Steve O'Hear

Steve O'Hear

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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.

Disclaimer: Steve owns a small amount of cryptocurrency, and doesn’t generally write about crypto currencies. If and when he does, he will always disclose any potential conflict of interest.

The Latest from Steve O'Hear

IPRally is building a knowledge graph-based search engine for patents

IPRally, a burgeoning startup out of Finland aiming to solve the patent-search problem, has raised €2 million in seed funding. Leading the round is JOIN Capital and Spintop Ventures, with participat

Sources: Hinge Health has raised $300M Series D at a $3B valuation

Hinge Health, the San Francisco-based company that offers a digital solution to treat chronic musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions — such as back and joint pain — has closed a $300 million in Series D

Estonian proptech Rendin raises €1.2M seed for its long-term rental platform

Rendin, an Estonian proptech startup that wants to improve the home rental experience, including offering a no-deposit feature, has raised €1.2 million in seed funding. Backing the round is Tera Ven

Liberis, the embedded finance provider for SMEs, raises additional £70M in debt

Liberis, the U.K.-based fintech that provides finance for small businesses as an alternative to a traditional bank loan or extended overdraft, has replenished its own coffers with £70 million in fund

V7 Labs raises $3M to help AI teams ‘automate’ training data workflows

V7 Labs, the makers of a computer vision platform that helps AI teams “automate” and future-proof their training data workflows as advances in AI continue, has picked up $3 million in fund

Better Dairy picks up £1.6M seed funding to produce animal-free dairy

Better Dairy, a U.K. startup developing animal-free dairy that was founded out of Entrepreneur First (EF), has picked up £1.6 million in seed funding. The London-based company is currently in the R&a

GoCardless raises another $95M as it bets on open banking alongside its recurring payments network

GoCardless, the London fintech that aims to become the one-stop shop globally for businesses that want to let customers pay via recurring bank payments, has raised $95 million in Series F funding. Acc

New Wave is a new European seed fund headed up by ex-Accel VC Pia d’Iribarne

Pia d’Iribarne, formerly of Accel and Stride, is heading up a new European early-stage venture capital firm co-founded with French entrepreneur and investor Xavier Niel, TechCrunch has learned. Dubb

MessageBird acquires real-time notifications and in-app messaging platform Pusher for $35M

MessageBird, the omnichannel cloud communications platform recently valued at $3 billion following a Series C round in October, has acquired London-based real-time web technologies company Pusher. The

Taxdoo, the tax compliance platform for cross-border e-commerce, raises $21M Series A

Taxdoo, a startup that has built what it calls an “automated platform for financial compliance” aimed at cross-border e-commerce companies, has raised $21 million in new funding. Leading t

Cledara, the SaaS purchase and management platform, raises $3.4M funding

Cledara, the SaaS purchase and management platform that helps bring greater viability and control over a company’s sprawling software subscriptions, has raised $3.4 million in additional funding

Gorillas, the on-demand grocery delivery startup taking Berlin by storm, has raised $44M Series A

Gorillas, a grocery delivery startup that operates its own hyper local fulfillment centers and has already been a hit in Berlin, has raised $44 million in Series A funding. Probably one of European te

Cleo, the AI-powered ‘financial assistant’, raises $44M Series B led by EQT Ventures

Cleo, the London-founded “financial assistant” that takes the form of an app and chatbot and now counts the U.S. as its largest market, has raised $44 million in Series B funding. Leading

Papercup, the UK startup using AI for realistic-sounding voice translation, raises £8M funding

Papercup, the U.K.-based AI startup that has developed speech technology that translates people’s voices into other languages and is already being used in the video and television industry, has rais

Google quietly acquires Dataform, the UK startup helping businesses manage data warehouses

Dataform, a startup in the U.K. that was building what it dubbed an “operating system” for data warehouses, has been quietly acquired by Google’s Google Cloud division. Terms of the

Making sense of Klarna

Sebastian Siemiatkowski, the co-founder and CEO of Klarna — the Swedish fintech “buy now, pay later” sensation that is currently Europe’s most valuable private tech company — is dismissive o

Outfund, the revenue-based finance provider for online businesses, raises £37M

Outfund, the revenue-based finance startup that wants to help online businesses fund growth without giving away equity, has raised £37 million in a “late seed” investment. A mixture of de

Getsafe, the European digital-first insurance startup, scores $30M Series B

Getsafe, the digital-first insurance startup that initially launched with an app for home contents insurance, has closed $30 million in Series B funding. Swiss Re, the reinsurer giant, led the round.

Monzo, the UK challenger bank, picks up additional £60M in funding

Monzo, the U.K. challenger bank now with more than 4.8 million customers, has closed another £60 million in funding, priced the same as and effectively an extension of its previous top-up round in Ju

Voi, the European ‘micromobility’ rental company, raises $160M additional equity and debt funding

Voi, the Stockholm-headquartered micro mobility company known for its e-scooter rentals, has raised $160 million in new funding. The round, about two thirds equity and one third debt, is led by The Ra
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