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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  • Discount for TechCrunch readers to Plugg

    The Plugg Web/Mobile tech startups conference in Brussels in March is offering 25% discount to TechCrunch readers which will knock off 25% (or 100 €) off the entrance fee for the event, valid until the date of the conference, taking the early-bird price to 300 €. The deadline to get in before the price goes up to 400 € is 23rd of February. The discount code you can use is sweet and… Read More

  • Mydeco borked at launch?

    Maybe mydeco’s strategy of releasing their whole strategy and site to the press all on the one day (the world’s, blogs, media and TechCrunch combined) was not such a good idea after all. I have been trying since yesterday to reach deep links into the site, but most appear to have a polite “try again later” message (pictured), reminiscent of Twitter’s usual… Read More

  • Church 2.0? Er, not quite

    The UK’s Church of England has launched a so-called social-networking campaign to encourage people to discuss how they can make the world a better place during Lent. The campaign site, livelent.net has more info but someone needs to tell these people that there is more to it than throwing up a few groups on Facebook, MySpace and Flickr (their group is empty). Perhaps they should talk to… Read More

  • AOL acquires affiliate network to boost ad platform

    AOL has acquired buy.at, a leading affiliate marketing network backed by VC house DFJ Esprit, reports TechCrunch UK. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but well-placed sources say the deal is worth in the region of $150 million (£75 million). Although launched in the UK in 2002, buy.at now has a much bigger US operation, which is what attracted AOL’s interest. buy.at will… Read More

  • MySpace launches platform, aims at UK devs

    MySpace launches an applications platform to compete with Facebook today at developer.myspace.com. Although MySpace signed up to Google’s OpenSocial project, it’s own platform will have MySpace-specific “extensions”. From today, there will be a one month application development period allowing developers to build and test their apps without them being available to… Read More

  • BBC says "two point oh" is how you should say it

    I feel now I can sleep well at night, secure in the knowledge that no less a body than the BBC has now pronounced upon one of the great questions of our time. How to actually say “Web 2.0″. Since two thirds of 500 BBC people surveyed internally think it should be “two point oh”, and ZDNet produced the same result last year, that seems to have settled the matter. However… Read More

  • Mobile networks give up, merge UGC portals to take on YouTube

    Several years after everyone else pointed out what they could do with their multimedia devices, the mobile carriers are waking up to the idea that users do not want to have to silo their “generated content” in mobile video portals owned by one operator and which have no incentive for them to generate the content in the first place. So today, 3 and O2 dragged journalists down to… Read More

  • mydeco launches assault on the home front

    After selling the UK’s first, quintessential Web startup, Lastminute.com, to Travelocity in May 2005 for £577m ($1.1bn dollars), some might have forgiven co-founder Brent Hoberman for kicking back and enjoying his rumoured £26m payday. But Hoberman has done anything but that, remaining an active seed investor in the UK startup scene (most recently MoveMe). But the real question was… Read More

  • UK's mydeco makes home decor a social affair, sets sights on US

    mydeco.com, a new UK-based home decor intermediary with some innovative interior decorating tools, launches today with backing from a who’s who of European investors, reports TechCrunch UK. Mydeco is the latest startup for UK founder and executive chairman Brent Hoberman since he exited from Lastminute.com via a sale to Travelocity in May 2005 for $1.1bn dollars. Around 500 retailers… Read More

  • If Microsoft buys Yahoo, what does it mean for Europe?

    As you will no doubt have heard Microsoft has today offered to buy Yahoo! for $44.6 billion to create a “more efficient” company with total annual synergies of $1 billion. Microsoft says it has a plan to integrate employees and “retain” key Yahoo engineers and the top people. But the regulatory implications don’t end at the SEC. The European Commission is… Read More

  • Vodafone's missed opportunity, and the iPhone's gain

    Vodafone appears to be in, what is technically termed, a bit of tizz. It has signed up fewer than 10,000 UK residential broadband customers, despite launching its service a year ago, as against Orange’s 326,000 and O2’s disappointing ‘tens of thousands’. “Converged” fixed and mobile services do not seem to be taking off as planned. At the same time, the news… Read More

  • As Ericsson cuts 4,000 jobs, is a tech recession biting?

    Ericsson is cutting 4,000 jobs this year. Yahoo! is cutting around 1,400 jobs globally, about a 20% of its workforce. Is it time to get your pith helmet on and knuckle down for a tech recession? Well, as the estate agents like to say, there are hot spots – and then there are cold spots. The cold spots are in traditional telecoms, like Ericsson, which is a sector gradually being… Read More

  • MAXRoam updates service

    Irish ‘disruptive mobile telecoms’ startup MAXroam (previous stories) has just completed a large update to its service. To its roaming clientele who want to save money on mobile calls while overseas, it now offers live billing, the ability to add local fixed line numbers to a MAXroam sim from 52 countries, free call forwarding and SMS for 5 cents anywhere in the world. They… Read More

  • Private shopping clubs miss a few Web 2.0 tricks

    News International appears to be hopping onto a new trend in online shopping: members clubs. Today the parent company of newspapers such as The Times and News of the World, is investing in online fashion company Brand Alley UK, which offers private sales and bargains designer fashion brands. The joint venture with French online boutique BrandAlley will be a luxury “private… Read More

  • Now the Pancake man can make money from YouTube too

    UK-based YouTubers can now earn ad revenue from posting videos to the UK site, as US users have been able to do since early last year. The UK version of the site is the first outside the US to benefit from the YouTube Partner Programme, with more European territories in the pipeline. Adverts run next to videos. Contributors retain their own copyright. Those in the UK set to benefit include… Read More

  • MySpace wins fight for its UK domain

    MySpace wasn’t dumb when it launched in the UK without securing Myspace.co.uk. It was registered in 1997 by a company in Stockport, near Manchester. But the fact that it has now won the right to use the domain after a decision by Nominet’s dispute resolution service is a lesson to anyone sitting on a URL which might become successful. The fact that Myspace.co.uk was originally used… Read More

  • Dopplr preps calendar integration

    Dopplr, lets you share your future trips with your social network, has been been working on a new feature that lets you import trips from calendaring applications like Google Calendar and Apple iCal. They are still finalising the design and layout, but alerting early testers on the site. The startup won early stage funding in December from a gaggle Web names including Martin Varsavsky, Joichi… Read More

  • Rummble adds Bebo app

    Mobile internet start-up Rummble, a location-based content discovery startup still in closed beta, has launched an application for Bebo users. Beboers will get an application which shows a map on their profile and shows their friends which countries they have visited and what places they recommend in those countries. Rummble has a Facebook application already. Rummble’s mobile… Read More

  • Blyk wins more funds to expand, starting with Netherlands

    Startup MVNO Blyk – which supports its free mobile network for 16 to 24 year olds by sending them targeted adverts – has secured undisclosed investment from Goldman Sachs and the Industrial and Financial Investments Company (IFIC), and plans a launch in the Netherlands. It launched first late last year in the UK. Also in the round were Sofinnova Partners and some private investors. Read More

  • Bazaarvoice secures funds to push into Europe

    Bazaarvoice, a US-based online ratings and reviews provider, has secured funding (amount undisclosed) from venture capital firm European Founders to expand in the UK and Europe in 2008. The 160-strong client base includes Dell, figleaves.com, Early Learning Centre, Timberland and Goldsmiths. The European Founders Fund is run by the three Samwer brothers who also invested in LinkedIn… Read More