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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  • University replicates in Second Life. Lazy students rejoice.

    Ok, it’s not strictly news about startups, but it’s still interesting that Sussex University has built a replica of its campus in Second Life. Students can now fly around to visit the Library or attend online seminars inside the replica. Let’s hope their avatars don’t fall asleep in the lecture. At least they now need never leave their college room at all. But… Read More

  • Zopa to launch in Japan

    Social lending site Zopa is to launch in Japan, following its expansion to the US and Italy from its UK base. The site, three years old today, has attracted around £18 million of funding, including that from Benchmark Capital, which has also invested in US competitor Prosper. Zopa is an online marketplace where people meet to lend and borrow money. With no bank in the middle, both parties… Read More

  • Pikum secures £2.6m in funding

    Pikum, a UK-based online social gaming start-up, has secured a £2.6m investment from Virgin USA. Pikum is in stealth mode, building a platform for a new kind of betting game created and played between friends online. Competitors are likely to include Party Gaming, 888, Betfair and Tradesports. Users can choose to play for fun or money. Pikum is the brainchild of 28-year old American… Read More

  • Dailymotion hires ex-Googler as first UK MD

    Kate Burns, ex Google UK director (and Google’s first ever employee outside the US), has been hired as the first UK MD for Paris-based video upload site Dailymotion. The site is pushing for UK video and display ad inventory and attract advertisers via an agency, as well as extend its MotionMaker scheme for semi-pro producers. DailyMotion is after quality content, but then… Read More

  • Mobile ad platform wins £2m funding

    Scotland -based Rapid Mobile Media, a startup mobile ad platform, has won £2 million ($4 million) in a second round of funding from US VC firm New Enterprise Associates (NEA). It was joined by Alliance Trust Equity Partners (ATEP) as new investors in the company, along with existing investors Pentech Ventures and Scottish Enterprise’s Scottish Venture Fund. The money will be used to… Read More

  • BlinkBox overhauls site

    BlinkBox, a UK startup which allows users to overlay a video clip with a personalised message, has had a site overhaul and new UI ahead of a “full” launch in April. (Hell, it looks pretty launched to me?). The idea is that the video prompt the recipient to buy or rent the movie/show. All the content is pre-approved for use by the rights-holders and is heavily DRM’d. BlinkBox… Read More

  • Fire Eagle launches – want an invite?

    UPDATE: The invites have now gone. I have four Fire Eagle invites to the first four commenters on this post. These are also one-time invitation codes and can’t be reused. No idea what I’m talking about? As you’ll note from Michael Arrington’s story and the longer review: It is a platform for controlling people’s location information. Tell it (directly or via a… Read More

  • Apple's SDK event today

    Tune in to TechCrunch today and on CrunchGear for live coverage of Apple’s iPhone SDK event at Apple HQ in Cupertino. The event starts at 10 am PST, or 6pm GMT. On offer is a possible idea of when the SDK will be available and “some exciting new enterprise features”. More rumors over at iLounge. Read More

  • Video: Phorm CEO rejects allegations of 'big brother' tracking

    Yesterday I recorded a half hour video interview with Kent Ertugrul, the founder and CEO of Phorm, the AIM-listed ‘behavioural targeting’ company which will track users at an ISP level for the purposes of targeting advertising. ISPs signed up, but yet to launch with Phorm integration, include BT, TalkTalk, and Virgin Media. Publishers will include FT.com, iVillage, Universal… Read More

  • TechCrunch UK & Ireland Jobs board officially 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

  • 7digital's Warner deal for DRM-free tracks confirms it as the UK music startup to beat

    7digital has secured the first deal to exclusively sell Warner Music’s full catalogue in the rights-free format across Europe. Customers in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany and Spain can now download tracks from Warner artists in DRM-free MP3, firing a shot across the bow of Apple’s iTunes store, which utterly dominates the music downloads market. 7digital now stocks 3.5m tracks… Read More

  • Apple buys British iPhone patent. Who knew?

    Did anyone else miss that Apple computers bought a patent for the iPhone from a British company? On 3rd March 2008, Apple Computers purchased USA patent 6,956,564 from British Telecom. This British patent covers sensing technology as used in the Apple iPhone and iTouch originally invented by Lyndsay Williams for BT in 1997, in a touch sensitive computer called SmartQuill (pictured). Williams… Read More

  • UnLtdWorld turns your passion into a business

    In all the fluffy, feel-good hype surrounding the formal launch of UnLtdWorld, a new social network for ‘social entrepreneurs’ to go forth and do good in the world, one thing may have been missed. It’s explained best by founder Alberto Nardelli: “We have developed a business model for UntdWorld around premium services, access to historical and comparative research… Read More

  • Blinkx re-launches NowThen as moblogging site

    Blinkx is re-launching it’s NowThen mobile picture upload social net, which has been languishing unloved for a while, into a moblogging site to compete with the likes of moblogUK. Initially developed for internal use (er, why?) NowThen will allow users to create create friend groups and assign privacy levels to them, not unlike Fickr It has 2,000 registered users and will be heavily… Read More

  • Irish startups aim at movie downloads… via kiosk

    Here’s an interesting one. Ireland-based PortoMedia is setting up kiosks that will let consumers download movies to a flash memory key or portable hard drive. The kiosks will be packed with hard drives that can hold 350 to 5,000 titles. Users then plug in a memory device from the company, enter a PIN code, and buy or rent a movie. When consumers get home, they simply slide the memory… Read More

  • Truphone fires its low call charges at operators

    Truphone, the UK startup which allows you to make VOIP calls from your mobile, has announced its first pricing structure. From March 1st, customers will be able to call 40 countries from anywhere on the planet for 3 pence per minute to landlines and 15 pence per minute to mobiles. This is aimed at the roaming charges levied by most mobile operators. Calls to other Truphone users remain free. Read More

  • Trutap adds Facebook status updating

    Mobile social networking startup Trutap has now added Facebook to the list of social networks it integrates with. You can now update your status from inside the Trutap mobile client application, which works on a variety of handsets. It’s done by adding Trutap’s Facebook application to your Facebook account. Trutap users can also IM (MSN, Yahoo!, AIM and ICQ), group message… Read More

  • O2's bum deal for Irish iPhone customers

    O2 is heading for a massive own goal in Ireland where it recently launched the iPhone. After the announcement last week the 02 Ireland CEO said – in an amazing display of barely concealed contempt – “I’d say your Apple freaks will be queuing out the door when we launch”. This really does show that they mis-understand the sophistication of the Irish mobile… Read More

  • Deadpool: AllPeers shuts down browser-based file-sharing

    All Peers, the UK-based open-source application for sharing large files inside a browser, shuts down today. When it launched in August 2006 it was named by Skype founder Niklas Zennström as among Europe’s most innovative tech start-ups. AllPeers had raised a single round of financing from Mangrove Capital Partners and Index Ventures. In a post on their blog today the founders said: It… Read More

  • Joining the dots on a Google MVNO

    Today T-Mobile Ventures, the investment arm of the European mobile network, has made a ‘strategic investment’ (read, ‘not that big’) in British start-up Ubiquisys[press release]. The firm makes femtocells, a kind of wireless router which turns a broadband Internet connection into a mini-3G base station (but without the cancer-inducing irradiation). Ubiquisys raised… Read More