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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  • Germany's Brands4friends takes its buying club model to Japan

    [Germany/Japan] Following Austrian and UK expansion, Germany’s leading buying club Brands4friends has opened shop in Japan with the the launch of The new site, which is backed by Partech International and Holtzbrinck Ventures along with its German parent company,, aims to become a market leader locally by applying the same buying club model that is… Read More

  • Ex-Tiscali boss takes the helm at home energy monitoring service AlertMe

    [UK] AlertMe, the Cambridge-based home energy monitoring service, has hired ex-Tiscali UK boss Mary Turner as its new CEO. Turner ran the ISP’s UK business from 2001 where she took the company from less than half a million dial-up customers to the third largest DSL provider in Britain with revenues of €608m in 2008, according to the press release. She also oversaw the acquisitions… Read More

  • Believe Digital's digital music distribution service Zimbalam opens in the US

    [France] Zimbalam, the digital music distributor from Believe Digital, launches in the US today. The service lets artists submit and distribute their music through 25 of the most popular music platforms, including Apple’s iTunes and Spotify, in addition to “several hundred additional stores worldwide”. This makes Zimbalam the largest music distribution network as measured… Read More

  • FlyScreen for Android adds Foursquare integration

    [Israel] FlyScreen, the mobile phone lock-screen replacement from Israeli startup Cellogic, has added Foursquare integration to its Android app ahead of this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) festival. The new Foursquare widget lets users of the location-based social network access its main features, including the ability to quickly find places nearby, “check-in”, share… Read More

  • An iPhone app to put the fear of God into London Underground

    [UK] Anything that makes the form-filling associated with claiming a refund less tedious is a win for consumers. But it’s also a potential nightmare for governments and companies that provide the services we rely on. Les paper work, more claims. Enter Tube Refund, an iPhone app that aims to significantly reduce the time and effort it takes to file for a refund for a delayed train journey… Read More

  • Spotify signs exclusive deal with Finnish telco TeliaSonera for its Premium offering

    [Finland] This is exactly the type of distribution that Spotify needs to achieve the kind of economies of scale that should reduce the cost to end-users with regards to its Premium offering. And of course, generate much needed revenue. The music streaming startup has signed up telco TeliaSonera as its exclusive partner in Finland to market and sell Spotify Premium. The two companies already have… Read More

  • Team Europe Ventures starts €6m fund for early stage Internet and mobile startups

    [Germany] Team Europe Ventures, the Berlin-based VC firm, has launched a new €6 million fund for early stage startups in the Internet and mobile Internet space. The fund is mainly targeting companies in Germany and Europe, but also in the USA, and the focus will be on the seed stage, with 4-5 startups being invested in per-year for a maximum of €500K per company. This is bound to be good… Read More

  • Attack of the Groupon clones – Here comes Snippa

    [UK] Now this is getting a little silly. Snippa, another UK-based Groupon clone launches today, this time from two experienced entrepreneurs: Tim O’Shea, founder of Blurtit, and David Hobart, founder of PureContent. The company is self funded by O’Shea and Hobart from their existing businesses, operating with a six person team headquartered in North Walsham, Norfolk. Snippa, which… Read More

  • Platogo enables developers to make their casual games Facebook ready

    [Austria] Platogo, the social games platform, has today released its Platogo Wrapper that enables casual games developers to easily integrate their games with Facebook by inserting a few lines of code. Essentially, it lets any casual game take advantages of the basic social features offered through Facebook, such as the ability for a user to invite and play with friends in their social graph… Read More

  • SyncFu's widget lets vendors adopt the group buying model

    [Italy] The group buying model is proving incredibly popular right now. It seems that not a week passes by without another Groupon clone being launched – we have exclusive news coming tomorrow of a new London offering about to launch – but what if vendors themselves could easily add group buying to their own destination sites rather than relying on a third-party… Read More

  • Foursquare checks-in with Vodafone UK

    [UK] The location-based social networking space is about as competitive as they get right now – though it’s still relatively early days – but Foursquare appears to be executing particularly well. It certainly has the mind share of the press, which should trickle down to end-users, and today the New York-based startup has announced a tie-in with Vodafone UK, currently the… Read More

  • London’s TechHub plans to be a mini-cluster for tech startups

    TechHub (@TechHub), the project set up by Elizabeth Varley and Mike Butcher to create a physical space in London for tech start-ups “from from across the UK, Europe, the US and beyond”, appears to be well on its way. It is now accepting a limited number of Founder Memberships, booking sponsors and details about the actual space will, I’m told, be outlined… Read More

  • ClickandBuy, the 'European PayPal', lets Facebook users set up shop

    [UK/Germany] ClickandBuy, the ‘European PayPal’, has launched a Facebook app – Buxter – that enables users of the social network to send and receive real money through the site rather than virtual currency, which the company claims as first. In fact, it’s a little more ambitious than that. The London and Cologne-based company also wants to become the platform… Read More

  • Deutsche Telekom's T-Venture Holding invests in Lantiq

    [Germany] T-Venture Holding, the venture capital company of Deutsche Telekom, has made a strategic investment in Neubiberg, Germany-headquarted Lantiq, a provider of next-generation access and home networking technologies. The terms of the deal aren’t being disclosed. Along with the investment in Lantiq, Deutsche Telekom will provide future strategic advice to the company. Lantiq is… Read More

  • Little World Gifts partners with WWF, location-based virtual goods up next

    [UK] Little World Gifts, the Liverpool-based mobile virtual goods startup, has signed WWF as its first major brand partner. That’s WWF-UK, the world-renowned conservation charity, not the wrestling federation with the same initials. More interesting, however, is where Little World Gifts is headed next: Location-based gifting. In a future update, users of the company’s iPhone… Read More

  • LBi and Bigmouthmedia to merge in supposed $150 million deal

    LBi International, the global marketing and technology agency, is to merge with SEO and Internet marketing specialist bigmouthmedia, creating “Europe’s largest digital agency”. The deal is deal worth around £100m (roughly $150 million), reports Econsultancy, with the two companies combining “to offer clients digital marketing, consulting and technology services… Read More

  • Brands4friends appoints ex-VC for M&A action

    [Berlin] Germany’s leading online private shopping club, Brands4friends, has appointed ex-VC Olivier Schuepbach as Director of International & Corporate Development where he’ll be spearheading the Berlin-based startup’s international expansion. Schuepbach, a native Swiss, joins from Wellington Partners, a leading pan-European venture capital firm where he was responsible… Read More

  • Spotify competitor We7 screws up iPhone app launch

    [UK] It’s probably tricky to time these things to perfection, since Apple pulls the strings. The UK Spotify competitor, We7, has had its iPhone app approved and is now available to download from the iTunes App Store. The problem is that the associated premium music subscription service, needed to run the app, doesn’t seemed to have launched yet. Or at least that’s how it looks. Read More

  • Nightmare! Muzu TV launches music video jukebox just as YouTube gets in on the action

    [Ireland] It’s the type of scenario that keeps even the most seasoned entrepreneurs up at night. Your startup toils away for months on a new product or feature and – boom – a giant like Google comes along and walks all over it. That appears to be the case for Dublin-based music video site, Muzu TV (see previous TCEU coverage), which today launched its new music video… Read More

  • – yet another Groupon clone launches in the UK

    [UK] A new website launches in the UK today that uses “the power of group-buying to save consumers up to 90% off the best things to do, see, eat and buy.” Sounds familiar? Yep, it’s yet another Groupon clone. Only this time, is already making claims to be the biggest group buying site in the country. That’s because it’s launching simultaneously in 8… Read More