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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  • Fix the Web launches accessibility reporting toolbar – bad news for startups?

    Internet startups have a lot on their plate and much of it is outside of their core business. Things like government red tape, raising funding, recruitment, and other peripheral but necessary activities add to the pain of building great products and suck up scarce bandwidth. But what about the need to make your website accessible to people with various disabilities? A new browser toolbar… Read More

  • StrikeAd raises Series A round for its mobile ad platform

    StrikeAd, the mobile ad startup, has raised a Series A round from German VC firm eValue, which has also backed the European video ad network, smartclip. As is often the case with regards to European investment, the actual amount remains undisclosed. However, it’s said to enable StrikeAd to “accelerate the development and deployment of its technology platform as well as help drive… Read More

  • Your own mini-me? Sculpteo lets you print a real-life 3D avatar

    This is pretty cool. Sculpteo, the online 3D printing service, has launched a new product that lets users turn two photographs of a person into a real-life figure – a mini me or physical avatar if you will. The Paris-based company is interesting in that it’s in-part positioning 3D printing, a relatively new method of producing a real-life object from a 3D file, as a… Read More

  • Lateral powers Travelzoo's Groupon-clone, signs three year technology deal

    Lateral, the pan-European software development company, has signed a three year deal with NASDAQ-listed Travelzoo to becomes its “technology Solutions provider”. Prior to today’s announcement, the two companies had already been working together with Lateral powering Travelzoo’s attempt at getting into the daily deals space with its own Groupon-clone. The newly… Read More

  • Spil Games unveils new logo – it's a big deal, apparently

    Spil Games, the casual gaming portal, has unveiled a new logo, err, “brand identity”. The revamp includes a redesigned corporate website and the drawing up of the Dutch company’s manifesto, which contains bold statements like “We play … by our own rules.” But I shouldn’t mock, the “corporate rebrand” is a big deal to Spil Games apparently. The… Read More

  • ScreenReach raises £500,000 for its Screach app and platform for smartphones

    ScreenReach, maker of the Screach app and accompanying platform for creating interactive experiences on smartphones, has raised a second round of funding: £500,000 from Hotspur Capital Partners. This follows earlier investment from Tom Maxfield, a founder of Sage, shortly after ScreenReach graduated from the Difference Engine accelerator program. The new funds announced today will be used… Read More

  • Yandex acquires Loginza, the single sign-in plugin maker

    Russian search engine Yandex has acquired Loginza, a local startup whose service allows developers to implement user authentication via the likes of Facebook, Twitter or OpenID-supported sites, without additional registration. Terms of the deal, which came about through Yandex’s “open days for startups”, an initiative as part of the Yandex.Start program, remain… Read More

  • Musicmetric updated – aggregates traditional radio play with P2P filesharing activity

    Semetric, the startup behind the Musicmetric analytics service, has released version 3 of its “music data aggregation and analysis software”. It now offers a more 360 degree view, if you will, of activity across P2P filesharing networks, social media, as well as the ability to import and compare this to data based on sales and traditional radio play. The paid-for service is designed… Read More

  • Comufy launches friend-finder to help websites go viral via IM

    Friend-finder has launched as a way to help websites go viral, not via newfangled social media but good old fashioned IM. It’s the latest product from London-based Comufy, the communications platform for businesses. Similar to TweetSwitch, which we covered last year, the service is powered by Comufy’s existing technology. The widget can be integrated into virtually any website with… Read More

  • Yandex rolls out 'Geo-targeted Ads' – sticks ads on a map

    Yandex, the leading Russian search engine thought to be mulling over an IPO for up to $1.5 billion, has added ‘Geo-targeted Ads’ to its arsenal, targeting local businesses who might otherwise not have an online presence. The feature itself doesn’t sound too innovative – on one level it amounts to sticking ads on a map – and is something that Google and others… Read More

  • launches its 'realtime' filesharing service, the browser-based file publishing and sharing service, gets an official launch today. The service, which on the surface competes with a plethora of filesharing offerings such as YouSendIt, Dropbox or newer entrants like Twileshare, claims its Beta version went “viral” in November, seeing 10,000 sign-ups despite the fact no sign-up is required (although doing so unlocks… Read More

  • brings its 30,000-strong library of DJ sets to Android, iOS and Windows Phone, the cloud music platform for DJ mixes and other live recordings, has got pretty serious about mobile today by launching simultaneously on Android, iOS and Windows phone 7. However, this is about consumption of’s 30,000 strong library of DJ sets not an app to actually make recordings, so in that sense we’re not talking about a SoundCloud competitor and the… Read More

  • GigsWiz launches its direct-to-fan ticketing service

    GigsWiz, the direct-to-fan ticketing service, is officially launching in the UK today. Conceived originally as a sort of analytics for bands to help them identify “fan hotspots” and therefore where next to perform, the service provides artists with better tools for promoting and selling tickets to gigs via social media and their own websites. In other words, it’s an attempt… Read More

  • Zoopla gets more local muscle, partners with regional publisher Archant

    In a move that gives real estate startup Zoopla more local muscle, the company has signed a “long-term strategic partnership” with regional publisher Archant. The deal will see Zoopla power Archant’s online property channel, giving even more exposure to estate agents utilizing the property search engine. As well as operating a number of property websites of its… Read More

  • TransferWise wants to be the Skype of currency exchange

    TransferWise launches its online currency exchange today, which hopes to give the banks a run for their money, along with disrupting the consumer-end of the money exchange market as a whole. The headline proposition is that the platform gives anyone access to the same mid-market exchange rates that banks get on their interbank market, with TransferWise charging a flat fee of £1 for each… Read More

  • ShareMyPlaylists jumps on the badges bandwagon

    ShareMyPlaylists, the music social network riding the Spotify wave, has introduced Foursquare-style badges. Only in this case the aim isn’t to add gaming metrics to the service, although it’s possible that some may try to game the system, but to reward users for creating popular and high quality playlists. Or to put it another way, “encourage more sharing and repeat use of… Read More

  • Shazam continues to invade the living room, partners with cable channel Syfy

    The living room and, specifically, television is Shazam‘s next growth target. That’s something we’ve known for a while as the service aims to expand beyond its music recognition roots to become a wider discovery technology for all sorts of content. And today, the London-headquartered company has announced its latest television tie-in, partnering with Syfy for a… Read More

  • Shopperhive launches out of TwitJobSearch's 'in-house incubator' – another price comparison site

    Shopperhive has launched today as yet-another price comparison site for the UK. Founded by Marcin Rosinski, an employee at TwitJobSearch, which has its own “in-house incubator program”, the site’s main pitch is that along with a proprietary shopping engine it aggregates video product reviews from YouTube and the like, as well as finding any available discount codes. These… Read More

  • Sportpost, the soc net for sports fans, hopes to spread its own 'Like' button around the Web, the social network for sports fans whose launch we covered back in March, has unveiled a new version of the site today that specifically adds its own Facebook-style ‘Like’ button. The ‘Post Up’ button, which can also be compared to Digg, lets users vote up the best content posted on the site, consisting of both user generated and submitted content, along… Read More

  • Money Dashboard, the UK's answer to, exits beta with consumer push

    Money Dashboard, which can be thought of as a for the UK, gets its consumer launch today. Running in some form of beta since December 2009, the startup, which is funded to the tune of £2m, provides an online service for consumers to manage their finances via a dashboard that aggregates data – balances and transactions – from online bank accounts and credit cards etc. Read More