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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  • Simfy, the-German-Spotify, gets on-deck with O2

    Simfy, the so-called German Spotify, has struck a strategic partnership with O2 Germany (Telefónica). In a similar arrangement to Aspiro-owned WiMP’s recent on-deck deal with telco Telenor in Scandinavia, the simfy music streaming service will be pre-installed on handsets sold through O2 and integrated into its app store, web site and retail points of sale. Read More

  • With the platform burning, Nokia also talked to RIM before jumping into Redmond's arms

    The battle of mobile ecosystems is now a three horse race: Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android, and Microsoft’s Windows Phone. Or so says Nokia CEO Stephen Elop now that the Finnish handset maker has jumped off of a burning platform into Redmond’s arms. Conspicuous by their absence – in Elop’s analysis – was RIM’s BlackBerry or indeed the dark horse in… Read More

  • 7digital adds Visual Music Discovery to its arsenal via partnership with Mobile Acuity

    Stick a camera in an Internet-connected smartphone and it leads to all sorts of visual discovery technologies. From full on Augmented Reality to less ambitious bar codes, with applications ranging from genuinely new content experiences to advertising and marketing opportunities. Enter a new partnership between Mobile Acuity, which develops mobile visual search technology, and ‘digital… Read More

  • StudiVZ who? Facebook reigns supreme in Germany

    The above chart says it all. After battling it out with local clone StudiVZ and the other social networks in the VZ networks group, Facebook has reigned supreme. Produced by Fitton & Maass Consulting, it shows that the U.S. social network has 64.4% of the market based on users who login at least once per week. StudiVZ claims just over 12% while the group as a whole sits at 32.7%. Thus… Read More

  • WiMP comes to Sweden – not afraid to step on Spotify's toes

    WiMP, the music streaming service owned by Aspiro, is bedding down in Scandinavia. Already available in Norway and Denmark, it’s “finally” coming to Sweden, once again via a distribution partnership with teclo Telenor. Sweden, of course, is the birthplace of competitor Spotify and telco agreements are seen as the future for cloud-based music services. So despite its… Read More

  • Intel kept in the dark over Nokia’s MeeGo plans; operators reject first device

    Prior to the public announcement on Friday, Intel was kept in the dark with regards to Nokia’s plans to relegate MeeGo to a glorified R&D project, sources with knowledge of the situation tell TechCrunch Europe. The U.S. chip maker, it appears, was caught off guard as were many media outlets and analysts – this publication aside – with the news that Nokia has forged a… Read More

  • Podio, the connected work platform, secures $4m in Series A round

    Podio, which describes itself as a connected work platform, has secured $4m in Series A funding. Sunstone Capital led the round and the investment is said be used to further develop Podio’s product and to hire “key employees”. A sort of collaborative social network for the Enterprise or ‘Facebook for the workplace’, Podio operates in the so-called Enterprise 2.0… Read More

  • FlyScreen lands on iPhone but not as we know it

    FlyScreen, the lock screen replacement for Android and Symbian phones from Israeli startup Cellogic, has landed on the iPhone. But not as we know it. That’s because Apple’s iOS is locked down as it were (see what I did there) and doesn’t allow third-party apps to take over the lock screen. This doesn’t mean that iPhone users of FlyScreen don’t get access to… Read More

  • Post-pivot, SoundCloud reaches three million registered users

    SoundCloud, the audio platform originally targeted at music makers but now a wider consumer play, has announced that it’s reached three million registered users. And considering that the Berlin-based startup was at a million users as recently as last May – pre-pivot, if you will – the change of direction would appear to be paying off or at least hasn’t affected the… Read More

  • Is Nokia's first MeeGo device DOA? Here's what we know

    Reuters is reporting that Nokia’s first device running MeeGo, its ‘next generation’ mobile operating system developed as a joint-venture with Intel, is dead on arrival. Or, specifically, it’s been canceled before actually being formerly announced. And yet, in the same report, analysts are cited as saying that the device could be revealed at the company’s… Read More

  • Language learning community Busuu partners with The Guardian and Macmillan Education, the language learning community, has teamed up with The Guardian newspaper and Macmillan Education to give its users more real-life context when learning English. Under the partnership, busuu users can access daily world news updates provided by a feed from However, if they don’t understand a particular word, powered by Macmillan Education’s online… Read More

  • Adyen chosen to power Spil Games' online payments

    In the coming together of two Dutch startups, Adyen, the Internet payment solutions provider, has been selected by casual gaming portal Spil Games to power its online payments. Adyen’s pitch is that its technology enables payment via a single page and single click by making nifty use of AJAX and, the company claims, is shown to boost conversion rates and reduce costs by as much as 50%. Read More

  • Jagex, the games studio behind RuneScape, raises further funding

    Jagex, which claims to be the UK’s largest independent games developer and publisher and is the company behind the popular MMOG RuneScape, has raised new funding from Insight Venture Partners, Spectrum Equity Investors and The Raine Group. The undisclosed investment will “enable Jagex to accelerate growth of its development and publishing capabilities.” Read More

  • Freespee raises €1.1m for its call tracking and pay-per-call solution

    Freespee, which provides call tracking and pay-per-call solutions for the “lead generation industry”, has closed a second round of funding of 1.1 million euros. The new investment comes from Finland’s Inventure and will be used to fuel growth across Europe. It follows previous funding in October 2009 to the tune of €800k also from the Finnish VC fund whose other… Read More

  • Nokia heading to Silicon Valley? And the 'Standing on a burning platform' memo

    With Nokia expected to unveil a shift in its long term strategy at the company’s annual Capital Markets Day this Friday, it should be no surprise that rumor and conjecture are rife. Much of that has focused on whether or not the Finnish mobile giant will be adopting a third-party platform with talk of Windows Phone 7 given new CEO Stephen Elop’s previous connection with Redmond. Read More

  • Zoopla becomes a top 100 UK website – remember that TV ad campaign?

    Zoopla, the real estate startup, is now one of the top 100 most visited sites in the UK and number two in its space. That’s according to web measurement firm Experian Hitwise’s January figures, says Zoopla, which positions the site at 98 and ahead of older rivals Findaproperty (ranked 125th) and Primelocation (ranked 193rd). The three year-old startup can’t, however, claim… Read More

  • It's official – GoSquared gets funded to take the fight to Chartbeat

    GoSquared, the real-time website analytics startup, has announced that it’s raised an Angel round from Stefan Glaenzer, Eileen Burbidge, Robert Dighero, and Thomas Jones. That’s the early-stage investor team at White Bear Yard where GoSquared has been resident for some time but it’s only now that the funding is official. That said, terms remain undisclosed, which is… Read More

  • Geomium adds event listings to its location-based social network

    Geomium has announced a tie-in with CBS-owned that sees the latter’s 1.5 million music event listings get added to the discovery features of Geomium’s location-based social network. Under the commercial arrangement, local gigs and festivals pulled in from will show up on Geomium’s GPS-powered iPhone app, along with existing listings such as bars, restaurants… Read More

  • Runa Capital ups it fund to $50m for early-stage Russian startups

    Runa Capital, the Russian VC fund that launched in August last year, has announced that it’s increased its fund from 30 to $50 million. Runa Capital’s mission is to back early-stage Russian and CIS-region technology companies so that they can compete globally, a vision that has attracted other investors both in Russia and globally (including the U.S.), says the VC firm, hence… Read More

  • Groupalia claims 4.5m 'active users' – that's those on the mailing list to you and me

    Groupalia, the Groupon-clone that operates in Spain, Italy, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Chile, has put out what at first glance seems like some impressive figures. The headline number: the group buying site now has 4.5 million users. And, perhaps better still, the company is expecting to record a turnover of $100m in 2011. As I say, impressive. Except I had no idea how you measure users of… Read More