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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  • Ello, Ello? New ‘No Ads’  Social Network Ello Is Blowing Up Right Now

    Ello, Ello? New ‘No Ads’ Social Network Ello Is Blowing Up Right Now

    In March a new social network launched promising the opposite business model to Facebook – i.e. Not selling ads based on user data and instead relying on, perhaps, paid premium features to keep going. Ello then sunk without trace until, in the last 24/48 hrs or so, activity on the site completely blew up. And this is a pretty basic social network with the bare minimum of features. Why? Read More

  • Disrupt In London To Showcase New Google Ventures Europe Partners

    Disrupt In London To Showcase New Google Ventures Europe Partners

    The second TechCrunch Disrupt Europe will take place from 18-21st October 2014 in London and will see the first outing of the Google Ventures team in Europe. There’s still time to grab a ticket before they sell out. Earlier this year Google announced it was launching a branch of its venture capital investment arm in London. Google Ventures Europe will have an initial fund of $100 million… Read More

  • October’s Disrupt Conference Brings Together Europe And The Valley

    October’s Disrupt Conference Brings Together Europe And The Valley

    Following a massively successful inaugural event last year in Berlin, the second TechCrunch Disrupt Europe will take place from 18-21st October 2014 in London, at the amazing Old Billingsgate venue. The London conference kicks off with the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon from 18th to 19th October, followed by two days of in-depth onstage interviews and panels with some of the biggest names in… Read More

  • Europe’s Biggest Investors Come To The Disrupt Europe Stage

    Europe’s Biggest Investors Come To The Disrupt Europe Stage

    The second TechCrunch Disrupt Europe will take place from 18-21st October 2014 in London. Saturday and Sunday will feature the legendary TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon, followed by two days of interviews and panels with Europe’s best entrepreneurs and VCs. Read More

  • Mosaic Ventures Launches In Europe With A $140M Fund Aimed At Series A

    Mosaic Ventures Launches In Europe With A $140M Fund Aimed At Series A

    “We need density in the cluster!” as an entrepreneur raising a Series A round in London said to me only last week. Her frustration was born of the fact that while many VCs have headed toward seed investing, and some have raised later-stage growth funds, the fabled Series A has become a gradually rarer entity. It’s a problem we thought we’d solved in Europe until… Read More

  • London’s Tech Boom Is More Than Just Hype, The Hard Numbers Say So

    London’s Tech Boom Is More Than Just Hype, The Hard Numbers Say So

    While London Technology Week may not yet rival last week’s London Fashion Week for glamour, there is real substance to the capital’s tech boom. This is why, for the first time, TechCrunch is bringing its Silicon Valley conference, Disrupt, to London this October. A number of things are driving it. London has long acted as a “bridge” both to US tech companies… Read More

  • Mind Candy Slims Down Ahead Of Major New Mobile Push

    Mind Candy Slims Down Ahead Of Major New Mobile Push

    Mind Candy, the company behind the Moshi Monsters web game for kids, has in the past been considered one of the breakout successes of the UK startup and gaming world. But while it continues to extend its life as a licensing gangbuster — with every incarnation of possible merchandise — it is clearly going through the bumpy ride of shifting toward the mobile future. TechCrunch… Read More

  • Seedcamp Invests In 11 New Startups After Its Annual Event

    Seedcamp Invests In 11 New Startups After Its Annual Event

    European ‘venture accelerator’ Seedcamp has announced it has made 11 new investments, out of the 21 drawn from around Europe that pitched at their annual event in London last week. It made 11 investments, 7 directly from Seedcamp Week applicants, and 4 from the new Seedcamp Fund. The companies are: ● Carbon Voyage, London, UK – “Creating technology that makes… Read More

  • Verto Analytics Raises Another $2.4M, This Time From Open Ocean Capital

    Verto Analytics Raises Another $2.4M, This Time From Open Ocean Capital

    Verto Analytics, a digital media measurement company based in New York, has raised $2.4 million in additional funding from Open Ocean Capital, which was also an early investor in MySQL. Back in April this year Verto raised a $5.4 million Series A from Conor Venture Partners. This second round of investment also included funding from the current investors, Conor Venture Partners and angel… Read More

  • Chinese Pavilion Startup Alley

    A Run Through The Chinese Pavilion At TechCrunch Disrupt SF

    At the Chinese pavilion we ran through those on show: Ogora helps developers add VOIP voice calls to their apps with one line of code. Sensoro is an iBeacon startup which senses the surrounding environment. An image recognition startup that can also recognise objects exhibited, allowing you to search on keywords on the web and in app. ClearClouds is a cloud service company providing data… Read More

  • Mapping Startup CartoDB Raises $8M To Aim At Being A Geospatial Standard

    Mapping Startup CartoDB Raises $8M To Aim At Being A Geospatial Standard

    Mapping and geospatial platforms are crucial to the web and app world we live in today. Remember the craziness when Apple Maps launched with a sub-standard product? Yeah, that. So companies trying to take on mapping continue to play in a fascinating and important space because dynamic or real time maps and visualisation is still a big problem to solve. Thus today, ‘all-in-one’… Read More

  • Tempo’s Smart Calendar Launches Further Into Europe With Local Languages

    Tempo’s Smart Calendar Launches Further Into Europe With Local Languages

    The calendar app market has been getting crowded with apps like Cue, Sunrise, Timeful, Accompli, Lowdown and others vying for attention. One that I’ve been using has been Tempo, mainly for its fully-integrated approach, such as Uber integration and automated call dialling. The maker, Tempo AI, is now doing a push into Europe with localised language support in Spanish, French, Italian… Read More

  • Russia’s Webex, Webinar.ru, Secures $7.3M, Just Before Sanctions Bite

    Web-conferencing and video-conferencing software company Webinar.ru has raised $7.3 million in a Series A funding round led by Intel Capital and EBRD (the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development) and also included Flint Capital and previous investor VTB Capital. On an interesting note, this is the last investment of EBRD in a Russian company because of the sanctions on Russia right now. Read More

  • Marc Benioff’s Plans — More Investing, More Donating, More Political Demands

    Marc Benioff’s Plans — More Investing, More Donating, More Political Demands

    This morning at Disrupt SF, TechCrunch alum Michael Arrington interviewed Salesforce.com’s Marc Benioff about his investments, his company’s growth rate, and his personal approach to politics. Salesforce recently announced a $100 million fund that it will invest across the technology industry. Arrington found the exercise minor enough to almost call it branding, noting that… Read More

  • Property Partner Secures Seed Cash For Its Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform

    Property Partner Secures Seed Cash For Its Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform

    A new startup that lets users invest as £50 in the booming buy-to-let housing market in the UK has launched with £1.25m seed funding led by Octopus Investments. The investment round in Property Partner also includes participation from a number of high profile European funds and investors. These include venture accelerator Seedcamp; Betfair co-founder and Funding Circle Board member Ed… Read More

  • Web Data Platform Import.io Raises $3M Round From Jerry Yang, David Axmark

    Web Data Platform Import.io Raises $3M Round From Jerry Yang, David Axmark

    import.io, the web data platform which debuted at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe in Berlin last year, has raised a $3 million ‘Seed Plus’ financing round. Investors include the founders of Yahoo! and MySQL. The startup raised from MySQL Co-Founders David Axmark, as an Angel investor and Michael “Monty” Widenius, through his fund Open Ocean Capital. Yahoo! Co-Founder… Read More

  • Scarosso Aims To Be The Warby Parker Of Shoes With $11M From NEO, DN Capital

    Scarosso Aims To Be The Warby Parker Of Shoes With $11M From NEO, DN Capital

    Warby Parker has made a name for itself, first in the US and now globally, as a purveyor of tailor-made glasses. Vertically integration – where a company both makes and sells something – has become a hot property and it’s supercharged by the efficiencies brought about via technology platforms. Now, Scarosso (based out of Berlin) which makes and sells handcrafted Italian… Read More

  • Tapdaq Raises $1.4M Led By Balderton For Dev-Friendly Mobile Ad Exchange

    Tapdaq Raises $1.4M Led By Balderton For Dev-Friendly Mobile Ad Exchange

    Tapdaq, a community-driven mobile ad exchange, has raised a $1.4 millon seed round led by Balderton Capital. The company has also wooed over AdMob EMEA’s Russell Buckley as its new Chairman. Tapdaq is the brain-child of Ted Nash, one of the new generation of very young entrepreneurs who has been online almost literally since birth. As a teenager he came up with the anonymous gossip… Read More

  • EQLIM Startup Aims To Surface Geopolitical Big Data In The Middle East

    EQLIM Startup Aims To Surface Geopolitical Big Data In The Middle East

    The EQLIM startup, which means ‘region’ or ‘territory’ in Arabic, has launched, aiming to create a subscription service for real-time data about human activity in emerging economies. The Beirut, Lebanon-based startup wants to address the lack of data about the Middle East. It will look at big data covering geopolitics, infrastructure, and commerce, as well as data… Read More

  • Runa Capital Achieves An Exit As BackupAgent Is Acquired By Acronis

    BackupAgent a Netherlands-based provider of cloud backup to SMEs and telcos, has been acquired by Acronis, the data protection company, another Runa investment. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Last year BackupAgent secured $2 million in an investment round led by Runa Capital. Acronis will merge existing BackupAgent technology with Acronis AnyData Engine. BackupAgent datacenters… Read More