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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  • Euro startups plugged at Plugg

    This week there was a new conference on the Web 2.0 block in Europe. Plugg saw investors and startups from across Europe come together to discuss the market and some 20 startups pitched their companies at the event, attended by about 300 people. Although much smaller than Le Web 3 in Paris (which gets about 1,500 attendees), Plugg had the makings of a more intimate atmosphere amongst… Read More

  • It looks like Spinvox has raised £50m

    Update: Reuters just confirmed the below story (which I wrote this morning, about 5 hours before Reuters), as Spinvox has now clearly put it out on the wire to stop any further speculation. It’s raised funding from a “Goldman Sachs Group Inc unit” and GLG Partners, Blue Mountain Capital Management and Toscafund Asset Management. It doubles the amount raised so far to $200… Read More

  • Blogging Plugg.eu – notes from panels

    For a first time conference for investors and startups, Plugg, held in the rather nice ambience of an old theatre in Brussels, is going very well. It’s down to the hard work of Web 2.0 blogger and consultant Robin Wauters. Plenty of people turned up for breakfast which was a sure sign the conference was heading in the right direction. Rebecca Jennings from Forrester Research gave us… Read More

  • First-time startups start to feel a chill wind

    “Funding business plans from first time entrepreneurs just won’t happen anymore!”
    So says Robin Klein of The Accelerator Group, the investment vehicle he heads which has invested in (deep breath) Astley Clarke, Buildersite, Daylife, DH Gate, Digivate, Dopplr, Extate, Fizzback, Glasses Direct, Imagini, Kindo, Koodos, Kublax, Lookery, LoveFilm, Mashery, Mind Candy, Moo… Read More

  • Isango raises $8 million for its 'travel experiences'

    UK travel startup Isango has raised $8 million led by Spark Ventures. Beringea contributed US$2.5m and the remaining US$1.5 million came from existing shareholders. Ranjan Singh, former MD of eBookers, is founder/CEO. Isango is aiming to build the largest repository of travel experiences and currently offers around 4,000 activities in nearly 60 countries. It works alongside travel… Read More

  • Getting plugged-in at Plugg

    This week I will be reporting from Plugg, the European conference focusing on Web 2.0 and Mobile 2.0 startups on March 19th in Brussels. As well as a speaker programme [disclosure: I will be chairing some discussions] there will be a “Startup Rally” featuring tech start-ups looking for early-stage funding and press/blogger attention. I’m just about to grab the Eurostar, but… Read More

  • Is WAYN on the block again?

    Back in January I had several very good leads telling me that WAYN, the social network for travelers was in talks with AOL about a $200m sale. A term sheet was said to be imminent. I called WAYN but they denied the whole thing and, via another channel, I heard they were a little put out by my ‘rumour-mongering’, as they saw it. In hindsight I must have been both premature, and… Read More

  • CloudMade raises €2.4m to supercharge open source maps

    Think for a moment about about how amazing it was a few years ago to see Google Maps for the first time. Suddenly not only was mapping a fascinating new arena for online, but Google’s map API lead to a wave of mashups and new innovation. It even lead UK startup MultiMap to completely change course and invest in draggable maps, because the market wanted them. Now think for a moment about… Read More

  • WeLoveLocal sells majority stake to GCap

    UK local listings and networking startup WeLoveLocal has hit a payday (of sorts) via a £450,000 majority stake taken in it by radio network GCap Media plc (GCap), itself currently subject to a takeover bid. GCap plans to combine the site with its own network of local radio brands, but in truth, the strategy is relatively untested. GCap CEO Fru Hazlitt said WLL is showing “excellent… Read More

  • Zemanta launches content suggestion engine soon

    Launching in a couple of weeks is Zemanta, the startup which has developed a facility for WordPress blogs to suggest contextually relevant links, pictures, related content and tags. The upshot? Paste in some text and Zemanta looks at it and then starts to add the most likely links to the text, which you can then edit (something a lot of bloggers would kill for no doubt). Now, stay with me. Read More

  • EU taxpayers to fund $306m Google rival. No wonder the Yanks think we're dumb

    The EU Commission is up to its usual tricks. Twenty-three European private firms led by electronics firm Thomson are about to get EUR99m ($152m) from the French government to develop a European rival to Google. The European Commission approved the funding because it thinks the research and cultural benefits of the Quaero project will offset the fact that they just handed a ton of cash to… Read More

  • Automatic for the people: Free Wi-Fi maps

    Every tech startup need to now about where the free WiFi is, right? Hell, even us journalists need somewhere to post from when out and about. So here’s a quick and dirty list of places to find it in the UK and Ireland: A map of Irish WiFi hotspots started by James Corbett at Eirepreneur. The Londonist site has a map of free WiFi in London. And UK startup TrustedPlaces recently put up a… Read More

  • Time to get a Job 2.0

    The TechCrunch UK & Ireland jobs board, otherwise known as CrunchBoard, is now open for business. As TechCrunch is all about tech startups, this is the place to get a career that will see you through to an $850m pay day (maybe). As a special opening offer for all advertisers, it will cost just £20 per job for the first month of operation. After that the price will revert to £50 per… Read More

  • Get a FireEagle invite while they're hot

    I have TEN Fire Eagle invites to give out to the hot new location-based application from Yahoo’s Brickhouse ‘skunk works’. To get one, comment on this post with a decent explanation of why you think location-aware web applications are going to be big (I’ll pick the best). These are also one-time invitation codes and can’t be reused. To find out more about… Read More

  • Get Forkd – a social network for recipes

    Forkd is a new site all about recipes as the social object which users share, store and network around, mining the new vogue of niche social networks which are fast appearing. Once signed up it’s pretty easy to add recipes to your profile, and glean ones you like from other members. Now you can also blog your recipes to your Blogger or WordPress blog.
    The founders are foodie Jared… Read More

  • Bebo's VC makes $140 million after AOL sale


    (No, that’s the not the VC, that’s the Bebo founders on holiday). As part of Bebo’s sale to AOL, Balderton Capital, the VC firm that invested less than two years ago in Bebo, is selling its 15.7 stake in the social net to AOL. It will realise about $140 million, a healthy nine times multiple. It invested $15 million in May 2006. In a statement Balderton partner Barry… Read More

  • AOL buys Bebo for $850m in cash

    Time Warner’s AOL has acquired leading social media network Bebo for $850 million in cash. It seems like a good move which will supercharge AOL’s advertising reach into social networking, and immediately put the heat on Microsoft, which has failed in social networking, and ailing Yahoo!, almost certain to be acquired itself very soon. TechCrunch US is prepping some analysis has… Read More

  • 2007 a bumper year for tech exits – reality bites in 2008

    First Capital has exclusively released to TechCrunch UK the information presented at its breakfast seminar this yesterday. The data contained makes for interesting reading if you are a startup trying to value your business. They studied about 600 international internet M&A deals since the start of 2005 and found that 2007 produced very high valuations for deals, but that this was –… Read More

  • Correction or a slump for startup exits? You say tomato…

    You say tomay-toe, I say tomah-toe – let’s call the whole thing off! That’s the short version of what came out of a breakfast seminar for VCs and entrepreneurs in London this morning. (I took so many notes that I’m going to split this post into two parts. Part II is here). The slightly longer version of the above is that one side of the startup investment community… Read More

  • The British are coming!

    I’m sure there is little requirement for even more Brits wandering around Silicon Valley – but I’m afraid it’s going to be unavoidable during the week of 19-25 April, as 20 UK startups invade, courtesy of the British government. Web Mission 08 is a project to bring 20 UK tech startups out to network with companies and people in Silicon Valley. Organised by UK… Read More