Steve O’Hear: The importance of journalism and how to pitch your business to the media.
If you're a tech founder in the last 10 years, you'll know who Steve O'Hear is. Chances are, you've even pitched him your business.
Steve is best known for his 15 years as a technology and business journalist, including reporting for TechCrunch, covering European startups and venture capital. He was the first to write about the now household names of Deliveroo, Monzo and Transferwise.
Steve is now the VP of Strategy at home-delivery brand Zapp. Steve was born with muscular dystrophy and you'll hear in this episode how in the midst of the pandemic, this has shaped his mid-career switch from journalism to building the future of convenience retail.
Someone at the top of their game and changing their career is a unique situation on the show. Whether you're looking to get into journalism or looking for strategy roles at upcoming startups, I'm incredibly excited to share this episode with you.
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In this episode with Steve we discuss:
- How he defines the job of a journalist and what the best route is to become one
- And how has the job of a journalist changed?
- When did people start coming to him with stories rather than the other way around? And how did he cultivate online relationships?
- When pitched dozens of businesses a day, what he looked for in the stories to cover.
- Famous stories that stuck with him and companies that weren’t successful that he thought might be
- Why he made the decision to leave journalism
- What is strategy and what is a Vice-President?
- The growth of Zapp and how to maintain a culture
- Where does the name come from?
- Why did he join Zapp specifically?
- Tips for working from home?
- Different roles Zapp are hiring for and expansion plans for Zapp
- The future of Zapp and the scale of the problem it's tackling
- Why do we need this instant delivery?
- If Steve was 22 in 2022, where would he look to work?
- What more can we do to get disabled people into work?
- If you could go back in time to any point in history, when and where would it be?
- A tech-themed quickfire round
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