Mike Butcher

Mike Butcher (FRSA) is an ‘Editor At Large’ at TechCrunch, the biggest breaking news site about the world’s hottest tech companies. Mike has been named one of the Top 50 most influential Britons in technology by The Daily Telegraph.

As well as being a long-time Writer, Broadcaster and Editor Mike is also co-founder of TechHub (@TechHub), a project to merge a thriving community with office space for fast-moving startups. Mike has written for UK national newspapers and magazines including The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The New Statesman.

Mike is a former Editor of New Media Age magazine, the leading new media weekly in the UK, and the European edition of The Industry Standard magazine.

Since 1996 Mike has launched or re-launched numerous media web sites and in 2000 he was nominated as NetMedia’s European Internet Journalist of the Year. In 2004 Mike was voted ‘One of the 100 Innovators of the UK Internet Decade’ by GfK NOP, the fourth-largest custom research business in the world. In July 2008 Mike was put at No. 47 out of the Top 100 people in London’s creative industry by The Independent newspaper and The Hospital Club. In August 2008 TechCrunch Europe was awarded the best “Web 2.0 and business blog” in the UK, by the readers of Computer Weekly magazine. In 2009 it was named as one of the Top 10 blogs out of the UK. Also in 2009 Mike was named one of the Top 10 bloggers on Twitter in the UK. In October 2009 Mike was named one of the Top 50 most influential Britons in technology by The Daily Telegraph. In April 2010 Mike was in Wired UK’s Top 100 influencer list, again in 2011, in 2012 and in 2014. In April 2010 TechCrunch Europe was shortlisted in the Specialist Digital Publisher category of the prestigious UK-based Association of Online Publishers’ Digital Publishing Awards. In November 2010 Mike was named as one of London’s most influential people in New Media and “king of dotcom commentators ” by The Evening Standard Newspaper. Mike has been listed as one of the Top 100 most influential people on Twitter in the UK. Mike has spoken at the prestigious Monaco Media Forum, Le Web, Web Summit and DLD among many other conferences. Mike is a regular commentator on the technology business, appearing on BBC News, Sky News, CNBC, Channel 4 and Bloomberg. Mike has advised the UK Prime Minister on tech startups, served on the Mayor of London’s Digital Advisory Board, the ‘Smart London’ Board and been a Technology Ambassador for London.

Mike arned his B.A. degree in History and English Literature from Australian National University.

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  • The Europas — It’s time for a different kind of tech conference

    The Europas — It’s time for a different kind of tech conference

    Let’s face it. Some tech conferences have lost their way. While TechCrunch Disrupt remains a firmly curated, media-driven, event, with hundreds of journalists attending, a couple of other conferences have really gone for scale. A minimum of 15,000 people, thousands of companies, echoing halls — and a lot of investors (and journalists) turning their badges around so they don’t… Read More

  • For Tattoo obsessives, Tattoodo adds an app to its arsenal

    For Tattoo obsessives, Tattoodo adds an app to its arsenal

    Tattoo culture has pretty much gone mainstream. Tattooing is the sixth fastest growing market in the retail industry with about 30% of Americans getting them now. Thus Tattoodo started out as a “digital lifestyle hub for all things tattoo-related,” with content, community and a marketplace. Think Pinterest for Tattoos, almost. Back in February we reported that the… Read More

  • For democracy’s sake, UK tech staff need to vote in the EU Referendum

    For democracy’s sake, UK tech staff need to vote in the EU Referendum

    When it comes to startups trying to scale across Europe one thing is abundantly clear: although the market of over 500 million citizens in the European Union is far greater than the US’s 323 million, European startups are hobbled by fragmentation in jurisdictions, legislation and languages. With the caveat that language will always be an issue, it would seem simply logical to come up with… Read More

  • Apply for tickets to the TechCrunch Tel Aviv Meetup + PitchOff now!

    Apply for tickets to the TechCrunch Tel Aviv Meetup + PitchOff now!

    As you may have noticed we’ve announced our very first formal Meetup + Pitch-off in Tel Aviv, presented by Leumi Tech, with participation from Blonde 2.0. The event will be on June 22, at Trask, between 6-10 p.m. Applications for the pitch-off and ticket sales are now open. You can apply for tickets to the meetup by follow this link. We have to make this an application process in order… Read More

  • TechCrunch Pitch-Off Stockholm! June 7! Apply to Pitch!

    TechCrunch Pitch-Off Stockholm! June 7! Apply to Pitch!

    Our world-famous TechCrunch Pitch-Off is coming to Stockholm! We’ll invite a panel of investors to judge 10 two-minute pitches (no demos). If you want to pitch, make sure to apply here. We will select 8-10 companies to compete. If you don’t want to pitch but just want to come along and hang out, get a ticket here. Afterwards, the startups, investors, TechCrunch writers… Read More

  • ‘IMDB for music’ Musikki raises another $1M to extend its image platform

    Image management and distribution platform Musikki raised a first round of funding in 2014 to become “the IMDB of music”. It’s now inked a deal on another $1M in funding from Portugal Ventures, the biggest VC in Portugal. It’s also launching Exclusiph, an image management and distribution tool for the music industry, already in use by independent labels 4AD and… Read More

  • LiveNinja secures a further $2M to combine live web chat and messaging

    LiveNinja secures a further $2M to combine live web chat and messaging

    With the rise and rise of messaging (I have at least six messaging apps on my phone and counting), tech companies are piling into the space. Many are trying to shoe-horn ‘chat bots’ into behaving like they are capable of customer service. Facebook Messenger, Kik, Twitter, Skype, Telegram, and WhatsApp have all announced such services. But as others have pointed out, we are nowhere… Read More

  • Scott McNealy’s Wayin acquires UK marketing platform EngageSciences

    Scott McNealy’s Wayin acquires UK marketing platform EngageSciences

    Amidst the seeming chaos of social media, brands need the ability to discover valuable social media content, the metrics and visualize it. At the same time they need to build and launch campaigns, collect all the data, and use it in CRM and marketing platforms. It’s a tall order and one which few companies can offer.  Livefyre, Offerpop and Spredfast (Mass Relevance) are players in… Read More

  • Major questions arise over Craig Wright’s claim to be Satoshi Nakamoto

    Major questions arise over Craig Wright’s claim to be Satoshi Nakamoto

    The tech community is currently pouring scorn on the news that Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright has revealed himself to be Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto. They say the story does not add up, given that his ‘proof’ could simply be an old signature signed by Satoshi and what was previously known about how the Bitcoin inventor operated in the past. Wright has previously been… Read More

  • TechCrunch Pitch-Off Stockholm applications are open right now!

    TechCrunch Pitch-Off Stockholm applications are open right now!

    TechCrunch is hitting the road for the Summer and checking out some key global tech hubs to spread our Crunchie love all over you guys. Our world-famous TechCrunch Pitch-Off is a two-piece event. We invite a panel of investor judges to check out the very best startups in each city we visit. Each company has exactly 2 minutes to pitch their startup with no demos allowed. If you want to pitch… Read More

  • StoryStream Secures $2.6M from MMC for its smart content platform

    Marketers have a complicated time of it. They have to combine user-generated content with branded content in a way that doesn’t leave the brand looking utterly foolish. StoryStream has a platform for figuring this out, and has now raised a $2.6M (£1.8M)Series A funding to address the content marketing industry with its real-time search, curation and content publishing technology. The… Read More

  • Clarkson, Hammond and May to launch DriveTribe motoring content platform

    Clarkson, Hammond and May to launch DriveTribe motoring content platform

    In an age when completely driverless cars (probably electric) seem to be just around the corner, the idea of starting a brand new online community aimed at petrolheads seems like an ill-timed one. But that’s not about to stop Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, best known as the former presenters of the globally famous Top Gear TV show. After leaving the BBC last year… Read More

  • BioBeats raises $2.28M for its platform to replace human stress therapists

    BioBeats raises $2.28M for its platform to replace human stress therapists

    BioBeats takes the data from wearables that monitor the health of employees and patients and puts it into a biometric machine-learning platform that delivers insights to healthcare providers or employers. It’s now raised $2.28 million led by White Cloud Capital, with participation from AXA Strategic Ventures and IQ Capital. Read More

  • Over 10 billion shirts and shoes will soon talk back to you via your phone

    Over 10 billion shirts and shoes will soon talk back to you via your phone

    Fortune 500 company Avery Dennison and IoT startup EVRYTHNG have done a big deal to ‘switch on’ the apparel industry. This will enable a minimum of 10 billion apparel and footwear products to be created with unique digital identities and data profiles in the cloud over the next three years. Read More

  • CareerFoundry raises $5M to make learning tech skills more social

    CareerFoundry raises $5M to make learning tech skills more social

    Most online learning platforms – especially those associated with learning tech skills – can be pretty lonely experiences. Some major players with online platforms include Udacity, General Assembly and Bloc.io. A startup from Berlin plans to change that with an approach that lets you learn with a community. Read More

  • TechCrunch is going to Tel Aviv on June 22

    TechCrunch is going to Tel Aviv on June 22

    We’re announcing our very first formal Meetup + Pitch-off in Tel Aviv, presented by Leumi Tech. Israel remains one of the world’s key producers of startups and cutting edge technology, so it would be remiss of us not to get the TechCrunch community together there. The event will be on June 22, at Trask, between 6-10pm. Read More

  • Announcing our very first Meetup + Pitch-offs in Stockholm and Berlin

    Announcing our very first Meetup + Pitch-offs in Stockholm and Berlin

    Announcing our very first Meetup + Pitch-off in Stockholm and Berlin! We’ll be doing some amazing drinking, some amazing pitching, and some amazing networking. We’ll all have a blast. Tickets will be on sale soon. Sign up for our newsletter via the links below to be notified when ticket sales open. The details: Techcrunch Stockholm Meetup + Pitch-off
    Stockholm
    June 7
    6-10pm
    Venue… Read More

  • Citymapper launches seamless routing between Cabs and Public Transit

    Citymapper launches seamless routing between Cabs and Public Transit

    Citymapper is making a significant change to its routing app with the news that it has added what it is calling a “SuperRouter” capability. This effectively combines public transit with cabs to create completely new integrated routes. In simple terms, it means you could ask Citymapper’s app to come up with a route, and it would give you options both a cab service like Uber and… Read More

  • Tinder acquihires Humin to go beyond dating, and get an SF office too

    Tinder acquihires Humin to go beyond dating, and get an SF office too

    Dating app Tinder is acquiring Humin the San Francisco startup which took a high-wire approach to contact management, trying to merge lots of disparate information into one contact app. Terms were undisclosed by TechCrunch understands from multiple sources that this roughly equates to an acqui-hire scenario. Tinder says it is acquiring Humin’s technology and IP, while the founders… Read More

  • Tapstack App is a Snapchat for Grown-Ups, boosting long distance friendship

    Tapstack App is a Snapchat for Grown-Ups, boosting long distance friendship

    Back in 2013 I came across an intriguing startup in Berlin which had a genuinely original take on social networking (hard, even then). Sharing your mood intimately with someone had been confined largely to Snapchat. But the startup that became TapTalk wanted to mine that idea even further, with an ultra simple interface which was immediately engaging and addictive, and lent itself to long… Read More

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