๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿพ Hi friends!

This weekโ€™s podcast catch up explores the interesection of venture capital, startups, journalism, PR and, for a short while, quick commerce too.

Iโ€™m in conversation with Steve Oโ€™Hear, founder of Oโ€™Hear & Co who is probably bet known for the decade or so he spent covering the European tech ecosystem for TechCrunch.

Check out the conversation and let me know your thoughts ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

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Now letโ€™s get down to businessโ€ฆ

๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต’๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฑ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ซ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฎ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ?

In the latest episode of Nothing Ventured, I spoke to Steve O’Hear. Steve has played a pivotal role in the European technology sector for more than 20 years, as a journalist, founder, executive, and angel investor.

Steve is currently the CEO and co-founder of O’Hear & Co, a strategic communications agency helping startups, scale-ups and venture capital firms tell their story while reducing risk and increasing commercial success. He also serves as SVP at Zapp, Londonโ€™s leading premium 24/7 on-demand convenience app.

With over 15 years of experience as a technology and business journalist, Steve spent over a decade at TechCrunch, where he is famous for having covered European startups and venture capital and being the first journalist to report on companies such as Wise, Deliveroo, Monzo Bank and Wayve.

He was also the CEO of the social question and answer platform Beepl, which he founded and led until its acquisition in 2012 and in 2006, he wrote and directed the Silicon Valley documentary “In Search of the Valley.”

My top takeaways:

โžก๏ธ ๐— ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ค๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ:

Steve highlighted the misconceptions surrounding the quick commerce space, noting the importance of understanding the convenience retail model. He discussed the need to attract customers willing to pay for convenience and the significance of serving the right use cases with premium products.

โžก๏ธ ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜†๐˜๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด:

We explored the intersection of journalism and venture capital, discussing how storytelling plays a crucial role in attracting customers, investors, and aligning stakeholders. Steve really highlighted the value of a compelling story and the impact it can have on a startup’s success.

โžก๏ธ ๐—œ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€:

Steve shared a contrarian conviction about the importance of intent, highlighting the human element often overlooked in debates and culture wars. He talked about the significance of understanding people’s intentions and the role it plays in shaping our interactions and perceptions.

We also discussed:

๐Ÿ“ฐ Whether journalists move through the hype cycle, bullish when startups are small, but critical when theyโ€™re bigger.
๐ŸšฆWhen an investor puts capital into an early stage startup, thatโ€™s a signal where very few exist.
๐Ÿฅด Can you have too much press.
โš–๏ธ The Ideal Balance of Story, Relationships, and Execution in PR.
๐Ÿ’ป Steve’s thoughts on remote work and the impact on social mobility.

Check it out!

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