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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    Hellotxt has launched a version of its ‘social dashboard’ for Android. The app’s main feature is to offer an aggregated view of a user’s social networking activity on sites such as Facebook and Twitter, functionality that isn’t too dissimilar to the kind of thing that HTC’s Sense or Motorola’s MotoBlur provide as a way to differentiate their… Read More

  • Nokia ropes in Pamela Anderson to show off the N8 in latest smartphone-shot movie

    It’s not the first film to be shot on a mobile phone but Nokia’s latest marketing push for its new flagship N8 smartphone is a good opportunity to take stock of how far camera phone technology has come. The short film entitled ‘The Commuter’, which stars Dev Patel, Charles Dance, Ed Westwick and Pamela Anderson – yes, the Baywatch star of yesteryear – was… Read More

  • Easyroommate lands on iPhone, flatshare hunting on the go

    With the extremely high house prices and rents in certain parts of the UK, particularly in cities like London, flatsharing is a popular alternative even if it often means moving in with total strangers. One of the most popular sites to address this need is ten year veteran, and today it launches on iPhone. The idea is pretty simple: users can survey the area that… Read More

  • Is that a WiFi hotspot I see? WorkSnug to add Skype Access listings

    In what looks like a very good fit, location-based service WorkSnug is partnering with Skype to help mobile workers locate Skype Access-supported WiFi locations in coffee shops using its augmented reality app for iPhone. Skype Access lets users pay for WiFi on a per-minute basis using their Skype credentials and credit at 200,000 hotspots, provided by the likes of BT Openzone, Boingo, and… Read More

  • AnchorFree's Expat Shield targets iPlayer loving Brits abroad

    It’s a question I’ve been asked many times: How to watch UK television abroad over the Internet. Never mind the legal ramifications of accessing copyrighted content outside of its licensed jurisdiction, it can also be a technical kludge, involving setting up proxy servers and engaging in a cat and mouse game as the likes of the BBC’s iPlayer block access. As a result… Read More

  • Spotify sees a future with HP's Palm, launches on webOS

    Say what you will about Spotify‘s delayed US launch or whether its freemium model is ultimately flawed, but when it comes to rolling out mobile clients, the music streaming service can’t be bettered. While other companies set the bar at an iPhone app (and possibly Android), Spotify, with its European roots, has already gone where many dare not, developing a fully-fledged client… Read More

  • Zenprise mobilises in Europe, purchases France's Sparus Software

    Zenprise, the California, US-based provider of enterprise mobile device management software, has acquired France’s Sparus Software, which specialises in “managing, securing and remotely deploying line of business applications” in anything from smartphones, smartpads and things like card readers and scanners. The details of the acquisition aren’t being disclosed… Read More

  • With Betfair's pending IPO, Smarkets sees £1m traded on its social 'betting exchange'

    Smarkets, the London-based social gambling startup, has announced that it’s seen over £1 million traded on its ‘betting exchange’ since it publicly launched in February. The site, which competes with the likes of Betfair and to some degree intrade and betdaq, lets users set their own odds and bet against each other before and during events. The company has also revealed… Read More

  • Buyometric – a flash sales aggregator with a laser-focus on personalisation

    Yet another daily deal and flash sales aggregator launches today. You know the format: pull in all of the local Groupon-clone type offers and those from private buying clubs such as Brand Alley, and offer them up in a single destination or email. But actually, Buyometric (aside from the name) may have got the format just right with its laser-focus on personalisation and a very… Read More

  • Bebo's Paul Birch and Skype's Michael van Swaaij invest in accountancy service Crunch

    Bebo co-founder Paul Birch and former Skype Chairman Michael van Swaaij have taken part in a second round of investment in, the online accountancy service. The actual amount remains undisclosed, although it’s described as “significant” and is said to value the UK startup at £4 million. Although there are a plethora of competitors – the likes of KashFlow… Read More

  • Endomondo's Sports Tracker gathers pace – reaches 500,000 users

    Endomondo‘s free GPS-powered Sports Tracker app, which notably runs on multiple mobile platforms, including Garmin watches, has achieved more than a million downloads and reached 500,00 registered users. That’s up from 40,000 registered users at the start of January and 100,000 in April. Or, as the Copenhagen, Denmark-based startup is keen to point out, a doubling of its user… Read More

  • miiCard wants to become your digital passport to ease financial transactions

    Buying products online seems the norm these days but there are a few exceptions. In particular, the purchase of certain financial products where, ultimately, the need to prove your identity involves completing the final part of the transaction offline. That’s a kludge if ever there was one. It also represents an opportunity, one that miiCard, which soft launched this month, is grabbing… Read More

  • Compare Away launches as an aggregator for "agent managed" holiday rentals

    Compare Away launched officially today as an aggregator for “agent managed” holiday rentals. It’s founded and self-funded by Andrew Gibson and Chris Bradley who, aside from being based in the mining town of Spennymoor, County Durham in the North of England, previously built The Card and Gift Company in 2007, an online greeting cards business that sold to Hallmark Cards Plc. Read More

  • Vouchercloud goes Old Skool – offers vouchers by SMS

    Vouchercloud, the iPhone app that delivers local discount vouchers straight to a user’s smartphone, is going Old Skool by employing the use of SMS, opening up the service to, well, any mobile phone. The UK-only Vouchercloud launched in February from Bristol-based Invitation Digital Ltd. to enable users to find the best offers local to them and have the associated ‘digital… Read More

  • SponsorPay partners with virtual economy services platform Live Gamer

    SponsorPay, the European leader in virtual currency monetization, has partnered with U.S.-based Live Gamer, a virtual economy services platform that works with publishers in gaming, social and entertainment including CCR, Electronic Arts, Namco Networks, REAL Networks, Sony Online Entertainment and THQ. The new partnership will see Live Gamer’s clients being given… Read More

  • Dragontape brings YouTube-powered mixtapes to Facebook

    Dragontape, which lets users create ‘mixtapes’ of their favorite YouTube videos, has added the ability to embed the final result in blog posts, and more importantly, Facebook updates. That’s because the new feature uses the oEmbed standard to ensure widest possible compatibility. It’s also a feature that, frankly, should have existed from the start considering… Read More

  • Private equity outfit Dansk Kapitalanlæg buys stake in Danish IT security firm Secunia

    Private equity outfit Dansk Kapitalanlæg has acquired a 31 percent share in Danish IT security firm Secunia. Secunia, headquartered in Copenhagen, is a provider of “Vulnerability Intelligence and Vulnerability Management tools”. It supplies security intelligence and software to a range of international customers. The company was founded in 2002 by Niels Henrik Rasmussen together… Read More

  • ShareMyPlaylists re-launches to ride a bigger Spotify wave

    ShareMyPlaylists, the music social network built on top of Spotify with the specific purpose of sharing playlists, has been given a complete re-write along with a new shiny logo to boot. Dumping its previous infrastructure based on WordPress and Buddypress (you’d be surprised how many social offerings start off that way such is the low barrier of entry), the site has been re-engineered… Read More

  • Gamersband raises $500,000 for its geo-social network for gamers

    Oxent, the French startup behind Gamersband, a geo-social network for gamers, has raised $500,000 in a Series A round led by French VC Petit Poucet. Oxtent is founded by Antoine Frankart and Matthieu Dallon, while Gamerband launched in late September and to-date claims 4,000 beta testers. Gambersband is an interesting proposition in that it’s targeting video gamers with a social network… Read More