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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  • 3Bill acquires Profile Heaven, plans MoSo relaunch

    In a small acquisition UK mobile services provider 3Bill has acquired UK social network Profile Heaven for an undisclosed sum. The youth-focused network will be integrated with 3Bll’s mobile software and content platform, presumably as yet another of the many attempts to crack the mobile social (MoSo) networking nut. A relaunch of the site is planned for early summer of 2008 focusing… Read More

  • Google's brand soars, but I don't recall them advertising

    Is Google really the “highest regarded brand in the UK” as the FT writes? Apparently it’s overtaken the BBC, Microsoft and British Airways to become the most highly regarded business brand. “It’s times like this that investment in building engagement, trust and loyalty with a customer base really gets the successful businesses through difficulties caused by… Read More

  • German start-ups tripled in 2007

    Europe: The number of new internet firms started in Germany in 2007 more than tripled compared with the previous year, according to a survey by tech blog Deutsche-startups.de. Some 323 new web firms were registered last year, up from 97 the previous year, and 50 in 2005, although it looks like the growth will slow this year. The 2007 total was the highest in the last five years. Most new… Read More

  • Where is your Bucks of Woodside?

    Over many years Bucks of Woodside in Silicon Valley has become known as a place where entrepreneurs and venture capitalists meet over coffee or brunch to discuss their next project. As you can see from the video of owner Jamis Macniven below, Hotmail was started there, at table 15. Of course, other ‘normal’ people go there for breakfast, but it helps that you can ‘run… Read More

  • LouderVoice plans major upgrade

    Ireland-based reviews aggregator LouderVoice is prepping a new version soon and blogged about it today. Some of the things we can expect to see include a busier home page with more links to reviews, as well as: • Reviews and comments in-site so you no longer need a blog to write full reviews
    • Review images
    • Instant sign-up
    • Instant sign-up via SMS
    • Community features enabling you… Read More

  • London offices too expensive for startups?

    It’s a truism to say property is expensive in London. And the latest victim of rising prices is – ironically enough – real estate search engine Nestoria, which is moving out of its current home “because the building is to be renovated and turned into luxury flats.” However, despite the nostalgia associated with “little quirks like the window that never… Read More

  • Badoo breaks 13m users, relaunch soon

    Badoo, the UK-based social network where you literally vote yourself to the front page via text message, plans a site relaunch this week. Last week it hit 13 million users. Recently I sat down with Lucy George, global communications director, to tease out the background to this sleeping giant. In 2006 the site started with seven languages but never intended to launch in the UK. The business… Read More

  • What's the best startup model for Europe?


    I recently met with Yoav Andrew Leitersdorf, managing partner with YL Ventures. YL is a VC with offices in the Netherlands, Israel and Silicon Valley. Leitersdorf thinks his business model of ‘flipping’ tech companies faster is better applied in Europe than trying to create a massive startup in the way US firms do. Here’s how the idea goes: YL looks for tech companies with… Read More

  • Seedcamp sets out its stall

    It was a fascinating experience watching startups at Seedcamp last year (not least because we re-launched TechCrunch UK there). I note from their site that Seedcamp Week 2008 will take place from September 8-12 this year, and if you have an early stage startup then it might be interesting for you to apply. The one drawback with Seedcamp is that while the winners do get investment, it’s… Read More

  • Why are Dopplr profiles so sparse?

    Dopplr is often cited as one of the hottest startups in the UK. It’s ability to allow you to see what city the people your social network are going to be in the future is very clever. It also spans both the consumer web and the enterprise. But it remains a little quirky round the edges (perhaps part of its appeal). Today their new Community Design Manager is asking users for feedback on… Read More

  • Kublax wins further funding

    Kublax, a startup site which syncs all your bank accounts, utilities, and loyalty schemes has won a further round of angel investment from Digitalents Capital, Five Ventures, Omnis Mundi Invest AG, The Accelerator Group (TAG). The amount was not released but we understand it was less than a million euros. Kublax was a winner of Seedcamp 2007, a Europe-wide initiative by Venture Capital firms… Read More

  • Buzzspotr's location-based social networking

    Buzzspotr is a new site designed to mashup social messaging systems like Twitter with a user’s location and alow them to see their social network on a map. Currently in private pre-alpha, the site is spun out of the I-Together startup who are better known for their Blog friends Facebook application which has around 20,000 users so far. The Buzzspotr pitch is that it lets you find where… Read More

  • EU startups getting name-checked

    A bunch of European startups are getting name-checked right now, whether it be selected for demo fights or ‘programmes’ – so I though it worth just listing these so we can all check them out. First off the Plugg Start-Ups Rally 2008 has evaluated about 65 submissions from 18 European countries and 20 of them have been picked for the rally. They are: 1. 123people
    2. Alenty … Read More

  • TechCrunch is over? I'll get my coat…

    Apparently TechCrunch hates community and it’s all over for us. Who knew? According to Umair Haque, your friendly neighbourhood UK digital strategist, we’re all now tired of TechCrunch (apart from TCUK, thanks Umair, I owe you a pint now). His argument is that TechCrunch is “peaking”, it doesn’t invest in the “community” and instead gets its attention… Read More

  • Web Mission: Last chance to get your entries in

    Monday is the last chance you can submit your startup to Web Mission 08, the trip to Silicon Valley for 20 lucky UK firms (I wrote about it all here). So get your entries in! This is going to be an amazing opportunity to make connections in Silicon Valley and hang out with your fellow UK startups. As if that wasn’t enough TechCrunch is a media partner, and I’m going too. Read More

  • Facebook's UK numbers are down. Meh.

    Yes, it is worth noting that Facebook’s user base in the UK actually dropped between December and January for the first time ever. It’s uniques dropped 5% to 8.5 million, while MySpace UK, in the No 2 slot, also dropped 5%, to 5 million and Bebo dropped only 2% to 4 million. But here’s the reality check, people: THAT WAS OVER THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS. Facebook’s audience… Read More

  • Music video aggregator Musicbrigade shutters

    European News: Stockholm-based music video startup Musicbrigade has closed . It provided Channel 4’s music video content, reports PC. Started in 1999, Musicbrigade provided a video repertoire from the four major labels and others, allowing channel4.com users to access to thousands of videos plus rate videos and make shareable playlists. However, many labels now use other means… Read More

  • As 3i leave early stage VC, where next for startups?

    Confirming my story last month, 3i is indeed leaving early stage venture capital. The UK-based VC and buyouts house is merging its VC unit with its growth capital unit, confirms PEHub. The new focus for 3i’s venture chief Jo Taylor will be later stage technology, media and telecommunications and healthcare. The loss of 3i is a blow to European venture capital, though not unexpected… Read More

  • Is Blyk on the blink for subscribers?


    European ad-funded startup MVNO Blyk may not be hitting the numbers. Media buyers – who were lined-up to buy the text and MMS ads sent to teens who were supposed to subscribe in return for Blyk’s (almost) free network – are worried the subscriber base is not looking so good. NMA reports that fewer than 30,000 people have signed up in the first five months. Given that most… Read More

  • Price comparison sites are going, going, gone…

    A shake-out in price comparison sites in the UK – and possibly in the US – looks imminent after Experian said it was reviewing its online price comparison shopping service PriceGrabber and has “lots of interest from private-equity and listed companies”. The statement came after reports suggested the credit checking company is looking to sell the business. Experian… Read More