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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  • Ex-TomTom COO joins Prime Technology Ventures

    Ex-TomTom COO Alexander Ribbink has joined the Dutch and UK based VC firm Prime Technology Ventures as a partner. He’ll be focusing on investments in consumer Internet, digital media, and technology companies. Ribbink began working at the sat-nav company TomTom in 2003 and “played a major role in the international growth and marketing success of this global technology… Read More

  • Vodafone pays €100,000 for a Flickr widget, App Star winner announced

    You can’t blame Vodafone for wanting developers to jump on its mobile platform, and a good old-fashioned developer competition with cold hard cash up for grabs is as good a way as any. Yet I’m not sure a slideshow widget for Flickr is quite the winner they had in mind when they decided to launch the Vodafone App Star competition and put €1m of prize money behind it. But… Read More

  • AlertMe revamps home energy kit, iPhone app on its way (screen shots)

    AlertMe, the home energy monitoring service, is revamping its home energy kit and accompanying web service, and will launch a rather neat looking iPhone app this July. The UK company sells a home energy kit that lets users measure and track their home’s energy use online by retrofitting hardware similar to so-called ’smart meters’. The service also ties into Google… Read More

  • Updated: Yes folks, the official iPhone Twitter app is here

    We already knew it was hours if not minutes away – see TechCrunch US report – and it’s perhaps no surprise that New Zealand gets the goods ahead of Europe and the US (a bit like New Year’s day). Yes folks, the official Twitter app for iPhone is here, you know the one expected based on Tweetie ever since Twitter bought the company. We expect other iPhone app stores… Read More

  • Bebo founder Michael Birch invests in social media agency Punktilio

    Michael Birch, who co-founded social network Bebo along with his wife Xochi Birch, has invested an undisclosed amount in social media agency Punktilio. He’ll also become an adviser to the company. Punktilio, whose clients include Arsenal F.C, Harper Collins, Phones 4u and Simon Cowell’s SyCo Music label, was founded by ex-Bebo Head of Music, Hal Stokes, so there’s an… Read More

  • Can Spotify sustain an ecosystem? ShareMyPlaylists gets funded

    When Spotify upgraded its player, adding a bunch of social features, we feared for the many startups who were already piggybacking the service with their own playlist sharing sites. In fact, on the very same day one such offering,, announced that it had received a significant round of funding, news which was largely buried under the weight of Spotify’s news. Which… Read More

  • Quantcast appoints Yahoo! MD to ramp up UK expansion

    The web measurement firm Quantcast has appointed ex-Yahoo! MD Philip Macauley to lead the company’s operations and expansion into the UK market. Macauley spent ten years at Yahoo!, where he was most recently Director of Business Development and Commercial Relations. His tenor at the Internet giant saw him take on various “senior roles” including “driving media… Read More

  • Spotify apes We7, cuts desktop premium subscription in half

    Perhaps acknowledging that the competitive landscape has changed, Spotify has introduced new pricing plans today. Premium desktop and mobile access is now split into two separate tiers, £4.99 and £9.99 per-month in the UK respectively. Rival We7 introduced identical pricing when it launched its premium offering in late January this year, while US-based MOG is also planning to enter Britain at… Read More

  • Hanse Ventures launches as a 'stepping stone' for European startups

    Described as a “stepping stone” for enrepreneurs and startups, Hanse Ventures launches today, a new early stage fund based in Hamburg, Germany. Its founders are Dr. Bernd Kundrun, long-term Chairman of the Management Board at Gruner+Jahr, Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, Jochen Maaß, founder of SEO-agency artaxo and Sarik Weber, former member of the management… Read More

  • Can social media help clear up the #gulfspill?

    Here in Europe we’re a little preoccupied with the volcanic ash cloud but apparently there was a major oil spill over in The Gulf of Mexico. Once again, social media is coming to the rescue. As we discovered recently, a group of a dozen or so organizations including BP, the EPA, the U.S. Department of Interior, the Department of Defense, and OSHA have set up Deepwater Horizon Response… Read More

  • yoomoot wants to improve the conversation

    Discussion forums are broken and threaded comments found on blogs don’t cut it either. Too much of the conversation gets lost and any lasting knowledge is buried. That’s the view taken by yoomoot, a new startup just out of private beta. The standalone site aims to make public online discussions more productive and useful, although in the future yoomoot is planning a… Read More

  • Voddler, the Spotify-for-movies, lands on Android

    Voddler, the so-called “Spotify for movies”, has announced its first mobile app for Android. The free Android app will be rolled out in stages. A version limited to movie trailers is currently being tested with Voddler users, and a more featured offering – full movies, and sharing of playlists on social networks – should be available by the end of this month. Because… Read More

  • Report: The iPad won't go mass market anytime soon

    As magical as Apple’s iPad may be, it’s unlikely to go mass market anytime soon. That’s according to research carried out in the UK, which concludes that consumers struggle to see how the device could fit into their lives. Simpson Carpenter‘s qualitative research drew comments from participants such as: “It’s just a big iPod Touch … a big iPhone… Read More

  • Hackathon produces most useful Twitter app yet – a game of 'trumps'

    Who says nothing useful ever comes of a hackathon? Enter Tweet Trumps, which was coded over 24 hours by Tom Scott and Dom Hodgson at WarbleCamp, the Twitter developer ‘unconference’ held last weekend in London. It turns your mutual Twitter friends (the people you follow who follow you back) into a deck of cards ready for a game of ‘trumps’. Read More

  • Silentale, the Dropbox-for-communications, opens to the public

    After nearly a year in private Beta, Silentale, which is calling itself the “Dropbox for communications”, opens to the public today. The service is a kind of personal CRM system, providing a searchable backup of your contacts, messages and attachments across various communication channels, including email and social networks Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. It’s designed… Read More

  • LinkedIn competitor Viadeo hits 30 million members

    Viadeo, the social network for professionals, has reached somewhat of a milestone today, claiming 30 million members. It competes directly with the likes of Germany’s Xing and Silicon Valley heavyweight LinkedIn, which claims 65 million users. To put Viadeo’s growth into context, however, when we reported on the company’s latest funding round in July 2009, it could only boast… Read More

  • Radar exits Beta, matches bands with hopeful music video directors

    Today sees the launch of Radar Music Videos, a platform that enables artists, bands and music labels to commission music videos from established and upcoming directors. The site, which has been in Beta for just over a year, is entirely bootstrapped by ex-BBC producer Caroline Bottomley and is already cash-positive. That’s thanks to a business model that shuns free or freemium in favor… Read More

  • Facebook's byzantine privacy controls produce more confusion

    Since last week’s chat exploit, I’ve received further tips of Facebook ‘security bugs’. Only each time they’ve turned out not to be bugs at all, but, well, features. With regard to the site’s privacy controls, users are clearly confused. This confusion, I suspect, is leading to over sharing, which Facebook’s critics say is intentional. More sharing… Read More

  • Good Noows, an elegant RSS reader with big social plans

    Good Noows, from ZNet Labs, is described as a personal news stream. And like Netvibes and others before it, is another attempt to take RSS mainstream. In its first incarnation the product offers a simple but elegant RSS reader, with various newspaper-like page layouts and pre-defined content bundles. Moving forward, however, ZNet Labs founder and ex-Googler Daniel Franz has more ambitious… Read More

  • Livestation adds CNBC as a premium option

    [UK] Livestation, the online TV service from London-based Skinkers, has added business and financial news channel CNBC as a premium option, and premium is the right word. Users in Europe, the Middle East and Africa can now watch the live pan-EMEA feed of CNBC on Livestation’s online TV platform for a monthly fee of €4.99. It’s accessible through the company’s… Read More