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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  • Online ad rates in the UK are plummeting. This model is broken

    According to a recent opinion piece on E-Consultancy, the online marketing community, with vast amounts of online advertising inventory available due to the rise of broadband, increased competition, dropping response rates and a limitless supply page impressions, many online media owners – and that includes web startups trying to sell advertising – are seeing their display… Read More

  • Google, Microsoft, Verisign and IBM join OpenID

    Confirming my TechCrunch UK story in early January, Microsoft, Verisign, Google and IBM (I just missed out Microsoft) have all now formally announced they will be joining the OpenID foundation, taking seats as the organisation’s first corporate board members. The Foundation, formed 18 months ago, says it “will not dictate the technical direction of OpenID; instead it will help… Read More

  • Kobalt wins funding for web-based music royalty tracking

    Kobalt, a London-based developer of online royalties collection and management services, has won £8 million of investment from Balderton Capital. As part of the deal, the firm now holds a minority stake in the publishing company, and Balderton Capital partner Tim Bunting joins the Kobalt executive board. Kobalt has developed a web-based centralised administration service allowing publishers… Read More

  • People moves in UK startups: Palringo, Trutap, Webjam

    Kerry Ritz becomes CEO of push-to-talk voice and instant message startup Palringo, leaving the post of UK MD for Vonage. Trutap has appointed Wireless Industry Partnership (WIP) CEO Caroline Lewko to its board as a non-executive director. Kerry Ritz becomes CEO of push-to-talk voice and instant message startup Palringo (via Paidcontent). Webjam – a London-based European competitor to… Read More

  • Kindo wins seed funding to map your living family tree

    The area of family tree social networks is growing as people move from seeing the benefits of social networking for business and friends through to using it to map their family social graph as well. Ancestry.com is about ancestors and Geni.com is, in the main, genealogy, but few have tackled the issue of mapping and communicating with your living family. Yes, you could do its through Facebook… Read More

  • You've stalked your friends, now get a newsfeed from your family

    London-based Kindo, a social network aimed at your living family-tree, has won undisclosed seed funding from Estonia-based Ambient Sound Investments, reports TechCrunch UK. (Why are they Estonian based? Because they are formed from Skype’s founding engineers). Also in the seed round is Saul and Robin Klein of The Accelerator Group (TAG), and Stefan Glanzer, first investor in last.fm… Read More

  • WAYN pimps credit card to users


    Social travel network WAYN is to offer a branded pre-pay credit card financed by Tuxedo Money Solutions. The card will be available to its 10.8m users who often start out as backpackers. VIP members will get the WAYN Lifestyle Card for free as part of their membership package, others will have to pay £9.95. Clearly WAYN will get a cut every time someone signs up to the card. This… Read More

  • Stealth mode Smarta aims at entrepreneurs


    Smarta, a site aimed at entrepreneurs, has launched a ‘taster’ version and plans a full launch some time later this year. It is backed by BrightStation Foundation, the “social” arm of the BrightStation Ventures investment vehicle set up by Dan Wagner and Shaa Wamund. So far it consists mainly of supportive sounding promotional videos by entrepreneurs, some of whom… Read More

  • Russian search ad market booms

    Europe: The contextual advertising market in Russia is worth $225 million. According to iConText the market has grown over two and a half times since 2006. Yandex, the Russian search engine and one of the biggest Russian Web portals online since 1997, could account for 64% of the market , accounting for $145 million. If you’re in the search ads market then it might be interesting to… Read More

  • Germany's Burda invests in Canadian socnet

    Europe: Germany’s Burda media group has invested “several million dollars” in a Canadian social networking startup called Nexopia which claims to be Canada’s largest social networking site for youth, writes AlarmClock. It has 1.2 million registered members and a billion impressions a month. Burda Digital Ventures, the venture capital arm of Hubert Burda Media made… Read More

  • Ireland – Tax incentives for US tech firms, but what happens to local talent?

    Ireland is well known for its technology industries, but lately there seems to be some discontent amongst entrepreneurs there that the tax-incentives created by the government to attract overseas tech businesses – particularly US firms – are not nurturing home-grown talent. Recently it emerged that the The Digital Hub, an incubation space for tech development, had 55 desk… Read More

  • Reevoo hires new CTO

    People: Reevoo, the customer reviews aggregator, has apointed Kyle McGinn as Chief Technology Officer. McGinn joins Reevoo from the Siemens/BBC technology partnership, where he was Head of Internet Technology. He will lead one of the the UK’s largest Ruby on Rails development team who have already released open-source initiatives such as mocha, uformats and the Ruby nabaztag library. As… Read More

  • A UK perspective on Yahoo! and Microsoft

    Some interesting figures from Hitwise on a combined Microsoft/Yahoo impact on the UK. According to HItwise Microsoft has a dominant market share with its Hotmail service in the UK, while Gmail has been flat for the last few months. Last week the combined market share of the Microsoft and Yahoo! services was 13 times that of Google. Google’s market share in News services is… Read More

  • European VC down, but getting more focused

    European venture capital firms are backing the fewest companies on record, according to VentureBeat. They invested in just 897 companies last year, the lowest number since 1999. However, more money is going into fewer startups, reaching €4.56 billion, a two percent rise from 2006, and the fourth year of consecutive increase. Obviously this is all VC (so Cleantech etc etc), not just Web or… Read More

  • eBuddy to expand in UK


    Amsterdam-based IM service eBuddy has raised €6.5 million in a Series B round of funding led by Prime Technology Ventures this week. The company had previously raised €5 million from Lowland capital. eBuddy will use the investment capital for serious growth and expansion into the UK and have already established a small office in London and have a small sales staff on the ground here. Read More

  • Liveaps page builder – invites ahoy

    UK-based Liveaps has a drag’n’drop page webpage builder currently in private beta prior to a launch late Feb/early March. Think online Dreamweaver for creative peple who want to build a site visually. In addition to the drag’n’drop web page builder it has tools supporting text, images, lines, shapes, hyperlinks, multimedia files, and html widgets. The back-end has… Read More

  • AOL acquires buy.at affiliate network


    AOL has acquired buy.at, a leading affiliate marketing network backed by VC house DFJ Esprit. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but well-placed sources say the deal is worth in the region of £75 million ($150 million). Although launched in the UK buy.at now has a growing US operation, which is what attracted AOL’s interest. Buy.at is the fifth advertising company AOL… Read More

  • Utterz pitches service to Europe


    Utterz, a US-based site that you post to your blog or social network with voice, video, picture, and text, has launched a version of the site for the UK and across 16 other countries. The site is also launching ‘conversational threading’ capabilities, which lets people reply to Utterz with messages of any combination of voice, video, picture and text. Users either record a… Read More

  • UPDATE: 16GB iPhone confirmed to launch today in UK

    BREAKING NEWS: Apple just released a statement saying the iPhone now comes in a new 16GB model for £329 (inc VAT), joining the 8GB model for £269 (inc VAT). The iPod touch now comes in a 32GB model for £329 (inc VAT), joining the 16GB model for £269 (inc VAT) and the 8GB model for £199 (inc VAT). My take on this is that this is not the move which will convince more UK consumers, who are… Read More

  • Hey developers, win an invite to the MySpace apps party (with beer)

    MySpace UK is having a launch party in London this Thursday (7th February) to get developers to talk about the launch of their new applications platform over a few beers at a swanky London location. And TechCrunch UK has been given 15 exclusive invitations to promote to the community. Speaking at the event will be MySpace CTO, Aber Whitcomb and Senior President of Technology, Jim Benedetto. Read More