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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  • Is WAYN on the block again?

    Back in January I had several very good leads telling me that WAYN, the social network for travelers was in talks with AOL about a $200m sale. A term sheet was said to be imminent. I called WAYN but they denied the whole thing and, via another channel, I heard they were a little put out by my ‘rumour-mongering’, as they saw it. In hindsight I must have been both premature, and… Read More

  • CloudMade raises €2.4m to supercharge open source maps

    Think for a moment about about how amazing it was a few years ago to see Google Maps for the first time. Suddenly not only was mapping a fascinating new arena for online, but Google’s map API lead to a wave of mashups and new innovation. It even lead UK startup MultiMap to completely change course and invest in draggable maps, because the market wanted them. Now think for a moment about… Read More

  • WeLoveLocal sells majority stake to GCap

    UK local listings and networking startup WeLoveLocal has hit a payday (of sorts) via a £450,000 majority stake taken in it by radio network GCap Media plc (GCap), itself currently subject to a takeover bid. GCap plans to combine the site with its own network of local radio brands, but in truth, the strategy is relatively untested. GCap CEO Fru Hazlitt said WLL is showing “excellent… Read More

  • Zemanta launches content suggestion engine soon

    Launching in a couple of weeks is Zemanta, the startup which has developed a facility for WordPress blogs to suggest contextually relevant links, pictures, related content and tags. The upshot? Paste in some text and Zemanta looks at it and then starts to add the most likely links to the text, which you can then edit (something a lot of bloggers would kill for no doubt). Now, stay with me. Read More

  • EU taxpayers to fund $306m Google rival. No wonder the Yanks think we're dumb

    The EU Commission is up to its usual tricks. Twenty-three European private firms led by electronics firm Thomson are about to get EUR99m ($152m) from the French government to develop a European rival to Google. The European Commission approved the funding because it thinks the research and cultural benefits of the Quaero project will offset the fact that they just handed a ton of cash to… Read More

  • Automatic for the people: Free Wi-Fi maps

    Every tech startup need to now about where the free WiFi is, right? Hell, even us journalists need somewhere to post from when out and about. So here’s a quick and dirty list of places to find it in the UK and Ireland: A map of Irish WiFi hotspots started by James Corbett at Eirepreneur. The Londonist site has a map of free WiFi in London. And UK startup TrustedPlaces recently put up a… Read More

  • Time to get a Job 2.0

    The TechCrunch UK & Ireland jobs board, otherwise known as CrunchBoard, is now open for business. As TechCrunch is all about tech startups, this is the place to get a career that will see you through to an $850m pay day (maybe). As a special opening offer for all advertisers, it will cost just £20 per job for the first month of operation. After that the price will revert to £50 per… Read More

  • Get a FireEagle invite while they're hot

    I have TEN Fire Eagle invites to give out to the hot new location-based application from Yahoo’s Brickhouse ‘skunk works’. To get one, comment on this post with a decent explanation of why you think location-aware web applications are going to be big (I’ll pick the best). These are also one-time invitation codes and can’t be reused. To find out more about… Read More

  • Get Forkd – a social network for recipes

    Forkd is a new site all about recipes as the social object which users share, store and network around, mining the new vogue of niche social networks which are fast appearing. Once signed up it’s pretty easy to add recipes to your profile, and glean ones you like from other members. Now you can also blog your recipes to your Blogger or WordPress blog.
    The founders are foodie Jared… Read More

  • Bebo's VC makes $140 million after AOL sale


    (No, that’s the not the VC, that’s the Bebo founders on holiday). As part of Bebo’s sale to AOL, Balderton Capital, the VC firm that invested less than two years ago in Bebo, is selling its 15.7 stake in the social net to AOL. It will realise about $140 million, a healthy nine times multiple. It invested $15 million in May 2006. In a statement Balderton partner Barry… Read More

  • AOL buys Bebo for $850m in cash

    Time Warner’s AOL has acquired leading social media network Bebo for $850 million in cash. It seems like a good move which will supercharge AOL’s advertising reach into social networking, and immediately put the heat on Microsoft, which has failed in social networking, and ailing Yahoo!, almost certain to be acquired itself very soon. TechCrunch US is prepping some analysis has… Read More

  • 2007 a bumper year for tech exits – reality bites in 2008

    First Capital has exclusively released to TechCrunch UK the information presented at its breakfast seminar this yesterday. The data contained makes for interesting reading if you are a startup trying to value your business. They studied about 600 international internet M&A deals since the start of 2005 and found that 2007 produced very high valuations for deals, but that this was –… Read More

  • 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