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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  • 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

  • Web Mission 08: UK startups to visit Silicon Valley

    Well, after months of planning and an application and judging process lasting several weeks, Web Mission 08, the project backed by UK Trade Invest, Heller Ehrmann, BT and HSBC to take 20 UK tech startups out to network in Silicon Valley, is ready for launch. Organised by UK entrepreneur Oli Barrett and Polecat, the project had an overwhelming response with over 100 companies applying.
    Who… Read More

  • Qualcomm acquires Ireland's Xiam for $32 million

    US Telco giant Qualcomm has acquired Ireland-based Xiam Technologies for its mobile advertising targeting and personalisation technology. Qualcomm will pay approximately $32 million for Xiam and estimates the acquisition will be neutral to FY08 earnings per share. Founded in 2004 and funded with venture capital from Delta Partners and Enterprise Ireland, Xiam’s technology enables… Read More

  • Home-grown video shows on tech are almost there. But not quite.

    Without access to a potential audience of millions in the US and the subsequent advertising revenues, video webcasts on this side of the pond have been patchy affairs. And especially in the realm of tech business news the content tends to be thin on the ground. Starting at the consumer end of the market, there is the patchy and variable (I’m being kind) BT Podshow . One question: why? All… Read More

  • First prosecution in the UK for harassment via Facebook

    The first prosecution in the UK for harassment using Facebook will take place this month in Birmingham, where a man was being charged with harassing his ex-girlfriend. Michael Hurst allegedly harassed Sophie Sladden via the site on 21 January. He has pleaded not guilty in Birmingham Magistrates Court and was granted bail. Hurst will stand trial later this month. A spokesman for the Crown… Read More

  • Russian government to buy YouTube clone for $15m

    European News: The media division of Russian natural gas giant Gazprom – which happens to be state-owned – is to buy RuTube, a Russia-based video-sharing site based that claims 5.5 million monthly visitors, for about $15 million, according to the Russian News & Information Agency (RIA Novosti). Gazprom-Media is a large player in Russia’s media market and owns TV channels… Read More

  • NewBay wins 6.5EUR million funding

    Dublin-based NewBay has won a 6.5 million euro ($4.96 million) second round investment from Fidelity Ventures with participation from Balderton Capital. NewBay made some of the first social and moblogging tools I ever tried out and it has since created white-label mobile social services for Orange, Alltel and Vodafone, and O2’s Bluebook backup service. The Dublin-based company will use… Read More

  • Sky, ITV and Five take their fight to the (social) networks

    Social media and TV are just falling in love right now. Three news items today confirm the trend. UK TV network ITV is to debut a teen show on Bebo, hosting a profile page and several media channels as part of Bebo’s Open Media platform. The first show will be US teen drama Gossip Girl, available on Bebo before ITV2. ITV joins Channel 4 and MTV on Bebo. Meanwhile MySpace TV will host… Read More

  • Rafer joins Polldaddy

    Scott Rafer, former CEO at MyBlogLog (acquired by Yahoo!), has joined Ireland-based PollDaddy as an adviser. The startup has a service that provides polling widgets for blogs, websites, and social networks. Rafer is adding to a busy schedule. He is currently the CEO of Lookery, co-founder of Mashery and Chairman of Winksite. CrunchBase Information PollDaddy Information provided by CrunchBase Read More

  • UK's AdJug ad marketplace hooks up with German marketer

    German online marketing group Tomorrow Focus is taking a 17 percent stake in London-based web ads marketplace AdJug. TF and existing investor Balderton Capital have also invested about £3.3 million pounds ($6.5 million dollars) in a second round of funding. AdJug won “several million dollars” in July from Balderton Capital and Espotting founder Seb Bishop. AdJug will also get TF… Read More

  • Garlik highlights UK government data failings

    UK online identity startup Garlik is putting the UK Government under pressure with new research which shows it is continuing to fail to put in place basic data protection and integrity policies despite recent major information breaches. When Garlik put in some Freedom of Information requests, all 14 of the government departments that responded admitted they lack basic systems for proving… Read More

  • Why get wet? Stay in and watch Mobile Monday London

    As anyone in London knows right now, today is not a day to be venturing outside. So, helpfully, the nice people at Mobile Monday London will tonight be streaming their event live via Qik.com. The live video will be here from 6.30pm onwards. I wonder if anyone will now turn up at all…? Read More

  • Dopplr to calculate carbon


    UK startup Dopplr – which allows you to ‘optimise’ your trips to allow more useful meetings with your social or business network thus effectively reducing travel – is to soon allow members to calculate their carbon emissions as they traverse the planet. Dopplr is teaming up with AMEE for the feature, being tested alpha-testers currently. The latter is a neutral… Read More

  • Strong European growth for Google

    Stats from US search engine marketing firm Efficient Frontier shows that the European market, where Google dominates, showed very strong growth in February 2008, with advertiser spend on Google in the UK up 69% and more than 100% in the rest of Europe. In Q4, Google reported that 48% of its revenues came from outside the US, with 14% of total revenue from the UK. The “rest of… Read More

  • How do you actually DO a startup?

    This weekend there was a flurry of discussion about how to run a start-up company, prompted by Jason Calacanis who more or less suggested that startups needed people who would dedicate every waking hour to the business (pictured pictured are some people in Europe who’ve done it including Tariq Krim, Marc Samwer, Loic Le Meur, Niklas Zennström, Martin Varsavsky and Brent Hoberman). . Read More

  • TechCrunch UK & Ireland weekly news round-up

    It’s time again for the weekly round-up from TechCrunch UK & Ireland. • Social lending site Zopa is to launch in Japan, following its expansion to the US and Italy from its UK base. Read more • A Brit university replicated itself in Second Life. Lazy students rejoiced. Read more • Pikum, a UK-based online social gaming start-up by a US entrepreneur, secured a £2.6m investment… Read More

  • Zopa launches in Japan

    Social lending site Zopa is to launch in Japan, following its expansion to the US and Italy from its UK base. The site, three years old today, brings on board a new Japanese team in the form of chairman Takeshi Yoneda and CEO Tatsuya Kuboi, both experienced in Internet financial services. Zopa has attracted over £18 million of funding, including that from VCs Benchmark Capital, which has… Read More

  • University replicates in Second Life. Lazy students rejoice.

    Ok, it’s not strictly news about startups, but it’s still interesting that Sussex University has built a replica of its campus in Second Life. Students can now fly around to visit the Library or attend online seminars inside the replica. Let’s hope their avatars don’t fall asleep in the lecture. At least they now need never leave their college room at all. But… Read More

  • Zopa to launch in Japan

    Social lending site Zopa is to launch in Japan, following its expansion to the US and Italy from its UK base. The site, three years old today, has attracted around £18 million of funding, including that from Benchmark Capital, which has also invested in US competitor Prosper. Zopa is an online marketplace where people meet to lend and borrow money. With no bank in the middle, both parties… Read More