Steve O'Hear

Steve O'Hear

Writer

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

OurPeople, the team communication and engagement platform, raises $2M

OurPeople, the U.K. startup that’s built a team communication and engagement platform for deskless workers, has raised $2 million in Series A funding. Leading the round is Alpine Meridian, an in

Sophia Bendz is leaving Atomico to join Berlin-based seed firm Cherry Ventures

More personnel changes in European early-stage VC. This time it’s the latest career move of former Spotify global director of marketing Sophia Bendz, who is leaving Atomico to join Berlin’

TransferWise to offer investment products but has ‘no plans’ to become a bank

TransferWise, the London-headquartered international money transfer service recently valued at $3.5 billion, has secured an additional license with U.K. regulators to enable it to offer investment pro

Willa secures $3M from EQT Ventures to let freelancers get paid immediately

Willa, the Sweden and U.S.-based fintech that wants to help freelancers request payment and get paid immediately for a fee, has raised $3 million in funding. The company’s founders are former ea

Berlin’s DeepSpin raises seed funding for its ‘portable, ultra-low-cost’ MRI system

DeepSpin, a Berlin-based startup that is developing what it describes as a “next-generation, AI-powered MRI imaging machine,” has raised €600,000 in seed funding. Backing the round is AP

Connect Ventures outs $80M third fund to back ‘product-led’ seed-stage founders

Connect Ventures, the London-based seed-stage VC that was an early investor in Citymapper and Typeform — and more recently backed scaling startups such as Curve and TrueLayer — is announci

France’s api.video raises $5.5M to make it easier for developers to add video features

Api.video, a “developer-first” video platform that makes it easier for websites and apps to add video features, has raised $5.5 million in a seed round led by London venture capital firm B

Hoxton Ventures’ partners assess Europe’s early-stage landscape

"We’re largely hands off with our companies, but I think almost all the founders we pick tend to do the right thing and have a broader perspective on society."

London fintech Curve to power Samsung Pay Card in the UK

Curve, the London fintech that is re-bundling various financial products by letting you consolidate all your bank cards into a single card and app, is partnering with Samsung in the U.K. to power its

Zopa granted full UK bank license as it gears up to launch savings account and credit card

Zopa, the 15-year-old peer-to-peer lending company, is announcing that it has been awarded its full U.K. bank licence, as it gears up to launch a fixed-term savings account, followed by a credit car

Accelerated Digital Ventures’ future is in flux after founders lose board seats

The future of Accelerated Digital Ventures (ADV), the U.K. early-stage investment firm now majority owned by Legal & General, is in flux after three of its founders have lost their seat on the boa

Mapillary, the crowdsourced database of street-level imagery, has been acquired by Facebook

Mapillary, the Swedish startup that wants to take on Google and others in mapping the world via a crowdsourced database of street-level imagery, has been acquired by Facebook, according to the company

With three unicorns under its belt, Hoxton Ventures outs ~$100M second fund

Hoxton Ventures, the London-based early-stage VC firm best known for backing British unicorns Babylon Health, Darktrace and Deliveroo, is announcing its second fund, which has closed at a little less

Fly Ventures raises new €53M fund to back seed-stage enterprise and deep tech startups in Europe

Fly Ventures, the Berlin-based VC that invests in seed-stage European startups within enterprise and deep tech, has raised a new €53 million fund. The firm writes initial cheques of between €500,0

Onna, the ‘knowledge integration platform’ for workplace apps, raises $27M Series B

Onna, the “knowledge integration platform” (KIP) that counts Dropbox and Slack as backers, has raised $27 million in Series B funding. Leading the round is Atomico, with participation from

European VC firm Pale Blue Dot plans to fund 40 ‘planet-positive’ startups

Pale Blue Dot, a newly outed European venture capital firm focused on climate tech, announced this week the first closing of its debut fund at €53 million. Targeting pre-seed and seed stage startups

Pale Blue Dot is a new early-stage fund backing ‘climate-focused’ startups in Europe

Pale Blue Dot, a new “climate only” venture capital firm located in Malmö, Sweden, is officially de-cloaking today, with a first close of €53 million. Primarily targeting startups in Eu

Monzo confirms £60M down round, with a new pre-money valuation of £1.24B

Monzo, the U.K. challenger bank with more than 4 million customers, has confirmed it has closed £60 million in top-up funding. Backing the round are existing investors Y Combinator, General Catalyst,

TransferGo raises $10M additional funding, launches in 11 new markets

TransferGo, the London-based international money transfer service, has raised another $10 million in funding, as it discloses that its customer numbers have surpassed two million. The round was co-led

Byta, the private music sharing service for pre-releases and more, raises seed round

Byta, the music sharing service for pre-releases and other use cases where there is a need to share sound files privately, has picked up around $1.4 million in seed funding. The round was led by the C
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