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. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Affiliate marketing platform Skimlinks secures $1.5M Series A funding

    [UK] Affiliate marketing platform Skimlinks has secured a Series A round of funding, which we’ve now confirmed as $1.5 million. The round, which was effectively a follow on, was led by Sussex Place Ventures and includes the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and The Accelerator Group, along with a number of the original angel investors involved in… Read More

  • XIHA Life partners with Blue Teach to offer social learning marketplace

    [Finland/France] XIHA Life, the multilingual social network, is partnering with video tutoring service Blue Teach to offer its users a social learning marketplace. Dubbed XIHA Learning, members of the social network can use Paris-Based Blue Teach’s browser-based video conferencing tool to teach on any subject they choose and, optionally, charge learners a fee. Blue Teach, and… Read More

  • Apps mean the mobile web is turning unmeasurable

    An interesting “claim” landed in my in-box this morning. Quoting stats from Comscore, mobile social network Flirtomatic is seeing twice as many page views per user than any other mobile internet site accessed on smartphones in the US. The British company then goes on to boast that this puts Flirtomatic ahead of both Twitter and Facebook. The ‘dating’ site scored 721… Read More

  • EU accepts Microsoft’s random browser offer, antitrust charges dropped

    [EU] The latest battle in the browser wars appears to be over. The European Union has finally cut a deal with Microsoft which will see the company ditching Internet Explorer as the default browser in Windows in return for antitrust charges being dropped. As of March, users will be given a choice of up to 12 web browsers via a pop-up screen. The sticking point, however, had been the order in… Read More

  • Location-based Tellmewhere raises further €550,000 – US expansion and Android up next

    [France] Location-based search and discovery service Tellmewhere has raised a further €550,000 of funding. This brings the total raised by the Paris startup to €1.4m. The new round was led by Stephane Romanyszyn, founder and CEO of entreparticuliers.com, the leading French real estate website. The new funding will be used to support Tellmewhere’s international expansion, with version… Read More

  • New £125m VC fund for the North East of England

    A new £125m VC fund for companies in the North East of England has been announced which will target early stage companies, including a focus on technology related startups. The JEREMIE Fund ((Joint European Resources for Micro to Medium Enterprises Initiative) as it will be provisionally known, is a combined effort between The European Investment Bank (£62.5m) and the European Regional… Read More

  • The Guardian newspaper gets Spotify-ed, launches iPhone app with off-line browsing

    [UK] The Guardian has launched its long awaited iPhone app, which is designed to give a better reading experience on Apple’s iconic device than the UK newspaper’s standard desktop or mobile offering. The app isn’t isn’t free, however, unlike most of The Guardian’s content, costing a one-off payment of £2.39 for which readers will be spared ads (for now) and get… Read More

  • GigJunkie partners with Bebo through new Tour Dates app for UK music fans

    [UK] GigJunkie, a site that helps UK music fans discover gigs and purchase concert tickets, has announced a partnership with AOL-owned Bebo. The new collaboration sees the launch of the ‘Tour Dates‘ application, which enables British Bebo users to get a heads-up of when their favourite bands are playing nearby and of course purchase tickets. It does this by looking at the… Read More

  • Baidu hoping to sell on eBay for $1.7m – not to be confused with Chinese search engine

    [Netherlands] I’m not sure if this qualifies as domain name squatting but the motivation is the same. Dutch web design company Baidu Europe – not to be confused with the Chinese search engine of a similar name – has put their domain names, brand names and trademarks up for sale on eBay. The starting bid has been set at $250,000 but the company is aiming for a much bigger… Read More

  • Recession-Era Seedcamp finalist Plug in SEO offers money back guarantee

    [UK] Plug in SEO, which provides website owners with a set of tools to help with search engine optimization, is offering a money back guarantee. Users won’t have to pay a thing if their traffic doesn’t increase month on month. That’s quite the promise and should go someway to countering the poor reputation that much of the SEO industry has, which frankly is plagued with cowboys. Read More

  • Outvesting announces winner – Irish politics site KildareStreet.com

    [Ireland] KildareStreet.com, a website that hopes to keep Irish politicians in check, has been announced as the winner of the inaugural €5,000 Outvesting fund. The fund was a grassroots effort started by James Corbett and John Keyes and designed to highlight the lack of very early stage funding for startups in Ireland. Donations were solicited by Twitter at €50 a pop, with those that… Read More

  • 22% of UK businesses willing to pay for additional Twitter functionality, reveals survey

    [UK] Is Twitter good for business? That’s one of the questions that a recent poll of 1,200 UK businesses, conducted by Accredited Supplier, hoped to answer. While those surveyed were bullish about Twitter’s future – 48% think that Twitter will be the world’s largest social media property by 2020 – UK businesses seeing a return of investment are currently in… Read More

  • Tweetminster Search – measuring the pulse of UK politics through Twitter

    [UK] Twitter and politics go hand in hand in the UK. There isn’t a news, politics or current affairs TV show that doesn’t mention Twitter or feature the ‘tweets’ of its viewers. It seems appropriate then that British political anoraks should have their own Twitter-powered search engine, which is exactly what London-based startup Tweetminster have built. Tweetminster… Read More

  • We warned Anglo Irish Bank about potential security breach, says startup ExSafe

    [Ireland] Irish startup ExSafe reckons it has a solution to the problem recently experienced by Duncan Bannatyne of Dragon’s Den fame. Bannatyne was reportedly one of 500 UK customers affected by a security breach at Anglo Irish Bank when an employee accidentally emailed details of €12.5 billion worth of transactions to an unintended recipient. The spreadsheet in question was sent as… Read More

  • Just in time for Copenhagen, AlertMe launches Swingometer

    [UK] Timed perfectly to coincide with the Copenhagen Climate Summit, AlertMe has launched the Swingometer, a very simple visualisation tool that gives an overview of its customers’ home energy use. The UK company sells a home energy kit and accompanying subscription-based web service that lets users measure and track their home’s energy use online by retrofitting hardware similar… Read More

  • Germany's leading buying club Brands4friends expands into Austria

    [Germany] Buying clubs remain a hot item. Last week we reported on acquisition talks between Amazon and France-based Vente-Privee, said to be valued at over 2 billion euros. And now we learn that Germany’s Brands4friends has expanded into Austria. The buying club already claims 2.5 million members in its home country and says that since launch 50,000 Austrians have joined the site. As… Read More

  • Twinity's virtual London opens for business

    [Germany] Twinity, the virtual world that mirrors the real world, has finally launched a beta of virtual London. And if mirroring the real world includes replicating London’s reputation for delayed construction works, then Berlin-based Metaversum, the company behind Twinity, is doing just fine. The virtual world, which distinguishes itself from the likes of Second Life by building… Read More

  • Zemanta opens up its recommendation engine for bloggers, hopes to drive more traffic to users

    [London] Zemanta, a service that helps bloggers find related content as they write, launches a new version of its service later today. As well as a general makeover designed to make its widget lighter and faster, the big change is that Zemanta is opening up its recommendation engine to no longer just include so-called ‘professional media’ but also content from its community of users. Read More

  • Motorola gets all touchy-feely, invests in French startup Sensitive Object

    [France] Touch screens are definitely in at the moment – the iPhone has seen to that – and they don’t look like going away anytime soon. That’s certainly Motorola’s bet. Its venture capital arm, Motorola Ventures, has made an undisclosed investment in Paris startup Sensitive Object, which is described as “a leader in multi-touch platforms and natural… Read More

  • Pile 'em high – Glam One rolls out two new verticals, warns Glam Media off its turf

    [France] Paris-based Glam One, not to be confused with US company Glam Media, has rolled out two new verticals. GlamZic.com and GlamSport.com will target “independent professionals” in the worlds of music and sport. This brings the total number of Glam One offerings to 7, although the company is at pains to point out that additional verticals “can be deployed in under 48… Read More