Mike Butcher

Mike Butcher

Mike Butcher (FRSA) is an 'Editor At Large' at TechCrunch, the biggest breaking news site about the world’s hottest tech companies. Mike has been named one of the Top 50 most influential Britons in technology by The Daily Telegraph.

As well as being a long-time Writer, Broadcaster and Editor Mike is also co-founder of TechHub (@TechHub), a project to merge a thriving community with office space for fast-moving startups. Mike has written for UK national newspapers and magazines including The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The New Statesman.

Mike 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 Mike has launched or re-launched numerous media web sites and in 2000 he was nominated as NetMedia's European Internet Journalist of the Year. In 2004 Mike 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 Mike 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 UK, by the readers of Computer Weekly magazine. In 2009 it was named as one of the Top 10 blogs out of the UK. Also in 2009 Mike was named one of the Top 10 bloggers on Twitter in the UK. In October 2009 Mike was named one of the Top 50 most influential Britons in technology by The Daily Telegraph. In April 2010 Mike was in Wired UK's Top 100 influencer list, again in 2011, in 2012 and in 2014. In April 2010 TechCrunch Europe was shortlisted in the Specialist Digital Publisher category of the prestigious UK-based Association of Online Publishers’ Digital Publishing Awards. 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. Mike has been listed as one of the Top 100 most influential people on Twitter in the UK. Mike has spoken at the prestigious Monaco Media Forum, Le Web, Web Summit and DLD among many other conferences. Mike is a regular commentator on the technology business, appearing on BBC News, Sky News, CNBC, Channel 4 and Bloomberg. Mike has advised the UK Prime Minister on tech startups, served on the Mayor of London’s Digital Advisory Board, the ‘Smart London’ Board and been a Technology Ambassador for London.

Mike arned his B.A. degree in History and English Literature from Australian National University.

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  • iPhone finally arrives in Ireland next month

    As largely expected, the Apple iPhone will arrive in Ireland courtesy of UK-based carrier O2, which has the exclusive contract – from March 14th costing €399 (8GB) and €499 (16GB). Tariffs will range from a €45 to a €100 monthly charge. And it now looks like March 6th will be when Apple unveils the Software Development Kit for the device, which will allow outside developers to… Read More

  • TechCrunch UK: The news wrap

    Courtesy of TechCrunch UK, starting from this week I’ll be giving you a run-down of what’s been happening in the UK, Ireland and – where possible – a little of what’s going on in the rest of the European startup scene. Hopefully you’ll find this useful. Last.fm, the UK startup CBS bought, said it was getting a lot of traffic from its widgets. On March 14… Read More

  • VoiceSage wins €3m round for voice apps

    Making voice calls from within the browser, and the growing links between voice applications and the web of data is a big trend online today. Last December Ribbit, a startup that calls itself “Silicon Valley’s first phone company,” launched a bid to spread Flash apps for voice. Now another startup, is also aiming at voice and ‘messaging 2.0’ services from a… Read More

  • SQUA.RE – luxurious but locked-down video


    If you like watching moody-looking (or are they just bored?) models standing around in the background of a TV commercial shoot, while Keira Knightley walks around in curlers, then I have the very web TV channel for you. SQUA.RE is an online video portal (yes, I said portal) dedicated to luxury and style. Its various channels around luxury and fashion are delivered via Flash and look pretty… Read More

  • ShopWindoz brings etsy-like site to UK

    ShopWindoz is a new startup enabling independent design labels to build a business online with a few clicks. It’s an Etsy-esque site aimed at ‘micro-brands’ with niche design products. The site originally went live in November of last year in Germany but this week was launched in English, aiming at the UK market. Initially, products are mostly from Berlin based designers but… Read More

  • A little social innovation for the weekend?

    If you’re into the idea of putting your finely honed commercial web dev and strategy skills to the benefit of society then check out Social Innovation Camp 4th-6th April. The basic idea is to get a group of software developers and designers together with social entrepreneurs and people who fund/provide in-kind support to early stage start-ups for 48 hours over the weekend. Think of it as… Read More

  • TwitPlus shares files over Twitter


    TwitPlus is a new Twitter application based on the popular microblogging platform. It is basically a photo, video and file sharing system built on top of Twitter. It also works with secure files. A longer list of features being worked on includes timeline view, mobile access, API, desktop app, integration with Flickr and picture editing. The creator is Dan Field, of ClearMyMail, the UK firm… Read More

  • The Next Web awards get going again


    The Next Web awards are back again to celebrate Europe’s startups: In collaboration with Techcrunch UK & France, Loogic & The Next Web Blog, The Next Web Conference will be organizing these awards for the second time. Vote for the most Entertaining site; Best Company & social site; Most influential Web Celebrity and Weblog; Rookie of the year and best On-stage Start-up at… Read More

  • Dopplr releases new features

    Dopplr has released the “Singapore” version of the site this week. Here are the details from their user newsletter. Two new features stand out: 1. More happy coincidences Dopplr now informs you of “nearby” and “near-miss” coincidences. You can see when someone adds a trip to a place near where you’ll be, and see who you’ll just miss by a day or two. Read More

  • Fav.or.it launches beta to the invited crowd

    Fav.or.it, the RSS reader with integrated commenting (a story TCUK broke), has launched its beta, though you’ll still need an invite to get in while they scale up. With Fav.or.it you can make comments on blog posts from within its reader – no need to click into a browser to the original post. Disqus, the distributed commenting system, will be using the fav.or.it API. So if you… Read More

  • Favorit's RSS reader integrates commenting

    Fav.or.it, the RSS reader with integrated commenting (a story TechCrunch UK broke), has launched its beta, though you’ll still need an invite to get in while they scale up. With Fav.or.it you can make comments on blog posts from within its reader – no need to click into a browser to the original post. Disqus, the distributed commenting system, will be using the fav.or.it API. So if… Read More

  • 3Bill acquires Profile Heaven, plans MoSo relaunch

    In a small acquisition UK mobile services provider 3Bill has acquired UK social network Profile Heaven for an undisclosed sum. The youth-focused network will be integrated with 3Bll’s mobile software and content platform, presumably as yet another of the many attempts to crack the mobile social (MoSo) networking nut. A relaunch of the site is planned for early summer of 2008 focusing… Read More

  • Google's brand soars, but I don't recall them advertising

    Is Google really the “highest regarded brand in the UK” as the FT writes? Apparently it’s overtaken the BBC, Microsoft and British Airways to become the most highly regarded business brand. “It’s times like this that investment in building engagement, trust and loyalty with a customer base really gets the successful businesses through difficulties caused by… Read More

  • German start-ups tripled in 2007

    Europe: The number of new internet firms started in Germany in 2007 more than tripled compared with the previous year, according to a survey by tech blog Deutsche-startups.de. Some 323 new web firms were registered last year, up from 97 the previous year, and 50 in 2005, although it looks like the growth will slow this year. The 2007 total was the highest in the last five years. Most new… Read More

  • Where is your Bucks of Woodside?

    Over many years Bucks of Woodside in Silicon Valley has become known as a place where entrepreneurs and venture capitalists meet over coffee or brunch to discuss their next project. As you can see from the video of owner Jamis Macniven below, Hotmail was started there, at table 15. Of course, other ‘normal’ people go there for breakfast, but it helps that you can ‘run… Read More

  • LouderVoice plans major upgrade

    Ireland-based reviews aggregator LouderVoice is prepping a new version soon and blogged about it today. Some of the things we can expect to see include a busier home page with more links to reviews, as well as: • Reviews and comments in-site so you no longer need a blog to write full reviews
    • Review images
    • Instant sign-up
    • Instant sign-up via SMS
    • Community features enabling you… Read More

  • London offices too expensive for startups?

    It’s a truism to say property is expensive in London. And the latest victim of rising prices is – ironically enough – real estate search engine Nestoria, which is moving out of its current home “because the building is to be renovated and turned into luxury flats.” However, despite the nostalgia associated with “little quirks like the window that never… Read More

  • Badoo breaks 13m users, relaunch soon

    Badoo, the UK-based social network where you literally vote yourself to the front page via text message, plans a site relaunch this week. Last week it hit 13 million users. Recently I sat down with Lucy George, global communications director, to tease out the background to this sleeping giant. In 2006 the site started with seven languages but never intended to launch in the UK. The business… Read More

  • What's the best startup model for Europe?


    I recently met with Yoav Andrew Leitersdorf, managing partner with YL Ventures. YL is a VC with offices in the Netherlands, Israel and Silicon Valley. Leitersdorf thinks his business model of ‘flipping’ tech companies faster is better applied in Europe than trying to create a massive startup in the way US firms do. Here’s how the idea goes: YL looks for tech companies with… Read More

  • Seedcamp sets out its stall

    It was a fascinating experience watching startups at Seedcamp last year (not least because we re-launched TechCrunch UK there). I note from their site that Seedcamp Week 2008 will take place from September 8-12 this year, and if you have an early stage startup then it might be interesting for you to apply. The one drawback with Seedcamp is that while the winners do get investment, it’s… Read More