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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  • LoveYourLarder wants to be an Etsy-for-foodies

    LoveYourLarder, which soft-launched late last year, is pitching itself as an “Etsy-for-foodies”. It’s an apt reference since the site offers users a way to discover and buy hard-to-find ingredients or “artisan” food and drink from independent producers in the UK. Like Etsy, it’s also a classic long tail play in that it aggregates the products of those who… Read More

  • WorldTV sees full launch, flicks switch on in-app store for premium features

    After fours years of tweaking and pivoting, WorldTV, which brings a TV channel-viewing experience to online video publishing, finally thinks it has the model right and is flicking the switch on an in-app store for à la carte premium features. The ‘friends and family’-funded company has been cashflow positive since 2009 but after experimenting with an ad-supported model, which… Read More

  • Old Skool vs New Skool – Napster's Spotify competitor goes mobile in the UK

    Music streaming services are are becoming a dime a dozen, and that’s before we factor in the expected launch of Apple’s own cloud music offering. Today, Best Buy-owned Napster, the Old Skool player of yesteryear (by brand name only) has unleashed its mobile apps here in the UK. Like Spotify, We7 and a raft of European and U.S. music streaming services, Napster Unlimited plus… Read More

  • ViewsHound introduces revenue sharing for its crowd-sourced news site

    Just two weeks after launch, ViewsHound, the crowd-sourced news site with daily prizes, has introduced a revenue share option for contributors. Instead of just being in with a chance of winning a part of the site’s daily prize fund for the best articles, photos and cartoons contributed, in a move similar to UK competitor Blottr, users can now get a share of advertising revenue – I… Read More

  • Netcycler swaps an old idea for a slightly better one

    Netcycler, the online swapping site, has seen its UK launch. Up until now the service, which is a European competitor to US-based, has been available in Finland first in March 2010, followed by Germany a few months later. As of this month, however, Brits can use the site to start recycling unwanted items for things they do want – and apparently we’re pretty good at doing… Read More

  • ShareMyPlaylists lands on iPad ahead of the mothership connection

    ShareMyPlaylists, the music social network built on top of Spotify with the specific purpose of sharing playlists, has landed on the iPad. Interestingly, this is before the European music streaming service has its own dedicated app for Apple’s tablet. That’s perhaps a little odd (or preemptive) considering how closely the two services are tied, although ShareMyPlaylists founder… Read More

  • Dragontape brings its YouTube and SoundCloud remix app to iPad

    Dragontape, which lets users create ‘mixtapes’ of their favorite YouTube videos and SoundCloud recordings, has landed on Apple’s iPad, a device which benefits the service’s realtime editing functionality. As other video editing or remix style apps on the iPad have shown, a large touch screen device and accompanying OS has the potential to make the cutting, editing… Read More

  • Simfy raises €10m for its "German Spotify' – guns international expansion

    Simfy, the so-called German Spotify, has raised an additional €10m from existing investors, including Earlybird, NRW Bank, Dumont Venture and Klaus Wecken. That brings its funding to date to €18 million. The new funds will be used to consolidate its leading position in German-speaking countries – the music streaming service operates in Germany, Austria and Switzerland – as well… Read More

  • 9flats, the European Airbnb, secures 'major investment' from Silicon Valley's Redpoint

    9flats, the peer to peer apartment rentals site (or Airbnb-clone), has secured a “major investment round” led by Silicon Valley VC firm Redpoint Ventures. European-based eVenture Capital Partners also participated. Terms of the deal aren’t being disclosed although 9flats says this brings its total funding to $10m just six months after the startup was founded. The new round… Read More

  • Tradeshift raises $7m for its 'Skype for invoicing' and wider B2B play

    Tradeshift, the free invoicing platform and wider play to become the de facto social network for “B2B communications and processes”, has raised a $7m round from Notion Capital. As we’ve previously reported, the Denmark and London, UK-based startup was rumoured to be courting VC funding at an $80-100 million valuation after scoring angel investment from former MySQL CEO… Read More

  • adds video answers to its European Formspring, a European Formspring competitor, has added video answers to its conversational Q&A service. Rather than answering questions in text, the browser-based feature lets anybody with a webcam record and upload an answer in video to questions sent to their profile, which can be from other members or submitted anonymously. It’s pretty straightforward, with the… Read More

  • Doodle sees "partial exit" as Swiss publisher Tamedia buys 49% stake

    Swiss publisher Tamedia has acquired a 49% stake in Doodle, the Zurich-based online service that enables users to schedule meetings and appointments. Described as a “partial exit” by Doodle CEO Michael Näf, the deal also sees German VC firm Creathor Venture sell its share in the company, although terms are not being disclosed. Read More

  • Navmii locates 2 million users, pushes 300,000 updates to OpenSteetMap

    Navmii, maker of Navmii GPS Live, the low-cost Sat-Nav solution for iOS, along with the free OpenStreetMap-powered NavFree, has announced that it has garnered more than 2 million users in 12 months. But more interesting is that Navmii users have contributed over 300,000 updates to the ‘Wikipedia of maps’ OpenStreetMap project, a trend that is on course to make NavFree “as… Read More

  • Kwaga launches WriteThat.Name to semantically update Gmail contacts

    Kwaga, which offers a semantic toolkit to help manage email, has launched WriteThat.Name, a new product designed to help users keep their Gmail contacts up-to-date. It does this by employing semantic technology to read the email signatures of incoming messages, noting any changes to included contact details. After all, if a contact changes their phone number or place of work, for example… Read More

  • InMobi signs "multi-million dollar" mobile ad partnership with Amobee

    Independent mobile ad network InMobi has signed a “multi-million dollar” partnership with Amobee, which provides “end-to-end mobile advertising solutions and services”. The partnership will span three years, in which several million will pass hands as Amobee runs campaigns via InMobi’s ad network, giving a potential reach of 300 million consumers across 200 countries. Read More

  • No lock-in here – WiMP calls for industry to support playlist import/export

    The more time (and money) that you invest in a music streaming service like Spotify, building playlists, adding favourites and so forth, the more locked in to that service you potentially become. But it doesn’t have to be that way, says Scandinavian competitor WiMP (operated by Aspiro), which today introduces import and export of playlists along with a call to the industry to settle on… Read More

  • Did Microsoft overpay for Skype? Hell yes — by $4.5 billion

    With Microsoft having confirmed its acquisition of Skype, sources tell TechCrunch Europe that Redmond outbid its closest rival, Google, by almost two-to-one. Meanwhile, Facebook is said to have never been in the running. According to a source who claims knowledge of talks held between all parties, Google came in second at a price of $4B, while Microsoft will be paying $8.5B. This suggests… Read More

  • BehavioSec raises €1m for behavior-based identity theft prevention

    BehavioSec, a security startup spun out of research at Sweden’s Luleå Technical University, has raised €1 million in a round led by Conor Venture Partners, Partnerinvest Norr and Innovationsbron. Previous investors, Lunova, PNF Venture Capital and Norrlandsfonden also participated. The new funding will be used to accelerate the company’s expansion into international markets and… Read More

  • StylistPick appoints ex-Marie Claire editor as co-founder before competitors turn up the heat

    As the competition looks set to turn up the heat, StylistPick, the fashion buying site backed by Accel Partners and Index Ventures, has appointed ex-UK editor of Marie Claire, Juliet Warkentin, as Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder. Most recently, Warkentin was Content Director at style trend analysis firm WGSN, while prior to this she has also held the role of Internet director at… Read More

  • CrowdEngineering raises $4m for enterprise-friendly crowdsourcing

    CrowdEngineering, which is based in Southern Italy and the U.S. and provides “enterprise-class crowdsourcing solutions”, has announced that it has closed a $4 million Series A round co-led by Quantica SGR and Digital Investments SCA SICAR, the latter of which was already a seed investor. The new funds will be used to consolidate the company’s position in the markets that… Read More