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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  • 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

  • Lovefilm extends its Internet-connected reach with support for Oregan's TV-friendly browser

    Lovefilm, the so-called ‘Netflix of Europe’, is continuing its expansion to Internet-connected televisions. The company, which was recently fully acquired by Amazon, is partnering with Oregan Networks, makers of the TV-friendly web browser Onyx. Read More

  • Groupola gets its wrist slapped by OFT as 192 iPhones go missing

    Groupola, which originally launched as a Groupon-clone in the UK but has since pivoted to become a daily deal aggregator, has been found by the UK’s Office of Fair Trading of operating ‘bait pricing’ in its much publicised iPhone promotion held last year. At the time, Groupola’s biggest crime was that its website crashed throughout much of the day of the group… Read More

  • Txtr hires content veteran for its eBook platform

    Txtr, the eBook white label platform and maker of the txtr Reader, Germany’s answer to the Kindle, has hired a new content chief: Klaus Fuereder will be responsible for international content strategy and, specifically, courting publishers who might be interested in jumping on the “growing eReading bandwagon”, as txtr quite aptly puts it. Fifty-two years old, Fuereder is a… Read More

  • Is that an IPO in the air? Sports webcaster Perform plans to float

    You got to love the smell of a pending IPO. Perform Group, which webcasts and provides content for various sports both as a white label service and its own consumer-facing offering, has announced its intention to float on the London Stock Exchange. Read More

  • Move over iPhone – 2011 will be "the year of the Android", says British supermarket

    Tesco Mobile, the joint venture between mobile operator O2 and British supermarket Tesco, caused quite a stir back in late in 2009 when it announced that it would be selling Apple’s iPhone in its stores and online. And while Tesco Mobile’s pricing of Apple’s premium smartphone wasn’t quite as disruptive as was hoped, the supermarket chain did differentiate itself… Read More

  • Skobbler brings ForeverMap to Android

    Skobbler has ported ForeverMap, its Google Maps competitor, to Android. Previously an iOS-only offering, the app provides maps for Europe and differentiates itself from Google Maps with full support for offline usage. That’s because maps are fully downloaded and stored on the phone rather than relying on a persistent connection to the Cloud. Curious, however, is Skobbler’s… Read More

  • Onefinestay raises $3.7m in Series A led by Index Ventures

    Onefinestay, the ‘unhotel’ service that lets travelers stay in someone’s real home while the owner is out of town, has raised $3.7 million in Series A led by Index Ventures. PROfounders Capital also participated, along with Brent Hoberman, co-founder of; Andy Phillipps, co-founder of Active Hotels; Jonathan Eilian, a founding investor in Starwood Hotels; and… Read More

  • ThingLink joins forces with SoundCloud to let users add sounds to images

    ThingLink, which provides tools to let users embed links into images, has partnered with SoundCloud to add audio as an option. The idea is that those who work primarily in audio – musicians, bands, sound designers etc. – can now include images in their work, perhaps as part of a promotional campaign, flyer or as album art work. But also, given SoundCloud’s recent pivot to… Read More

  • Brainspark buys 30% stake in Italian Loopt competitor Mobnotes

    The AIM-listed investment company Brainspark has acquired a 30% stake in the Italian location-based social network Mobnotes. The deal will see Brainspark hand over €600k equally split between cash and stock. Similar to Loopt and other location-based social networks, Mobnotes (‘mobile notes’) lets users locate nearby friends, shops and restaurants etc. and send location notifications. Read More

  • Beat that! Google acquires the UK’s for £37.7m

    Breaking: Google has acquired the financial product comparison site for £37.7m. The news was first outed by the blog but has since been made official. Writing on the UK company’s site, BeatThatQuote Managing Director, John Paleomylites, says that the acquisition offers the opportunity to “develop new and innovative options for personal finance in… Read More

  • Qriously raises $1.6m to let brands replace mobile ads with questions

    Qriously, a service that lets brands measure location-based public opinion, has raised $1.6m in a new funding round led by Accel Partners. Amalfi Capital also participated, while the London-based startup is originally backed by Pacific Tiger Group. Through its SDK offered to mobile app developers, Qriously lets advertisers display questions instead of traditional mobile ads so that they… Read More

  • SocialSafe adds Twitter back-ups – we have giveaways

    SocialSafe, the Facebook back-up tool from 1minus1 and Julian Ranger‘s iBundle, has added support for Twitter so that users can make an offline back-up of their tweets, @mentions, Direct Messages, profile and follower structure. Built using Adobe Air, the app supports both Mac and Windows and, unlike the likes of Backupify, shuns the Cloud for back-ups. Instead all data is stored locally… Read More

  • We7 launches free personalised Radio App for Android – offline playback supported

    After pivoting somewhat to focus on the more economical Internet radio model, the UK’s We7 has launched a new, ad-supported app for Android. Along with its headline price of free, the Radio app for phones running Google’s mobile OS supports offline playback. This means that personalised radio stations based on a user’s musical tastes or those curated by editors can be cached… Read More

  • Russia plots 4G future – good news for startups?

    Yota, the Russian mobile broadband company, has signed a deal with the country’s main network operators – Beeline, Megafon, MTS and Rostelekom – that plots out a 4G future. A future that should benefit local startups. Under the deal, the signing of which was witnessed by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin no less, Yota is to become the 4G network provider for the Russian telco… Read More