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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  • Digital Mission sending 39 UK companies to the US for South by South West interactive

    [UK] Digital Mission returns for a second year to dispatch some the UK’s leading digital/tech companies to the US. Organised by Chinwag and UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), 39 ‘digital’ SMEs have been selected to attend South by South West interactive (SXSWi), the well regarded conference for interactive media which takes place in Austin, Texas. This year’s event runs… Read More

  • Flirtomatic sees Christmas virtual gift spending spree – roll on Valentine's Day

    [UK] Flirtomatic, the mobile social network that lets users “flirt, meet new people and have fun”, says it sold 28,000 virtual gifts in five days over the Christmas break, between Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve. In total the company says it shifted over 1 million virtual gifts in 2009, selling around 82,000 virtual gifts in December alone. This would tally with a wider trend… Read More

  • Qik rival Bambuser partners with Finnish public broadcaster

    [Sweden] Bambuser, the Stockholm-based videocasting service that rivals the likes of Silicon Valley’s Qik, has announced a partnership with Finland’s YLE. The public service broadcaster represents Bambuser’s first major customer in 2010 and the company is hoping it will lead to other major media companies adopting its platform. YLE, which has never been shy of experimenting… Read More

  • Acton Capital Partners acquires stake in women's fashion retailer

    [Germany] Acton Capital Partners, a Munich-based growth equity fund, has acquired a stake in online fashion retailer, also based in Munich. The terms of the deal were undisclosed, although the investment leaves the fund as a minority stake holder. The remaining shares are held by the startup’s founders and managing directors. Read More

  • Founders Club expands to France – targets healthcare, technology and cleantech

    [France] The Founders Club, a reverse venture capital fund, is opening its doors to VC-backed startups in France. The fund enables CEOs and founders of companies to “use their shares and stock options to become limited partner investors”, essentially betting a small percentage of their personal future equity through investing in a wider portfolio than just the startup that they… Read More

  • Vodafone UK begins shipping iPhone – 50,000 pre-orders dispatched

    [UK] In case you weren’t already convinced by the level of pent up demand for an alternative to O2’s iPhone monopoly in the UK, more evidence comes from Vodafone today. The mobile operator has begun selling the iPhone 3G and 3GS, including shipping 50,000 units to customers who have pre-ordered. That’s a pretty healthy number for Day One but it doesn’t look quite so… Read More

  • O2 Incubator Project performs U-Turn – more than one startup to get support

    [UK] We didn’t exactly heap praise on O2’s Incubator Project, describing aspects of the scheme as ‘pretty dumb’. However, in what appears to be a U-Turn, the mobile operator has, at least to some degree, addressed one of our main criticisms. Rather than a single startup receiving support, O2 will now sponsor a number of start-ups for an initial period, one of which… Read More

  • The Guardian iPhone app sees 70k downloads but how will it pay its way in the future?

    [UK] We knew it was sitting pretty at the top of the paid news chart in the UK but now The Guardian newspaper has revealed that its iPhone app has seen 70,000 downloads in its first month. Initially launched on the 14th of December 2009 and available in the UK, Ireland and US, the app has since extended its distribution to also include most European countries, as well as Australia and Canada. Read More

  • HulloMail's iPhone app adds 'free' audio messaging to its visual voicemail service

    [UK] HulloMail, the visual voicemail provider, recently released its dedicated app for the iPhone, available in the UK and US-only. The app brings the complete HulloMail visual voicemail feature set to the device, most of which is fairly redundant for iPhone owners whose networks already support Apple’s own visual voicemail implementation. (Orange UK, which recently began selling the… Read More

  • Old school meets new school – PONS teams with language learning startup

    [Spain/Germany] In what looks like a classic example of old media trying to stay relevant in the social web era, PONS Publishing Group, the second biggest publisher in Germany as part of the Klett Group, has teamed up with Madrid-based startup The free-to-join language learning community now comes with a ‘powered by PONS’ badge in reference to the site’s inclusion… Read More

  • 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