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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  • Whatser to let brands put their stamp on location curation

    Whatser, the location-based service that lets users share their favorite locations with friends and discover new ones, is rolling out a new money-making feature today: Brands can now create collections of their favourite locations, which users of the platform can then ‘follow’. Collections are a form of location curation so in this sense brands get to put their stamp on places that… Read More

  • Brightpearl scores further $5m from Notion and Eden for its cloud-based solution for SMEs

    Brightpearl, which provides a cloud-based integrated suite of applications for SMEs, has secured $5 million in Series A funding from Notion Capital and Eden Ventures. Both VC firms have previously backed the Bristol, UK-based startup to the tune of $1.5m. Founded in 2007 by Chris Tanner, Brightpearl’s pitch to SMEs is that its SaaS helps take away the pain of implementing information… Read More

  • MobiCart bags £100k from ex-Google director who also joins as Chairman

    MobiCart, the free service that lets users build a native storefront for Apple’s iOS, has announced that ex-Google European Director of Online Sales and Operations, Stephen Lusty, has invested £100k in the UK startup in addition to joining as Chairman. The company had previously scored $500,000 in a seed funding round in March this year led by the UK’s Finance for Business North… Read More

  • Server Density scores Angel funding and rolls out 'app store for sysadmins'

    After its initial funding from pan-European seed fund and incubator Seedcamp, Server Density, the server monitoring tool, has secured £135k in an Angel round from Christoph Janz, Qamar Aziz, Kyle McGinn and The new investment will be used to accelerate growth through “several new projects.” To that end, the UK startup is also announcing its new “app store… Read More

  • Frooly sets up shop as a local Etsy for indie stores in the UK

    Frooly launches out of beta today as a market place for local boutique and independent stores from the UK who want to set-up shop online. It’s similar in some ways to Etsy with its focus on “luxury, handcrafted and unique sellers” but in this case certainly aimed at merchants who already operate off-line but need a low barrier to entry to entering the world of e-commerce. Read More

  • Gootip: You know what's hipper than Hipster? Actually launching

    You know what’s hipper than Hipster? Actually launching. OK, that’s not quite what the three-person team behind new local Q&A site Gootip said but it’s true that this tiny French startup launched this week has got their product out in the wild in full before their US-based rival. Ignoring the host of other location-based Q&A offerings, Gootip is also keen to point… Read More

  • NFC-ready! Smart payments startups ACT and sQuid see £53.3m merger

    There’s a lot of excitement (and hype) at the moment around smart payment solutions, not least in relation to the potential of NFC now that mobile operating systems and handsets are finally supporting the technology. As a result, VC money for startups in the space has been coming thick and fast, while the likes of Silicon Valley-based Jumio and Boku have been getting plenty of… Read More

  • Amateur sports network Pitchero hits 1m monthly uniques – aims to cash in on Rugby World Cup

    Pitchero, the UK startup that makes it easy for amateur and semi professional sports clubs to build their own web presence with social networking features, has seen a major revamp and with it is announcing a milestone of 1 million monthly unique visitors. In addition, the network, which aggregates and links those club websites and user profiles via sport, location and competition, houses… Read More

  • LoveYourLarder wants to be an Etsy-for-foodies

    LoveYourLarder, which soft-launched late last year, is pitching itself as an “Etsy-for-foodies”. It’s an apt reference since the site offers users a way to discover and buy hard-to-find ingredients or “artisan” food and drink from independent producers in the UK. Like Etsy, it’s also a classic long tail play in that it aggregates the products of those who… Read More

  • WorldTV sees full launch, flicks switch on in-app store for premium features

    After fours years of tweaking and pivoting, WorldTV, which brings a TV channel-viewing experience to online video publishing, finally thinks it has the model right and is flicking the switch on an in-app store for à la carte premium features. The ‘friends and family’-funded company has been cashflow positive since 2009 but after experimenting with an ad-supported model, which… Read More

  • Old Skool vs New Skool – Napster's Spotify competitor goes mobile in the UK

    Music streaming services are are becoming a dime a dozen, and that’s before we factor in the expected launch of Apple’s own cloud music offering. Today, Best Buy-owned Napster, the Old Skool player of yesteryear (by brand name only) has unleashed its mobile apps here in the UK. Like Spotify, We7 and a raft of European and U.S. music streaming services, Napster Unlimited plus… Read More

  • ViewsHound introduces revenue sharing for its crowd-sourced news site

    Just two weeks after launch, ViewsHound, the crowd-sourced news site with daily prizes, has introduced a revenue share option for contributors. Instead of just being in with a chance of winning a part of the site’s daily prize fund for the best articles, photos and cartoons contributed, in a move similar to UK competitor Blottr, users can now get a share of advertising revenue – I… Read More

  • Netcycler swaps an old idea for a slightly better one

    Netcycler, the online swapping site, has seen its UK launch. Up until now the service, which is a European competitor to US-based, has been available in Finland first in March 2010, followed by Germany a few months later. As of this month, however, Brits can use the site to start recycling unwanted items for things they do want – and apparently we’re pretty good at doing… Read More

  • ShareMyPlaylists lands on iPad ahead of the mothership connection

    ShareMyPlaylists, the music social network built on top of Spotify with the specific purpose of sharing playlists, has landed on the iPad. Interestingly, this is before the European music streaming service has its own dedicated app for Apple’s tablet. That’s perhaps a little odd (or preemptive) considering how closely the two services are tied, although ShareMyPlaylists founder… Read More

  • Dragontape brings its YouTube and SoundCloud remix app to iPad

    Dragontape, which lets users create ‘mixtapes’ of their favorite YouTube videos and SoundCloud recordings, has landed on Apple’s iPad, a device which benefits the service’s realtime editing functionality. As other video editing or remix style apps on the iPad have shown, a large touch screen device and accompanying OS has the potential to make the cutting, editing… Read More

  • Simfy raises €10m for its "German Spotify' – guns international expansion

    Simfy, the so-called German Spotify, has raised an additional €10m from existing investors, including Earlybird, NRW Bank, Dumont Venture and Klaus Wecken. That brings its funding to date to €18 million. The new funds will be used to consolidate its leading position in German-speaking countries – the music streaming service operates in Germany, Austria and Switzerland – as well… Read More

  • 9flats, the European Airbnb, secures 'major investment' from Silicon Valley's Redpoint

    9flats, the peer to peer apartment rentals site (or Airbnb-clone), has secured a “major investment round” led by Silicon Valley VC firm Redpoint Ventures. European-based eVenture Capital Partners also participated. Terms of the deal aren’t being disclosed although 9flats says this brings its total funding to $10m just six months after the startup was founded. The new round… Read More

  • Tradeshift raises $7m for its 'Skype for invoicing' and wider B2B play

    Tradeshift, the free invoicing platform and wider play to become the de facto social network for “B2B communications and processes”, has raised a $7m round from Notion Capital. As we’ve previously reported, the Denmark and London, UK-based startup was rumoured to be courting VC funding at an $80-100 million valuation after scoring angel investment from former MySQL CEO… Read More

  • adds video answers to its European Formspring, a European Formspring competitor, has added video answers to its conversational Q&A service. Rather than answering questions in text, the browser-based feature lets anybody with a webcam record and upload an answer in video to questions sent to their profile, which can be from other members or submitted anonymously. It’s pretty straightforward, with the… Read More

  • Doodle sees "partial exit" as Swiss publisher Tamedia buys 49% stake

    Swiss publisher Tamedia has acquired a 49% stake in Doodle, the Zurich-based online service that enables users to schedule meetings and appointments. Described as a “partial exit” by Doodle CEO Michael Näf, the deal also sees German VC firm Creathor Venture sell its share in the company, although terms are not being disclosed. Read More