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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  • TechCrunch UK & Ireland Jobs board officially open

    After a period involving a few technical issues, I’m happy to report that the TechCrunch UK & Ireland jobs board, otherwise known as CrunchBoard, is now open for business. As a special opening offer for all advertisers, it will cost just £20 per job for the first month of its operation. After that the price will revert to £50 per job posted, so feel free to get your jobs in at… Read More

  • 7digital's Warner deal for DRM-free tracks confirms it as the UK music startup to beat

    7digital has secured the first deal to exclusively sell Warner Music’s full catalogue in the rights-free format across Europe. Customers in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany and Spain can now download tracks from Warner artists in DRM-free MP3, firing a shot across the bow of Apple’s iTunes store, which utterly dominates the music downloads market. 7digital now stocks 3.5m tracks… Read More

  • Apple buys British iPhone patent. Who knew?

    Did anyone else miss that Apple computers bought a patent for the iPhone from a British company? On 3rd March 2008, Apple Computers purchased USA patent 6,956,564 from British Telecom. This British patent covers sensing technology as used in the Apple iPhone and iTouch originally invented by Lyndsay Williams for BT in 1997, in a touch sensitive computer called SmartQuill (pictured). Williams… Read More

  • UnLtdWorld turns your passion into a business

    In all the fluffy, feel-good hype surrounding the formal launch of UnLtdWorld, a new social network for ‘social entrepreneurs’ to go forth and do good in the world, one thing may have been missed. It’s explained best by founder Alberto Nardelli: “We have developed a business model for UntdWorld around premium services, access to historical and comparative research… Read More

  • Blinkx re-launches NowThen as moblogging site

    Blinkx is re-launching it’s NowThen mobile picture upload social net, which has been languishing unloved for a while, into a moblogging site to compete with the likes of moblogUK. Initially developed for internal use (er, why?) NowThen will allow users to create create friend groups and assign privacy levels to them, not unlike Fickr It has 2,000 registered users and will be heavily… Read More

  • Irish startups aim at movie downloads… via kiosk

    Here’s an interesting one. Ireland-based PortoMedia is setting up kiosks that will let consumers download movies to a flash memory key or portable hard drive. The kiosks will be packed with hard drives that can hold 350 to 5,000 titles. Users then plug in a memory device from the company, enter a PIN code, and buy or rent a movie. When consumers get home, they simply slide the memory… Read More

  • Truphone fires its low call charges at operators

    Truphone, the UK startup which allows you to make VOIP calls from your mobile, has announced its first pricing structure. From March 1st, customers will be able to call 40 countries from anywhere on the planet for 3 pence per minute to landlines and 15 pence per minute to mobiles. This is aimed at the roaming charges levied by most mobile operators. Calls to other Truphone users remain free. Read More

  • Trutap adds Facebook status updating

    Mobile social networking startup Trutap has now added Facebook to the list of social networks it integrates with. You can now update your status from inside the Trutap mobile client application, which works on a variety of handsets. It’s done by adding Trutap’s Facebook application to your Facebook account. Trutap users can also IM (MSN, Yahoo!, AIM and ICQ), group message… Read More

  • O2's bum deal for Irish iPhone customers

    O2 is heading for a massive own goal in Ireland where it recently launched the iPhone. After the announcement last week the 02 Ireland CEO said – in an amazing display of barely concealed contempt – “I’d say your Apple freaks will be queuing out the door when we launch”. This really does show that they mis-understand the sophistication of the Irish mobile… Read More

  • Deadpool: AllPeers shuts down browser-based file-sharing

    All Peers, the UK-based open-source application for sharing large files inside a browser, shuts down today. When it launched in August 2006 it was named by Skype founder Niklas Zennström as among Europe’s most innovative tech start-ups. AllPeers had raised a single round of financing from Mangrove Capital Partners and Index Ventures. In a post on their blog today the founders said: It… Read More

  • Joining the dots on a Google MVNO

    Today T-Mobile Ventures, the investment arm of the European mobile network, has made a ‘strategic investment’ (read, ‘not that big’) in British start-up Ubiquisys[press release]. The firm makes femtocells, a kind of wireless router which turns a broadband Internet connection into a mini-3G base station (but without the cancer-inducing irradiation). Ubiquisys raised… Read More

  • Facebook's German version may not impress the locals after all


    EUROPE: Facebook launches in German this week thanks to 2,000 users who helped translate it for freee using a Facebook application which also now covers Spanish and French. User can set their language to German, and anyone who visits the site from a German speaking country will automatically see the site in German. Facebook applications will also be translated with similar tools. Facebook… Read More

  • MTV UK and MySpace create chart show

    MTV UK and MySpace are to create a weekly chart show called The MySpace Chart for the MTV2 channel featuring the music videos as voted for by viewers watching the channel and MySpace users. The show launches on March 16 at 7pm. Philip O’Ferrall, the vice-president of digital media at MTV Networks UK & Ireland says the audience for MTV2 and MySpace “are incredibly… Read More

  • Last.fm to power Bild newspaper's radio service

    Last.fm, the CBS-owned London-based social music platform, has partnered with Europe’s biggest-selling daily newspaper Bild to power its radio service on the paper’s website. The move is part fo Last.FM’s bid to consolidate its position as an online radio partner for Europe’s news websites. The Bild integration follows a partnership with Germany’s popular… Read More

  • Congrats to Irish bloggers

    The fourth Irish Blog Awards were held over the weekend. By all accounts a good time was had by all. The winner of the Best Technology Blog was Robin Blandford’s ByteSurgery, so congratulations to him. Robin is a keen supporter of the tech startup community, and I met him while he was based in London last year, before he headed for a posting with Reuters in Singapore. Read More

  • ProofHQ – collaborative version tracking

    Everyone has been there. Emailing proofs of documents around for approval. Pretty soon no-one knows who made which changes and the docment is a mess. This is the problem ProofHQ, which has just launched in public Beta, is trying to solve. The London-based private startup has zero’d in on the process used to proof documents, designs and artwork with a web application designed to make… Read More

  • Facebook – so 2007

    Facebook is just, like soooo over? No, wait, before we descend into cliché, the more interesting thing about the below video is that it’s not made by Americans, but by Brits, bored with Facebook’s more useless applications and the like. But then, when you realise this is a video created by a viral marketing company, you have to ask, is this real sentiment or manufactured… Read More

  • News Round

    Starting from this week I’ll be giving you a weekly run-down of recent stories. Hopefully you’ll find this useful. Last.fm, the UK startup CBS bought, said it was getting a lot of traffic from its widgets. On March 14 Ireland finally gets the iPhone about three months after the UK, courtesy of UK-based carrier O2, which has the exclusive contract. Meanwhile Ireland-based voice… Read More

  • Phorm might be onto something

    Since behavioural targeting company Phorm launched recently I’ve looked at the ins-and-outs of the system and it does look pretty interesting. Phorm is basically an add-on service for an ISP which looks at all your web surfing and attaches an anonymous cookie to your machine. ISPs trying to target advertising based on this packet data appeared way back in the first dotcom boom, but… Read More

  • Last.fm proves widgets work – but do the Brits get it?

    CBS-owned Last.fm says 3rd party web widgets hooked into its API added 19 million music users to its user base in January, in addition to the 21 million active users accessing the service through the Last.fm site itself. As a result it has launched a dedicated showcase site to highlight the best widgets and tools. The site opened to developers in 2003 but has not set up a dedicated home for… Read More