishers’ heads spinning. While ad-blockers are nothing new, those who install such browser pug-ins tend to be geeks and/or those who believe that the web should remain commerce-free. But what if users could replace ads on any site they visit with ones for a variety of good causes and generate money for those causes at the same time. That’s the… Read More

  • Brits send 11 million text messages an hour – carriers still own mobile messaging

    [UK] A quick reality check. Despite the rise of social media, mobile messaging is still very much owned by the carriers in the form of the humble text message. A new report out today from the Mobile Data Association (MDA) shows that throughout 2009, Brits sent an average of 11 million text messages (SMS) an hour or 265 million text messages per day, up 23% on the year before. Picture… Read More

  • UK's Northern Film and Media launches Apple iPad fund

    [UK] Developers start your engines. Hot on the heels of Apple’s iPad announcement, a new fund has been launched by the UK’s Northern Film and Media to help startups in the region to be amongst the first to enter this new market. NFM are putting aside £40k to invest in iPad app ideas, with submissions open until February 24th. Each idea can receive between £1k and £10k of… Read More

  • German Groupon clone Mycitydeal secures €4m, readies UK launch

    [Germany/UK] Mycitydeal, the recently launched German Groupon clone, has secured €4 million in a first round of funding, reports paidContent. The backing comes from Holtzbrinck Ventures, eVenture Capital Partners, and Rocket Internet, amongst others. The new investment will be used primarily to expand into the UK, says the company. No easy task considering how crowded this space is fast… Read More

  • Apple hype machine: unannounced iTablet is the 4th most searched for laptop in UK

    [UK] Nobody generates hype better than Apple and we Brits lap it up just like everybody else. Hitwise Intelligence, the web measurement firm, reports that the iTablet, iSlate, Apple Tablet (or whatever) was the 4th most searched for ‘laptop’ in the UK last week. A product which doesn’t even exist yet, although it’s not expected to remain a rumor for much longer. Just… Read More

  • Music video site Muzu TV syndicates with AOL, Bebo, Telegraph Media Group and others

    [Ireland] Dublin-based music video site, Muzu TV (see previous TCEU coverage), has announced that its signed syndication deals with a number of major publishers, including AOL Music, Bebo and Telegraph Media Group, along with a new partnership with InSkin Media, who develop and deliver premium interactive online video ad formats. So along with much wider distribution, Muzu TV now has more ammo… Read More

  • Too many twits make a … David Cameron should read Tweetminster's UK politics report

    [UK] When the UK’s Conservative Party leader David Cameron explained why he didn’t use Twitter, suggesting that “too many twits might make a twat“, it looks like his party members were listening. A new report by UK startup Tweetminster, which analysed 831,349 tweets from British MPs, political parties and news sources, finds that politicians from Labour, the… Read More

  • Tagcrumbs lands on iPhone – social bookmarking for places

    [Germany] Berlin-based Tagcrumbs wants to be the YouTube for places, although a much more apt comparison might be Delicious. The location-based service, which on the surface competes with usual suspects Foursquare, Yelp, Gowalla and Germany’s own Dailyplaces, enables users to bookmark, tag and share places. This week Tagcrumbs debuted its iPhone app (iTunes link), which takes advantage… Read More

  • Streetcar's futuristic iPhone app lets you locate, book and unlock your hire car

    [UK] This one could be straight out of a science fiction movie. Streetcar, which claims to be the UK’s largest pay-as-you-go car club, has released an updated version of its iPhone app that includes the ability to unlock your hire car using the phone itself. The app lets users search for and book nearby ‘street cars’ that are parked across 1,000 locations in London and… Read More

  • AND acquires 50% of UK property search engine Globrix

    [UK] More consolidation in the UK online property listing sector. AND, the digital consumer division of A&N Media (part of DMGT plc) and parent of The Digital Property Group (TDPG), has announced that it’s acquired 50% of Globrix, the UK’s largest free-to-list property search engine. Interestingly, this isn’t just about TDPG firming up its strong position in the… Read More

  • Toby Rowland joins board of social strategy games publisher eRepublik Labs

    [UK/Spain] Experienced Internet entrepreneur Toby Rowland has joined the board of Spanish startup eRepublik Labs, the social strategy games publisher. Rowland’s many achievements include co-founding King.com, which he took from startup to be a major player in the casual gaming space. And while VP of Marketing at uDate.com, he helped grow the online dating site to be number two in the US… Read More