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.

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    ITN launches channel on YouTube

    UK TV news provider ITN is to launch a channel on YouTube, making it one of the first UK media companies to employ YouTube’s new in-video ad format that runs “transparent” overlays just under the video. The content will be largely sourced from ITN’s multimedia division, ITN On. This will consist mostly of entertainment programming and content from ITN Source, the… Read More

  • News Dredge 161007

    • A rather odd event has crossed my desk in the shape of the London Startup Weekend on November 30- December 2: “Startup Weekend is an idea, an experiment, a chance gather the tech community and create a company over one jam packed weekend.” But organiser Andrew Hyde appears to be a web developer from Boulder, Colorado, US, who appears to be on some kind of startup hell trip. Read More

  • BBC Online free via The Cloud

    BBC Online free via The Cloud

    If you’ve ever heard the collective anger of thousands of commercial web sites in the UK, then imagine a field of people all growling under their breath. Now keep that image in your head, because the BBC has cut a deal with wi-fi firm The Cloud, which operates 7,500 hotspots around the UK, to offer BBC online services for free. That means, without paying a log-in or subscription fee, Cloud… Read More

  • Jiglu: enterprise-level tagging starts at free

    Jiglu: enterprise-level tagging starts at free

    Intelligently tagging the content on a site can be done either by hand as the content is created, or with some kind of text analysis algorithm. But the former is inefficient and time-consuming, while the latter can be expensive. Jiglu, which launches an official beta today, plans to tackle tagging in two ways. First with a free, ad-supported widget, which aims to re-point site visitors to further… Read More

  • Jiglu: enterprise-level tagging starts at free

    Jiglu: enterprise-level tagging starts at free

    Intelligently tagging the content on a site can be done either by hand as the content is created, or with some kind of text analysis algorithm. But the former is inefficient and time-consuming, while the latter can be expensive. Jiglu, which launches an official beta today, plans to tackle tagging in two ways. First with a free, ad-supported widget, which aims to re-point site visitors to further… Read More

  • BattleSeen: Soldiers video uncensored

    BattleSeen: Soldiers video uncensored

    BattleSeen is a new ‘soldier generated video’ site being backed by Andy McNab, the former SAS soldier turned best-selling author, and London-based webcasting firm Spoken. The site launches this week and will be mentioned on The Sun newspaper’s web site (which reminds of a story I heard during the dotcom boom, of which more later). BattleSeen will allow anyone – but… Read More

  • Dear VCs: Look at the idea, not the postcode

    I’m interrupting the normal coverage today to write about something I care deeply about. The long feature I wanted to post today will have to wait. Let’s make one thing clear. The reason TechCrunch was started by Mike Arrington three years ago was to cover the wave of new startups appearing on the Internet scene in his stamping ground of Silicon Valley. Fast forward to 2007 and… Read More

  • StyleShake turns women into fashion designers

    StyleShake turns women into fashion designers

    StyleShake, an e-commerce bespoke fashion brand, launches officially today. Headquartered in London/UK but also also available in Israel, the startup aims to allows customers to create and order individually tailor-made dress designs, share them online with other StyleShake users and, of course, wear them. Essentially StyleShake puts design tools in the hands of customers who create designs using… Read More

  • TechCrunch UK and Ireland jobs board now open

    Did I mention we had a jobs board? The jobs board is now open for business here. Come by. Read More

  • Event: Virtual worlds show hits London

    Event: Virtual worlds show hits London

    Later this month Virtual Worlds Forum Europe (VWFE) is going to be the first major conference in Europe, let along the UK, about – guess what – virtual worlds. It’s odd that it’s taken this long to have a major event about this most fascinating of areas, of interest both to everyone from technology entrepreneurs to media/marketing people. Of particular interest to… Read More

  • Event: Facebook Debate in London

    Event: Facebook Debate in London

    Fancy learning a little more about Facebook? Those nice people at BIMA have given us two free tickets to The Great Facebook Debate (currently sold out at £25 a head) on Wednesday 17th Oct 2007, 16:30 – 21:00 in London. The debate’s speakers will aim to explore and challenge the various ideas currently being touted in blogs and mainstream media about the all-consuming Facebook, as well… Read More

  • Mippin monetises feeds for mobile

    Mippin monetises feeds for mobile

    Yesterday I went along (proof) to the demo by Refresh Mobile of their new service: Mippin. Refresh – backed by Accel Partners – is best known for creating the Mobizines service (which in many ways almost became a noun in it’s own right) only last year. The idea there was that site owners could have their content wrapped in a Mobizine java client and have advertising set against… Read More

  • Got a video startup?

    I’m planning a review of online video startup companies in the UK and Ireland. I think I have a fair idea of who to look at but I just want to make sure I haven’t missed anyone. If you have a project which falls into the video category then either submit your company or contact me. Thanks in advance. Read More

  • Is Wuala a BitTorrent 2.0?

    Is Wuala a BitTorrent 2.0?

    Normally I like to stick to UK and Irish firms on this site but I’m going to make an exception with Wuala, because it looks pretty interesting. “Wua.la” is a startup coming out of Switzerland, which I met at the recent Future of Web Apps conference in London. Co-founder Dominik Grolimund – who is as of today, driving around in Silicon Valley pitching the idea – told… Read More

  • Jaiku bought by Google

    Jaiku bought by Google

    BREAKING NEWS: Jaiku, the Twitter-like service from Finland, has been bought by Google. Jaiku Founders Jyri Engeström and Petteri Koponen today posted this on their homepage: “While it’s too soon to comment on specific plans, we look forward to working with our new friends at Google over the coming months to expand in ways we hope you’ll find interesting and useful. Our… Read More

  • Google buys social mobile startup Jaiku

    Google buys social mobile startup Jaiku

    BREAKING NEWS: Jaiku, the Twitter (and Pownce)-like service from Finland, has been bought by Google. Jaiku Founders Jyri Engeström and Petteri Koponen today posted this on their homepage: “While it’s too soon to comment on specific plans, we look forward to working with our new friends at Google over the coming months to expand in ways we hope you’ll find interesting and useful. Read More

  • Supersize Wi-Fi with your McDonald's burger?

    Suddenly Britain seems awash with WiFi. McDonald’s is to now offer free WiFi to customers in 1,200 of its UK outlets, in an attempt to lure customers away from rival food chains and coffee shops like Starbucks. In theory their free offer could save someone £260 a year, if they used paid-for WiFi for an hour a week (says McDonald’s). The Cloud will provide the network, which is ironic… Read More

  • News In Brief, or 'The Dredge' 8/10/07

    News In Brief, or 'The Dredge' 8/10/07

    The first of a regular ‘dredge’ of items of interest, in no particular order… • UK-based Dopplr has launched its blog badges, previously announced at the FOWA conference last week. The badge shows your future trips on your webpages in as much or as little detail as you’re comfortable with. You can change what’s shown using privacy settings. You can also just have… Read More

  • Joost signs ITN News

    As Internet P2P broadcaster Joost begins going public with its beta software and signing deals with broadcasters, the latest is with number three UK news network ITN which will provide Joost with short news, sports, business and weather bulletins. ITN will also produce a Joost-only programme entitled Movie Buff, featuring movie news, reviews, and interviews, as well as two sports shows. The move… Read More

  • Chandlee to head Facebook UK ad-sales

    Facebook has hired Yahoo exec Blake Chandlee to head up the company’s UK ad-sales team. Chandlee was Category Development Officer, charged with growing Yahoo’s advertising business with consumer goods firms. Chandlee joined Yahoo! in 2003, and rose to commercial director. Facebook has already picked out an office in London’s Soho, where most of the advertising agencies hang out. Read More