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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  • SMEStorage receives capital investment to let businesses move their fileserver to the cloud

    SMEStorage, which focuses on cloud data access and management, has received a capital investment from private investors – undisclosed but described as a “six figure sum” that will be used to grow the business. It also says that it achieved profitability in Q4 2010. Targeting multiple operating systems and mobile devices, SMEStorage enables an open platform in which any of over… Read More

  • SCHAD secures $4.2 million led by m8 Capital for its plant mobile monitoring technology

    London-based m8 Capital has announced its latest investment: leading a $4.2 million round in SCHAD, which produces mobile technology to enable engineers to remotely access, monitor and manage company plants, systems and facilities. The German company’s customers include Ford, BASF, Vanderlande Industries, FRoSTA, Deutsche Lufthansa, Volkswagen and the Airports of Cologne Bonn, Munich… Read More

  • Shiply inks deal with eBay Motors UK to become transport partner

    Shiply, the online transport marketplace, has signed an exclusive agreement with eBay Motors UK that will see it become the site’s transport partner. Like uShip, which entered the UK via its purchase of competitor Boxby last year, Shiply matches those requiring goods to be transported with transport companies that have spare capacity and are heading to the same destination anyway. And… Read More

  • Flattr rolls out direct donations, Wikileaks likely to benefit greatly

    Earlier today, the official Twitter account of Flattr, the micropayment startup founded by ex-Pirate Bay associates, tweeted that they were “excited excited excited …”, so we knew something was up. Now we’ve learned that the service, which enables users to ‘Like’ sites and content but with real money, is indeed rolling out something new: the ability to… Read More

  • Angry Birds pecks its way on to the PC via Intel's app store for netbooks

    Angry Birds, the wildly popular game on a raft of smartphones, has made its way to the PC. Sometime overnight a version for Windows XP/7 became available via Intel’s AppUp store, which specifically targets Netbooks. The app costs $9.99/£5.99/€7.99, although for a limited time gamers can get in on the action for $4.99. The choice to launch on Intel’s desktop app store, which… Read More

  • ContactZilla, contact management for the social web – we have invites

    ContactZilla is another take on the unified address book. Or more specifically, it’s being pitched as an online ‘Contact Management System’ for businesses designed with the Social Web in mind and the ability to merge contacts from the likes of Twitter and LinkedIn with more traditional sources. The service, built by Bristol, UK-based web development agency Simpleweb, is… Read More

  • Performance marketing company LeadMedia acquires MediaFactory

    LeadMedia, the European online performance marketing company with headquarters in Paris, has acquired Sao Paulo, Brazil-based MediaFactory. Founded by Stephane Darracq (a French serial technology entrepreneur) and backed by private equity firm Truffle Capital, LeadMedia provides clients with Internet marketing solutions, including qualified traffic generation, lead and traffic re-targeting… Read More

  • Female entrepreneurs wanted – Astia opens applications for its European accelerator

    I won’t get into the “women in tech” debate but any help for startups is definitely a good thing. On that note, Astia, the not-for-profit “venture accelerator for women-led high-growth companies”, is calling for applications from UK and European startups for its Entrepreneur Programme, to be held in London in March 2011. Specifically, it’s targeting… Read More

  • Zoopla continues property site roll up – acquires

    Real estate startup Zoopla continues it land grab today, announcing that it’s acquired, which when launched in 2005 was one of the first sites to offer free property price data for the UK and is currently the leader in the space. The terms of the deal are undisclosed but, having secured a further £3.25 million in funding in December (adding to the £3.75 million… Read More

  • Madvertise brings location-based mobile ads to Germany

    Madvertise, the Berlin-based mobile ad network, has added location-based targeting to its array of options – a first in Germany, claims the company. Advertisers can now reach customers based on their exact GPS location, city, region or state. This is in addition to existing targeting such as channels, carriers, operating systems and devices, which, says madvertise, allows for… Read More

  • HYPE raises multi-million Euro round for its idea and innovation solution

    HYPE, a provider of “idea and innovation management solutions”, has closed a multi-million Euro growth financing round via funds advised by European private equity firm ViewPoint Capital Partners. The investment will be used to boost the Bonn, Germany-based company’s worldwide sales and marketing efforts. HYPE’s main product is HypeIMT, described as an end-to-end… Read More

  • Navmii's free iPhone Sat-Nav app crosses the pond to the U.S.

    NavFree, the free Sat-Nav solution for iPhone (and iPad) from Navmii, has seen a U.S. roll out with maps now covering North America. The app, which originally targeted the UK & Republic of Ireland-only, is powered by the ‘do-it-yourself’ OpenStreepMap project – hence its freeness – and offers features such as full turn-by-turn voice guided navigation, off-line… Read More

  • Qeep secures multi-million Series B for its mobile gaming and entertainment soc network

    Blue Lion Mobile, the German company behind mobile gaming and entertainment social network qeep, has raised a multi-million euro B round led by French VC firm XAnge with co-investment from KfW. In addition, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments, who originally invested in Blue Lion’s Series A round back in 2007, has also participated. The precise amount of the round isn’t being… Read More

  • AdTaily rolls out its ad marketplace, remains commission-free for now

    AdTaily, the self-service advertising network, has launched its global marketplace for advertisers. It builds on top of the company’s existing self-serve ad widget for publishers which lets them sell ads direct, to offer a central place for advertisers to buy ads across the AdTaily network. Interestingly, however, the marketplace – just like the self-serve widget – will… Read More

  • Posterbee pivots to help teams share ambient info: news, slides, reports and videos

    Posterbee is relaunching today – yes, they’re pivoting! – as a more efficient way for teams to share what the Estonian startup refers to as “ambient information”, such as news, slides, reports and videos. It combines elements of Facebook’s news feed (these are called ‘streams’), including the ability to comment on any shared item, with the… Read More

  • Apprupt strengthens its partnership with RTL, now targets iPad devs and users

    Apprupt, the affiliate network for mobile apps, has today announced a further partnership with RTL interactive, specifically extending its “app shop” reach to the European broadcaster’s iPad users, a first for the startup. Apprupt already powers a version of its affiliate network for mobile apps on RTL’s mobile website and the RTL iPhone app, but this will… Read More

  • Three bucks trend with all-you-can-eat data for smartphone users, but for how long?

    Mobile carrier Three UK, owned by Hutchison Whampoa, has beefed up its ‘One Plan’ pay-monthly tariff to include an all-you-can-eat data allowance. This is quite interesting on several fronts. Firstly, what we’re talking about here isn’t so-called ‘Unlimited’ data that in actual fact has a fair usage policy that translates into something like 1GB or less… Read More

  • Russian search engine Yandex gets a semantic injection

    Yandex, Russia’s leading search engine which is thought to be mulling over an IPO for up to $1.5 billion, is rolling out a new feature today that aims to make its search experience seem a lot more intelligent. Dubbed “Spectrum” and claiming to be able to read users’ minds, it uses what sounds like a combination of semantic technology and machine learning to… Read More

  • Fubra invests in deal-a-day aggregator Buyometric, lends marketing muscle too

    Fubra, the Aldershot, UK-based online media company behind and a network of around 100 other sites, has invested in deal-a-day aggregator Buyometric. The actual amount isn’t being disclosed but is said to be a “5 figure seed investment”. Perhaps equally significant, however, the deal involves a marketing and infrastructure tie-in that will see Fubra push… Read More

  • Is Groupola heading to the deadpool?

    Groupola, the rather opportunistically named UK Groupon clone from the same company behind MyVoucherCodes, has ceased offering any deals. A quick check in on the website today, for example, reveals no current live offers, and we’re hearing that this has been the state of play since late November. A sign that Groupola is heading to the deadpool maybe? It wouldn’t be the first… Read More