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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  • Dopplr tests traveller tips sharing

    Dopplr tests traveller tips sharing

    Dopplr, the UK-based social network for global travelers, is testing a new feature on some of its members which might make the Yelps and Trusted Places of this world sit up and take notice. The new Dopplr feature lets you share tips and recommendations on cities – usually a core feature of location-based social networks. Core Dopplr members are being given access to the feature this… Read More

  • buy.at gets into affiliate widgets

    buy.at gets into affiliate widgets

    buy.at, a specialist affiliate ad network in the UK with backing from DFJ Esprit is about to release a new web widget which “will help push the affiliate advertising model much further down the long tail of websites” according to Nic Brisbourne, a DFJE VC who blogged the info today. He is testing out Buy.at advertising on his popular blog The Equity Kicker (the money will go to… Read More

  • Skype's screw-up is the VOIP-world's gain

    Skype may not be the flavour of the month (or year for that matter) at eBay, which lost a cool bill. on its purchase, but it’s not making any friends in London either. The VOIP service provider’s decision to cut the 0207 numbers used for SkypeIn by those who like the association with the [central] London 0207 phone code has hit about 10,000 users. Skype (“We’re very… Read More

  • Zopa to launch in US and Italy

    Lots of news form UK-based peer-to-peer lending startup Zopa, which is prepping its US launch this week. Zopa is also launching officially in Italy this week after a ‘friends and family’ trial. Meanwhile, the new listings service (a sort of 21st Century version of the begging letter, covered here), has produced £250K worth of bids in the first month of operation. Among those… Read More

  • Russian firm buys LiveJournal

    European News: TechCrunch US reports that Six Apart has sold LiveJournal, which it acquired in January 2005, to Moscow-headquarted SUP for an undisclosed amount. SUP had acquired licensing rights in October 2006 permitting them to manage LiveJournal in Russia, where the platform dominates the blogosphere. Six Apart now plans to focus on its three core brands of Vox, TypePad and MoveableType. Read More

  • Free ticket to LeWeb for a Loic fan

    French entrepreneur Loic Le Meur reminds me of that guy who set up a network of web cams in his apartment around 1999 and called the project WeLiveInPublic.com. Needless to say the guy’s girlfriend left shortly after. The only difference is that Le Meur hasn’t managed to get his partner and kids in on the act yet. But give it time. He already blogs daily, videoblogs almost hourly… Read More

  • Murdoch linked to LinkedIn, yet again

    Rupert Murdoch is considering a £500 million deal to buy corporate networking site LinkedIn, according to yesterday’s Sunday Express. The UK paper said that preliminary talks between the News Corporation chief executive and LinkedIn CEO Dan Nye began three weeks ago. However, last week Nye said that offers would not be considered unless they were in excess of $1 billion, which happens to… Read More

  • Congrats to BIMA winners, now can we have a cool tech awards please?

    Congrats to BIMA winners, now can we have a cool tech awards please?

    Hearty congratulations to the winners of the annual awards for the British Interactive Media Association, otherwise known as the BIMAs. In summary, Channel 4 New Media won the “Grand Prix” for 4oD* (the On demand TV catchup service) while ad agency Publicis Dialog won two, and agency GT three. Channel 4 won for the “ingenuity and simplicity of this new interface.”… Read More

  • Miomi arrives to map your timeline

    Miomi arrives to map your timeline

    Miomi, a digital lifestyle aggregator (DLA) I talked about back in October, is officially unveiling itself to the world now. Incorporating content from Encarta and Wikipedia, you can plot your own historical progress through time by uploading your personal take on events be it through words, pictures or video. You can choose to share this the world or just with your friends on the site. So… Read More

  • True Knowledge looks for API beta testers

    Search startup True Knowledge, reviewed here, is seeking beta testers for its API service. The UK startup, which recently won Angel funding, has developed an application which (deep breath) represents facts as entities within a broad knowledge-base that computers can understand and process. It answers question through deduction and cross-referencing to produce what looks, to all intents… Read More

  • A slicker YouTube interface raises even more questions

    A slicker YouTube interface raises even more questions

    When I first saw iDesktop.tv one of my first thoughts was that it must be a US startup. Now I will admit that is incredibly Silicon-Valley-centric of me, for which apologise. In fact iDesktop.tv is coming out of Davendra Patel’s 3rd Eye Solutions agency in good ol’ Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, UK which makes it doubly cool.
    iDesktop.tv – a relaunch of YouTubeDesktop… Read More

  • A chance to demo your startup

    A chance to demo your startup

    UK digital networking event Mashup will be running another of its mashup Demo events for startups and growing companies in the digital sector on Wednesday December 5th. It’s an opportunity to demo your services to an audience of investors, corporates, bloggers, journalists and industry influencers. It will be held at the offices of Sun Microsystems in central London. There are still a… Read More

  • TechCrunch drinks & Widgety Goodness Dec 6th

    TechCrunch drinks & Widgety Goodness Dec 6th

    Widgety Goodness, the first European conference on web widgets and applications, kicks off on Thursday December 6th at the Corn Exchange, Brighton. TechCrunch UK is media partner and we have ten tickets to give away to the most enthusiastic commenters on this post. Speakers include Tariq Krim (founder Netvibes), Russell Davies (OpenIntelligenceAgency) and Ivan Pope (founder Snipperoo) and a… Read More

  • Question: Where are the best sources of funding for startups?

    As part of a continuing series, I’m asking you, the reader, to contribute your thoughts on various subjects (and I’m open to suggestions for topics). So here’s the latest: Question: Where are the best sources of funding for tech startups? Please note that I am not asking, ‘what’ are the best sources of funding for startups. I am not trying to prompt debate… Read More

  • More LinkedIn/News Corp reports coming in

    More LinkedIn/News Corp reports coming in

    The plot thickens. Last week I took the decision to go with a very strong lead that News Corporation was in talks with LinkedIn about possibly buying the professional networking site. At the time my sources said the idea was based around the concept that advertising to high-level executives is becoming much harder via print, and LinkedIn could make up revenues for News Corp in that area. Read More

  • Question: Best tech PR for startups?

    As part of this week’s effort to allow you, the readers, to steer this blog for a while, here’s the first of a few questions this week. Question: Which firm, or which individual PR person, is the best for tech/mobile startups (either in the UK or Ireland)? Now, this is a question I get asked a lot by startups I meet. So I thought I’d ask the community of commenters and… Read More

  • BBC, ITV, Channel 4 to launch joint on-demand web TV

    BREAKING NEWS: In an unprecedented joint venture, UK TV giants BBC Worldwide, ITV and Channel 4 are to launch a jointly-owned on-demand Web service creating a single destination for over ten thousand hours of TV entertainment content. Code-named “Kangaroo” the plans are yet to be formally approved by the BBC Trust and each broadcaster’s board, but the project has the full… Read More

  • News snippets

    News snippets

    • On 3 December Second Chance Tuesday, the London networking event is holding its next shindig on gaming (such as massively multi-player online games, in-game advertising, virtual worlds etc). Gaming guru Alice Taylor will be leading the discussions with a panel of industry experts including Toby Rowland (CEO of King.com), Klass Kersting (CEO of gameforge.de) and Michel Cassius (COO Imagini). Read More

  • You have control

    You have control

    Right now TechCrunch UK & Ireland (unlike the US site) does not have a community forum where you can air your thoughts in a more free-form manner. Like all blogs, I get to start the conversation and you get to talk back. At some point there’ll be more to do here, but until then I want to make sure I am getting you the news, reviews and – now and again – the gossip.
    In… Read More

  • Free startup advice and a career in reality TV awaits…

    Free startup advice and a career in reality TV awaits…

    Now here’s an interesting opportunity. One day in a December entrepreneur and former BBC Dragons Den judge Doug Richard (pictured) will be interviewing very young startups who have web companies that think they could go big. Very big. But don’t go whipping out your NDA. You’re going to be filmed, potentially for a new TV show. Doug emailed me to say: “I will be arranging… Read More