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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  • Cardcloud wants to take business cards online by adding location and context

    Cardcloud launches (or relaunches) today as another take on the virtual business card. Its app, which runs on iPhone and in the browser, is built on top of the vCard standard so enabling cards to be exchanged across multiple platforms – a bit like ‘beaming’ cards to a Palm Pilot back in the day – but it’s the bespoke features of Cardcloud that potentially make… Read More

  • Metabar, the 'Russian Conduit', raises $1m for its browser bar builder

    Metabar, a Russian competitor to browser bar builder Conduit, has raised $1m from local seed-stage VC firm Runa Capital. Metabar’s platform is designed to enable publishers to create a browser bar-type app without having to write code. This can include content from their site, such as a news ticker or headlines, instant notifications to new content or even games. Additionally, the… Read More

  • SilverRail raises further $5m for its passenger rail ticketing platform

    SilverRail Technologies, the passenger rail ticketing platform, has raised a further $5m in a round led by PAR Captial. Previous investors include Sutter Hill, Grandbanks Capital, Brook Ventures and Accel Partners, with the London and Boston-based company having already raised $9 million in a series A round. SilverRail’s non-trivial mission is to consolidate the world’s rail… Read More

  • Yandex bringing maps in-house – Moscow first to launch

    Russia’s leading search engine Yandex has announced that its now building its own maps courtesy of its purchase of mapping data provider GIS Technologies and associated licenses last year. The first digital map built in-house is a detailed map of Moscow and the Moscow region. It shows two times as many buildings as its previous editions, while users can see recently built apartment… Read More

  • Spotify, the American Dream, and why freemium is a broken record

    There’s a certain irony that just two days after the who’s-who of the London startup scene were out toasting Spotify as the Telegraph newspaper’s inaugural #startup100 winner, the music streaming service announces an about turn and all but begins ditching its non-paying users. It looks like free music doesn’t pay after all. Then again, it’s not like the UK… Read More

  • Russia's Yandex launches startup investment program – international projects may apply

    Russia’s leading search engine Yandex has launched a new investment program for Russian startups as well as those from further afield. The Yandex.Factory will invest “up to hundreds of thousands US dollars” in startups from Russia, the CIS region or, basically, anywhere that have demonstrated potential in their seed or early investment stage. Read More

  • KashFlow wants to make a monkey of email marketing, integrates with MailChimp

    In today’s world of cloud computing, the ‘small pieces, loosely joined’ approach is very often the only sensible one for small to medium-sized businesses on a budget. And so it’s always nice to see two Software-as-a-Service offerings come together, especially when they bridge the Atlantic. Such is the case with today’s announcement that the UK’s KashFlow… Read More

  • Dailyplaces ups the social – adds realtime chat to locations

    Dailyplaces, the social recommendation service for places, has upped the social today by adding realtime chat to its iPhone and Android apps. Dubbed ‘Places Chat’, users can communicate directly and in realtime with other users that are checked-in at the same location. Additionally, it’s possible to chat with other users that aren’t nearby via a user’s friend-list. Read More

  • StylistPick secures $8m in Series A to expand its monthly fashion offers

    Proof that online fashion remains a hot space, StylistPick, the fashion buying site that offers members a personalised offer each month, has raised $8 million in a Series A round co-led by Accel Partners and Index Ventures. Founded in 2010, Stylistpick offers a neat take on the fashion club model: Customers signup to StylistPick and are asked to take a short quiz to “identify their… Read More

  • WorkSnug secures funding, locates nine Angels

    WorkSnug, the location-based service for mobile workers, has raised £110k in funding from nine UK-based Angel investors. Yes, you read that correct, nine separate investors, which seems a little extreme for what from the outside looks like a seed round. However, in actual fact, WorkSnug has generated revenue almost from the get-go through partnerships with Plantronics, Cisco, Skype and… Read More

  • Huddlebuy, the 'Groupon-for-small-businesses', raises £350k in Angel funding

    Is there no end to the group buying craze? It seems not and today news comes that Huddlebuy, the ‘Groupon for small businesses’, has raised £350,000 in Angel funding. Those that participated in the round include Alex Chesterman, co-founder of LoveFilm and Zoopla, and well-known Angel Sherry Coutu. UK-based Huddlebuy is founded by Per Larsen (ex-Apple), Chieu Cao (ex-Microsoft)… Read More

  • Get the shots ready – Mail.Ru announces the Russian Code Cup

    When I first heard about Mail.Ru’s “Russian Code Cup“, I was instantly reminded of that scene in The Social Network whereby Mark Zuckerberg is interviewing for a programing intern for Facebook. Two candidates are fighting it out for the position in a hackathon/drinking game in which they have to drink shots every 10 lines of code and every 3 minutes or something like that. Read More

  • Acton invests in German e-commerce platform Yatego

    Yatego, the German e-commerce platform, has received investment from Acton Capital Partners. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, although the remaining share capital is held solely by the company’s management. Yatego says it will use the funding to accelerate growth and improve its offering to retailers and consumers. Founded in 2003, the St. Georgen, Germany-headquartered… Read More

  • Mancx launches as a LinkedIn Answers with bounties attached

    Described as a “transactional knowledge market”, Mancx has launched today as a sort of classified ads site for business intelligence. Or to think of it another way: a kind of paid-for LinkedIn Answers where each request for specific information comes attached with a bounty. In fact, Mancx offers users the option of linking their LinkedIn accounts for additional credibility, while… Read More

  • Metaswitch Networks acquires Colibria to help operators turn up the heat in mobile messaging

    Norway-headquartered Colibria, which provides instant messaging, presence and network address book solutions to the mobile industry, has been acquired by Metaswitch Networks, which also offers services and applications to operators. The terms aren’t being disclosed. Colibria has previously received investment from Verdane Capital, Ferd Venture, and Bjørgvin. Colibria provides… Read More

  • Online travel company raises $5m

    Russia’s, the online travel company and hotel aggregator, has raised $5m. The round was led by Mangrove Capital, while ABRT and French fund Ventech VC also participated. Additionally, the founder of OLX, Fabrice Grinda and Jose Marin of IG Expansion will be joining the board. The new investment will be used by Oktogo to pick up more Russian hotels as customers (7,000… Read More

  • Mobile ad network madvertise puts down roots in UK, Spain and Italy

    Mobile ad network madvertise is continuing its European expansion, opening dedicated offices in London, Barcelona, Madrid and Milan. That’s because the Berlin-headquartered startup is seeing 35% of its revenues coming from international campaigns, coupled with the fact that ad sales, even online, need a certain amount of actual feet on the ground. This is especially true if… Read More

  • HouseTrip raises $2.7m from Index Ventures, relaunches today

    HouseTrip, the holiday lettings marketplace, has raised $2.7m from Index Ventures. The deal was led by Index co-founder Neil Rimer who will also take a seat on HouseTrip’s board. This paves the way for a major relaunch of the site that has gone live today. Established in late 2009, HouseTrip is another play in the holiday apartments space. It lets homeowners put up their holiday homes… Read More

  • Tech City Launchpad – £1m in match-funding for startups in Silicon Roundabout

    The UK’s Technology Strategy Board has unveiled a new £1m fund to support “digital businesses” in the Tech City area around Old Street and Shoreditch in east London (‘Silicon Roundabout’ to you and me). The initiative will be announced by Universities and Science Minister David Willetts, while visiting the co-working space and startup community TechHub. The Tech… Read More

  • Two is better than one? Bigpoint appoints co-CEO

    Why have one CEO when you can have two, right? That’s the thinking behind Bigpoint, the Hamburg-based online gaming company, which today announced that it has appointed Arthur Bastings as co-CEO. He’ll share the title with Bigpoint’s founder and CEO Heiko Hubertz. Bastings will join the executive team in Hamburg, while Hubertz will focus on international expansion in the U.S. Read More