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

WeGift, the digital rewards platform, raises £4M Series A

WeGift, the U.K. startup that has developed a platform to let businesses easily issue e-gift cards and other digital rewards, has closed £4 million in Series A funding. Leading the round is Stride.VC

Used car marketplace Motorway picks up £11M Series A

Motorway, the U.K. used car marketplace, has raised £11 million in Series A funding. Leading the round is Marchmont Ventures, the fund managed by Hugo Burge and Alan Martin (the former CEO and CFO of

Monzo, the UK challenger bank, raises £113M Series F led by YC’s Continuity fund at a £2B post-money valuation

Monzo, the fast-growing U.K.-based challenger bank with more than two million account holders, has raised £113 million (~$144m) in additional funding. Confirming TechCrunch’s scoop in April, th

Echo, the medication management app, has been acquired by LloydsPharmacy-owner McKesson

Echo, the U.K. startup that offers an app to help you manage your medication and order repeat prescriptions for delivery, has been acquired by healthcare company McKesson, owner of LloydsPharmacy. Ter

Berlin’s Cherry Ventures raises new €175M fund to back early-stage startups across Europe

Cherry Ventures, the Berlin-based investor that backs European companies predominantly at seed-stage, has raised a third fund. The new “Cherry Ventures III” has closed at €175 million an

Sources: J.P. Morgan working on a secretive digital banking project based out of London

A number of incumbent banks are known to be developing new digital-first products in a bid to keep the new wave of challenger banks at bay and now it appears that the latest to make that move is J.P.

Cleo, the London-based fintech, has quietly taken debt financing from US-based TriplePoint Capital

Cleo, the London-based “digital assistant” that wants to replace your banking apps, has quietly taken venture debt from U.S.-based TriplePoint Capital, according to a regulatory filing. The amount

After Loot runs out of cash, founder and 17 team members join RBS’ digital bank Bó

Ollie Purdue, the founder of Loot, the current account aimed at millennials that went into administration last month after running out of cash, is joining Bó, the digital bank being developed by RBS-

Monzo, the UK challenger bank with over 2 million users, expands to the US

Monzo, the U.K. challenger bank with more than two million customers and a unicorn valuation to go with it, has formally announced its U.S. expansion. The tentative move — which TechCrunch excl

Emma, the London-based money management app, launches in the US and Canada

Emma, the U.K. money management app (now calling itself your “best financial friend”), has launched in the United States and Canada — and is now one of a plethora of London fintechs venturin

Curve, the all-your-cards-in-one banking app, introduces 1% instant cashback with Curve Cash

Curve, the London fintech that now describes itself as an “over-the-top banking platform,” is unveiling a re-vamped cashback feature in a bid to draw in more customers for the premium vers

Bux raises additional $12.5M as it gears up to launch ‘zero-commission’ investing app

Bux, the Amsterdam-based trading app that wants to make investing fun, has picked up an additional $12.5 million in new funding. Venture capital firms Velocity Capital and Holtzbrinck Ventures led the

Funderbeam, the funding and trading platform for private companies, scores $4.5M Series A

Funderbeam, the funding and trading platform for private companies founded by Kaidi Ruusalepp, who was previously CEO of the Nasdaq Tallinn stock exchange, has raised $4.5 million in Series A funding.

Crane, a new early-stage London VC focused on ‘intelligent’ enterprise startups, raises $90M fund

Crane Venture Partners, a newish London-based early-stage VC targeting what it calls “intelligent” enterprise startups, is officially outing today. Founded by Scott Sage and Krishna Visvan

Infarm closes $100M Series B to scale its ‘urban farming platform’

Infarm, the Berlin-based startup that has developed vertical farming tech for grocery stores and restaurants, is disclosing $100 million in in Series B investment. The round is led by London VC Atomic

Lilium, the ambitious German air taxi company, picks London for its new software engineering base

Lilium, the ambitious Munich-based startup developing an all-electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) device, has announced that London is to be its new software engineering base, flying in the f

Spacemaker scores $25M Series A to let property developers use AI

Spacemaker, a Norway-based startup that’s created AI software to help property developers and architects make better design decisions, has picked up $25 million in Series A funding. The round is

Unmortgage, the ‘part own, part rental’ housing startup, loses founder and CEO

Unmortgage, the London-based startup that wants to let people buy as little as 5% of a home and rent the rest, has lost its founder and CEO, TechCrunch has learned. According to a regulatory filing on

Zyper, the marketing platform that connects brands with their ‘superfans,’ raises $6.5M Series A

Zyper, the London-based marketing platform that connects brands with their “superfans,” has raised $6.5 million in Series A funding. The new round, which brings Zyper’s total funding to

Getsafe, the German insurance app, scores $17M Series A

Getsafe, the German insurance startup targeting millennials, has raised $17 million (€15m) in a Series A funding. The round is led by Earlybird, with CommerzVentures and other existing investors als
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