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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  • Steve Jobs emails: "We will keep making the best computers"

    It’s all the rage these days. You fire off an email to Apple‘s Steve Jobs, the CEO of one of the world’s biggest and most secretive technology companies, and to your astonishment, the great man himself replies. You then publish said email, sit back and watch as the tech press dissect each and every word. It’s quite the media spectacle, especially when you factor in… Read More

  • Brightpearl secures $1.5m for its cloud-based solution for SMEs

    Brightpearl (previously Pearl), the cloud-based software suite for SMEs, has raised a $1.5 million funding round from Eden Ventures and Notion Capital. The UK startup will use the new investment to support its “global expansion”, having already picked up customers for its offering, which integrates accounting, CRM, order and stock management, e-commerce and help desk functionality… Read More

  • Babbel introduces speech recognition to aid language learning

    Babbel, the language learning site, has added “realtime” speech recognition to enhance its practical application and enable users to fine-tune their pronunciation skills. This pits the service up against more traditional players such as TellMeMore or Rosetta Stone, says the company. The speech recognition functionality was built in-house – much of the team’s background… Read More

  • Is mobile broadband a sham?

    I have a special filing cabinet for all the press releases I receive highlighting a statistic or survey that rather conveniently favors a particular product or brand: it’s called the trash can. But every once in a while, however opportunistic, they can raise an interesting point as is the case with today’s punt from the price comparison site BroadBand Expert, entitled… Read More

  • uShip acquires courier marketplace boxby

    uShip, the Austin-based transport marketplace, has acquired the UK’s boxby, which offers a similar but also complementary service by connecting couriers and transporters with customers in need of delivery. The deal, of which terms are undisclosed, will “support the global growth” of uShip, which already offers localized versions of its reverse auction site for couriers… Read More

  • Woops, Google's Street View cars collected email passwords and more "sensitive data"

    I’ve been known to give Facebook a hard time over its lax security and disregard for user privacy but, frankly, Google’s doing a pretty good job at keeping up. Not to be outdone by the social networking site, the search giant has already got into hot water for the overzealous nature by which it collected WiFi data when driving around towns in 30 countries creating its Google… Read More

  • England fans, vent your frustration on London's World Cup Twitter wall

    Twitter walls are nothing new but, given England’s dire start to the World Cup and a few other European nations I could mention (*cough* France), this one could be particularly cathartic. Brand agency, The Brand Union, is projecting a giant World Cup themed Twitter wall on one side of its Farringdon, London offices. Dubbed ‘The Footwall‘, tweets via the @thefootwall account… Read More

  • Internet TV search engine TVLinks exits stealth, content missing in action

    What’s this, a European startup thinking global? TVLinks, an Internet TV guide and video search engine, exits stealth mode today, and says it wants to battle the big US search engines and TV listings sites. It currently houses a database of over 30,000 movies, and 2,000 TV shows consisting of 80,000 episodes. In total it indexes more than 2,000 content provider websites, some of which it… Read More

  • AdTaily signs up Q&A community BlurtIt for its self-serve ad widget

    It’s good to see two European startups cozy up together. AdTaily, the self service advertising platform, has signed up BlurtIt as a customer, giving potential advertisers access to the Q&A community’s 12 million monthly visitors. Of course, BlurtIt’s content is of the user-generated kind (UGC), which brands can sometimes be shy of, although AdTaily claims that its… Read More

  • BaseKit raises $2.6m for its 'Photoshop-to-website' service, launches in UK and US

    BaseKit, which lets designers build websites from a Photoshop concept without the need to write code, has secured a $2.6m Series A round from Eden Ventures and NESTA (the UK’s National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts). Today also sees the startup, which was a Seedcamp winner in 2008, launch in the UK and US. Read More

  • Mendeley,, rolls out premium packages to steady customer nerves

    Mendeley, “the of research”, has rolled out new premium packages after customers requested features such as more storage and expressed a willingness to pay. If only to see the longevity of the London-based startup. Mendeley offers a secure online database for scientists, academics and researchers to store their research papers in the ‘cloud’, making it easier… Read More

  • Taptu appoints ex-Yahoo mobile exec as COO to head up new US office

    Hoping to conquer America, touch-friendly mobile search engine Taptu is opening a US office in Denver, Colorado. But, perhaps more interesting, it’s to be headed up by former Yahoo Mobile European MD, Mitch Lazar, who joined the Taptu Board as recently as March. Not long in that role, his new title is President and Chief Operating Officer, which will see him “heading home”… Read More

  • Hate commitment? iPhone 4 goes SIM-free and unlocked in the UK

    Today is the day that most of the UK mobile carriers are taking iPhone 4 pre-orders. But, if like me, you’re afraid of commitment – well the 2 year mobile contract kind, anyway – then you might want to hold off for now. Apple today has announced the availability and pricing of its latest smartphone SIM-free (sans contract) for British iPhone-touting wannabes shy of signing on… Read More

  • Mixlr wants to be an 'audio UStream' for DJs and live bands – we have invites

    Mixlr, a sort-of UStream for audio, wants to make it easy for DJs and bands to share and stream live performances to fans. The service, founded by London-based Rob Watson (a recent graduate of the Music Informatics department at the University of Sussex), is currently in a closed beta, although TechCrunch Europe has 200 invites to give away to readers. In its current incarnation, Mixlr is a… Read More

  • Skobbler's 'do-it-yourself' free Sat-Nav for iPhone finds its way to the UK

    Skobbler, the free iPhone Sat-Nav solution based on the ‘Wikipedia of maps’ OpenStreetMap project, is now available for the UK and Ireland. It’s already reached number 1 in the US App store’s navigation chart – not all that surprising since free beats the hefty prices of competitor TomTom and others – and its been a best selling app in Germany for more than… Read More

  • OnePage wants to make business cards a thing of the past

    OnePage, founded by Warwick University alumni Oo Nwoye and Joel Gascoigne, wants to make physical business cards a thing of the past by aggregating all of your contact details online. These can include anything from your homepage address, Skype and IM handles, to your Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn profile, along with a range of other social networking accounts. There’s also the ability… Read More

  • TechCrunch 5th year anniversary meetup in London tonight

    On June 11 (today), it will be exactly five years since Michael Arrington hit the ‘Publish’ button and started TechCrunch with his very first post. So we’re celebrating this fifth anniversary with a world-wide series of meetups today. The event was already publicised on TechCrunch last month, but in case you didn’t notice, there is also a London meetup. Read More

  • Tweetminster, the UK politics tracker, gets a revamp and new features

    Tweetminster, the UK politics tracker with a particular emphasis on Twitter, launches version 2.0 today. The latest features – Channels, Lists, and support for Twitter’s recently announced @anywhere functionality – brings the service closer to its goal of making it “easier for people to follow and interact with UK politics”, says the startup. Read More

  • Three UK swims with the tide – iPhone 4 announced

    At a press event I attended earlier this year, Three UK’s CEO Kevin Russell was repeatedly asked about why the network didn’t sell Apple’s iPhone and if it had plans to do so (along with the iPad too). Russel’s answer was that it was something that they were considering but hinted that Cupertino would need to offer a better deal first – although, ultimately… Read More

  • Social games developer Playdom begins European invasion

    Playdom, the Silicon Valley-based social games developer, has announced its intention to try and crack Europe. It’s planning an aggressive roll out this side of the Atlantic, aiming to create localised versions – French, Italian, German and Spanish – of its top titles, which include Mobsters, Tiki Resort and Big City Life, by the end of this year. The company’s… Read More