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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  • 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

  • ikordo cancels all meetings [Falco]

    ikordo, a UK web application for arranging meetings between busy professionals, is to cease trading (i.e. Falco*), along with parent company Volutio. The information I have is that despite much interest from potential investors – one of which I understand to be Eden Ventures – Volutio was unable to secure a further round of investment. Prior to ikordo’s launch last year… Read More

  • ScribbleSheet writes its own obituary

    It seems to be a day for shutting down. ScribbleSheet, a citizen journalism portal which only launched in September last year, is no more. It turns out there are a lot of other places on the Internet where people could write about politics, technology, business and culture. The London-based self-funded startup from co-founders John Ndege (22, formerly with Accenture), and Brian Oula (22… Read More

  • i-Together closes BlogFriends, mothballs Buzzspotr

    UK startup i-Together last night said it was closing its Facebook application BlogFriends, an RSS feed sharing app which had attracted upwards of 27,000 users and was growing. i-Together failed to attract a second-round of seed funding for the project which was designed to give greater exposure to non-A-List, “long-tail’ bloggers – funding which was required to improve… Read More

  • Webjam gaining users

    I hear UK startup Webjam is bringing in some deals. Yamaha music group is using the web community platform to spearhead grassroot music eduation. And the UK Conservative Party think tank CPS is using it to launch an e-democraty initiative. (Oh, and and UK university student newspaper Sanctuary is using it). I also gather they are getting an increasing amount of traffic from the US. The… Read More

  • Last.fm expands in Germany; Plans to scrobble TV

    Last.fm has apointed F. Scott Woods senior vice president and managing director for Germany. He joins Last.fm from Google where he served as Head of Strategic Partnerships and Business Development, Northern & Central Europe, will oversee the expansion of the Last.fm presence in Germany, the country with the second largest Last.fm userbase after the US. (Not surprising as Last.fm started… Read More

  • XING hits its numbers, keeps growing

    XING, the German-born social network for professionals which has spread across Europe and Asia and now competes with Silicon Valley’s LinkedIn, has released its annual report and the numbers look pretty good. It’s met its annual guidance for 2007 with revenues of €19.61 million ( about $30.98 million) and the member base increased by over 3 million members (through acquisitions… Read More

  • European news roundup

    As European startups prepare to march en masse to The Next Web conference in Amsterdam next week, the European tech scene is still feeling buoyant, whatever the global economic outlook. Certainly that was the feeling at Plugg in Brussels last week, a conference I chaired, and where the startups presenting were all now showing an increasing quality, in contrast with perhaps a few years ago. Read More

  • European startups set out their pitches

    The TheNextWeb conference happens in Amsterdam next week, and they’ve announced the startups that will be pitching in the startup competition (below). Some 22 companies get to pitch and the last 2 will be chosen by the crowd. A few other notables are turning up including TechCrunch’s Eric Schonfeld, Kevin Rose of Diggnation (which will be recorded at the event) Robert Scoble… Read More

  • Guardian hires Yahoo! developer head to build platform

    It’s highly significant that The Guardian newspaper has just made a major hire direct out of Yahoo! in the US to begin building some kind of development platform. Matt McAlister, currently the director of Yahoo’s developer network in San Francisco, is to become head of the Guardian’s development network from the end of April. He’ll be reporting in to Mike Bracken… Read More

  • Top tech startups in Europe?

    The Red Herring has released it list of top 100 Tech startups in Europe and they include a number of UK firms. Among the list (and I may have missed some) is blinkBox, Bragster, Miomi, mydeco, Mydeo, Refresh Mobile, Rummble, Silobreaker, SportsDo, StrategyEye, T5M, Taptu, Webjam, Wonga, Zebtab, Zemanta, DisplayLink, Trampoline Systems and Zygo Communications. The 2008 companies will present at… Read More

  • Zemanta launches its alpha for blogging on acid

    Launching in Alpha today is Zemanta, the London-based startup which has developed a facility for WordPress blogs to suggest contextually relevant links, pictures, related content and tags using an internally developed semantic analysis engine. Eventually they will also integrate tabs for third parties who provide vertical-specific suggestions (tech or SEO, for instance). The upshot? Start… Read More