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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  • 192.com published the ages of 27m people

    192.com is getting into some interesting the areas. The portal that no-one knows what it’s for any more (Tagline: “Search for People, Businesses & Maps” – so that narrows it down, huh) has put up the approximate age (e.g. “25-29″) for 27 million UK residents. In addition they launched the most detailed aerial maps of London yet put online. They say this… Read More

  • Yabb launches VOIP micro-blogging service

    London-based Cominded has launched its first product, named Yabb, after a year in development. Yabb reminds me of a community like Twitter (text-based microblogging) or Seesmic (video-based microblogging), but this time with voice calls made over Skype. So think ‘VOIP microblogging’. Users import their Skype contacts, then are asked to allow Yabb access to Skype. The idea is to find… Read More

  • LinkedIn opens European office

    LinkedIn has opened its first European office in London, clearly reflecting the growth of the professional social network in the UK and Europe. Kevin Eyres, formerly MD of travel site SideStep Europe and GM of AltaVista, has been hired as its European MD and is building a sales and marketing team. LinkedIn worked with UK Trade & Investment and its regional partner, Think London, in setting… Read More

  • Buildersite wins Angel funding round

    Buildersite, a web-marketplace for construction services for both homeowners and tradesmen has secured an Angel round of funding (amount not disclosed) led by Alex Hoye, former co-founder of GoIndustry which went public in 2006. He will chair the startup’s board. Also investing is The Accelerator Group, whose principals Robin and Saul Klein have invested in successful UK startups… Read More

  • Zattoo opens beta for UK users

    Online TV startup Zattoo has opened up its beta software to UK users for download since running for a closed user group since July last year. So far it has about 1.7 million registered users (in total), two thirds of whom use it regularly to watch TV on their PC. The interesting think about Zattoo is that it broadcasts full-blown TV channels from partners including the BBC, Bloomberg, France… Read More

  • Last.fm turns on ad-supported free music model, a teaser towards subscriptions


    TechCrunch US has got the story on LastFM’s news business model (it appears to have been released on a US media schedule). The gist is that the CBS-owned service will now allow you to stream the full track of any song up to three times for free, in addition to the famed music-discovery service which streams related songs you might like in a random order. After the three plays a popup… Read More

  • Heads-up on EU startups

    I figured last year’s Le Web 3 was going to be the quintessential startup event for Europe, but there is a new kid on the block which could vie for the crown. The Plugg Conference will focus on Web 2.0 and Mobile 2.0 startups on March 19th in Brussels. As well as a speaker programme [disclosure: I will be chairing some discussions] there will be a “Startup Rally” featuring… Read More

  • Move to simplify e-commerce in Euro zone

    An initiative by European banks to harmonise transactions within the EU – will officially launch next Monday. The Single European Payments Area (SEPA) aims to make all electronic payments within the euro zone (which the UK is not part of) as simple as domestic transactions, including eliminating fees associated with these transactions. Unfortunately, the initiative is still only in its… Read More

  • Xing buys Turkish business network for EU4.36m

    There appears to be a merger market kicking off inside European-focused social networks. Xing, the Germany-based European business social network which resembles LinkedIn, has now bought Turkish business social network Cember.net, for about €4.36 million (£3.25 million), to be paid in stages. Cember has some 280,000 free and paying member and was “slightly profitable” last year. Read More

  • Europe 2.0: European tech investing "coming of age," as events hard-wire the network

    It’s mildly diverting when some say that Europe is still a slow place for technology startups, then pat us on the head and tell us that every day, in every way, we’re getting better and better. But it’s more interesting when people who really are at the heart of the European business pull all the threads together and come up with some cogent arguments. Max Bleyleben of… Read More

  • YouTube for Startups? Hell, why not…

    Aside from running some normal written reviews of new web firms, I’d like to encourage companies out there to send in links to videos. In common with TechCrunch.com, I’ll be running embeddable demo videos where appropriate, because a demonstration speaks louder than any words, and these can’t be edited or spun by TechCrunch – something some may view as an… Read More

  • European tech investing is "coming of age"

    It’s mildly diverting when some people, like Business Week reporters, say that Europe is still a slow place for technology startups, then pat us on the head and tell us that every day, in every way, we’re getting better and better. But it’s more interesting when people who really are at the heart of the sector pull all the threads together and come up with some cogent… Read More

  • Local UK sites now in all out war

    There’s something about ‘local’ that really gets our startup juices flowing in the UK. Maybe it’s that ‘children of Thatcher’ thing? (She was a greengrocer’s daughter). Nine-year old local search site TouchLocal has raised £7M (€9.4M) from Balderton Capital to combine a yellow pages model with a social community of recommending and reviewing… Read More

  • We7 proving ad-supported music has a future?

    Ad-supported music seems to be gaining traction as a business model. We7, a UK-based music download service driven by advertising sales, has raised a $6M Series ‘A’ round led by musician/investor Peter Gabriel and Spark Ventures and UK VC firm Eden Ventures. The founders of We7 are John Taysom, chairman, and CEO Steve Purdham. Purdham founded SurfControl, a publicly-traded firm… Read More

  • UK's Badoo pulls $30m for Russian launch, ahead of a home push

    Russian investor Finam has put $30m into UK-based social network Badoo for a 10% stake. The money is to build the service in Russia, where social networking market has reached around 10 million users in January. Badoo’s social networking site with photo and video sharing has 12.7 million registered accounts, mostly in Latin America and Continental Europe. Badoo was launched from London… Read More

  • Is 3i pulling out of early stage tech startups?

    What’s going on at major venture capital firm 3i? Several whispers are reaching me that the VC group is planning to pull out of backing early stage Web ventures. A source who ought to know tells me they’ve heard such talk “from folk within 3i. At the end of ’07 they were trying to figure out where the VC team’s leadership would fit in the rest of the organisation… Read More

  • OpenID heading mainstream? Daily Telegraph to be an OpenID provider

    From February the Telegraph.co.uk become the first British media company to become an OpenID provider, adopting the single-sign on standard for its reader accounts system. The move follows announcements by much larger online players including Yahoo! and Blogger last week, with Googe rumoured to be in the works. Apparently the Telegraph is planning a few more anouncements over the next few… Read More

  • Zlio launches social commerce site in the UK

    Zlio, a France-based startup which puts the power to create an online shop into the hands of users, has today launched a UK site. Consumers will populate their stores by choosing products to sell from 62 UK merchants including Play and Dell, among others. “Shopkeepers” earn commissions on every item bought from their Zlio Shop in a similar fashion to a regular affiliate program… Read More

  • Conduit raises $8m for toolbar service

    Euro News: Conduit, an Israel-based provider of Web community toolbars, has raised $8m from Benchmark Capital to upgrade its offering. The service enables web publishers to create, promote and maintain a community toolbar, driving traffic to their site, without needing complex software. Some 140,000 publishers have joined the Conduit network worldwide, including Fox News, Lufthansa… Read More

  • 2007 Crunchies: Winners, video and pictures

    Paris and London-based Netvibes has won the Best International startup at the first annual Crunchies Awards, a joint production between Read/Write Web, VentureBeat, GigaOm and TechCrunch. Tariq Karim and Freddy Mini’s Netvibes has made waves in the U.S. and globally as a top personalised web portal. The ceremony went (mostly) smoothly with a couple of surprises amongst the results. For… Read More