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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  • Tipped adds new features. Local reviews war continues

    Local reviews startup Tipped has launched some new features. These include some categories covering 150,000 new businesses. They also have a new ‘Tip Stream’ allowing you to tell when your friends have written reviews or done something else on the site, a la Facebook. The new Tippster program recognises heavy contributors a ‘badge’. Tipped is running affiliate ads for… Read More

  • FreeAgent Central aims at… free agents who hate book-keeping

    Privately-backed FreeAgent Central (FAC) is a new online money management and accounting tool intended for small, service businesses of 1-3 employees or sole traders in the service sector (so not retailers). The UK firm comes out of beta today and is also available from now as a planning tool in the US/globally, but without the tax functionality. The reason it’s interesting is that… Read More

  • Events update

    I’m sure there are many other events happening, so ping me if you think you should be added to this list: • The Thinking Digital conference in Newcastle on 21-23 May is a new annual event where 400 delegates gather to take part in an exclusive conversation about technology, ideas and our future: “Thinking Digital conference will take on an eclectic range of technology-based… Read More

  • Bebo enters the mobile platform wars

    Bebo has signed a deal to to allow its 40 million plus members to produce and share content on their mobile phones. The client application will be provided by Intercasting, which provides the Anthem platform connecting mobile carriers with social networking sites and entertainment companies. Bebo announced yesterday that it had signed a deal with T-mobile in the UK where it also has an… Read More

  • Social net for daredevils wins VC backing

    Bragster, a social network for dares (think Jackass meets Facebok), has closed a $3.5 million Series A round of venture capital funding led by Intel Capital, the global investment arm of Intel Corp. They were joined by angel investor David Frankel through Puressence Limited. Frankel previously invested in companies including GetMeIn and SiteAdvisor, sold to Ticketmaster and McAfee, respectively. Read More

  • Warning to Microsoft. Think a Yahoo acquisition will play easy in Europe? Guess again.

    If there was any doubt that the European Commission would roll over and play dead when big tech companies come to play in Europe, it must be dispelled today as its offices raided the premises of Intel and some top European electronics retailers yesterday. The EC’s antitrust probe has extended to Media Markt, Europe’s biggest electronic chain, and DSG International, which runs PC… Read More

  • A message to Yahoo! people

    If you’re getting layed-off, let go or leaving for new pastures today/this week, then get in touch. We’d be interested to hear… More on CNet: “One source inside the company said the number was 1,100, which is slightly higher than expected. The layoffs bring the headcount down to about 13,200 employees.” Read More

  • Intel puts $3.5 million into 'bragging rights' startup

    Bragster, a London-based social network for dares (think Jackass meets Facebok), has closed a $3.5 million Series A round of venture capital funding led by Intel Capital, the global investment arm of Intel Corp, reports TechCrunch UK. They were joined by angel investor David Frankel who previously invested in companies including GetMeIn and SiteAdvisor (sold to Ticketmaster and McAfee… Read More

  • Bebo extends its mobile reach as sale talks buzz

    Even as Bebo is rumoured to be in sale talks, it has today signed a deal to to allow its 40 million plus members to produce and share content on their mobile phones, reports TechCrunch UK. Bebo’s new client application for handsets is provided by Intercasting, which has the Anthem product for social sites. Yesterday Bebo said it had signed a distribution deal with T-mobile in the UK… Read More

  • Yahoo is to T-Mobile what Google is to Apple?

    Interesting that Yahoo and T-Mobile are linking up today (here’s the gist of their announcement at 3GSM): Yahoo! has today announced a partnership with T-Mobile to offer Yahoo!’s oneSearch to the operator’s European subscribers. Today’s announcement follows on from a deal in January this year to offer the Yahoo! mobile search tool to T-Mobile’s UK/European customers. Read More

  • The sheer, craven stupidity of government regulation of online music

    The Times has today got a hold of a leaked government Green Paper on the “creative industries”. A draft copy, obtained by The Times, states: “We will move to legislate to require internet service providers to take action on illegal file-sharing.” A spokeswoman for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has responded saying this is an early draft and “the… Read More

  • Qype gets a mini-makeover

    Venture-backed pan-European reviews site Qype is having a face-lift tomorrow, along with a few other nips and tucks. New features include the ability to add videos via Youtube – something already available on competitor sites like TrustedPlaces – better local search, maps and community features, UpMyStreet-like local chat features for all the 6,000 towns on Qype.co.uk and a… Read More

  • 3GSM news roundup

    Here are some tidbits from 3GSM or the Mobile World Congress being held in Barcelona, 11-14 February: • Google “is expected to produce a prototype mobile handset” at the show, according to The Times. But even if a physical phone doesn’t appear Google’s ‘Android’ open source Mobile Operating System platform will be floating around. Indeed, Korea’s… Read More

  • GyPSii signs deal to try and crack India's vast mobile market. It won't.


    Europe: Netherlands-based mobile startup GyPSii, a geo-location and social networking service provider for mobile phones, has signed an agreement with Broadway Pvt. Ltd, to offer GyPSii in India. This is a market with 233 million mobile subscribers which grows at a monthly rate of over 8 million. Broadway provides direct access to the content and advertising reach of ISP India Online Netcom… Read More

  • Seatwave wins $25m Series C funding to expand

    Ticket reseller Seatwave has taken $25 million Series C in a round led by Fidelity Ventures that included Atlas Venture, Mangrove Capital Partners and Adinvest. Total funding for Seatwave to date is $36 million. The London based Seatwave, like StubHub (acquired by eBay for $310 million) and TicketsNow (acquired by Ticketmaster for $265 million) resells tickets to major events. The company… Read More

  • Taptu: new search engine, new partner

    News out of Barcelona’s 3GSM conference today includes some from Taptu, the mobile search engine startup launched in the UK in October last year. It’s unveiling an improved version of its search engine and the ability for results to be shared with friends via email, mobile-to-mobile and Twitter. The formerly music and trivia-focused search engine also now adds news and travel to… Read More

  • TechCrunch has a new events consultant

    Plenty of people have been wondering when we’d start running some TechCrunch events on this side of the pond. But attempting to run a full-time news blog and run events at the same time is a recipe for chaos. So I’m delighted to say that TechCrunch UK & Ireland is going to be working with Thayer Driver as our Events & Sponsorship Consultant. One of the first things… Read More

  • Ecademy – the ten year old business social network

    [Note: please also see updates below] I first wrote about Ecademy for The Guardian newspaper six years ago. At the time it was shaping up to be an early social network aimed at freelance business people. Yesterday Ecademy celebrated 10 years in existence. Yes, it doesn’t look very Web 2.0. Yes, it’s doesn’t have a shiny logo with a reflection. Yes, it’s still built… Read More

  • Web Mission launched to showcase UK startups in Silicon Valley

    TechCrunch UK is a media partner in a new initiative to create connections between Silicon Valley in the US, world famous as a crucible of technology innovation, and UK startups, as well as to showcase what the UK has to offer. I’m delighted to support this initiative. Another successful project, Paddys Valley, was created by and for Irish startups in December last year to introduce… Read More

  • Online ad rates in the UK are plummeting. This model is broken

    According to a recent opinion piece on E-Consultancy, the online marketing community, with vast amounts of online advertising inventory available due to the rise of broadband, increased competition, dropping response rates and a limitless supply page impressions, many online media owners – and that includes web startups trying to sell advertising – are seeing their display… Read More