Mike Butcher

Mike Butcher

Mike Butcher is the Editor-At-Large of TechCrunch. Mike is also involved in a project to bring European technology entrepreneurs and investors together in a club environment called TechHub, in London initially.

A long time journalist, Mike has written for U.K. national newspapers and magazines including The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The New Statesman. He 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 he has launched numerous media web sites and 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 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 U.K., by the readers of Computer Weekly magazine. In 2009 it was named as one of the Top 10 blogs out of the U.K.

Also in 2009 he was named one of the Top 10 bloggers on Twitter in the U.K. In October 2009 he was named one of the Top 50 most influential Britons in technology by The Daily Telegraph. In April 2010 he was named as one of Britain's Top 100 ""digital power-brokers"" by Wired UK magazine. In November 2010 he was named as one of London's most influential people in New Media and ""king of dotcom commentators"" by The Evening Standard Newspaper. In February he was listed as one of the Top 100 most influential people on Twitter in the UK. He has spoken at the prestigious Monaco Media Forum and Le Web, among many other conferences. Mike is a regular commentator on the technology business, appearing on BBC News, Sky News, Channel 4, and Bloomberg.

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  • NextWeb – Startup pitches round 2

    NextWeb: Startup pitches round 2 Netlog
    Netlog are really well known in Europe but here is how they pitched it: A European social networking platform. They have a timeline (it’s a newsfeed guys!). Now over 30m members, 4bn pages views, localised in 15 languages, 20 countries. Even a Catalonian version. Advertisers include Nokia and Fox (The Simpsons). Won a number of awards. Plans are… Read More

  • NextWeb – Open widgets stand against locked-down systems?

    NextWeb live blog: Khris Loux, CEO and co-founder of Web widget provider JS-Kit had a talk entitled “Web 3.0 or Web 3D?, The Decentralization, Disaggregation and Democratization of the Web”. JS-Kit is growing a suite of widgets that will help site owners optimize their website content, eventually allowing website owners to easily optimize their site based on how people surf… Read More

  • NextWeb – Digg wants to predict better

    NextWeb live blog:
    Keynote Discussion: Scott Rafer & Kevin Rose
    “Inside look at Serial Entrepreneurship” [Health warning: Live notes, excuse typos, much of this is paraphrased quotes] Kevin:

    The nice thing about starting in the early days was not having too much traffic. Not worrying about “features”. Now it takes a long time to get stuff done. We have a huge dept… Read More

  • NextWeb – Wikia is a user-controlled work in progress

    NextWeb blog: Gil Penchina, CEO Wikia gave a talk about about “Giving insane levels of control to your customers”. What has he learned? Most people really are good, there are a few bad apples who spam your site, but the passionate outweigh the bad guys. Empowering customers is not easy, it takes faith and persistence, requires tools and SOftware, It’s about building a a… Read More

  • NextWeb: Startup pitches round 1

    NextWeb live blog: Here are live blog notes form the first round of startups pitches. (Apologies for typos, I’ll add more links shortly). [All were looking for funding of some sort except IntroNiche]. CoComment
    Their pitch: Very hard to track conversations, but CoComment makes this possible. Comments are the dark matter of the web . You can use tools like feed readers, but quickly you… Read More

  • NextWeb – How to deal with VCs

    NextWeb live blog: Adeo Ressi, Entrepreneur, Environmentalist, and founding member of TheFunded.com gave a amazingly detailed and blunt rap about who to deal with VCs – who he is clearly cynical about. Among a range of points he said there are more VCs working against startups than for them. But the good news is that everyone is waiting for you to show up at their door with your dream. Read More

  • NextWeb – The end of the old web


    NextWeb coverage: TechCrunch’s Erick Schonfeld opened the Next Web conference posing the question – what happens when you ‘blow up’ with the Web with new models? New models such as the widgetization of the web and de-centralised services which can live in many places across the web just not at home base are changing the ‘old’ web game. Advertising on the web… Read More

  • Lookery makes a bold play for European social ads market

    Lookery, a startup that places ads on social apps inside social networks like Facebook and Bebo, is already offering a guaranteed ad rate, and recently went to 12.5 cents for every thousand impressions in a promotion through April. Today CEO Scott Rafer announced to European web startups and developers attending The Next Web conference in Amsterdam (and 1,000 watching live online) that Lookery… Read More

  • Twingly launches spam-free Euro blog search engine

    Twingly, a new Europe-focused blog search engine which TechCrunch wrote about in January, has today entered private beta. You can sign up for an invitation on the home page, or go here for an instant invitation (the first 2,000 get in). The pitch from them (they are also demo-ing at The Next Web)is that the engine has “no spam” search – in other words it only queries blogs… Read More

  • This blog is now in transit

    As I’m heading to Amsterdam to cover The Next Web conference on Thursday/Friday, this blog will be a little quiet for the few hours of catching taxis, going through security, removing shoes, spilling coffee on the plane, searching for Tram signs and checking into hotels. Both myself and TechCrunch’s co-editor, Erick Schonfeld will be at the conference (he’s chairing it). And… Read More

  • Aspire to your missionary position?

    New UK startup MyMission2 works like a dating site to get people who want to do things matched up with people who want to help them do it. The site launched this week. Former Jiglu CEO Nigel Cannings has left (profiled here) to join MyMission2. He retains a stake in Jiglu. Steve Hebditch, the original founder, re-enters the CEO chair of Jiglu. David Ashford is CEO MyMission2’s… Read More

  • What Segala's Paul Walsh isn't doing

    Despite his multiple status updates on Facebook last night saying he’d sold his company, I can exclusively reveal that Paul Walsh, serial twitterer, blogger, Qik-er and UK-based CEO, is not, after-all, selling his business Segala, a company which issues certification for Web services and mobile services. Why do I know this? Because unlike the hordes of people congratulating him on the… Read More

  • School of Everything wins roster of seed investors

    London-based School of Everything has secured a round of seed investment to the tune of £350,000. The investors are Web veteran Esther Dyson, Swiss investor Rocco Pellegrinelli, British Telecom’s JP Rangaswami and Channel 4 Education. The Young Foundation – which helped incubate the startup – also invested in this round. Rangaswami and Pellegrinelli will join CEO Paul… Read More

  • Sniff your friends location via Facebook

    A new service, Sniff, has developed a new cell service that gives people an electronic map showing the location of their friends, write The Times in London. The Social Network Integrated Friend Finder (Sniff) can be accessed by Facebook or cell phone and is already popular in Scandinavia. Sniff is run by Useful Networks, which is owned by Liberty Media. Sniff says only consumers who give… Read More

  • Twinity metaverse wins new backers

    Berlin start-up Metaversum, the developer and operator of the virtual world Twinity, has won a new investor in the form of Balderton Capital. The exact amount has not been released but it’s understood to be in the ‘multi million Euro’ range. Metaversum is adding to investment from VC Grazia Equity. Balderton, better known in its previous incarnation as Benchmark Capital… Read More

  • Sniff your friends' location on Facebook

    A new service, Sniffu, has developed a new cell service that gives people an electronic map showing the location of their friends, writes The Times of London. The Social Network Integrated Friend Finder (Sniff) can be accessed by Facebook or cell phone and is already popular in Scandinavia. Sniff is run by Useful Networks, which is owned by Liberty Media. Sniff says only consumers who give… Read More

  • Twinity metaverse wins Balderton backing

    Berlin start-up Metaversum, the developer and operator of the virtual world Twinity, has won a new investor in the form of Balderton Capital. The exact amount has not been released but it’s understood to be in the ‘multi million Euro’ range. Metaversum is adding to investment from VC Grazia Equity. Balderton, better known in its previous incarnation as Benchmark Capital… Read More

  • One of our VCs is missing

    People join organisations, people leave organisations. But some leave and are then literally air-brushed out of history. Just take Trotsky. One minute you’re in the photo with Lenin. The next minute you’re not (and you’ve got an ice-pick in your head). So it is with companies. But are the rumours true that Sonali De Rycker, partner at Atlas Venture (backers of Zoopla, Moo… Read More

  • Fav.or.it to bring all comments back to your blog

    Fav.or.it, the RSS reader and commenting aggregator in private beta, has launched what it calls a “conversation tracker,” which aggregates all your comments from around the web in one place and allows you to track what conversations you have partaken in, whatever the platform. As found Nic Halstead says on his blog: Decentralization has meant many services now let you follow a… Read More

  • RecommendBox – new private social network for recommendations

    RecommendBox, a new site where friends can share recommendations, launches today. The site allows friends to make recommendations and request recommendations in categories like books, movies, places, clothing, music, restaurants and services. Now, before you say ‘haven’t we seen that somewhere before?’, here’s their pitch: Their idea is that while there are a lot of… Read More