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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    Tech Will Save Us Raises $1.8M To Take Hardware/Software Hacking Mainstream

    After finding a fully functional laptop discarded in a rubbish skip near their home, Bethany Koby and Daniel Hirschmann realized this was the spark they were looking for to create a new kind of technology education startup. The wife and husband team created ‘Technology Will Save Us’ (TWSU) in 2012 to put together hardware and software ‘making’ in a way that… Read More

  • LoopMe Closes $7M For AI-driven Video Ad Optimisation Platform

    Way back in 2013 LoopMe attempted to solve the problem of intrusive ads on a mobile screen by consolidating them into an “ad inbox” that the user would access through a small button. They raised a seed round to do it. Then in 2014 they raised a $3M round after dumping the ad-inbox model to become a mobile video ad business, that uses AI in automatic, real-time retargeting of ad… Read More

  • Enki Launches Snackable Mobile Learning App For Developers

    Enki Launches Snackable Mobile Learning App For Developers

    So-called ‘professional learning’ has come a long way since the days of the densest of textbooks. It eventually gravitated towards online courses and we’ve seen businesses arise to take enormous advantage of this trend. Some figures suggest that north of $500B is spent on improving employees globally (this covers books, video, Twitter, blogs, you name it). Products like… Read More

  • Announcing The Judges For Next Week’s Disrupt London 2015 Startup Battlefield

    Announcing The Judges For Next Week’s Disrupt London 2015 Startup Battlefield

    TechCrunch Disrupt London is next week! (December 7th-8th, Agenda, Tickets). The conference will see our now traditional set-up of a single stage and a Startup Alley. TechCrunch is excited to announce the judges of the next round of Startup Battlefield. They pick the finalists and winner of the startup competition held at Disrupt London. The judges come from all walks of life. Some are… Read More

  • TechCrunch Disrupt London Is Next Week — Here Are Our Battlefield Finals Judges

    TechCrunch Disrupt London Is Next Week — Here Are Our Battlefield Finals Judges

    TechCrunch Disrupt London is next week! (December 7th-8th, Agenda, Tickets). The conference will include our traditional set-up of a single stage and a Startup Alley. We like to keep things simple! We’ll start each day with panels and one-on-one discussions featuring TechCrunch writers and editors, special guest speakers, leading venture capitalists and entrepreneurs addressing the issues… Read More

  • Not A Hobby — Disrupt London Lets Loose The Drones Of Awe

    Not A Hobby — Disrupt London Lets Loose The Drones Of Awe

    We don’t just plan to talk about the Cloud at TechCrunch Disrupt London in two weeks time on December 7th-8th (Agenda, Tickets). The conference will also cover the booming world of Drones that are literally in the clouds. Here are our panelists for the discussion.
    Chris Blackford
    Chris is driving the strategic development of Sky-Futures operational and technology frameworks and the… Read More

  • Fashion Startups On Show At Disrupt London, Dec 7-8

    Fashion Startups On Show At Disrupt London, Dec 7-8

    We’re continuing to announce speakers for our TechCrunch Disrupt London conference on December 7-8, 2015 (Agenda, Tickets). The conference will feature global startups, investors, amazing speakers and more. And one area we will zero in on is a strong suit for London: Fashion and tech. Here are our panelists for the discussion.
    Filipa Neto (Chic by Choice)
    Filipa Neto is co-founder and… Read More

  • ColorChip Raises $25M To Stop Your Video And VR From Flickering

    Transceivers and optical splitters are part of the crucial plumbing of the internet as services scale up into streaming HD video, virtual reality, cloud computing, and IoT. Data-centers are literally groaning under the weight of all this traffic. So it’s no surprise that companies which make this kind of infrastructure are able to raise large rounds of funding. While TechCrunch… Read More

  • Talkdesk Co-Founder To Talk About Enterprise At Disrupt London, Dec 7-8

    Talkdesk Co-Founder To Talk About Enterprise At Disrupt London, Dec 7-8

    Yes, there are more. Many, many more speakers to be announced for our TechCrunch Disrupt London conference on December 7-8, 2015. The conference will feature an amazing slate of global startups, investors, influential speakers and more. And one area that we’ll be focusing in on is the booming startup city of Lisbon, from which Talkdesk has emerged, and where it’s disrupting… Read More

  • Imogen Heap To Speak About Music And The Blockchain At Disrupt London

    Imogen Heap To Speak About Music And The Blockchain At Disrupt London

    Classically trained composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer Imogen Heap recently made the headlines for releasing her song Tiny Human using blockchain technology. Heap is one of a number of artists exploring the blockchain to launch and distribute music, given its ability to record all transactions and maintain a permanent database to potentially track royalties and plays. For her music… Read More

  • TechCrunch Disrupt’s Startup Alley Will Showcase Europe’s Best

    TechCrunch Disrupt’s Startup Alley Will Showcase Europe’s Best

    TechCrunch Disrupt is coming to Europe and there’s no cooler way to put what you’re doing on display for media and investors alike than by joining our Startup Alley. Startup Alley is packed with early stage companies showcasing their innovation to our attendees, investors and press. There are hundreds of international and local companies in categories ranging from marketing… Read More

  • Jobber Secures $8M For Its Mobile Workforce Apps

    Jobber Secures $8M For Its Mobile Workforce Apps

    There are a lot of businesses that utilize mobile workers these days. Normally deskbound workers have become mobile workers as companies mobilize their workforces and, often, save on property costs. In this field, Jobber, has now secured a $8 million CAD Series A round of financing led by OMERS Ventures, with participation from existing investors, Version One Ventures and Point Nine… Read More

  • Vallie Takes The Luxe Valet Parking Model And Puts It In London

    Vallie Takes The Luxe Valet Parking Model And Puts It In London

    Luxe has become a popular valet parking service in various US cities because it sends valets to park for you, using an Uber-like app. They raised a $20M Series A last February and are now in multiple cities. But valet parking is a totally new concept in the UK, where parking you own car is the norm. Today that Luxe model comes to the UK in the form of Vallie, but as this is a pilot, it will… Read More

  • BridgeU Raises $2.5M To Fix The Chaos Of University Choices With Data

    BridgeU Raises $2.5M To Fix The Chaos Of University Choices With Data

    Imagine you’re 14 and in the next two years you’re going to have to make a decision about what higher education course you’ll do, if any. You go to your careers teacher, and in a depressed voice they throw some leaflets at you and head back to their bottle of whisky (ok, well, that was MY careers teacher). How much better could this picture be? Well, now a startup aims to… Read More

  • White Star Capital Closes $70M For Its First Institutional Transatlantic Fund

    White Star Capital Closes $70M For Its First Institutional Transatlantic Fund

    White Star Capital, which bides it’s time between London, New York and Montreal, has been active in the market for a couple years but until now has not ‘opened the kimono’ much on its backing. Today that changes with the news of its the close of its first institutional fund with $70 million in LP commitments. This first institutional fund is mainly backed by sovereign and… Read More

  • CareMonkey Wins Slush Startup Competition

    CareMonkey Wins Slush Startup Competition

    Another day, another massive tech conference in Europe. This time we’re in Helsinki for the annual Slush conference, where 15,000 people wander around what appears to be a dark, laser-lit aircraft hangar full of startups stalls, while squinting at a map which has helpfully been printed in 4 Point on a black background. Aside from those quibbles, Slush is its usual mix of fantastic… Read More

  • Announcing The Disrupt London 2015 Agenda

    Announcing The Disrupt London 2015 Agenda

    Disrupt London is right around the bend. The show is set to kick off in a few weeks and we’re excited today to reveal the agenda. We couldn’t be more thrilled. The lineup is amazing and we have a new, larger venue this year to house the show. We say this every year, but this is set to be our best Disrupt in Europe yet. The two-day conference kicks off on December 7 in the… Read More

  • Sir Alex Ferguson And Sequoia’s Mike Moritz To Speak At Disrupt London

    Sir Alex Ferguson And Sequoia’s Mike Moritz To Speak At Disrupt London

    The speakers for our TechCrunch Disrupt London conference on December 7-8, 2015 are many and varied. However, perhaps only two can boast living legend status at this point. This will be the first time Sir Mike Moritz, the renowned tech investor, has interviewed Sir Alex Ferguson, the legendary coach of Manchester United, in the UK. As Harvard Business Review put it, if “Steve Jobs… Read More

  • Square Plays Safe On Initial IPO Price To Entice Investors

    Payments company Square has set its IPO offering to price at $11 to $13 per share. This will raise up to $403.7 million, and value the company at approximately $4.19 billion. This valuation would be actually be well below its last round of private funding, when its Series E round valued its shares at $15.50, with a $6 billion valuation. But since this is just the initial pricing, the strategy… Read More

  • Postmates Founder Bastian Lehmann To Speak At Disrupt London

    Postmates Founder Bastian Lehmann To Speak At Disrupt London

    We’re continuing to announce speakers for our TechCrunch Disrupt London conference on December 7-8, 2015. The conference will feature an amazing slate of global startups, investors, influential speakers, VIP guests and more. Bastian Lehmann
    Bastian is the CEO of Postmates, the on-demand delivery company he co-founded in 2011. The idea for Postmates was originally conceived in 2005… Read More