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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  • Zattikka raises $5.5m for its browser and mobile social games

    Zattikka, the browser and mobile games company, has announced that its raised $5.5m through its parent company Expedite 5, Inc. The new round of funding is being led by Notion Capital and a group of private investors which include Harald Ludwig, co-chair of Lionsgate Entertainment. Ludwig will also join Zattikka’s Board. The London-based startup previously received seed funding from… Read More

  • Report: Mobile app store downloads to hit 25 billion by 2015

    The app store train seems unstoppable. According to a Juniper Research report out today, the number of “consumer-oriented handset downloads” is expected to rise from less than 2.6 billion per-year in 2009 to more than 25 billion in 2015. The trend, notes the report, is being driven by industry players who are seeking to emulate Apple’s success with the App Store by… Read More

  • Karsa Flash Payer offers bait and switch model for video monetization

    Karsa Flash Payer offers a way for content creators to monetize their online video using a bait and switch model in which payment is only requested mid-viewing, once the user is already hooked. The service was developed by UK-based Steven Carroll, the guy behind, which came very close to entering the Deadpool after he found it difficult to generate enough revenue to cover… Read More

  • Channel 4 appoints new online chief, 4iP to report directly

    The UK broadcaster Channel 4 has appointed Richard Davidson-Houston in a newly created role of Head of Online. Previously he was Head of Online Products, and with this promotion is being given responsibility for “all Channel 4’s online propositions and commissioning”, which will also see 4iP, the broadcaster’s digital media fund, reporting directly to him. Read More

  • Appstream released "just to get a reaction from Apple", proves a surprise hit

    Appstream, a simple visualisation tool to help iPad owners discover new apps via a matrix-style wall (perhaps inspired by Apple’s own efforts at its World Wide Developer Conference), appears to be resonating with users. It’s currently hovering in the top 50 of free iPad apps in the U.S. App Store, while in France (the iPad’s second biggest market), it’s doing even… Read More

  • Facebook rebuffs British Prime Minister, won't remove Raoul Moat page

    The British Prime Minister David Cameron and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg look like they could be about to fall out already. Just days after that cosy, if a little awkward, video chat, it seems that this particular marriage of convenience may be over. Yesterday, when answering a question in Parliament regarding whether or not Cameron should ask Zuckerberg to remove a Facebook… Read More

  • Flirtomatic raises $9m in Series C round from Nauta Capital and existing investors

    Mobile social network Flirtomatic (“the world’s number one flirting company”) today announced that it has raised $9 million in Series C funding from Nauta Capital and existing investors Doughty Hanson, Seraphim Capital and Chairman Avi Azulai. This brings the total capital raised to $17 million. The London-based company says it will use the new investment to “further… Read More

  • GrabCAD secures €256k for its open source 3D library and CAD marketplace

    GrabCAD, an open source library for CAD (computer aided design) engineers, has secured €256k of angel funding from the Estonian Development Fund and telecommunication technology company Astrec Baltic (owner of with the aim to become “the world’s leading web environment for CAD engineers within three years.” Founded by Hardi Meybaum and Indrek Narusk, GrabCAD… Read More

  • Ideas4all, the platform for sharing ideas, raises further €1m

    Ideas4all, the platform where users share ideas to help solve problems, has raised an additional €1 million, largely from existing angel investors, adding to the €3m raised in previous rounds. As well as its consumer facing site, the Madrid-based startup sells a version of its service to businesses and organisations who want to foster innovation amongst their employees. Ideas4all says it… Read More

  • Internet voting outfit Scytl secures $9.2m

    Scytl, the Internet voting company, has closed a $9.2 million round of funding led by European VC firm Balderton Capital, and supported by Nauta Capital, a previous investor. The new funds will enable Scytl to “consolidate its leading position in the electronic voting market and support its international expansion”, says the company, with a primary focus on the… Read More

  • Mobile Backstage aims to beat Facebook and MySpace for fan interaction

    Mobile Backstage, a new social music service and mobile app that lets artists and bands “engage” with their fans, is set to officially launch next week, although it’s already been trialed by the likes of hip hop star Dizzee Rascal, and the ’emo’ outfit You Me At Six (yes, I’ve never heard of them either). It’s been developed by Steam Republic, a… Read More

  • Yogile – a dead simple photo sharing site with a collaborative twist

    There are already tons of sites that let you share photos, with Facebook, arguably, the default way for friends, colleagues and family to share those captured moments. Yet Yogile, a bootstrapped startup and one-man shop founded by Netherlands-based Maurice Sikkink, thinks it has spotted a gap in the market: dead simple photo sharing with an emphasis on multi-authored albums without the need… Read More

  • We7 partners with GMG Radio to inject breaking news into music streams

    One of the key advantages of on-demand music streaming services compared with traditional radio is that as well as listening to the music you choose you can do away with the DJ’s endless chatter and other interruptions. But there is a potential downside: being isolated from current events, such as breaking news. We7, the UK music streaming service and rival to the likes of Spotify in… Read More

  • Penguin-heads rejoice, Spotify lands on Linux

    Spotify has been released for Linux. As of today, a Penguin-friendly version of the streaming music service is available as a preview, although we still don’t seem any closer to the much-rumored U.S. launch. According to an official blog post, the Linux version was built by developers at the company “during hack days and late nights”, and shares most of the same features as… Read More

  • Visits to MySpace UK have halved in 6 months say sources

    The number of visitors to MySpace UK has halved in the last six months, TechCrunch Europe has learned, leading to a fresh round of layoffs at the London office of the social networking site. According to internal figures that we’ve seen, monthly visits to MySpace UK are down from a peak of just under 10 million at the start of the year to around 5m as of the end of June 2010. If indeed… Read More

  • Groupola's iPhone deal and a wonky server creates mailing list of upset customers

    It was always probably too good to be true. Groupola‘s aggressive campaign to build up its mailing list and create name recognition for the group buying site, appears to have somewhat backfired. The UK Groupon-clone has been running a promotion offering a limited number of its email subscribers an unlocked iPhone 4 for £99, a massive discount of 80.16%. The deal was scheduled to go… Read More

  • Could Friends Reunited teach Facebook a thing or two about user privacy controls?

    With Facebook’s recent campaign to “fix” its somewhat byzantine privacy controls – or at least the negative PR surrounding them – and an obsession to become more like Twitter, maybe Zuckerberg and co. could learn something from the UK-born Friends Reunited, that old skool social network of the Dot Com era. The site, which has been through many a revamp itself… Read More

  • Tradeshift announces a raft of new partners, API opening up soon

    Tradeshift, which has been described as the “Skype for invoicing”, has announced a raft of new partners in the SaaS accounting space, along with plans to open up its API to enable more third-parties to tie into its free invoicing system. The launch partners who have had access to a beta version of Tradeshift’s API include: ERPLY (free ERP system), E-conomics (a SaaS… Read More

  • DriveGain launches with an iPhone app to make you drive more efficiently

    EXCLUSIVE – DriveGain, a new startup that opens its doors today, aims to help users learn to drive more efficiently and, in doing so, save on their fuel consumption. It’s founded by Simon East, an ex-Psion exec and former VP, Technology of Symbian who subsequently founded Cognima (ShoZu), and Dr. Phil Dixon, who has a background in racing car simulations and was a recent… Read More

  • Dextrose, the browser-based game engine, acquires Effect Games

    Germany’s Dextrose, the browser-based game engine startup, has acquired California-based Effect Games, which provides developer tools for creating and publishing web-based games. The terms of the deal remain undisclosed. Dextrose is building what the startup claims will be the first commercial game engine for pluginless browser-based games. Dubbed ‘Aves Engine‘, it… Read More