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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  • 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

  • TechCrunch UK & Ireland Jobs board now 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

  • iPhone finally arrives in Ireland next month

    As largely expected, the Apple iPhone will arrive in Ireland courtesy of UK-based carrier O2, which has the exclusive contract – from March 14th costing €399 (8GB) and €499 (16GB). Tariffs will range from a €45 to a €100 monthly charge. And it now looks like March 6th will be when Apple unveils the Software Development Kit for the device, which will allow outside developers to… Read More

  • TechCrunch UK: The news wrap

    Courtesy of TechCrunch UK, starting from this week I’ll be giving you a run-down of what’s been happening in the UK, Ireland and – where possible – a little of what’s going on in the rest of the European startup scene. 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… Read More

  • VoiceSage wins €3m round for voice apps

    Making voice calls from within the browser, and the growing links between voice applications and the web of data is a big trend online today. Last December Ribbit, a startup that calls itself “Silicon Valley’s first phone company,” launched a bid to spread Flash apps for voice. Now another startup, is also aiming at voice and ‘messaging 2.0′ services from a… Read More

  • SQUA.RE – luxurious but locked-down video


    If you like watching moody-looking (or are they just bored?) models standing around in the background of a TV commercial shoot, while Keira Knightley walks around in curlers, then I have the very web TV channel for you. SQUA.RE is an online video portal (yes, I said portal) dedicated to luxury and style. Its various channels around luxury and fashion are delivered via Flash and look pretty… Read More

  • ShopWindoz brings etsy-like site to UK

    ShopWindoz is a new startup enabling independent design labels to build a business online with a few clicks. It’s an Etsy-esque site aimed at ‘micro-brands’ with niche design products. The site originally went live in November of last year in Germany but this week was launched in English, aiming at the UK market. Initially, products are mostly from Berlin based designers but… Read More

  • A little social innovation for the weekend?

    If you’re into the idea of putting your finely honed commercial web dev and strategy skills to the benefit of society then check out Social Innovation Camp 4th-6th April. The basic idea is to get a group of software developers and designers together with social entrepreneurs and people who fund/provide in-kind support to early stage start-ups for 48 hours over the weekend. Think of it as… Read More

  • TwitPlus shares files over Twitter


    TwitPlus is a new Twitter application based on the popular microblogging platform. It is basically a photo, video and file sharing system built on top of Twitter. It also works with secure files. A longer list of features being worked on includes timeline view, mobile access, API, desktop app, integration with Flickr and picture editing. The creator is Dan Field, of ClearMyMail, the UK firm… Read More

  • The Next Web awards get going again


    The Next Web awards are back again to celebrate Europe’s startups: In collaboration with Techcrunch UK & France, Loogic & The Next Web Blog, The Next Web Conference will be organizing these awards for the second time. Vote for the most Entertaining site; Best Company & social site; Most influential Web Celebrity and Weblog; Rookie of the year and best On-stage Start-up at… Read More

  • Dopplr releases new features

    Dopplr has released the “Singapore” version of the site this week. Here are the details from their user newsletter. Two new features stand out: 1. More happy coincidences Dopplr now informs you of “nearby” and “near-miss” coincidences. You can see when someone adds a trip to a place near where you’ll be, and see who you’ll just miss by a day or two. Read More

  • Fav.or.it launches beta to the invited crowd

    Fav.or.it, the RSS reader with integrated commenting (a story TCUK broke), has launched its beta, though you’ll still need an invite to get in while they scale up. With Fav.or.it you can make comments on blog posts from within its reader – no need to click into a browser to the original post. Disqus, the distributed commenting system, will be using the fav.or.it API. So if you… Read More

  • Favorit's RSS reader integrates commenting

    Fav.or.it, the RSS reader with integrated commenting (a story TechCrunch UK broke), has launched its beta, though you’ll still need an invite to get in while they scale up. With Fav.or.it you can make comments on blog posts from within its reader – no need to click into a browser to the original post. Disqus, the distributed commenting system, will be using the fav.or.it API. So if… Read More

  • 3Bill acquires Profile Heaven, plans MoSo relaunch

    In a small acquisition UK mobile services provider 3Bill has acquired UK social network Profile Heaven for an undisclosed sum. The youth-focused network will be integrated with 3Bll’s mobile software and content platform, presumably as yet another of the many attempts to crack the mobile social (MoSo) networking nut. A relaunch of the site is planned for early summer of 2008 focusing… Read More

  • Google's brand soars, but I don't recall them advertising

    Is Google really the “highest regarded brand in the UK” as the FT writes? Apparently it’s overtaken the BBC, Microsoft and British Airways to become the most highly regarded business brand. “It’s times like this that investment in building engagement, trust and loyalty with a customer base really gets the successful businesses through difficulties caused by… Read More

  • German start-ups tripled in 2007

    Europe: The number of new internet firms started in Germany in 2007 more than tripled compared with the previous year, according to a survey by tech blog Deutsche-startups.de. Some 323 new web firms were registered last year, up from 97 the previous year, and 50 in 2005, although it looks like the growth will slow this year. The 2007 total was the highest in the last five years. Most new… Read More