Mike Butcher

Mike Butcher

Mike Butcher is TechCrunch's "Editor At Large." As such he has a roving brief to write about Startups, Venture Capital, technology trends and emerging markets. A former grunge rock drummer, he became a long-time journalist, and has since written for UK national newspapers and magazines including The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The New Statesman. Mike is also a co-founder and shareholder of TechHub, a service company for startups with several locations in Europe.

Mike is the founder and on the steering committee of Coadec, the Coalition for a Digital Economy, which works to lobby for legislation that fosters a sustainable and innovative digital economy for the UK. He also serves on the Mayor of London’s "Smart London" Board, advising on Smart Cities and Entrepreneurship.

A former editor of New Media Age magazine and he was also an Executive Editor on the European edition of The Industry Standard magazine. Since 1996 he has launched or re-launched numerous media web sites.

In 2000 he was nominated as NetMedia’s European Internet Journalist of the Year. In 2004 he 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 he named as one of the Top 100 people in London’s creative industry by The Independent newspaper. In August 2008 his coverage of the European tech scene was honoured in the best “Web 2.0 and business blog” category by Computer Weekly magazine. In 2009 Mike was named one of the Top 10 bloggers on Twitter in the UK. In October 2009 he was named one of the Top 50 most influential Britons in technology by The Daily Telegraph newspaper. In 2010, 2011 and 2012 he was named as one of Britain’s Top 100 “digital power-brokers” by Wired UK magazine. 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, and again in 2011.

He has spoken at the prestigious Monaco Media Forum and Le Web, among many other conferences, and has been a Davos / World Economic Forum "Media Leader". Mike is a regular commentator on the technology business, appearing on BBC News, Sky News, Channel 4 and Bloomberg. Personal blog: mbites.com | Twitter: @mikebutcher | Linkedin.com/in/mikebutcher | Facebook.com/mikebutcher | Google+: Gplus.to/mikegbutcher

Mike supports:

Apps For Good: A non-profit which aims to ignite a passion for technology and social enterprise in young people in the UK. TeenTech: Which runs events to help young teenagers see career possibilities in Science, Engineering and Technology. Coderdojo: Free not-for-profit coding clubs and regular sessions for young people in the UK, Ireland and US. Code Club: A UK nationwide network of volunteer-led after school coding clubs for children aged 9-11. Young Rewired State: The philanthropic arm of Rewired State – which aims to foster the young children and teenagers who will become tomorrow's technology stars. TeenTechEvent: A non-profit which runs one-day events to help young teenagers see the wide range of career possibilities in Science, Engineering and Technology. YoungRewiredState: A non-profit network of software developers and designers aged 18 and under.

Disclosures (reviewed, approved and signed off by TechCrunch/AOL): I'm a Co-founder and 50% owner of a co-working space in London, TechHub, established because it solved a problem for startups back in 2009, and today (I'm a strategic adviser only – not operational or 'commercial'). I'm the founder and chair of "The Europas" annual tech startups awards for European startups and its associated events. I'm on the advisory board of The Coalition For A Digital Economy, a UK non-profit which argues for a 'digital first' approach to business legislation. I'm an advisor to Seedrs.com, a crowd funding platform, but I maintain journalistically independent views on crowd-funding. I hold 11 shares in BT which makes about $10 a year in dividends and I can't be bothered to cancel.

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    Bio-Fuel Powered Electric Triplane Launches On Kickstarter

    We thought Triplanes disappeared after World War One. But a new startup aims to bring them back in a new hybrid electric aircraft, powered by biofuel. FaradAir is now raising money on Kickstarter to achieve its initial funding goals for its plane. The Bio-Electric-Hybrid-Aircraft or BEHA for short, aims to be the world’s first ‘Hybrid’ eco-friendly aircraft, but won’t… Read More

  • Pop-Up Shops Startup Appear Here Raises $7.5M, Led By Balderton Capital

    Pop-Up Shops Startup Appear Here Raises $7.5M, Led By Balderton Capital

    Appear Here, a marketplace for retail space aiding and abetting the fashionable craze of ‘pop-up’ shops, has raised a significant $7.5 million of new funding, in a round led by Balderton Capital. Existing investors MMC, Forward and Meyer Bergman also took part in the round, which follows on from a £1m fundraising in November 2013. The investment will be spent on customer service… Read More

  • Den Is A New UK Home Automation Platform, Raising Crowd Financing

    Den Is A New UK Home Automation Platform, Raising Crowd Financing

    It’s strange, because until now most home automation system which involve accessing the power outlets seems to have been designed for nerds to show off their ‘touch sensitive’ switches. But it’s taken a 19-year-old from Kent, England to produce a power socket aimed at the mainstream UK market which carries a real switch, that looks just like any other, but which… Read More

  • Grabyo Secures $2M From Celeb Sports Stars For Rights-Friendly Social Video

    Grabyo Secures $2M From Celeb Sports Stars For Rights-Friendly Social Video

    Video-focused startup Grabyo, which has a second-screen offering and partners with TV broadcasters to allow TV viewers to legally share real-time clips of its content, has landed $2m in funding from a clutch of globally recognised sports stars. UK Premier League Soccer stars Cesc Fabregas and Robin Van Persie, New York Red Bulls star Thierry Henry and current NBA champion Tony Parker are… Read More

  • The XOO Belt Which Charges A Smartphone Joins With Iconic UK Fashion House

    The XOO Belt Which Charges A Smartphone Joins With Iconic UK Fashion House

    Nifty, a hardware startup which has previously turned heads which it’s clever SD card (the MiniDrive) designed to expand the memory of ultra books like Macbook Air’s, has come up with a new product. The XOO Belt is a designer belt that will charge a smartphone. Launched recently on IndieGoGo, it packs 2,100mAh of power – enough to fully charge an iPhone 6 with power to… Read More

  • EU’s New #VATMOSS Rules Could Create A #VATMESS For Startups

    EU’s New #VATMOSS Rules Could Create A #VATMESS For Startups

    New EU VAT regulations could end up being extremely onerous for early-stage tech startups and could drastically slow sales of digital products in the 28-member state block. The new rules are an attempt to curb the big web giants like Amazon, Google and Twitter from funneling all EU sales through Low-VAT Luxembourg. But with no threshold to exempt tiny small businesses – including… Read More

  • IncuBus Accellerator On A Double Decker Bus

    IncuBus — The Tech Startup Incubator Based On A Double-Decker London Bus

    IncuBusLDN is literally an incubator and co-working space on wheels, based on a renovated, red ‘double decker’ London bus, parked close to the ‘Tech City’ tech startup cluster in East London. The bus features a ‘Confession Booth’ – a two person meeting booth, for video conferences; the top deck co-working space with a view; and fast broadband. Aiming… Read More

  • Tyba Pulls In Another $3.1M To Scale Up Its Graduate Recruitment Platform

    Tyba Pulls In Another $3.1M To Scale Up Its Graduate Recruitment Platform

    Tyba – a “junior recruitment market” aimed at allowing companies like tech startups to more efficiently hire university and college graduates – last year raised $1.3 million in an investment round led by Sunstone Capital. It’s now raised another $3.1 million, once again from Sunstone Capital and a new investor, the VC fund Impulse, which is part of the Kuwaiti… Read More

  • Prezi Secures $57M Growth Round From Spectrum And Accel, Passes 50M Users

    Prezi Secures $57M Growth Round From Spectrum And Accel, Passes 50M Users

    Prezi, the cloud presentation platform that has been gradually eating away at Microsoft’s Powerpoint market share for the last few years, is poised to become a far more mainstream product than some might have previously thought. It’s making two major announcements today. The first — announced today on stage at Slush in Helsinki — is that it has secured a $57 million… Read More

  • Music Hardware Maker ROLI Acquires JUCE, A Key Music Industry Framework

    Music Hardware Maker ROLI Acquires JUCE, A Key Music Industry Framework

    ROLI, which makes the innovative Seaboard Grand, a completely new type of keyboard musical instrument, has acquired JUCE, a long-time C++ framework which has, over the last few years, come to be used by most of the leading audio companies such as Korg, Pioneer, Arturia, Akai Professional, and M-Audio. Terms were not disclosed. The significance of this move may be lost on the average tech… Read More

  • Finexkap, Offering Working Capital to SMBs In France, Raises $22.5M

    Finexkap, Offering Working Capital to SMBs In France, Raises $22.5M

    Finexkap, a web platform offering working capital to small businesses in France, has now raised $22.5 million, comprising of a $7.5m Series A equity round and a further $15m, which will be used to finance the platform’s first flurry of deals. Finexkap is the first French working capital financing platform to purchase SMEs’ receivables on the web through refinancing The company… Read More

  • New Nokia Tablet

    Video: Nokia’s New Small Tablet, The N1, Is A Showcase For Its Z Launcher

    Nokia unveiled a new tablet at Slush today in Helsinki. The part of Nokia that did not get sold off to Microsoft launched the N1, a iPad-Mini-sized tablet, with a 7.9-inch screen, running Android Lollipop OS. As you can see from the video Nokia is really pushing its Android homescreen, the Z Launcher which allows you to scribble a letter on the screen to call up a specific app, and has… Read More

  • Two Minutes With TechCrunch! 3PM Today At The Entrance To #Slush14

    Two Minutes With TechCrunch! 3PM Today At The Entrance To #Slush14

    Given that there are 14,000 people at the Slush startup conference in Helsinki, making meetings with people is tough, so if you want to grab two minutes with a TechCrunch Editor (me) at the event, you can come and meet me at the entrance to the venue, just inside. I will just sit in one place and not move. I’ll be there 3pm to 4pm (maybe 5pm) today, so come and say hi and pitch your… Read More

  • Obillex Secures £3M, Led by Dawn Capital, To Disrupt Small Biz Financing

    There are two big problems waiting to be solved in small business finance. Small businesses find it hard to access working capital at good rates. And lots of investors have capital lying around doing nothing, looking for somewhere to be deployed. Obillex is a new startup that, quite simply, matches up the two. Thus, ‘early payments finance’ startup Obillex has secured £3m in… Read More

  • Most People Prefer The iPhone 6, But The 6 Plus Is Selling OK, Says Analyst

    Most People Prefer The iPhone 6, But The 6 Plus Is Selling OK, Says Analyst

    Turns out you weren’t the only one that thought the new iPhone 6 Plus is just too big to carry around as a normal phone. A new study suggests [PDF] that the sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are largely driven by the 4.7-inch model. However, while forming less of the sales figures, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus has still captured a sizeable market share in Apple’s sales. On the flip… Read More

  • As Developers Depart, Google Glass Is Ready To Become This Era’s Segway

    As Developers Depart, Google Glass Is Ready To Become This Era’s Segway

    Just over 18 months ago Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said he found having to talk to Google Glass out loud “the weirdest thing” and admitted that there would be “places where Google Glass are inappropriate.” Well, hello! I think the average person could have told Google this long before they spent millions developing the thing, and as I wrote at the time, the product… Read More

  • Mind Candy Reports Losses As Moshi Fades And It Pins Hopes On Warriors

    Mind Candy Reports Losses As Moshi Fades And It Pins Hopes On Warriors

    As was widely predicted after Mind Candy’s Moshi Monsters smash-hit game failed to make the shift from Web to mobile in any meaningful way — apart from a few cursory apps — its financial results looked dismal. The company has announced that it lurched to a net loss of £2.2 million ($3.5 million) in 2013, after making an £8 million profit in 2012. Kids have clearly left… Read More

  • EyeFocus Accelerator Launches In Berlin

    EyeFocus Accelerator Launches In Berlin To Focus On Eye-care Startups

    A new startup accelerator launch in Berlin this week. But while there are accelerators dotted all over Berlin, this one will be ‘laser-focused’ on startups in the area of the human eye. The EyeFocus Accelerator claims to be world’s first accelerator focussed on eye-care. It plans to invest up to 20,000 Euros into startups that are helping prevent, cure, and live with… Read More

  • CubeSensors Now Sensing Sleep

    CubeSensors Will Now Monitor Your Sleeping Environment

    CubeSensors is a startup that makes small, pretty stylish, connected devices that monitor rooms, feeding back information about air quality, temperature, and other things. It was a star performer at our TechCrunch Hardware Battlefield during CES 2014. It’s now produced an update to its Cubes which monitors your bedroom environment to help you get a good night’s sleep. CubeSensors… Read More

  • Aeromobil Is A Flying Car With A Top Speed of 124 MPH… On Land

    Aeromobil Is A Flying Car With A Top Speed of 124 MPH… On Land

    At the recent 2014 Pioneers Festival in Vienna, we caught up with the founders of Aeromobil, Stefan Klein and Juraj Vaculik, who unveiled version 3.0 of their swing-wing, six-meter-long steel and carbon-fiber flying car. The Aeromobil, designed and built in Slovakia, has a flight range of 543 miles or 875 kilometres, or can drive with a top speed of up to 124 mph or 200 km/h. Pretty fast… Read More

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