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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  • Private equity outfit Dansk Kapitalanlæg buys stake in Danish IT security firm Secunia

    Private equity outfit Dansk Kapitalanlæg has acquired a 31 percent share in Danish IT security firm Secunia. Secunia, headquartered in Copenhagen, is a provider of “Vulnerability Intelligence and Vulnerability Management tools”. It supplies security intelligence and software to a range of international customers. The company was founded in 2002 by Niels Henrik Rasmussen together… Read More

  • ShareMyPlaylists re-launches to ride a bigger Spotify wave

    ShareMyPlaylists, the music social network built on top of Spotify with the specific purpose of sharing playlists, has been given a complete re-write along with a new shiny logo to boot. Dumping its previous infrastructure based on WordPress and Buddypress (you’d be surprised how many social offerings start off that way such is the low barrier of entry), the site has been re-engineered… Read More

  • Gamersband raises $500,000 for its geo-social network for gamers

    Oxent, the French startup behind Gamersband, a geo-social network for gamers, has raised $500,000 in a Series A round led by French VC Petit Poucet. Oxtent is founded by Antoine Frankart and Matthieu Dallon, while Gamerband launched in late September and to-date claims 4,000 beta testers. Gambersband is an interesting proposition in that it’s targeting video gamers with a social network… Read More

  • Quno exits stealth to get UK rail travellers booking online

    Quno, part of global travel technology group SilverRail Technologies, has exited stealth with the simple aim of bringing airline ticket-style booking to rail journeys in the belief that existing offerings are too unwieldy, displaying a mix of complex fares, times and information. This is, of course, perhaps a reflection of the industry itself but either way, Quno believes it’s impacting… Read More

  • Stream UK levels with the Enterprise

    Stream UK, which provides streaming services for the likes of GMG Radio (Real Radio, Smooth Radio and Rock Radio) and BBC World service, has turned its attention to the Enterprise market. Specifically, the Camden, London-based company is partnering with CDN provider Level 3 Communications to offer a joint live-streaming solution for enterprise customers using Adobe HTTP Dynamic Streaming. Read More

  • Julian Ranger's DAD app hopes to set your digital assets free

    There’s no doubt that managing and sharing digital assets – photos, videos, music, contacts and other documents – around the home or indeed with friends and family can be a pain. Services such as Dropbox and SugarSync have gone someway to address this problem but, arguably, the problem hasn’t yet been solved. In fact, by some estimates, digital data is increasing… Read More

  • sees U.S. launch – find the cheapest mp3s, the UK mp3 price comparison website, has today launched in the U.S., along with being given a much needed design overhaul. Starting out as a sort of Kelko-for-mp3s, the site launched to offer a one stop destination for comparing music download prices – surprisingly, they can vary quite a lot. To make the U.S. roll out possible, CompareDownload has tied up deals… Read More

  • Fyesta launches as a European Plancast, aims to tap the "intention web"

    Starting with the simple question “What are you doing next?“, the newly launched, developed by Germany’s Blue Oceans Labs, lets users share their upcoming travel and event plans with select friends or to make them even more public so that they can be discovered further afield. The service hopes to tap into a sentiment its founders are calling the… Read More

  • Official: Lovefilm comes to PlayStation 3

    Lovefilm, the European Netflix, has announced that its movie streaming service is coming to Sony’s PlayStation 3 games console. A YouTube video leak, quickly pulled, had been widely circulated in the blogosphere earlier this week so it comes as no surprise. It’s also in line with the ramping up of Lovefilm’s digital strategy as it, like Netflix in the States, slowly begins… Read More

  • Today's News: a slick unofficial iPad app for The Guardian newspaper

    When The Guardian newspaper released its Open API, interesting and potentially cool things were bound to happen. Developers love great content and great content loves smart developers. We’d previously gushed over Today’s Guardian developed by Phil Gyford, a web app that we described as The Guardian newspaper re-imagined for the iPad, even though strictly speaking it… Read More

  • O2 UK rolls out Jajah-powered offering, hopes to double market share of overseas calls

    Telefonica-owned O2 UK, the largest mobile operator in the country with over 20 million customers, is rolling out ‘International Favorites’, a new low cost international calling service with the aim to double its market share of overseas calls. Unsurprisingly, it’s powered by Jajah, the VoIP company its parent Telefonica Europe purchased last December for 145 million Euros. Read More

  • Veebeam raises $6 million for its wireless PC-to-TV solution

    With the deluge of Internet-connected TVs and consumer-facing set-top boxes hitting the market, not to mention the soon-to-launch YouView IPTV platform in the U.K., it seems inevitable that sometimes kludgy and niche PC-to-TV solutions will continue to be squeezed. Why involve a PC for getting Internet video onto the television, if it’s not necessary. But that not stopping a whole host… Read More

  • Stealthiest recruitment campaign yet? Agency makes Facebook Places land grab before launch

    We’ve seen quite a few ingenious ways to use the Web for recruitment or to land a job. The Daily Mail newspaper’s job advert in its search engine-targeted robot.txt immediately springs to mind as does the ad man who bought up Google Adwords spots next to the names of six ad executives he wanted to work with. But the following effort from German digital marketing agency Jung von… Read More

  • Hold the front page: Financial Times on iPad does a cool £1m in ad revenue

    Could it be that the iPad and its ilk are the savior of the newspaper industry? The jury’s still out but today’s news that the Financial Times’ iPad app has generated a cool £1 million in ad revenue since its launch in May does bode quite well, at least in relation to the FT itself. That figure comes from the paper’s own deputy chief executive Ben Hughes as revealed at… Read More

  • Confused BusinessWeek report: INQ planning a Spotify phone, may integrate Facebook too

    INQ, the British handset maker and wholly owned subsidiary of Hutchison Whampoa (who also own mobile network 3), are working on a “Spotify phone”. Or so says BusinessWeek in a report that seems to be somewhat confused. It’s not a particularly new story – both INQ and Spotify share an investor in Li Ka-shing (who also owns a stake in Facebook) – but this time… Read More

  • Octopus and YFM invest £3.95m in Bluebell, incorporates Callstream along the way

    Octopus Investments and YFM Private Equity have announced a £3.95m joint investment in Bluebell Telecom who will use the new funding to expand and, in particular, incorporate Callstream, the inbound telephony specialist, into a newly formed Bluebell Telecom Group. Callstream’s technology provides customers with “cost effective management of external and internal… Read More

  • Shock! Nokia ships latest smartphone before we've all forgotten about it

    Say what you will about the state of Nokia, Europe’s favourite Finnish handset maker, but no one will disagree that its product launch strategy over the years has been the very opposite of Apple’s. Whereas Steve Jobs likes to start shipping a product within weeks – if not the same day – of an announcement, a typical Nokia launch goes something like this: First, a… Read More

  • Videoplaza partners with the UK's Dennis Publishing

    Videoplaza, the video ad server startup, has announced a partnership with leading UK consumer publisher Dennis Publishing, whose magazine titles include Maxim, Evo, Auto Express and Kontraband. Videoplaza will help Dennis grow and better monetise its video inventory. Specifically, Videoplaza’s ‘Monetizer’ product has been chosen for its ability to target video advertising… Read More

  • 1TouchTaxi gets an extra large tip from T-Venture and e42

    T-Venture, the venture capital arm of Deutsche Telekom, and e42, have invested in the taxi booking system 1TouchTaxi developed by German startup Intelligent Apps. The terms remain undisclosed. Currently limited to Hamburg, 1TouchTaxi is a smartphone-based system that lets customers hail and book a taxi via the mobile web and the company’s Android and iPhone apps. The new funding from… Read More

  • Heavily funded Smilebox brings its photo service to the UK

    Smilebox, the U.S. photo and video sharing service that lets users create greeting ‘cards’, slideshows, scrapbooks, collages and the like, has officially launched in the U.K. This comes after the heavily funded company’s most recent “follow-on” round where it raised $2m specifically for international expansion. Its previous series B round in December 2007 led… Read More