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.

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    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

  • MOLI's $30m privacy-based network de-cloaks in Dublin, then de-robes a new user

    A lot of people this side of the Atlantic are sitting around scratching their heads as we learn that Ireland-based MOLI has – as if it were a Klingon starship in an episode of Star Trek – ‘de-cloaked’ in the middle of Dublin with a brand new kind of social network and almost 60 staff on its books. Who knew? It turns out US-based Mainstream Technologies, which runs MOLI… Read More

  • MOLI wins $30m to keep your public and private life separate

    MOLI , a US-owned [but Dublin-based, see update below] Florida-based social startup has launched at DEMO with $29.6m in funding from backers including the founder of Home Depot chain Bernard Marcus, and the chain’s co-founder, Kenneth Langone. They were joined by hedge fund Vantis Capital Management. Indeed GigaOm reports that founder Dr. Christos M. Cotsakos, former Chairman and CEO… Read More

  • ShoZu raises £6m in Series C funding

    ShoZu, best known as the UK-based developer of an application which allows you to upload to social sites like Flickr, has raised just over £6m ($12m) in Series C funding. SEB Venture Capital led the round, and was joined by previous backers Atlas Venture, Crescendo Ventures and TTP Ventures. In November it launched services allowing users to upload Flickr albums, Facebook pages and personal… Read More

  • 02 drops cost of iPhone. Slow sales perhaps?

    Amid rumours that the iPhone has not been selling as well as hoped in the UK, O2 has decided to make the packages for low and mid-tier iPhone owners somewhat cheaper. The £35 tariff customers will get up to three times as many free calls and text messages for the same price, while it is phasing out its existing £55 per month deal, moving customers to the equivalent £45 per month… Read More

  • Last.fm's switch to ad-driven is rewarded by users

    Last.fm is releasing figures today based on its relaunch as an ad-supported streaming service. It looks like the three free full plays of music tracks are driving users to build more playlists and tags, which of course will again pull in more full tracks, and so on. The CBS-owned music discovery network said that in the UK the site saw a 32% increase in listeners, 30% increase in page-views with… Read More

  • mig33 won't be the only mobile social network in town

    Look out world here comes mig33. Or that what we’re supposed to believe. The mobile social network has won $13.5 million in a second round of funding led by Menlo Park-based VC firm DCM. First round investors Accel, Redpoint and TVP also pumped in more money. Originally from Australia and now based in California, the two-year old company, will use the cash to expand internationally, and… Read More

  • Turkish social network Yonja raises $12.5m

    What is it about Turkey? They are really getting into social networking. Turkish social network Yonja (whose logo actually looks Irish to me) has raised $12.5M in Series A funding from Greywolf Capital Partners and Tiger Global Management, reports PEWire. HQ’d in San Francisco, the firm is led by founder and CEO Kerim Baran, who was educated at Harvard and Siebel before launching Yonja. Read More

  • Tweetmeme arrives to track Twitter's hottest links

    UK firm Fav.or.it, a yet-to-launch blog commenting system, has launched a seperate project called Tweetmeme, which will track what’s hot on micro-blogging platform Twitter. As I write on TechCrunch.com today, the business of tracking the online conversation just a got shot in the arm with the tech equivalent of crack cocaine. Tweetmeme looks for new content and tracks who else is… Read More