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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  • Confirmed: Gamer social network Playfire secures $2.1m Series A

    Confirmed: Gamer social network Playfire secures $2.1m Series A

    [UK] Playfire, a social network for gamers, has secured $2.1m (£1.3m) of Series A funding. The news was first reported this weekend in the Sunday Times newspaper but, as is their usual form, with key details missing, including the full list of investors. What else do you expect from a newspaper that doesn’t even use Twitter properly? The round was led by Atomico Ventures (founded by… Read More

  • Realtime booking platform BookingBug exits beta with partners and smart affiliate model

    Realtime booking platform BookingBug exits beta with partners and smart affiliate model

    [UK] Online booking and reservation system BookingBug has left beta, been given a new look and announced a raft of new partners, including the UK’s Trusted Places and voucher and discount search engine BView. BookingBug enables businesses to share their availability – by hour, day, week or as classes, courses or events – and take bookings and enquiries online. The system is… Read More

  • €26-million seed fund launched for Irish startups

    €26-million seed fund launched for Irish startups

    [Ireland] Good news for Irish startups. The Irish government in partnership with Bank of Ireland and Limerick University have announced a new €26m fund for early stage companies. The Bank of Ireland Seed and Early Stage Equity Fund will make investments ranging from €100,000 to €500,000 and will target “export-oriented high potential firms that operate in the technology, food… Read More

  • Videoplaza signs first Finnish partner

    Videoplaza signs first Finnish partner

    [Sweden/Finland] Following the poaching of an exec to strengthen its UK operation, there’s more good news from Stockholm-based Videoplaza this week. The ad server company has picked up its first major customer in Finland. CityVice Network, which distributes ad sponsored premium video content to various media partners in Finland, such as Sanoma Plc and Talentum Plc, has begun using… Read More

  • Good news Foursquare fans -14 new European cities added

    Good news Foursquare fans -14 new European cities added

    Good news Foursquare fans or those in Europe who want to get in on the action. Co-founder Dennis Crowley has confirmed that they have “a big round of European cities coming out today (!! – Nov 4) and then some ‘Worldwide’ cities after that.” He made the comment in a support forum (hat tip to The Next Web). Read More

  • €5,000 up for grabs for one hopeful Irish startup – thanks to Twitter!

    €5,000 up for grabs for one hopeful Irish startup – thanks to Twitter!

    [Ireland] What started off life as a couple of blog posts and a few tweets and then escalated to a full 140 character-driven fund raising campaign, Outvesting.org has begun inviting applications from Irish entrepreneurs and startups who could benefit from €5,000’s worth of a gifted, no-strings-attached funding. Read More

  • MyVaccs wants Brits to store their vaccination records online

    MyVaccs wants Brits to store their vaccination records online

    [UK] Taking responsibility for one’s own health records, let alone storing then online, is a pretty alien concept to most Brits, considering the National Health Service (NHS) and the centrally stored patient database that’s being rolled out on our behalf. That isn’t stopping Scotland-based MyVaccs, however, which is hoping to persuade parents, students and frequent travelers… Read More

  • Red Gate's Springboard incubator startups unveiled

    Red Gate's Springboard incubator startups unveiled

    [UK] The latest benefactors of Cambridge-based Red Gate‘s startup incubator have been unveiled. But before we get to this year’s teams, a quick reminder of how Springboard works. Over the course of ten weeks, Red Gate provides startups with office space, money to live on, food and mentoring, including weekly talks from successful entrepreneurs. In return, they don’t take… Read More

  • Virgin Media adopts ipadio in the field

    Virgin Media adopts ipadio in the field

    [UK] Ipadio has secured its first blue chip customer – the UK’s Virgin Media. The quad-play provider (broadband, TV, phone and mobile) will utilise ipadio’s phonecasting service to improve the communication amongst its field workers who install and maintain the company’s products used by almost 10 million customers. Ipadio offers similar functionality to AudioBoo but… Read More

  • Orange UK announce iPhone launch date and tariffs – a price war it isn't

    Orange UK announce iPhone launch date and tariffs – a price war it isn't

    [UK] Orange UK will begin selling the iPhone on November 10th, just eight days time. But it won’t usher in the price war that many had predicted (although I wasn’t one of them) now that 02’s exclusive has ended. Instead, Orange have chosen almost without exception to match its rival’s existing iPhone pricing. The retail monopoly has been broken but Apple’s… Read More

  • It had to happen sooner or later – Twitter is being analysed to see if Katie Price is in or out

    It had to happen sooner or later – Twitter is being analysed to see if Katie Price is in or out

    [UK] The fashion industry prides itself on being able to predict what will be hot next season. Get it right and there’s serious money to be made. Get it wrong and warehouses and clearance stores are left with stock that nobody wants. Up until now, however, making that call hasn’t been an exact science but thanks to Twitter that could be about to change. Or so says London-based… Read More

  • 20 years on, explore the Berlin Wall in Twinity's virtual Berlin

    20 years on, explore the Berlin Wall in Twinity's virtual Berlin

    [Germany] With only days away from the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, how best to mark the occasion? Rebuild it or at least a virtual two kilometer stretch. That’s the approach being taken by Metaversum, the Berlin-based company behind virtual world Twinity, who have constructed a replica section of the wall in-world. Visitors to Twinity’s virtual Berlin will be… Read More

  • Blinkx exec jumps ship to join Videoplaza

    Blinkx exec jumps ship to join Videoplaza

    [Sweden/UK] Stockholm-based Videoplaza have recruited blinkx’s former European Director of Business Development, Gavin Morgan, as its new UK Commercial Director. In his new role, Morgan will be charged with growing the ad server company’s client base and increasing revenue in the UK. While at AIM-listed blinkx, which claims to be the largest video search engine, Morgan helped… Read More

  • BlinkBox goes all arty, signs deal with British Film Institute

    BlinkBox goes all arty, signs deal with British Film Institute

    [UK] Online film and TV aggregator BlinkBox has gone all arty on us, signing a content partnership with the British Film Institute (BFI) — bringing the total number of British TV and film titles on offer to over five hundred and the total number of “premium” titles available on the service to just under six thousand. Seeing BlinkBox, arguably, go a little up market with the… Read More

  • Voddler, the Spotify-for-movies, partners with Paramount and Disney

    Voddler, the Spotify-for-movies, partners with Paramount and Disney

    [Sweden] Voddler, the Stockholm-based online video offering that’s being described as “Spotify for movies”, has signed content partnerships with Paramount and Disney. A deal with Sony Pictures is also said to be eminent. Voddler, Inc., the company behind the new service, was formed back in 2005 and has offices in Stockholm, Palo Alto, and Beijing. It’s thought to have… Read More

  • UK launch for Google Powermeter via AlertMe – but please don't tweet your light switch

    UK launch for Google Powermeter via AlertMe – but please don't tweet your light switch

    Google Powermeter, the search giant’s home energy monitoring tool, has launched in the UK today. While the environment stands to benefit – research shows that when users have access to detailed information about their energy use, household energy bills are reduced by up to 10% – Cambridge, UK-based AlertMe should also do quite well out of this. The VC-backed company has… Read More