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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  • Tradeshift bags the NHS as a customer for its free e-invoicing, details emerge

    Tradeshift, the free invoicing platform and wider play to become a social network for business, is to provide e-invoicing services to 6,000 suppliers of the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). Although the NHS was already known to be a Tradeshift user, it’s only now that details of the tie-in have emerged, while suppliers to the NHS via Anglia Support Partnership (ASP), the… Read More

  • Bigpoint partners with Mail.Ru Group to take its online games to Russia

    Bigpoint, the German online gaming outfit, has signed a partnership with Russia’s Mail.Ru Group, which will see the two companies offer select gaming titles on each of their respective portals. The idea is to help Bigpoint expose its wares to the Russian speaking markets, while Mail.Ru gets broader European distribution. Targeting Russian speaking gamers, Mail.Ru will house Bigpoint… Read More

  • Blinklearning secures €350k of R&D funding to personalise education

    Blinklearning, the e-tutoring platform, has raised €350k of public money from the Spanish CDTI NEOTEC program for further R&D into how Artificial Intelligence can be leveraged to offer a more personalised education for learners. Based on the premise that education must be adapted to the needs of each individual student who may learn at a different pace to their peers, the Spain and… Read More

  • Zibaba powers Marks & Spencer's F-Commerce store

    Zibaba, the Tel Aviv-based social commerce company, has been chosen to power retailer Marks & Spencer’s Facebook storefront. Leveraging M&S’ over 300,000 Facebook fans, the Father’s Day-themed so-called ‘f-Commerce’ store (if you can stomach that phrase) lets users shop within Facebook itself, offering items such as Mens clothing, electrical… Read More

  • Team Europe's early-stage fund becomes Point Nine Capital, Christoph Janz joins

    Team Europe Ventures, the investment arm of German incubator Team Europe, is being rebranded as Point Nine Capital (PNC). Additionally, serial entrepreneur and angel investor Christoph Janz is joining its leadership team. To date, the fund, which focuses on early-stage companies in the Internet and mobile space, has invested in over 10 startups, including inFakt, Lieferheld, Madvertise… Read More

  • AlterGeo, the Foursquare-of-Russia, raises $10m from Intel Capital and others

    Russian geolocation service AlterGeo has reportedly raised $10m from Intel Capital and Almaz Capital – a 25% share increase – and values the company at around $20-25m. Serial investor Esther Dyson, who has a track record in Russia, having previously invested in Russian search engine Yandex (a partner of AlterGeo‘s), is also said to have participated. The company plans to use… Read More

  • ImpulsePay launches PublishPay to help publishers take their paywall mobile

    ImpulsePay, the mobile payment service in the UK, has launched PublishPay, which is designed to help publishers charge for their content on mobiles. It does this in two ways. On the content side, the platform is able to turn any RSS feed (which can be kelp private) into a mobile-friendly website, a potentially cheaper option than building a native app. In turn, that content can then be charged… Read More

  • Do you know who I am? – MarketMeSuite adds PeerIndex to its social media dashboard

    MarketMeSuite is partnering with PeerIndex to integrate influence rankings into its social media dashboard. Through the partnership, MarketMeSuite users will be able to utilise PeerIndex’s topic-specific “social media rankings” in order to identify influencers and experts in the markets that they are targeting. So, for example, if you’re pitching something… Read More

  • To see how we see – Cortexica Vision Systems releases its VisualSearch API

    This really is the stuff of Sci-Fi movies: Build a computer program that can see as the human eye does. Based on the principles of the human visual cortex, Cortexica Vision Systems claims to have done just that. The London startup, which was spun out of Imperial College London in February 2009 after six and a half years of research to understand how humans see and two years building algorithms… Read More

  • Flirtomatic hooks up with new CEO as Mark Curtis steps down

    Mobile social network Flirtomatic (“the world’s number one flirting company”) has appointed Neil Goldberg as its new CEO. He’ll replace outgoing CEO Mark Curtis. Goldberg is described as having “16 years of leadership experience building global companies in the entertainment and technology industries” and was previously with Silicon Valley’s SayNow… Read More

  • EDITD scores $1.6m to help fashion industry mine the social web and more big data

    EDITD, the London-based startup that offers a retail monitoring and analytics platform for the fashion industry, has raised a $1.6 million “seed round” led by Index Ventures. Alex Zubillaga, Atlas Venture, High Line Venture Partners, Sylvie Gabriel and Joanne Wilson have also participated. The new funding will be used to further develop EDITD’s product offering, including… Read More

  • Social media agency Punktilio acquired by Essence – another exit for Michael Birch

    Social media specialist Punktilio has been acquired by digital media agency Essence, just two years after being founded. In fact, the accompanying press release carries the line: “From ‘start-up to ‘sold’ in just two years”, which reminds me of the Stuart Baggs quote from the TV show The Apprentice: “Everything I touch, turns to sold”. That’s… Read More

  • raises €1m to let diners book tables in real-time, the leading Spanish restaurant reservations site, has raised €1m from Barcelona-based Active Venture Partners. The funding will be used to fuel growth both at home and Internationally. Funded in 2008, the startup currently operates across Spain, along with Paris, London and Rome. Similar to Toptable in the UK, Restalo lets diners book tables in real-time with immediate… Read More

  • You said what? Brandwatch brings its social media monitoring search to Seesmic

    Brandwatch, the UK social media monitoring startup, has released a free search plugin for Seesmic, the desktop client for companies who want to manage their social media presence. Aimed at users who want to monitor a particular brand or topic across the whole of the Web, not just the services that Seesmic supports out of the box, the Brandwatch plugin adds additional search/monitoring… Read More

  • Next Performance raises €16m for its online ad retargeting

    Next Performance, the online ad company that specialises in “dynamic retargeting”, has raised €16m from UK-based growth equity firm Kennet Partners. The new funds will be used by Next Performance to continue its European expansion, while Michael Elias, Managing Director at Kennet, and Hillel Zidel, Director at Kennet, will join the the Paris, France-based company’s Board… Read More

  • Mixcloud brings its 'YouTube-for-radio' to iPhone

    Mixcloud, the ‘YouTube of radio’ (see our recent TechCrunch TV interview), has finally brought its offering to the iPhone in the form of a native app. The Mixcloud iPhone app gives on-the-go access to the London startup’s library of on-demand radio – DJ mixes, radio shows and podcasts, along with 100s of thousands of other “Cloudcasts” that have been uploaded… Read More

  • Fight My Monster wants to be a Moshi Monsters for boys, Dylan Collins joins as Angel

    Seen as a “last throw of the dice” in 2008 by Michael Acton Smith’s Mind Candy, Moshi Monsters has grown into a phenomenal success. The educational social game for kids is said to be signing up a new player every second and when your online brand is shifting merchandise in the physical world too, you must be doing something right. It’s no wonder then that a new UK… Read More

  • iGlue challenges users to Wikify-the-Web with $40k in cash prizes

    Designed to mark the company’s full launch after four years of development, iGlue, in partnership with one of its backers, Power of the Dream Ventures (PDV), is launching “The iGlue Summer Annotation Challenge” with cash prizes totaling $40k. Putting to one side the question as to whether this is money well spent compared to other forms of marketing, the competition, which… Read More

  • Social games publisher Pixonic raises $5m

    Although this isn’t on the same level as Wooga’s $24m Series B round announced today, it’s more evidence that social gaming remains a hot space. Pixonic, the social games publisher, has raised a $5 million round from VCs Ventech, Kite Ventures, and TA Ventures. This follows earlier funding of $1m secured last year. The new investment will be used to expand the Russian… Read More

  • Billed as an affordable TED, Launch48 brings The Inspire Conference to London

    Billed as a sort of affordable TED, The Inspire Conference is coming to London on 7-8 June. The event, organised by the team behind Launch48, promises to bring “the most brilliant minds” together in Technology, Creativity and Entrepreneurship. And on that note our very own Mike Butcher is making an appearance. He’ll be doing an on-stage discussion/interview with Peter… Read More