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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  • GoCardless Debit Payments

    GoCardless Launches Enterprise Direct Debits, Secures The Guardian

    GoCardless is a Y Combinator alum which created a simple way for online businesses to set up and accept direct debit payments. Why is this important, I hear you ask? Well, out there in the rest of the world, recurring payments are almost always driven by direct debit transactions from bank accounts, a market which is not well developed in the US, but happens to be highly developed… Read More

  • Alert David Hockney — FiftyThree Opens Mix Platform, Updates App For Fine Drawing

    Alert David Hockney — FiftyThree Opens Mix Platform, Updates App For Fine Drawing

    FiftyThree, maker of the fine-art drawing app Paper and its accompanying iPad stylus ‘Pencil’ unveiled an online platform accessible within the app called Mix. This third phase of the company saw it entering the real of cloud collaboration, allowing its users to literally drawn, sketch and re-mix each-other’s creatives works. Today Mix stops being an invite-only platform and… Read More

  • Seen.co Secures $1.25M From Horizons Ventures And KEC To Capture Live Social Events

    Seen.co Secures $1.25M From Horizons Ventures And KEC To Capture Live Social Events

    As a graduate of The New York Times Company’s “timeSpace” accelerator, New York startup Seen has been plying its wares since 2012, when capturing real-time events via social media was still relatively new and chaotic. They pitched it as a space in between Twitter and Google News. A number of competitors have arisen to also have a go at this area. Rebelmouse came out the same… Read More

  • Matomy Media Acquires Austrian Mobile Ad Platform MobFox For $17.6M

    In a move to increase its mobile capabilities, Israel’s Matomy Media Group is to acquire Austrian mobile-advertising specialist MobFox for $17.6 million in cash and shares ($10.1 million in cash and $7.5 million respectively). Read More

  • The US Breeds The Most Unicorns, But The Rest Of The World Is Catching Up

    The US Breeds The Most Unicorns, But The Rest Of The World Is Catching Up

    Most startups that achieved a $1 billion valuation in the past decade came from outside Silicon Valley, according to research from London-based VC Atomico, the VC fund created by by Skype co-founder Niklas Zennström. Atomico looked at 136 companies that reached the billion-dollar mark after an IPO, sale or publicly-declared funding round over the past 10 years. It found 61% of these… Read More

  • UK Startups Failing To Explain Equity To Employees

    UK Startups Failing To Explain Equity To Employees

    Earlier this year TechCrunch promoted a “2014 Startup Salary Survey”, created by a number of credible players in the UK startup community. Enternships; Seedcamp; ICE; and Gordon & Eden came together to try to bring some clear data and transparency to the UK’s startup scene in terms of salaries, including data around the proliferation of share options amongst staff… Read More

  • United Ventures Closes Fund At $80M, Plans To Take Italian Talent Global

    United Ventures Closes Fund At $80M, Plans To Take Italian Talent Global

    Last year two Italian VC firms and an institutional player combined to from United Ventures, based out of Milan. They closed a first round of funding at €30 million ($39M) but aimed for €50 million. It was a welcome move as the Italian tech scene has formerly languished through lack of funds, despite a growing entrepreneurial and startup scene, as we’ve seen in the last few years… Read More

  • The Media Nuke That Is TechCrunch Disrupt

    The Media Nuke That Is TechCrunch Disrupt

    I told you so. For the last few months in the run-up to TechCrunch Disrupt in London last week, I’d been telling everyone I knew in Europe that what we were bringing would be a different type of event to this global city. The first aspect of this was that, unlike 99% of conferences out there, no-one appearing on stage at Disrupt remains unchallenged about what they say. We rack up… Read More

  • Octopus Ventures De-Cloaks — Reveals Its ‘Evergreen’ £60m Early Stage Fund

    Octopus Ventures De-Cloaks — Reveals Its ‘Evergreen’ £60m Early Stage Fund

    Octopus Ventures (CrunchBase listing) has become one of the most active early stage investors in the UK, backing many early individuals and businesses which went on to greater heights. These include backing Alex Chesterman all the way from Screen Select to LOVEFiLM and then from the early stages of Zoopla through to IPO. Another example is William Reeve, also from Screen Select and the… Read More

  • Mailcloud Raises $2.8m For Real-Time Email And Messaging For Teams

    Mailcloud Raises $2.8m For Real-Time Email And Messaging For Teams

    Mailcloud, where users connect their email account and organise their entire history of emails, files and content into folders sorted by person, has raised seed funding, bringing its total funding to $2.8 million. The funding is from Octopus Investments, with Bessemer Venture partners completing its first seed round in Europe. The round also includes Xavier Niel’s Kima Ventures… Read More

  • Arago Secures $55M From PE Firm KKR To Automate Enterprise IT

    KKR, a private equity firm, is investing about $55 million in Arago AG, a company that develops artificial-intelligence software that companies can use to cut costs. The Germany based company is headed up by tech legend Chris Boos and Dr. Bernhard Walther. The main competitor to Arago is IPSoft. Boos says the market opportunity is $1.2 trillion. Read More

  • To Stay In The Game, European VCs Wake Up To Offering Services And Software

    To Stay In The Game, European VCs Wake Up To Offering Services And Software

    As the European tech startup market becomes yet more crowded with investors and accelerators, those investors are realising they are – gasp! – going to have to start working harder to differentiate themselves from their peers in the venture community. For some, that means offering more seed stage investment, for instance. But money, famously, can’t buy you all the love, so… Read More

  • Our Finals Judges For The TechCrunch Disrupt Europe Startup Battlefield Competition

    Our Finals Judges For The TechCrunch Disrupt Europe Startup Battlefield Competition

    A central part of any Disrupt event is the Startup Battlefield competition, and at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe there will be no exception to this. At this event, new companies introduce themselves to the world that day, with most launching to the public right there and then. Some companies that have launched from the Startup Battlefield include Yammer, Dropbox, Mint.com, Tripit and CloudFlare… Read More

  • Europe’s Tech Ecosystem Gets The TechCrunch Disrupt Treatment

    Europe’s Tech Ecosystem Gets The TechCrunch Disrupt Treatment

    TechCrunch Disrupt Europe is coming! Next week in fact! Saturday and Sunday will feature the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon (free tickets for hackers and hacker-watchers), followed by two days of full-blown conference, with interviews and panels with Europe’s best entrepreneurs and investors. Get the last tickets here. The conference will also see us discuss the European tech startup… Read More

  • New Wearables Incubator Claims To Be A First In Europe

    New Wearables Incubator Claims To Be A First In Europe

    Wearable World, best known as the San Francisco-based conference and media site, is to launch what it claims is the first ever purely wearable technology accelerator and incubator programme in Europe. The Labs will be headed yup by Marcus Sandberg, a co-founder of Proleads (and a former member of the Swedish Special Forces). Sandberg will lead a team of 5 at the incubator, which launches on 22… Read More

  • Skylable Secures Investment From Sunstone For Open Source Storage

    Skylable Secures Investment From Sunstone For Open Source Storage

    In the rarified world of ‘private data clouds’ a handful of companies dominate. On the open source side, Red Hat acquired Ceph for $175m and Gluster for $136m. Then there was EMC, which acquired ScaleIO for $200m. Now a UK company thinks it has come up with a new kind of open source storage technology designed to build private data clouds. Skylable Sx claims it has had 110,000+… Read More

  • Wahanda Raises Another $26M And Acquires Germany’s Salonmeister

    Wahanda Raises Another $26M And Acquires Germany’s Salonmeister

    Hair and beauty marketplace, Wahanda, has been keeping quiet of late, which, in the world of startups, usually means something’s afoot. Thus, we learn today that it’s announcing the acquisition of Salonmeister, its German equivalent. In addition, it’s also raised a further $26 million in growth-funding from RGIP, Fidelity Growth Partners and Lepe Partners this year. So a… Read More

  • Berlin-Based App Discovery Engine Xyo Acquired By NASDAQ-Listed Mandalay

    Berlin-Based App Discovery Engine Xyo Acquired By NASDAQ-Listed Mandalay

    Creativity cannot be bought or sold. It’s like an atomic particle. It emerges in one place, is held for a while in one entity, but is then moved from one form to another. So it is that one of the most creative startups to emerge from Berlin in recent years has today been acquired. Mandalay Digital Group, a NASDAQ listed provider of mobile technology, has acquired Xyo, a mobile app… Read More

  • Last Chance To Exhibit At Disrupt, And Maybe Make It To The Main Battlefield

    Last Chance To Exhibit At Disrupt, And Maybe Make It To The Main Battlefield

    The clock is ticking on the last available slots to exhibit your startup in Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe in two weeks time (October 20-21). Startup Alley is jam-packed with early stage companies showing off their talent and technology to attendees at Disrupt — which includes many investors. Different companies exhibit on both days of the conference and companies exhibit… Read More

  • FinTech Leads From The Front At TechCrunch Disrupt Europe In Two Weeks

    FinTech Leads From The Front At TechCrunch Disrupt Europe In Two Weeks

    TechCrunch Disrupt Europe is on 18-21st October, in London. Saturday and Sunday will feature TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon, followed by two days of full-blown conference, with interviews and panels with Europe’s best entrepreneurs and VCs. Get tickets while they are still at the Early bird price. With so much of the financial world leaving the cosseted environments of the enterprise… Read More

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