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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  • Video streaming from mobile to Web the next killer app?

    Video streaming from mobile to Web the next killer app?

    Leading tech commentator Robert Scoble has gone mad for a new video streaming service for mobiles called Qik. It competes with Kyte and Seesmic but unlike those you do not have to wait for the video to be uploaded. Instead it streams the video straight into the site with a 5 second delay. To use it you download and install the client software – in Scoble’s case a Noka N95… Read More

  • Become a fan of TechCrunch

    If you are on Facebook, then why not become a “fan” of TechCrunch there at its new fan page. And while you’re at it, check out the new re-vamped CrunchGear. Read More

  • Qik streams live video from cell to Web

    Robert Scoble has gone wild for a new video streaming service for cellphones called Qik. It vaguely competes with Kyte, Seesmic and Ustream, but is perhaps closest to Kyte. Qik enables live video casting from a cell phone via any 3G/GPRS/Wi-fi Internet connection. Developed by Visivo Communications in Santa Clara, Qik has been in testing since November. Unlike sites where you have to wait for… Read More

  • Google adding blogs to Universal Search

    Google is to add blogs to its Universal Search results, according to Marissa Mayer, the firm’s search products and user experience VP, in eWeek. This is the first media type to be added since Google launched its Universal Search programme in May. Further innovations are planned she said: “We talked about it as a new playground for our engineers and it’s true. We’re… Read More

  • Ordnance Survey releases data, but stops short of radical change

    Ordnance Survey releases data, but stops short of radical change

    The UK’s Ordnance Survey mapping agency has (almost) come to its senses and announced that it will allow non-profit making organisations and individual developers to display their own data on OS maps for free. The OpenSpace product makes maps available from the 1:1m outline of Great Britain, up to street level (1:10,000). It provides all the necessary functionality to interact with a… Read More

  • Rummble opens slowly, with Facebook app first

    Rummble opens slowly, with Facebook app first

    Mobile social network startup Rummble launched a Facebook application today. People still can’t sign up direct from the main site as it remains in closed beta, but by adding the FaceBook application they can. Beta testers can signup when they load the app. This allows them to share their favourite places with friends. The mobile site is at http://m.rummble.com. Why is Rummble doing is… Read More

  • Best startups this year?

    Best startups this year?

    I’m prepping a post about the best tech startups this year. I’ll be dividing it into three categories: UK, Irish and European (as in, continental Europe). The idea is to look at both web and mobile startups which are doing interesting things. As part of my research I thought I’d ask TechCrunch UK readers for your thoughts. Obviously I’m sure you’ll agree that… Read More

  • MAXRoam secures high-street distribution

    MAXRoam secures high-street distribution

    Irish telecoms startup Cubic Telecom, which launched the MAXroam SIM card aimed at roaming travellers, has struck a distribution deal for the UK and Ireland through the high street electronics chain Maplins. MAXroam uses local, in-country numbers, effectively making all global calls local calls. Customers are given a local number in their home country and another local number in the country… Read More

  • Bebo launches open apps platform

    Bebo launches open apps platform

    Bebo is opening its site to outside programmers to encourage the development of third-party applications. It’s Open Application Platform launch last night coincided with the announcement of partnerships with more than 40 developers to date who have created applications from music and movies to gameplay and photo sharing. Among the many US partners are European startup success story Last.fm. Read More

  • Microsoft buys mapping site MultiMap

    The Guardian is reporting that Microsoft is buying 11-year-old UK online mapping company Multimap, with a view to integrating its technology with its services. Microsoft already has Virtual Earth, Live Search, Windows Live services, MSN and its new £3.2bn ($6.5bn) acquisition aQuantive. recently Multimap re-launched with an interface closer to the Google Maps, which has a 21.4% reach… Read More

  • Le Web 3 startup competition winners

    Le Web 3 startup competition winners

    This year’s Startup Competition at Le Web was very closely fought. Thirty three companies participated out of more than 125 applications reviewed. The judges said the scores were very close (judges had to mark startups out of seven categories). The winners were announced on the main stage at LeWeb3 in a session that also included many of the judges of the competition talking about… Read More

  • Le Web 3 startup competition

    Le Web 3 startup competition

    I went to the Le Web 3 startup competition today, though with 33 startups and many presentations of variable quality or inaudible (mostly due to the presenters not using the mic properly, and one clever chap said he would not put up his URL) I didn’t get all of them down. However, here are a few I took notes on and I will post more later. SaleMiner
    SaleMiner is a small business sales… Read More

  • Skimbit announces beta and first customer

    Skimbit announces beta and first customer

    Skimbit, described as a social decision-making tool, launches it’s formal beta trial this week. The free service is designed to let you manage the results of web searches, say for a holiday, wedding or shopping trip, and aggregates the feedback from friends and family to make it easier to come to a group decision. Notionally Skimbit is meeting a need, since about 88% of adults conduct… Read More

  • Subhub close to investment

    SubHub, a startup which has been around for a couple of years now, is flipping its high-cost service for subscription content web sites to a more “Web 2.0″ model of a low cost, low entry point. The upshot is that just about anyone will be able to afford to create a content-based web site with subscription and e-commerce facilities baked-in. The move comes as the site is looking… Read More

  • TechCrunch at Le Web 3

    TechCrunch at Le Web 3


    Along with the rest of the TechCrunch crew (Mike Arrington and Ouriel Ohayon) I will be attending LeWeb3 in Paris from Monday through to Wednesday. It’s a massive event featuring a ton of startups and about 1,700 people are attending. I’ll do my best to keep TechCrunch UK going while I’m there and no doubt there will be some news-worthy stories worth covering here and on… Read More

  • Zygo might be the UK's Twitter, but with revenues

    Zygo might be the UK's Twitter, but with revenues

    Zygo Communications, the UK mobile social networking messaging startup, completed a second round of business angel funding this week, the amount was not disclosed. Zygo has created an engine for group messaging across the web and mobile. Sounds a little like Twitter, right? Perhaps the difference is that Zygo will – when it launches its beta following this new funding – target… Read More

  • Fav.or.it working on some cool stuff

    This is possibly the last time I do anything on the still-to-launch Fav.or.it… until they actually come out of closed beta. Writing about stuff hardly anyone can see is not an ideal situation. However, they are releasing tidbits of information about how the service will work in the end, and it looks pretty slick. The latest info is that fav.or.it will have a Mashup Editor or a… Read More

  • Sun offers startups discounts

    This week’s MashupDemo event in London, which saw 16 startups demo, coincided with an interesting announcement from Sun Microsystems. The tech giant appears to have suddenly realised there is a startup scene in Europe and has lauched its Sun Startup Essentials (SSE) programme in the UK and Israel, prior to a wider European roll-out next year. This offers access to advanced Sun… Read More

  • 3i puts €2.6m into shopping engine Twenga

    3i puts €2.6m into shopping engine Twenga

    3i has invested €2.6 million in European shopping search engine Twenga, which launched in the UK in early November. The service has been fairly successful by focusing all its resources on Europe and comes translated in six different languages (French, German, Italian, Polish, Spanish, and English). The network reached 7 million visitors in November 2007 and indexed over 40 million offers… Read More

  • Channel 4 launches widget contest

    Channel 4 launches widget contest

    Platform 4, best described as the geeky arm of UK TV station Channel 4, has announced a widget contest at the WidgetyGoodness conference in Brighton today. The broadcaster is offering £1500 to the most creative mash-up of Channel 4′s Film4 RSS feeds. Two runners up will also get £250. They will create a gallery of all the mash-ups received that meet the judging criteria. The full… Read More