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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  • 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

  • Utopic lets you see what content is trending amongst your friends

    It’s not an entirely new idea: offer a way to view trending content shared by your friends via social media. That’s the basic premise of Utopic, the latest project from the team behind Talentag, the “social CV” that we profiled last August. In its first iteration, Utopic is entirely reliant on Facebook – support for Twitter and YouTube is forthcoming – and… Read More

  • European Commission raids eBook publishers on suspicion of cartel

    The European Commission has confirmed “unannounced inspections” in the eBook publishing sector in several European countries related to suspicions that said companies have “violated EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and other restrictive business practices.” This is a pretty big deal, although the EC – for obvious reasons – is keen to stress that… Read More

  • UnLtdWorld done good, acquired by Guardian News & Media

    UnLtdWorld, the three year-old social network for social entrepreneurs, has been acquired by Guardian News & Media Limited (part of the Guardian Media Group). Terms aren’t being disclosed and UnLtdWorld are being tight lipped, which suggests it wasn’t a major pay day. The site itself will be kept live for now but the plan moving forward is to combine the current UnLtdWorld… Read More

  • yaM Labs secures $500k to take meeting management to the Cloud

    yaM Labs, a Russian startup not to be confused with Yammer, has secured $500k from Foresight Ventures. The company has developed Cloud-based software to make meetings – both face-to-face and virtual – more efficient by enabling participants to collaborate on the planning, running, and execution of a meeting. The premise being that traditional offline tools make for a lot of wasted… Read More

  • Qype acquires Germany's Cooledeals to go after Groupon, Dailydeal and Facebook Deals

    Qype, the location-based reviews and recommendation service, is to get in on the local coupon market. This is via an acquisition of Munich-based, which the company announced today. Terms of the deal remain undisclosed. The acquisition is enabling Qype, which is the largest user-generated local review site in Europe (ahead of Yelp), to add coupons and discount vouchers to its… Read More

  • MTV Co-Founder John Sykes joins Shazam's Board

    Shazam, which now calls itself a mobile discovery company after broadening out beyond just music to also target the living room, has announced that co-founder of MTV Networks, John Sykes, has joined its board. Sykes was instrumental in creating MTV some 25 years ago (makes me feel old, alright) as well as serving as President of VH1, which he rebranded and “lead to record audience… Read More