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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  • Online pawn broker Borro raises £7.5m led by Augmentum Capital

    Online pawn broker Borro has raised £7.5m in a round led by Augmentum Capital, the growth capital fund launched by Tim Levene and Richard Mathews. Existing investors Eden Ventures and Rockridge Investments have also participated, while the new investment will be used by Borro to “aggressively drive new customer acquisition” and raise awareness of the company’s offering. Read More

  • Email ad network ividence raises $4.2 million in Series A

    Ividence, the email ad network, has raised $4.2 million in a series A round from A Plus Finance, the Paris-based investment fund. The new capital will be used by the company to consolidate its position in France and to accelerate international expansion, including hiring “around 20 people” in 2011. Read More

  • Diagnosia aims to make medicine information easier to swallow

    There’s a plethora of medical advice and information about drugs and treatment online. But separating the wheat from the chaff can be somewhat of a problem. Enter Diagnosia, a newly launched startup that is aiming to become “Europeʻs premier drug search engine” by providing a safe place for people looking up medicine information. Curiously, perhaps, it’s aimed at… Read More

  • Photocollect offers a way to create photo and video albums around events

    Somewhat similar to one-man shop Yogile, Photocollect offers a way for a group of people to upload and share photos related to an event. In addition, the site supports (up to) HD video. And although the service is currently web-based, a dedicated iPhone app is in limbo waiting for Apple’s App Store approval. Read More

  • Social recruitment site Bright Network secures £300k in Angel funding

    Bright Network, the social recruitment site, has secured £300k in investment from a consortium of angels. They include the VC and former chairman of Sage, Michael Jackson, and Zach Miles, a former CEO of Vedior, the recruitment company that was acquired for €3.5 billion by Randstad. Both Jackson and Miles will join Bright Network’s board, while Jackson will also become Chairman. The… Read More

  • BaseKit raises a further $6.5m for its website creation service

    BaseKit, which lets designers build websites without the need to write code, has secured a further $6.5m in funding from Nauta Capital, Eden Ventures and NESTA. This follows a previous A round in June of last year, bringing the total raised by the UK-based company to just over $10m. The funding will be used by BaseKit to “rapidly expand its global reach” and open new offices… Read More

  • Can I get a receipt for that? Plendi secures €50k seed investment from Enterprise Ireland

    Irish startup Plendi, which helps people track their business expenses using their mobiles, has secured a €50,000 seed investment from Enterprise Ireland’s Internet and Games Competitive Start Fund. The Dublin-based company, whose launch we covered 4 months ago, is a sort of Mechanical Turk for transcribing paper receipts. Available for iPhone and Android, the app works as follows… Read More

  • Collective buys online video ad network Web TV Enterprise

    U.S. online ad network Collective, which recently opened its doors in the UK, has acquired Web TV Enterprise, which claims to be the UK’s largest premium online video ad network. Details of the deal weren’t disclosed. It follows just weeks after Collective bought video advertising platform Oggifinogi. Web TV Enterprise has been in the video on-demand advertising space since 2006… Read More

  • MobiCart secures $500k seed round

    MobiCart, the free service lets users build a native storefront for Apple’s iOS, has secured a $500,000 seed funding round with participation from the UK’s Finance for Business North East Angel Fund. The new investment will be used to expand the company’s offering, which will add support for Android in the next eight weeks, with Blackberry and Windows Mobile to come later… Read More

  • 7digital bags new Radiohead album as a download exclusive

    This is quite a coup for 7digital. The UK company’s music download store has bagged Radiohead’s new album “The King of Limbs” as a world-wide digital exclusive, meaning that it’s the only place online to purchase said album as a download. What’s more, 7digital is offering up an extremely high quality 24bit FLAC version of the recording –… Read More

  • Utopic finds an Angel in Skype chief technical architect Ahti Heinla

    Utopic, the service that lets you see what content is trending amongst your friends, has closed a $70k convertible note from a number of angels, including Ahti Heinla, one of the founding team of Skype and its chief technical architect. We’ve also learned that Vitaly Rubstein has also participated. He is an ex-majority owner and the “product brain” behind Russia’s… Read More

  • Finally! Vouchercloud brings its local discounts to Android

    It’s taken a while but the UK’s Invitation Digital has finally brought Vouchercloud, its location-based discount app, to Android. Like the company’s existing iPhone offering, the free app enables users to find the best offers local to them and have the associated ‘digital voucher’ delivered to and redeemable from their phone. That’s both off-line in… Read More

  • Europe's Wooga moves up the social gaming leader-board but Silicon Valley dominates

    Wooga, which is sometimes referred to as the Zynga of Europe, has moved up two places on the social gaming leader-board, overtaking U.S. rivals Popcap and Digital Chocolate. Or so says the Berlin-based startup, citing data from Facebook metric service Interestingly, however, Wooga’s 18 million monthly users are dwarfed by Zynga itself, which holds on to the number one spot… Read More

  • Wuala brings its secure P2P online storage to iPhone

    Wuala, the Zurich-based startup that was acquired by LaCie in early 2009, has brought its secure online storage service to iPhone via a dedicated app. It allows users to access their personal files on-the-go and also share them with others, similar to many other competing cloud-storage services. Read More

  • Anyone speak Russian? Yandex rolls out Yandex.Translate

    Russian search engine Yandex is having a busy week. After flicking the switch on its PayPal competitor Yandex.Money so that it supports other countries in the CIS region beyond Russia, the company has today unveiled Yandex.Translate, an online translation service based on “proprietary machine translation technology.” The new service – Google Translate, anyone? –… Read More

  • Israeli Universities partner with Google for online auction research

    The technology spin-offs of three leading Israeli Universities are to collaborate with Google on research looking at online auctions. The search giant is sponsoring Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University and Technion to conduct over 20 such research projects which will address the opportunities of the Internet economy, posing questions around the economic effects of viral networking, the… Read More

  • The Carlyle Group acquires visual effects software developer The Foundry

    Alternative asset manager, The Carlyle Group, has acquired the visual effects software developer, The Foundry, from Advent Venture Partners and “other stakeholders”. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. London-headquartered The Foundry provides technology to major feature film studios and post production houses in the US and UK, while its software been has used in the production… Read More

  • Russian search engine Yandex expands its PayPal-competitor to CIS countries

    Russian search engine Yandex has expanded its online payment system Yandex.Money – a local PayPal competitor – to other CIS countries, including Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan. Launched in 2002, Yandex.Money enable users to transfer money between accounts and make payments via the Internet. It currently supports over 3,000 online retailers in Russia and internationally… Read More

  • LoveThis launches – because your friends know best

    Who do you trust most when it comes to recommendations: an algorithm or your friends? Or perhaps a mixture of machine learning and your social graph. That’s something that a lot of startups are trying to figure out right now., which launches out of Beta today, is firmly in the social camp with its ‘black book’ of your friends’ recommendations, from websites… Read More

  • Kindle comes to Carphone Warehouse, Best Buy – "free" on some mobile contracts

    Regular readers will know that I love my Kindle. And with news today that Amazon’s eReader will be stocked at Carphone Warehouse, the UK’s largest independent mobile phone retailer, along with its sister company Best Buy, that love should get spread a little further. This is especially true since, as well as selling the device outright, Carphone hopes to entice customers to sign up… Read More