Mike Butcher

Mike Butcher

Mike Butcher (FRSA) is an 'Editor At Large' at TechCrunch, the biggest breaking news site about the world’s hottest tech companies. Mike has been named one of the Top 50 most influential Britons in technology by The Daily Telegraph.

As well as being a long-time Writer, Broadcaster and Editor Mike is also co-founder of TechHub (@TechHub), a project to merge a thriving community with office space for fast-moving startups. Mike has written for UK national newspapers and magazines including The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The New Statesman.

Mike 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 Mike has launched or re-launched numerous media web sites and in 2000 he was nominated as NetMedia's European Internet Journalist of the Year. In 2004 Mike 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 Mike 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 UK, by the readers of Computer Weekly magazine. In 2009 it was named as one of the Top 10 blogs out of the UK. Also in 2009 Mike was named one of the Top 10 bloggers on Twitter in the UK. In October 2009 Mike was named one of the Top 50 most influential Britons in technology by The Daily Telegraph. In April 2010 Mike was in Wired UK's Top 100 influencer list, again in 2011, in 2012 and in 2014. In April 2010 TechCrunch Europe was shortlisted in the Specialist Digital Publisher category of the prestigious UK-based Association of Online Publishers’ Digital Publishing Awards. 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. Mike has been listed as one of the Top 100 most influential people on Twitter in the UK. Mike has spoken at the prestigious Monaco Media Forum, Le Web, Web Summit and DLD among many other conferences. Mike is a regular commentator on the technology business, appearing on BBC News, Sky News, CNBC, Channel 4 and Bloomberg. Mike has advised the UK Prime Minister on tech startups, served on the Mayor of London’s Digital Advisory Board, the ‘Smart London’ Board and been a Technology Ambassador for London.

Mike arned his B.A. degree in History and English Literature from Australian National University.

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  • Debatewise launches public beta of dated model

    Debatewise, a UK-based startup for decision-making around any issue, has gone into public beta. They are aiming to be the “Wikipedia for debate”. This former entrant in September’s Seedcamp competition puts the for and against arguments alongside each-other in a vertical column and plans to sell the resulting debates as market research to consumer trends companies and… Read More

  • SEM automator Kenshoo gets Arts Alliance funding

    UK-based VC firm Arts Alliance is investing in Kenshoo which automates search engine marketing automated technologies. AA joins US VC firm Sequoia Capital which invested in Kenshoo in December 2007 (terms were not disclosed then either). The deal is AA’s first into the SEO arena. The cash will see them market further into Europe. Kenshoo is an Israel-based company with an… Read More

  • The Next Web Awards winners

    Winner of The Next Web startup competition was: Wakoopa
    Since May last year, Wakoopa will scan your drive, tell you what software you use most and suggest new stuff, as well as hook you into a social network of fellow software users. TechCrunch calls them the LastFM of software. Since 2007 they have gotten 25k users, 100k software items, 150 million hours of software usage. They give… Read More

  • NextWeb – Startup pitches round 4 (Day 2)

    Symbaloo
    A new take on the personal home page with the weirdest interface you’ve ever seen. Search and discovery. Wayfinding on the Wbe. There is a lot of volume on traditional start pages. their concept is visual (squares), then personalised (buttons?!), drag and drop. No banners or sponsored content. Sell traffic to partner sand affiliates, but they don’t steer people, though… Read More

  • NextWeb – Werner Vogels argues Amazon's model matches the new world

    NextWeb: Live blog: Keynote: Werner Vogels, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Amazon.com: Presentation title: “Uncertainty” I’m the oldest guy on the slate so I should take a few steps back, and the guys asked em to do a more visionary talk. I wanted to look at the web services word and broader economic models. If you look at how the media has changed in the past… Read More

  • PutPlace secures further funding, strengthens team

    Irish startup PutPlace has secured a further funding round and added to its board with a number of industry veterans. The round was a co-investment between existing and new investors as well as Enterprise Ireland. The actual amount was not released but I understand it takes PutPlace’s funding to date to well over a million Euros. The new team is a strong one. Industry veterans Pat Lynch… Read More

  • NextWeb – Startup pitches round 3 (Day 2)

    [Live notes from The Next Web conference] Bemba
    This Dutch startup has a browser button plugin allowing you to share any content with your network on Hyves, Twitter or Bemba’s own network. Select the social network you want to post a page to, post to Twitter, has a widget, see what others are sharing. Useful for people who use multiple social platforms. Full API, Statistics, Delicious… Read More

  • Lookery makes Euro social apps a tempting advertising offer

    If you’re a European web application developer, especially for social networks, then you’ll probably be interested in this news. Lookery, a US startup that places ads on social apps inside social networks like Facebook and Bebo, offers a guaranteed ad rate for impressions on social apps. Today CEO Scott Rafer (standing next to announced to European web startups and developers… Read More

  • 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