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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  • Sky News iPhone app hits the 1 million download mark

    [UK] Consuming news-on-the-go is a perfect fit for the iPhone, evidenced by the plethora of news-oriented offerings in the App Store. On that note, Rupert Murdoch’s Sky News announced today that its iPhone app (iTunes link) has hit the 1 million download mark – a quick visit to the UK iTunes Store reveals that it currently sits top of the free apps chart in the news… Read More

  • Turn your iPhone into a WWII fighter? Yes, there's an app for that too

    [UK] Self-employed ad man Sam Butterfield, who describes himself as “an ideas person”, has created possibly the world’s most pointless iPhone application iPhone Pilot. That said, with its ability to turn grown men into excited children, it may also be a work of pure genius. The app turns the iPhone itself into a WW2 fighter plane that you hold in your hand and fly around… Read More

  • Mixcloud adds real-time activity stream

    [UK] The real-time bandwagon remains irresistible. This time it’s the turn of Mixcloud, the on-demand radio service, to jump on board. The London-based startup, which wants to be the ‘YouTube of radio’, has added a real-time activity stream to its home page that auto-updates to show what its users across the site are listening to, favoriting, commenting on and uploading. Read More

  • UK's Next Generation Fund to invest £1 billion in "super-fast broadband"

    [UK] The UK government today announced that its Next Generation Fund will invest £1 billion to help bring “super-fast broadband” to 90% of the country by 2017, particularly rural households and businesses who might otherwise be left out of so-called Digital Britain. The “additional” investment will be funded directly by the British tax payer as a continuation of… Read More

  • TweetSwitch – send, receive and filter tweets by IM

    [UK] TweetSwitch is a new project from the team behind London-based Comufy, the communications platform for businesses. Built on top of Comufy’s technology, TweetSwitch provides a simple but deceptively powerful service, enabling you to send and receive Twitter updates via various Instant Messaging (IM) clients. At its most basic, the functionality provided by TweetSwitch is similar… Read More

  • 1DayLater, a feisty time tracking solution from the North East of England

    [UK] Tracking time spent on work for clients and customers in order to invoice them correctly can be a real headache for freelancers and companies alike. Which would also explain why time tracking solutions is a very crowded market. But that isn’t stopping 1DayLater, a feisty new startup from the North East of England founded by David and Paul King. The two brothers say that having worked… Read More

  • O2 Incubator Project is vague and misdirected

    [UK] O2’s newly announced Incubator Project would normally be the kind of scheme that we’d happily share with readers (and possibly recommend). On this occasion, however, not only is the whole thing vague – it’s neither a traditional incubator nor straight up commission – we think the mobile operator is going about it in the completely wrong way. The deal, as far… Read More

  • Zubworld set to launch – Monopoly meets Facebook

    [UK] A new social network that connects people with real-world places and enables them to have discussions around those places is set to launch in just over a week. Currently in a closed alpha, UK-based Zubworld mixes elements of Facebook and Twitter (and just about every other social network) but with a central and potentially distinctive theme. Members of Zubworld can purchase their… Read More

  • Postcard service Touchnote integrates with ShoZu's iPhone app

    [UK] Build an API and they will come. OK that’s not always the case but throw in a genuine revenue stream and support for a hot mobile gadget with an affluent customer base (the iPhone) and you probably stand a much better chance. That’s the hope of London-based Touchnote and it appears to be coming true. The company, which competes with US-based Shoot It!, turns a digital… Read More

  • Danish telco launches preemptive strike against Spotify

    [Denmark] Danish telco TDC’s Play service, which provides unlimited music downloads for its broadband and mobile customers, has extended its offering to include unlimited streaming, reports Music Ally. This makes Play even more comparable to Spotify, which although yet to launch in Denmark, does operate in neighboring Sweden and Norway. There are other similarities too. Spotify clearly… Read More

  • Dailymotion lands on iPhone

    [France] Paris-based video sharing site Dailymotion has released an iPhone app. In fact, two versions exist. A free to download version (iTunes link) that is supported by ads and a premium ad-free version that costs €4.99, which seems a little on the high side, although that depends on how intrusive those ads are to you. Like the plethora of competing iPhone video offerings, Dailymotion… Read More

  • LouderVoice get its first US customer – user reviews helping businesses during recession

    [Ireland] Ireland-based LouderVoice, the reviews service and aggregator, has bagged its first US customer, audio specialist Klipsch. The American company is using LouderVoice’s widget to add user reviews to its site, the first time that they’ve moved away from relying solely on “professional reviews” written in the home audio and gadget press to provide feedback and… Read More

  • Affiliate marketing platform Skimlinks secures $1.5M Series A funding

    [UK] Affiliate marketing platform Skimlinks has secured a Series A round of funding, which we’ve now confirmed as $1.5 million. The round, which was effectively a follow on, was led by Sussex Place Ventures and includes the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and The Accelerator Group, along with a number of the original angel investors involved in… Read More

  • XIHA Life partners with Blue Teach to offer social learning marketplace

    [Finland/France] XIHA Life, the multilingual social network, is partnering with video tutoring service Blue Teach to offer its users a social learning marketplace. Dubbed XIHA Learning, members of the social network can use Paris-Based Blue Teach’s browser-based video conferencing tool to teach on any subject they choose and, optionally, charge learners a fee. Blue Teach, and… Read More

  • Apps mean the mobile web is turning unmeasurable

    An interesting “claim” landed in my in-box this morning. Quoting stats from Comscore, mobile social network Flirtomatic is seeing twice as many page views per user than any other mobile internet site accessed on smartphones in the US. The British company then goes on to boast that this puts Flirtomatic ahead of both Twitter and Facebook. The ‘dating’ site scored 721… Read More

  • EU accepts Microsoft’s random browser offer, antitrust charges dropped

    [EU] The latest battle in the browser wars appears to be over. The European Union has finally cut a deal with Microsoft which will see the company ditching Internet Explorer as the default browser in Windows in return for antitrust charges being dropped. As of March, users will be given a choice of up to 12 web browsers via a pop-up screen. The sticking point, however, had been the order in… Read More

  • Location-based Tellmewhere raises further €550,000 – US expansion and Android up next

    [France] Location-based search and discovery service Tellmewhere has raised a further €550,000 of funding. This brings the total raised by the Paris startup to €1.4m. The new round was led by Stephane Romanyszyn, founder and CEO of, the leading French real estate website. The new funding will be used to support Tellmewhere’s international expansion, with version… Read More

  • New £125m VC fund for the North East of England

    A new £125m VC fund for companies in the North East of England has been announced which will target early stage companies, including a focus on technology related startups. The JEREMIE Fund ((Joint European Resources for Micro to Medium Enterprises Initiative) as it will be provisionally known, is a combined effort between The European Investment Bank (£62.5m) and the European Regional… Read More

  • The Guardian newspaper gets Spotify-ed, launches iPhone app with off-line browsing

    [UK] The Guardian has launched its long awaited iPhone app, which is designed to give a better reading experience on Apple’s iconic device than the UK newspaper’s standard desktop or mobile offering. The app isn’t isn’t free, however, unlike most of The Guardian’s content, costing a one-off payment of £2.39 for which readers will be spared ads (for now) and get… Read More

  • GigJunkie partners with Bebo through new Tour Dates app for UK music fans

    [UK] GigJunkie, a site that helps UK music fans discover gigs and purchase concert tickets, has announced a partnership with AOL-owned Bebo. The new collaboration sees the launch of the ‘Tour Dates‘ application, which enables British Bebo users to get a heads-up of when their favourite bands are playing nearby and of course purchase tickets. It does this by looking at the… Read More