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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  • 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

  • iPhone sales just miss UK target

    Apple may have just missed its sales target of 200,000 handsets sold in the first two months. Instead it looks like the figure was closer to 190,000 according to the FT’s sources. Gartner, the research firm, said in November that between 350,000 and 400,000 iPhones could be sold in the first eight weeks. Price appears to be proving a bigger barrier to sales than anticipated as handsets… Read More

  • Mobile users want email more than social networking

    Email, not social networking, is the most desired service for UK mobile phone users according to a survey of 1,010 mobile phone users by . Some 33% stated that email would be their number one priority followed by 25% of the votes for social networking. And 20% highlighted a preference for using their phone to access local information about their surroundings while 13% said that they would… Read More

  • moblogUK project with Channel 4

    Mobile community startup moblogUK is having some success with the white label version of its service for UK broadcaster Channel 4. With relatively little promotion the Big Art Mob site, which allows viewers to MMS in pictures of public art, has notched up around 500 users, three months before its corresponding TV show goes on-air in April and as attracted “a couple of thousand”… Read More

  • Facebook to meet with UK's 'privacy police'

    The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office is to enter into discussions with Facebook how users can maintain their privacy and control their data. The news from the BBC relates to a story broken by Channel 4 News last November detailing how Facebook was being investigated by the ICO after a complaint that he could not remove his account or any of the data – photos, wall… Read More

  • It's time for The Crunchies

    TechCrunch is preparing for the Crunchies at 7:30 pm Pacific Time, or 3.30am GMT tomorrow morning. Check out TechCrunch for some light news coverage and a couple of updates throughout the day around the ceremony and party afterwards. There is almost certainly going to be able to live stream of the event on the participating blogs (VentureBeat, ReadWriteWeb and GigaOm), assuming you’re up… Read More

  • Wellington beats target on latest fund

    Pan-European venture capital firm Wellington Partners has closed its latest fund “Wellington Partners IV Technology” at EUR265 million in just over six months. It had a target of EUR250 million, so it’s done well in what is supposed to be a bear market right now. With the new fund Wellington plans to invest in approximately 25 technology companies throughout Europe in the… Read More

  • BBC man checks out Seesmic

    BBC Technology editor Darren Waters got a privileged chat with Seesmic founder and prominent French entrepreneur Loic LeMeur in a London pub last night and was evidently impressed after a demo: Within minutes of posting the video to Seesmic, he had replies from the community all around the world, including from members sat around the corner in the same bar. LeMeur confirmed the company, which… Read More

  • Horsesmouth mentoring network launches

    UK-based Horsesmouth, a social network built around mentoring and volunteering, has come out of beta to give people and organisations a place to swap information around the topics of education, careers, health, families and relationships. So far it has picked up 2,000 users and launch partners include Everywoman, Media Trust and Youthnet. The site was founded by advertising entrepreneur MT… Read More

  • Good news for mobile startups as The Sun drives mass take-up of QR codes

    Startups offering Quick Response technologies and other services for mobile phones will be heartened by the news that The Sun – the UK’s biggest circulating newspaper – says its new mobile barcode service already has 11,000 users since its early December launch. Readers use a downloaded client application for a cameraphone to scan over the newspaper, thus triggering either a… Read More

  • (Legitimate) unlocked iPhones not selling much in Europe

    Orange is selling “very, very few” unlocked iPhones (cost: 749 Euros, or £560) without a contract, according to Didier Lombard, the head of Orange’s parent company France Telecom. By regulation Apple had to offer both locked and unlocked versions – with the latter being more expensive. Apple will be pleased, since it gets a monthly income from iPhone buyers who… Read More

  • Turmoil at Joost as CTO sacked then hired by BBC on the same day

    Is Joost going to last the year? The P2P TV yesterday confirmed it had fired CTO Dirk-Willem van Gulik, who then promptly turned up as a new hire at the BBC on the same day. He will be chief technical architect of the BBC Future Media and Technology Group, which is working on – guess what – the BBC iPlayer online TV project. A Joost spokesperson in the US told newteevee that Gulik… Read More

  • Yahoo! rumoured to be buying FoxyTunes

    Yahoo! is in negotiations to buy Israel-based FoxyTunes, according to TechCrunch.com. The Firefox plugin allows users to control their favorite media players from the browser. Yahoo has made overtures towards shaking things up in music and last week launched a new, stripped down, easy-to-use web based MP3 player, which could well be integrated with a browser based player like Foxy Tunes. Read More