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. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Pin Drop App Launches On US App Store With Smart New Features

    Pin Drop App Launches On US App Store With Smart New Features

    Pin Drop – an iPhone app and website which lets you save, organise, and share locations – has now launched on the US app store with new collaborative mapping features and the ability to have multiple profiles. We’ve been using it a lot in London, where it’s been taking off. It’s also had a privacy overhaul allowing the ability to toggle between making pins and… Read More

  • Sofatutor Raises Another €3.5M To Consolidate German Tuition Market

    Sofatutor Raises Another €3.5M To Consolidate German Tuition Market

    We haven’t heard from Sofatutor in a long old time. In 2012 they raised a ‘low million euro’ round from Acton Capital Partners, with existing investors. But their paid-for tuition service, which they’ve stuck to rigidly since they started, seems to attract investors. Today they’ve raised a third funding round to strengthen the company’s position in the… Read More

  • Buying Stuff Within A Tweet Is Reportedly Coming To Twitter Via Stripe

    Buying Stuff Within A Tweet Is Reportedly Coming To Twitter Via Stripe

    Soon you’ll be able to buy something straight from a Tweet, if the rumours come true. Tech site Re/code says sources have told it that Twitter is working with payments startup Stripe on the launch of its ‘in-tweet’ commerce project. Twitter is reportedly planning to add buttons within tweets that say “Buy”, or similar, allowing users to enter payment… Read More

  • German Regulator Backs Google Over Publishers, As Europe Gets Embarrassing

    German Regulator Backs Google Over Publishers, As Europe Gets Embarrassing

    German regulators will not pursue a complaint brought against Google by a group of publishers for giving users access to their news articles. A number of German publishers, including Axel Springer and Burda, brought the action under a group called VG Media to demand Google pay them for making their articles available to the public on the search engine without paying them. But Andreas Mundt… Read More

  • Apple Opens Battery Replacement Program For Affected iPhone 5 Units

    Apple Opens Battery Replacement Program For Affected iPhone 5 Units

    Apple has created an iPhone 5 battery replacement program after it released a statement saying that it had discovered a “very small percentage” of units “may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently.” This iPhone 5 battery replacement program is the second to arrive. Late last year, Apple had a replacement program for iPhone 5s… Read More

  • European Entrepreneurs Step Up To The Ice Bucket Challenge

    European Entrepreneurs Step Up To The Ice Bucket Challenge

    The Ice Bucket Challenge has wended it’s way around the world and is now gradually hitting the European tech startup community. After a little encouragement from my own attempt the duly nominated Alicia Navarro, cofounder and CEO of Skimlinks in London went and had almost her entire team dowsed in ice water (for which she donated money to ALS and the Malala Fund. Read More

  • Gleam Launches B2B Platform Based On Data From Its Fashion App

    Gleam Launches B2B Platform Based On Data From Its Fashion App

    Gleam, a fashion consumer app startup on iOS and Android that acts a discovery tool for new fashion and links to shops, has now launched a back-end B2B platform. Gleam raised a seed investment round of €940,000 from Faber Investments and Portugal Ventures in July last year. Gleam’s ‘Fashion Intelligence Platform’ lets brand that pay a subscription fee get real-time… Read More

  • KBS Ventures Expands Into Europe After Taking A Stake In Albion

    NYC based agency KBS (kirshenbaum bond senecal + partners) has acquired a majority stake in Albion, an integrated marketing agency based in London. Normally we would pass over such news as irrelevant to the tech scene, but KBS operates a venture arm which invests in startups. As a result of the investment, KBS plans to expand its Ventures unit to London, to be overseen by Albion founder and… Read More

  • Soundcloud Launches Ad Platform And Preps Ad-Free Subscription Service

    Soundcloud Launches Ad Platform And Preps Ad-Free Subscription Service

    Soundcloud has launched advertising on the platform for the first time. It’s understood that it will also start a new paid subscription service in the “coming months” to let listeners opt out of ads. It also appears to be in licensing talks with music labels over royalty payments and potential equity stakes – luring labels with promises of revenues and equity… Read More

  • European Investor Admits He Pestered Female Entrepreneur For Sex In “Deal” Email

    European Investor Admits He Pestered Female Entrepreneur For Sex In “Deal” Email

    Pavel Curda, a European angel investor, (now ex) contributor at The Next Web and mentor to several startups, has admitted to sending a sexually explicit, inappropriate email to a woman entrepreneur following a meeting during a conference, implying a “Deal” could be struck. While he has apologised, it’s since emerged that he sent the same email to another woman at the event. Read More

  • Uber Back Online In Berlin And Hamburg After Court Suspends Earlier Ban

    Uber Back Online In Berlin And Hamburg After Court Suspends Earlier Ban

    Four days after being banned in Berlin by local taxi regulators on safety grounds, Uber is back on track in both that city and Hamburg. The company just released a statement confirming the news after the presiding judge of the Berlin Administrative Court today suspended the regulator’s ban on Uber “until further notice”. The ruling said Uber can continue its business in… Read More

  • BlockTrail Secures Cash For Its Bitcoin Transactions Analysis Platform

    BlockTrail Secures Cash For Its Bitcoin Transactions Analysis Platform

    BlockTrail is a new platform for bitcoin analytics launched today by Amsterdam-based researchers BlockCorp. It’s secured €500,000 ($669,310) in funding from BlockCorp, which was set up by entrepreneur Boaz Bechar and VKontakte co-founder Lev Leviev. Competing with Blockchain.info and Blockr, the platform hopes to surface information about cryptocurrency transactions by creating… Read More

  • Purplebricks Gets Another £8M To Disrupt Real Estate Agencies In The UK

    Purplebricks Gets Another £8M To Disrupt Real Estate Agencies In The UK

    Purplebricks, the UK-based property startup which hopes to disrupt the agency model by charging a low fixed fee for transactions which normally cost thousands, has secured a £7 million investment – or a 30% stake – from Neil Woodford, one of Britain’s highest profile fund managers. An additional £1m has also been raised in this round from existing angel investors alongside… Read More

  • Data Shows Which UK VCs Have Been The Most Active In The Last 5 Years

    Data Shows Which UK VCs Have Been The Most Active In The Last 5 Years

    It was only at the end of last month that new data appeared showing that fundraising by European startups was emerging from the bad old days of 2001. Dow Jones VentureSource reported that they’d raised more than $2.8 billion from VCs in the second quarter of 2014. That data also showed the UK was the country to beat in Europe, since companies there had raised 28% of the total amount… Read More

  • JustPark Releases iOS App, Secures Funding From Index Ventures

    JustPark Releases iOS App, Secures Funding From Index Ventures

    Founded in 2006 when Anthony Eskinazi was just 23 years old, ParkatmyHouse seemed ever so slightly crazy at the time. Who would rent out their unused private drive way or church car park over the Internet? It turned out plenty of people would, and long before smartphone apps came along to make the whole process simpler, Eskinazi was plugging away at his vision, making it the UK’s… Read More

  • JukeDeck Creates Music, Automatic For The People

    JukeDeck Creates Music, Automatic For The People

    George Orwell once wrote about “an instrument known as a versificator” which composed words for songs without any human intervention. Heaven knows we are probably close to that with any Justin Bieber song these days, but the music sometimes still requires a human touch. But not any more, if new startup JukeDeck has anything to do with it. JukeDeck creates music automatically. It… Read More

  • GiveMeSport Might Be The HuffPo For Sport

    GiveMeSport Might Be The HuffPo For Sport

    It’s a weird move for a online content startup to launch a print magazine. Can you imagine Buzzfeed or the Huffington Post doing that? But that’s what GiveMeSport did this week, showcasing it’s new high-end quarterly title at a celeb-packed launch in London. Outside of the usual bluster, what co-founder and CEO Nick Thain appears to be doing is creating a sports destination… Read More

  • UK Prime Minister Holds First Ever Startup Pitch At Number 10 Downing Street

    UK Prime Minister Holds First Ever Startup Pitch At Number 10 Downing Street

    UK Prime Minister David Cameron played host to the first ever tech startup pitch event on a hot summer day at his residence yesterday, entertaining 10 high-growth tech companies, venture capitalists and angel investors. This was the equivalent of holding a pitch event at The White House. Despite its name, the “Pitch 10” event at Number 10 Downing Street was closer to a showcase… Read More

  • Eastern Europe Gets A New Venture Fund In Fiedler Capital

    Eastern Europe Gets A New Venture Fund In Fiedler Capital

    Central and Eastern Europe has got a new venture fund in Fiedler Capital. Headed up by managing partners Robert Hegedüs and Jordan Bocskov, the new seed and early-stage venture capital firm is looking to invest up to €250,000 in startups from Central and Eastern Europe and the Baltics. It’s headquartered in Vienna, Austria, but also has operations in Budapest, Hungary. They are looking… Read More

  • UK To Put Driverless Cars On Public Roads By January

    UK To Put Driverless Cars On Public Roads By January

    The UK is planning to allow driverless cars to use public roads by next year. At the moment, autonomous vehicles are only allowed on private roads. It’s expected that the first vehicles will be seen on some British streets by January next year. Previously, the Department for Transport had said it would allow self-driving cars to be trialled on public roads by the end of 2013. Last… Read More