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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  • GoAdv buys Italian blog network Blogosfere

    [Italy] GoAdv, the pan-European online media company listed on Alternext market of Nyse-Euronext Paris, has acquired leading Italian blog network Blogosfere. The actual sum isn’t being disclosed but our sources say it’s in the low 7 digits and was paid in cash. Milan-based Blogosfere was launched in 2005 and has a network of 210 blogs consisting of over 150 contributors. The… Read More

  • Brands4friends invests in Secretsales – private buying clubs remain hot!

    [UK/Germany] Private buying clubs have become such a hot item of late, it’s perhaps inevitable that we’re starting to see a move towards consolidation. Germany’s leading online private shopping club, Brands4friends, has invested in the UK’s Secretsales. And while the actual figure is undisclosed, which isn’t a surprise considering how competitive this space is… Read More

  • SeeSaw launches, UK's answer to Hulu or another Joost?

    [UK] While we Brits wait, and wait, for any sign of a Hulu UK launch, a rival offering has stepped in to try and fill the void. SeeSaw, the Arqiva-owned Online TV service based on assets bought from Kangaroo, the defunct joint venture between broadcasters BBC, ITV and Channel 4, has today opened its doors to the public. And although the UI is pleasing to the eye, it faces the oh so… Read More

  • Index Ventures invests in PeoplePerHour as business flows East to West

    [UK], the online marketplace for freelancers, has closed an interim funding round with Index Ventures who participated on equal terms with existing shareholders. The actual amount remains undisclosed, but our sources say the figure is in the region of half a million pounds. Until now, the London-based startup had been funded to the tune of £425k by its founders and… Read More

  • Freeview launches iPhone HD TV Guide app, ignores the lack of HD content

    [UK] There are already a plethora of TV guide apps for the iPhone but now comes an official one from Freeview. The UK terrestrial digital television provider has released a free TV guide for Apple’s smartphone, which won’t come as good news for others competing in the space. It has ‘official’ stamped all over it and also emphasises HD content in its guide even though… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson gets drunk on the web 2.0 cool aid after everybody else has left the party

    Can good old fashioned User-Generated Content help shift handsets? Sony Ericsson apparently thinks so. The handset maker has announced a new web service called Creations, its “vision for the future of mobile entertainment”, based on something the company is calling ‘co-creation’. Basically, it’s a content sharing site – sorry, a “movement” (I kid… Read More

  • Germany's answer to the Kindle to open its own app store

    [Germany] The txtr Reader, Germany’s answer to the Kindle, is to get its own app store. The Berlin-based company has announced an SDK so that developers can start writing apps for the eReader device, which, like the Kindle, supports over-the-air downloads and is powered by a version of Linux. Inevitably, there’s the carrot of monetization too for both third-party developers and… Read More

  • 7digital's BlackBerry app gets some love

    [UK] 7digital has updated their BlackBerry app to include integration with Users of the MP3 download store and media player can now link their account to the app, enabling them to ‘scrobble’ tracks played on their mobile phone and send listening data to the website in real-time. As a result, the ‘Now Playing’ status on a user’s… Read More

  • fonYou to let operators fight back against Google Voice, Ribbit et al

    [Spain] With the rise of consumer-facing cloud telephone services, such as Google Voice and Ribbit, the call management services of traditional mobile operators are starting to look a bit long in the tooth. How long, therefore, before they roll out rival offerings of their own? Not long, hopes Spanish MVNO fonYou, which today announced that it will begin licensing its Online Mobile… Read More

  • iCharge – Jack Dorsey gets some Euro heat

    [Germany/UK] It didn’t take long. Square, the iPhone credit card transaction startup co-founded by Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, already has a European competitor. Like Square, Berlin and London-based iCharge wants to democratise the ability to accept credit card payments in person through an add-on device for smartphones and the startup’s accompanying application and service that… Read More

  • As Mobile World Congress approaches, let's look into mobile's future

    With Mobile World Congress (MWC) almost upon us, the mobile industry is already geared up to set us on a path for the next year. New handsets will be announced and pre-announced, partnerships forged, services and apps unveiled, and future technologies demoed, giving us a pretty good idea of where the next twelve months will take us. But what if we zoomed out quite a bit more and took a bit of… Read More

  • Game over – SponsorPay acquires GratisPay

    [Germany] Berlin-based SponsorPay has acquired Hamburg-based GratisPay, creating Europe’s leading provider of advertisement-based payment systems. The acquisition means that the combined property covers the monetization of the majority of the major online and social game publishers across Europe, including Gameforge, Bigpoint, InnoGames and Frogster. It’s also an aggressive move on… Read More

  • Social travel guide tripwolf's iPhone app goes freemium, introduces in-app purchases

    [Austria] Social travel guide tripwolf has released an updated iPhone app that ramps up the company’s freemium offering with the introduction of in-app purchases for destinations where tripwolf has more in-depth information. The premium content is garnered from the Vienna-based startup’s existing partnerships with travel guide publishers Footprints and Marco Polo (a subsidiary of… Read More

  • DataInherit lets you store passwords in the cloud and assign beneficiaries

    [Switzerland] Would you be comfortable with storing your passwords in the cloud? That’s the hope of DataInherit, from Swiss banking security specialists DSwiss, which launched a new password ‘safe’ that lets you store your most important passwords on the company’s servers. Along with the advantage of being able to retrieve those passwords from wherever you have an… Read More

  • Central European asset roll-up as Naspers looks to buy Forticom

    It looks like some major consolidation is about to go down in the Central European Internet market, and in particular Poland. According to local newspaper reports, the largest Internet group in the region, Naspers/MIH Group, is conducting due diligence of assets belonging to DST (Digital Sky Technology)-owned holding Forticom. Naspers/MIH Group and DST already together own the largest… Read More

  • Garlik partners with stockbroker Selftrade to up-sell its ID fraud protection

    [UK] The London-based online identity startup Garlik has partnered with the UK online stockbroker Selftrade to offer its customers identity fraud protection. In what looks like a classic premium play, a basic free version of Garlik’s offering, rebranded Selftrade Identity Monitor Lite, is being made available to all of Selftrade’s customers with the option to upgrade to the… Read More

  • A social game to pick pop hits could finally kill the A&R man

    [UK] Forget farming or being a gangster, a new Facebook game from London-based music store theBizmo, lets users play the role of record label A&R person. And in the process of doing so, help promote and sell tracks by real artists. Players of Hit Or Not compete with each other to predict the popularity of tracks from a catologue of independent artists. After picking from a range of… Read More

  • turns Twitter into a real-time translation dictionary

    [Germany], the wiki-style language portal, has created a Twitter app that effectively turns the microblogging service into a real-time translation dictionary. The Hamburg-based startup says that the idea was suggested by users, which seems appropriate given the crowdsourced nature of itself. Read More

  • Creathor Venture invests in French mobile advertising company Sofialys

    [Germany/France] Creathor Venture, the Germany-based VC firm has invested “several million” euros in the French mobile advertising company Sofialys. The Paris-based startup, launched in 2002, provides mobile marketing and advertising solutions for operators, publishers, agencies and advertisers. Read More

  • Spotify about to get a little more – new recommendation engine

    One perceived weakness of Spotify is its music recommendation features. Let’s just say it’s no, appearing to make very little use of users’ listening data to help other users discover new music. That’s about to change, to some degree at least, as the European music streaming service rolls out an improved artist discovery feature. Read More