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.

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  • Brands4Friends invests a further "multi-million" in private buying club Secretsales

    Following an initial investment in February, the UK private buying club Secretsales has raised a second round of funding from Germany’s Brands4friends. The actual amount is once again undisclosed but is in the “multi-million pound” region. Secretsales runs so-called “flash sales” of fashion, beauty, travel, lifestyle and home wares, offering up to 70% off brands… Read More

  • Spotify SVP Paul Brown leaves for new startup

    Spotify‘s SVP of strategic partnerships Paul Brown is to leave the music streaming service this week for a new startup outside of the digital music space. Brown tells Music Week it was an opportunity he “had to take”, having been with Spotify for 18 months where he first joined as MD of the UK office, having previously worked at Pandora. However, he was quickly promoted to… Read More

  • Yahoo! UK debuts Premier League footy highlights

    After securing the Premier League football online highlights rights away from Virgin Media, Yahoo! UK has debuted its “snack-sized” packages of the weekend’s games. As well as being displayed prominently on the Yahoo! homepage, the portal’s sport section has been taken over by football highlights with the season kicking off on Saturday, as well as its advertisers… Read More

  • Social lending platform Funding Circle launches as a Zopa-for-SMEs

    Funding Circle is a newly launched peer-to-peer lending site in the UK with a number of heavy-weight backers including Andy Homer, Chief Executive of Towergate Partnership, and Jon Moulton, the founder of private equity firm Better Capital and former managing partner of Alchemy Partners. A sort of Zopa-for-small businesses, the ‘social lending platform’ facilitates loans to… Read More

  • MyHammer appoints ex-StudiVZ, Jamba CEO to top job, prepares U.S. expansion

    MyHammer, the ‘handy man’ jobs site, has appointed Markus Berger-de León as CEO. He was formerly CEO of StudiVZ and Jamba and replaces Gerrit Müller who will now become MyHammer’s COO and General Manager International where he’ll oversee the Berlin-based startup’s pending Q4 U.S. launch. MyHammer began in 2006 as an auction site for tradespeople and… Read More

  • Magpie, the first service to offer in-stream ads on Twitter, is up for sale

    Two years later and Magpie, the first service to offer in-stream advertising on Twitter, is being put up for sale. It claims to be Europe’s number one Twitter advertising network with a combined reach of almost 20 million followers and has around 5,000 registered advertisers. Major brands who have used Magpie include the likes of Sony Playstation, Microsoft Xbox, Burger King, Honda… Read More

  • Total Recall: Sentimnt lets you search and retrieve information from your social feeds

    I’ve often found myself countering the argument that the Internet is making us dumber by citing Google as a second brain: the search engine lets us remember stuff that we didn’t actually know, which is sort of true as connectivity becomes ubiquitous. But what if there was a service designed specifically to retrieve information that we have already come across but didn’t… Read More

  • Flattr opens to the public, now anybody can 'Like' a site with real money

    Flattr, the micropayment startup founded by ex-Pirate Bay associates, has opened to the public today. No longer will you need an invite in order to add the Flattr button to your web site as a publisher or to give support to the sites you visit with real money. Flattr’s micropayments business model is based on the idea of people tipping content they like, Digg or perhaps Facebook Like… Read More

  • Talentag, a "social CV" where colleagues give recommendations and Foursquare-style badges, which gets an ‘official’ launch today, is the new consumer-facing product from the team behind, the social recruiting startup. It’s pitching itself as a “social CV”, and features the recommendation element of LinkedIn but adds Foursquare-style badges and traditional tags as a fun and quick way of soliciting a ‘thumbs up’ from… Read More

  • Can't afford that BMW? FinanceAcar launches car finance comparison engine

    There are three main ways to finance a new car. A car loan, hire purchase or car leasing. And while there are plenty of comparison websites for loans, the Internet fares less well when it comes to providing sufficient comparative information for the other two types of car finance. More specifically, there hasn’t existed one site that helps car buyers compare all three types of car… Read More

  • No, I can't delete your Facebook account

    Something strange has been happening. On more than one occasion I’ve received an irate email from a complete stranger demanding that I delete their Facebook account. Of course, it’s not surprising that there are a few people that actually want to leave the uber social network – slippery privacy controls and the occasional security breach can have that effect – but to… Read More

  • Mobile music platform Gigaboxx opens beta, enables artists to sell direct to fans

    Gigaboxx, the mobile music download platform targeting artists and record companies who want to set up shop to sell direct to fans, has opened in public beta. The UK service, which was first outed in April at GeeknRolla, has a particular emphasis on live events – hence the mobile component – offering artists a “suite of marketing tools”, including their own store URL… Read More

  • Private buying club Tagadas wants to be a Vente-Privee for parents

    Tagadas is a newly launched private buying club in the UK. Only unlike the more general designer offerings of Vente-Privee, Brands4friends and their various competitors, the London-based startup is attacking a more specific vertical: baby and children’s products from brands such as French Connection and Minihaha. It could also be seen as a British version of US-based, a… Read More

  • Tiger Global acquires 50% of Russian online mall Wikimart for $5m

    Private equity firm Tiger Global Management has acquired a 50% stake in Russian online mall Wikimart, reports local newspaper Vedomosti (via blog Quintura). The deal actually took place in May, according to the report but only came to light recently. Wikimart targets countries in the previous Soviet Union, letting individuals and small retailers set up shop online, offering features such as… Read More

  • Nokia gets official Tesco Grocery app. Every little helps, right?

    Although I haven’t signed up to the ‘Nokia is doomed‘ story, I’m the first to recognise that the Finnish handset giant is facing many challenges, having been wrong-footed by the iPhone’s success and the subsequent shift to touch, followed by the the rise of the app store. Or, more specifically, the growing importance of third-party developers and the perception of… Read More

  • Aupeo to 'Stream' to Acer's flagship Android phone, start of partnership

    Aupeo, the music streaming service, has partnered with Acer so that its application will come pre-installed on the latter company’s future line of Android phones. The first of which is Acer’s recently launch flagship, appropriately named ‘Stream,’ a device that features an AMOLED 3.7 inch screen, HDMI port, 1GHz processor, and Dolby Digital sound, amongst its… Read More

  • Holy iCrap! 1 in 10 smartphones in the UK will be iPhone by 2012

    I know we Brits love our iPhones but this could start to get a tad silly. According to the latest data published by mobile research agency mobileSquared, it’s predicted that one in ten smartphones that are active in the UK will be an iPhone by the end of 2012. Further still, as 2015 wraps up – bare with me here – the market will top 9.4 million iPhones or 11% of the total… Read More

  • partners with MXP4 to make music ads sticky

    Is it possible to make online ads “sticky” so that users engage with them longer? That’s the aim of a new partnership between CBS-owned and MXP4, the interactive music startup. Using MXP4’s technology, is to begin offering brands the option to create ads that users of the music streaming and discovery service can interact with, such as remixing a track… Read More

  • Is anybody out there? Tech companies #fail at social media, says study

    Nearly every company has a social media presence these days, right? And, naturally, tech companies execute best. Although perhaps not. A somewhat self-serving study by PR and marketing agency Wildfire, which analysed the social media activity of the 2009 Deloitte Fast Tech 50, found that 90% of the UK tech companies featured had a presence on two or more social networks but the majority fail… Read More

  • Lonely Planet's 25 travel guides get a dose of Augmented Reality

    Lonely Planet, the BBC World-owned travel guide company, has rolled out an Augmented Reality option for Android users. Now targeting 25 popular European, US and Asian cities, its AR-supported ‘Compass Guides’ use a combination of GPS, compass and the phone’s camera to enable users to see their current location and nearby points of interest. The app then overlays information… Read More