Steve O'Hear

Steve O'Hear

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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.

Disclaimer: Steve owns a small amount of cryptocurrency, and doesn’t generally write about crypto currencies. If and when he does, he will always disclose any potential conflict of interest.

The Latest from Steve O'Hear

Atomico co-founder and partner Mattias Ljungman is leaving to start his own seed fund

Changes are afoot at European VC Atomico, with news breaking that long-time partner Mattias Ljungman is leaving to raise his own seed fund. TechCrunch understands that staff at the London-headquartere

ContractPodAi scores $55M for its ‘AI-powered’ contract management software

ContractPodAi, a London-based startup that has developed what it describes as AI-powered contract lifecycle management software, is disclosing $55 million in Series B funding. The round is led by U.S.

Billie raises €30M for its B2B invoicing and payments platform

Billie, the Berlin-based fintech startup that offers a B2B invoicing and payments platform, has raised €30 million in Series B funding. Leading the round is Creandum, alongside SpeedInvest, Rocket I

Raisin picks up $28M backing from Goldman Sachs for its savings and investment marketplace

Raisin, the fintech startup that offers a pan-European marketplace for savings and investment products, has picked up additional funding. Goldman Sachs has invested $28 million (€25 million), follow

Curve, the ‘over-the-top’ banking platform, raises $55M at a $250M valuation

Curve, the London-based “over-the-top banking platform,” has raised $55 million in new funding. The startup lets you consolidate all of your bank cards into a single Curve card and app to make

Hero Labs raises £2.5M for its ultrasonic device to monitor a property’s water use and prevent leaks

Hero Labs, a London-based startup that is developing “smart” technology to help prevent water leaks in U.K. properties, has raised £2.5 million in seed funding. The round is led by Earthw

City Pantry, the UK corporate catering marketplace, has been acquired by Just Eat for £16M

City Pantry, the office catering marketplace that lets you order in food for staff, company events and meetings, has been acquired by takeout marketplace and delivery giant Just Eat. The price is desc

Dataform scores $2M to build an ‘operating system’ for data warehouses

Dataform, a U.K. company started by ex-Googlers that wants to make it easier for businesses to manage their data warehouses, has picked up $2 million in funding. Leading the round is LocalGlobe, with

Unmortgage, the ‘part own, part rental’ housing startup, has secured a £500M fund partnership with AllianzGI

Unmortgage, the London-based startup that lets you buy as little as 5% of a home and rent the rest, has announced a partnership with Allianz Global Investors (AllianzGI) to create a new fund to be use

Staffbase, the mobile-first employee communication and ‘experience’ platform, raises $23M Series C

Staffbase, a mobile-first platform that enables employees to communicate, access work-related services and stay updated with company information, has raised $23 million in Series C funding. The invest

Habito, the digital mortgage broker, will begin direct lending via its own mortgages

Habito, the London startup that has spent the last three years dragging the mortgage process online, is to begin direct lending via its own range of mortgages. Starting with ‘buy to let’ m

DigitalBridge raises £3M for its ‘guided design tool’ for kitchens and bathrooms

DigitalBridge, the Manchester, U.K.-based startup using technology to help solve the “imagination gap” when planning home renovations, has picked up £3 million in new backing. The round i

Wind Mobility raises additional $50M and unveils new e-scooter hardware designed for rentals

Wind Mobility, the Berlin and Barcelona-based micromobility startup that operates e-scooter rentals in Europe, Israel and Asia, is disclosing $50 million in Series A funding. The new round is backed b

Soldo scores $61M Series B for its ‘spend management’ platform for businesses

Soldo, the U.K. fintech that offers a multi-user spending account for businesses, has closed $61 million in Series B funding. Leading the round is Battery Ventures and Dawn Capital, with participation

Swedish ‘neobank’ P.F.C. picks up €5M backing from Nordic banking giant Nordea

P.F.C. (Personal Finance Co.), a so-called “neobank” founded in Sweden, has raised €5 million in funding. Backing the young company is Nordea, the largest bank in the Nordics region. In

Klaus, the ‘conversation review’ tool for support teams, picks up $1.9M seed

“No bad conversations between companies and their customers is what we’re shooting for,” Kair Käsper tells me. He’s the head of Growth of a relatively new startup called Klaus

Cubyn raises €12M Series B to let e-merchants outsource fulfilment

Cubyn, the Paris-based logistics startup that lets e-merchants outsource fulfillment and delivery logistics, has raised €12 million in new funding. The round is led by DN Capital, with participation

Podimo raises €6M to become Europe’s ‘Netflix for podcasts’

Podimo, a Copenhagen-based startup building what it hopes will become Europe’s “Netflix for podcasts,” has raised €6 million in seed funding prior to launch. The round is co-led by

Sources: Currencycloud, the API for cross-border payments, has raised ~£32M in first part of a Series E round

Currencycloud, the provider of an API and service for cross-border payments that is used by a host of fintechs and larger companies, including most recently Visa, has closed the first part in a round

Flux, the digital receipts and rewards platform, adds support for online takeout marketplace Just Eat

Flux, the London fintech that offers a platform for banks and merchants to power digital receipts and rewards, has unveiled its first partnership with an online-only merchant. The London-based company
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