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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  • 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

  • Voters kissing politicians, Flirtomatic users choose Lib Dem's Nick Clegg

    [UK] I can’t decide if this is a piece of crass PR – like when a politician kisses a baby – or an interesting data point. Actually I’m pretty sure it’s the former but as this is all about democracy, I’ll let you make up your own mind. Flirtomatic, the mobile social network aimed at young adults, asked its 1 million UK users which of the main three British… Read More

  • Video: Major Facebook security hole lets you view your friends' live chats

    You’ve got to hand it to Facebook. They certainly know how to do security — not. Today I was tipped off that there is a major security flaw in the social networking site that, with just a few mouse clicks, enables any user to view the live chats of their ‘friends’. Using what sounds like a simple trick, a user can also access their friends’ latest pending… Read More

  • BandCentral, a Basecamp-for-bands, gets official push today

    [UK] BandCentral, a sort of ‘Basecamp for bands’, gets its official launch today, although an early version of the site was soft launched as far back as July 09. The site provides tools for artists, managers and labels to project manage the business end of being in a band. Things like organising tours, managing fan databases, merchandising and accounting. BandCentral was conceived… Read More

  • WatchMouse launches GeoBrand, PPC brand abuse monitoring tool

    [Holland] WatchMouse, the website performance monitoring company, has launched its new GeoBrand service today. It’s designed to detect “brand abuse” in search-based keyword advertising and follows the recent European Court ruling on the LVMH vs Google case which places the onus on the brands themselves to monitor for trademark infringements. The service targets… Read More

  • With 'youth' unemployment on the rise, PathMotion launches career-minded jobs site

    [UK] Does the UK really need another job hunting site? Apparently so, says PathMotion. The Paris-based startup is targeting students and young professionals in the UK with its mix of career guidance and job vacancies. And considering that ‘youth’ unemployment in Britain is worryingly high, the site’s launch looks well timed, although it’s curious that a French company… Read More

  • Vodafone AppStar European finalists – get voting!

    We’re not always convinced by the developer initiatives of mobile operators but we can’t argue with a good old fashioned mobile app competition when there’s cold hard cash up for grabs. Enter Vodafone’s AppStar, which today announced the regional winners in its Europe-wide competition, each of whom have already bagged €25,000. They’ll now go head-to-head against… Read More