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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  • What's the best startup model for Europe?


    I recently met with Yoav Andrew Leitersdorf, managing partner with YL Ventures. YL is a VC with offices in the Netherlands, Israel and Silicon Valley. Leitersdorf thinks his business model of ‘flipping’ tech companies faster is better applied in Europe than trying to create a massive startup in the way US firms do. Here’s how the idea goes: YL looks for tech companies with… Read More

  • Seedcamp sets out its stall

    It was a fascinating experience watching startups at Seedcamp last year (not least because we re-launched TechCrunch UK there). I note from their site that Seedcamp Week 2008 will take place from September 8-12 this year, and if you have an early stage startup then it might be interesting for you to apply. The one drawback with Seedcamp is that while the winners do get investment, it’s… Read More

  • Why are Dopplr profiles so sparse?

    Dopplr is often cited as one of the hottest startups in the UK. It’s ability to allow you to see what city the people your social network are going to be in the future is very clever. It also spans both the consumer web and the enterprise. But it remains a little quirky round the edges (perhaps part of its appeal). Today their new Community Design Manager is asking users for feedback on… Read More

  • Kublax wins further funding

    Kublax, a startup site which syncs all your bank accounts, utilities, and loyalty schemes has won a further round of angel investment from Digitalents Capital, Five Ventures, Omnis Mundi Invest AG, The Accelerator Group (TAG). The amount was not released but we understand it was less than a million euros. Kublax was a winner of Seedcamp 2007, a Europe-wide initiative by Venture Capital firms… Read More

  • Buzzspotr's location-based social networking

    Buzzspotr is a new site designed to mashup social messaging systems like Twitter with a user’s location and alow them to see their social network on a map. Currently in private pre-alpha, the site is spun out of the I-Together startup who are better known for their Blog friends Facebook application which has around 20,000 users so far. The Buzzspotr pitch is that it lets you find where… Read More

  • EU startups getting name-checked

    A bunch of European startups are getting name-checked right now, whether it be selected for demo fights or ‘programmes’ – so I though it worth just listing these so we can all check them out. First off the Plugg Start-Ups Rally 2008 has evaluated about 65 submissions from 18 European countries and 20 of them have been picked for the rally. They are: 1. 123people
    2. Alenty … Read More

  • TechCrunch is over? I'll get my coat…

    Apparently TechCrunch hates community and it’s all over for us. Who knew? According to Umair Haque, your friendly neighbourhood UK digital strategist, we’re all now tired of TechCrunch (apart from TCUK, thanks Umair, I owe you a pint now). His argument is that TechCrunch is “peaking”, it doesn’t invest in the “community” and instead gets its attention… Read More

  • Web Mission: Last chance to get your entries in

    Monday is the last chance you can submit your startup to Web Mission 08, the trip to Silicon Valley for 20 lucky UK firms (I wrote about it all here). So get your entries in! This is going to be an amazing opportunity to make connections in Silicon Valley and hang out with your fellow UK startups. As if that wasn’t enough TechCrunch is a media partner, and I’m going too. Read More

  • Facebook's UK numbers are down. Meh.

    Yes, it is worth noting that Facebook’s user base in the UK actually dropped between December and January for the first time ever. It’s uniques dropped 5% to 8.5 million, while MySpace UK, in the No 2 slot, also dropped 5%, to 5 million and Bebo dropped only 2% to 4 million. But here’s the reality check, people: THAT WAS OVER THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS. Facebook’s audience… Read More

  • Music video aggregator Musicbrigade shutters

    European News: Stockholm-based music video startup Musicbrigade has closed . It provided Channel 4’s music video content, reports PC. Started in 1999, Musicbrigade provided a video repertoire from the four major labels and others, allowing channel4.com users to access to thousands of videos plus rate videos and make shareable playlists. However, many labels now use other means… Read More

  • As 3i leave early stage VC, where next for startups?

    Confirming my story last month, 3i is indeed leaving early stage venture capital. The UK-based VC and buyouts house is merging its VC unit with its growth capital unit, confirms PEHub. The new focus for 3i’s venture chief Jo Taylor will be later stage technology, media and telecommunications and healthcare. The loss of 3i is a blow to European venture capital, though not unexpected… Read More

  • Is Blyk on the blink for subscribers?


    European ad-funded startup MVNO Blyk may not be hitting the numbers. Media buyers – who were lined-up to buy the text and MMS ads sent to teens who were supposed to subscribe in return for Blyk’s (almost) free network – are worried the subscriber base is not looking so good. NMA reports that fewer than 30,000 people have signed up in the first five months. Given that most… Read More

  • Price comparison sites are going, going, gone…

    A shake-out in price comparison sites in the UK – and possibly in the US – looks imminent after Experian said it was reviewing its online price comparison shopping service PriceGrabber and has “lots of interest from private-equity and listed companies”. The statement came after reports suggested the credit checking company is looking to sell the business. Experian… Read More

  • The UK is now crucial to Google's revenues

    Now that Google is probably pulling down more ad revenue than ITV, the biggest TV network in Britain, it looks like it is the the UK’s single largest advertising channel, posits Seamus McCauley (via). The “10k” document Google filed with the SEC at the weekend showed: – Google £1.28 billion revenue from the UK in 2007 (2006: £814 million; 2005: £446 million) –… Read More

  • TVCatchup on hold after broadcasters weigh in

    The big TV companies have put the hard word onto TV recording startup TVCatchup, which has had its service suspended after complaints from the BBC, Channel 4, ITV and Channel Five. TVCatchup launched in trial around October last year, allowing users to tag the shows they wanted recorded on a programme guide and share those copies with other members. Once you signed up you could use the TV… Read More

  • Putting startups on the map


    View Larger Map Ages ago I had the idea of putting startups on a Google map and allowing them to add their location and logo. But as is the way with these things I never got around to doing it, which is why I’m glad someone else did. Today I was emailed by Douglas De Jager, CEO of UK startup dotHomes, who obviously had the same thought and decided to create just such a map. I Twittered it… Read More

  • Facebook improves account deletion

    The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office may be feeling a little more satisfied today. Last month it entered into discussions with Facebook about how users can maintain their privacy and control their data, in particular, deleting their data and acounts from the site. The talks were prompted last November when Channel 4 News detailed how Facebook was being investigated by the… Read More

  • Pixenate: Fast and simple online image editing

    Pixenate is a white-label online photo editor which is designed to be integrated into any existing social network or photo sharing/printing website. It works on Firefox, IE, Safari and Opera browsers and allows you to do some reasonably sophisticated online photo editing. It also comes in a Spanish version. It’s pretty simple. Upload a photo, edit it then save it to your desktop or post… Read More

  • When stuck in Barcelona, call. Don't Qik. It's quicker.

    Meeting up in Barcelona during 3GSM can be tricky when you have to push through about 30,000 people. But CrunchGear, sister to TechCrunch, gamely held a meetup event (pictured) there last week. However, after realising he’d accidentally booked the event in an office block, CG editor John Biggs moved it “to a hole-in-the-wall paella place with an upstairs.” Despite this… Read More

  • Map My Tracks: Live GPS map creation, and sharing on the way

    Map My Tracks is a new web app that provides real-time GPS tracking for anyone with a compatible mobile phone or an external GPS receiver. It’s aimed at sports people to help them understand and improve their performance, hence it offers a free plan but also subscription services. I like this app because while lots of online/GPS mashups will pinpoint where a mobile phone is, they… Read More