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. CrunchBase profile →

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  • TrustedPaces signs deal with TopTable

    In evidence that a year on from launch it is not standing still, UK ‘social reviews’ startup TrustedPlaces has signed a deal with TopTable, Europe’s largest online restaurant booking service, allowing users to book restaurants online via the site. TopTable has access to 3,000 restaurants across Europe. TrustedPlaces members can review restaurants, bars, hotels, cafes and… Read More

  • TreasureMyText relaunches with social tools and API

    TreasureMyText relaunches with social tools and API

    Privately-owned SMS archiving site Treasure My Text is launching a new invite-only beta version with social messaging features. Currently you can save a text message by forwarding it via SMS to the TreasureMyText standard rate mobile number. You can later view your messages online, plus there is RSS and email archiving. The service – going since 2005 and based in Liverpool, UK with… Read More

  • Pluck signs Guardian deal

    Texas-based Pluck, the social media platform provider, has signed a deal with the UK’s Guardian Unlimited which will now use its SiteLife suite, which gives comment, rating, video, forum, blogs and social profile features to readers. The Guardian currently powers its blogs with Six Apart’s MovableType. GU had previously used Pluck’s BlogBurst service to aggregate material… Read More

  • The venerable Friends Reunited preps a relaunch

    The venerable Friends Reunited preps a relaunch

    UK startups prepping their next social media or social networking site need to be aware of the sleeping (admittedly nearly dead) dragon of Friends Reunited. The biggest “Web 1.0″ social network in the UK has been declining for years due to a lack of investment on the part of owners ITV, the TV channel. But now it’s set to undergo a name change as part of a strategic… Read More

  • Fav.or.it to launch API for developers

    Fav.or.it to launch API for developers

    In the next 24 hours UK feed-reading and commenting aggregator Fav.or.it plans to open up its API to allow anyone to send comments to any blog in the world. Founder Nick Halstead told me via public Twitter that he was “exposing the API for the first time so developers can get going” prior to the full launch of the service. The startup is still in closed beta. Favorit’s… Read More

  • Nestoria signs partner deals for property search

    Nestoria signs partner deals for property search

    Property search engine Nestoria has signed three new partner deals. Channel 4’s 4Homes has integrated Nestoria’s search engine here, as has major national UK national newspaper The Independent here. In addition, free financial news paper CityAM has also started using the service for property search. Terms of the deals were not disclosed. Nestoria has racked up some useful kudos in… Read More

  • Is Twitter really costing $14 billion in lost productivity?

    In a brilliant piece of deduction, Pat Phelan and Florian Seroussi of telco startup Maxroam estimate on their blog that time spent on Twitter will cost $13.5bn in lost productivity 2008. How did they reach this eye-watering figure? Reversing the normal question ‘what are Twitter’s costs’ to ‘what’s the cost of Twitter’ Phelan and Seroussi got out the calculator. Read More

  • Is this the biggest UK social network you've never heard of?

    Is this the biggest UK social network you've never heard of?

    It’s a little harsh on the eye and could do with an interface makeover but Don’t Stay In could well be the biggest UK-based social network you’ve never heard of. That said, you have probably heard of it if you like going clubbing and having your photo taken by DSI “spotters”, because as its publicly available traffic page shows, it’s clocking up some… Read More

  • Facebook lauded for privacy and security in the UK. What gives?

    How ironic. Just as Scoble and Faceboook were clashing (then later making up) about who owns his 5000 contacts, a new UK report has named both Facebook and Bebo the best social networks for features like privacy and security, including how easy it is to remove personal details. Independent consumer advocate Computing Which? found Bebo and Facebook scored 79% and 74% respectively for their… Read More

  • It was a digital music Christmas

    According to various reports, one of the hot items given as presents this year was vouchers for digital music stores and media players like iPods. That must be the main reason why figures showing online downloads more than doubled in the UK in the last week of 2007 compared with 2006, according to analysts at UBS. The industry is hoping falling CD sales (heaven knows why when you can more… Read More

  • Skype to come to the PSP

    Skype is coming to the Sony PlayStation Portable. As reghardware reports, Sony’s own website now says: “Call friends, talk trash to fellow gamers or catch up with acquaintances via Skype for PSP.” Looks like someone forgot to switch that bit off before the CES show in Vegas. Interestingly, Sony Europe has been cooking up communications tools for the handheld with none other… Read More

  • Autonomy benefits from need to search documents faster

    Autonomy benefits from need to search documents faster

    Autonomy – one of the original UK startups but now publicly traded – has won a $70m (£35m) deal with the Citigroup bank – its largest contract to date and evidence that the search firm will benefit from the US subprime lending crisis. Why? Because Autonomy has software to quickly find documents for lawsuits, which are expected to rise in the wake of the credit crunch. It… Read More

  • Betnow wins Balderton funds for text-to-bet. Addicts beware.

    Betnow wins Balderton funds for text-to-bet. Addicts beware.

    Betnow, a London-based mobile gambling service, has won a healthy first round of funding (specific amount undisclosed) from Balderton Capital and angel investors. Betnow allows users to text SMS messages to 89808 and place bets on football, golf, horse racing, dog racing and tennis matches in plain English. The bet is interpreted by a natural language engine, while most mobile gambling portals… Read More

  • Next2Friends: Video and social mobile apps to go

    Next2Friends: Video and social mobile apps to go

    Next2Friends, a new pivately-backed mobile social network, just came out of a short private beta to launch a ranges of mobile applications – including streaming video – which look like they will take on a number of startups including Seesmic, Qik, Kyte, Loopt and even Twitter. How have they stayed under the radar? By launching very quietly in the UK/Europe first, and over the… Read More

  • Updated: Facebook blocks Scoble for downloading his contacts, sparks revolt

    Updated: Facebook blocks Scoble for downloading his contacts, sparks revolt

    Data portability from social networks is going to become a huge tech industry issue in the new year. Why? Because well known tech blogger Robert Scoble has had his Facebook account disabled after he tried to pull out his 5,000 contacts (known as a social graph) from the site. This will fire the starting gun on all the debates about who owns your data on a social network, debates which –… Read More

  • Will Cominded ever launch anything?

    Will Cominded ever launch anything?

    I’d just like to ask, is Cominded ever going to launch anything? The last time I asked the Web 2.0 development house late last year, they said things were still… in development. Then I emailed them a few days ago but got no reply. Who are Cominded? They are a startup created by London-based Paul Birch who happens to be the other brother of Michael Birch, head of Bebo. But unlike… Read More

  • Scoble blocked from Facebook

    Scoble blocked from Facebook

    Well known tech blogger Robert Scoble has had his Facebook account disabled after he ran an unnamed script over it, breaking the site’s terms of use. As he says on his blog, he is appealing, but he Twittered that he will be taking the normal customer service route rather than contacting Facebook’s PR people, as he could certainly do (not that it will take long for the PR guys… Read More

  • Next2Friends: Another Bluetooth social network joins the fray

    Next2Friends: Another Bluetooth social network joins the fray

    Update: See TechCrunch.com for the latest on their video apps. When is someone going to crack the ‘mobile social network via Bluetooth‘ conundrum? Or will it all turn out to have been a massive red herring? The latest to enter the fray, launching Thursday, will be Next2Friends, a new social network based on Bluetooth-enabled handsets. Here’s how they say it works: You set up… Read More

  • DailyMe.tv wins funding for mobile podcasts

    DailyMe.tv wins funding for mobile podcasts

    EU News: Berlin-based DailyMe.tv, which lets mobile users subscribe to videocasts and podcasts on their handset, has raised an undisclosed amount from German investors. The service would work well with a flat-rate data tariff, and remove the need to side-load content to the phone. DailyMe.tv is planning both premium and ad-funded options. Release in German. Read More

  • Workhound raises £100k for jobs aggregator

    Workhound raises £100k for jobs aggregator

    Workhound, a recruitment aggregator startup, has raised £100,000 in first round funding from angel private investors. It currently lists over 700,000 vacancies across some 1,300 recruitment sites and offers contextual search, data mining, bookmarking and salary tracking. Founder Howard Lee maintains that since no UK job site has more than 5% market share – even though recruitment… Read More