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.

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Latest from Mike Butcher

  • Just Eat IPO Values It At $2.44BN, Company First To Test LSE’s New Tech-Friendly Market

    Just Eat IPO Values It At $2.44BN, Company First To Test LSE’s New Tech-Friendly Market

    In the biggest UK technology IPO in the last eight years, Just Eat, the online takeaway service, debuted on the London Stock Exchange today. The market valued the company at £1.47 billion ($2.44 billion), at 260 pence per share. This is top of the pricing range the company was after in January and puts its value at over 100 times its EDIITDA and 15 times sales. The float comes as US competitor… Read More

  • Somo Sets Out On A 37Signals Path, Secures $5.5M from MMC Ventures

    Somo Sets Out On A 37Signals Path, Secures $5.5M from MMC Ventures

    Somo, the UK’s largest independent mobile marketing agency, made its name in the tech world for developing the front end iOS interface for Summly, the startup app acquired by Yahoo for $30 million and which ended up as the Yahoo News digest app. But Somo is not stopping there. Last year it started the process of raising capital from London-based VC MMC Ventures for a suite of advertising… Read More

  • Why Balderton Capital’s New Early Stage Fund Is A Trend In Europe

    Why Balderton Capital’s New Early Stage Fund Is A Trend In Europe

    Balderton Capital has raised a $305 million Series A fund focused on Europe. It’s a fascinating move and shows that European VCs are now finally convincing Limited Partners to invest in the sector, in a big way. Other VCs with older funds, built for a different era, will now look on with some interest. They will not be able to be as fleet of foot as this ‘smaller’ fund, and it… Read More

  • Balderton Capital Raises $305M Series A Fund Focusing Exclusively On Europe

    Balderton Capital Raises $305M Series A Fund Focusing Exclusively On Europe

    Balderton Capital, the European VC investor behind MySQL, NaturalMotion and Yoox, has raised $305 million for its fifth European fund. As has been hinted at previously, the focus of the new fund will be on Series A investments in European tech startups. Other investments in other regions such as the US or Russia will be scaled back to focus exclusively on Europe. The total value of the companies… Read More

  • Crimea Launches New ‘Sevastopol Tech City’ To Attract Startups

    Crimea Launches New ‘Sevastopol Tech City’ To Attract Startups

    Despite recent upheavals, the new Crimea government has wasted no time in setting up an new inward investment programme to attract tech startups to the region. In an exclusive interview with TechCrunch, it’s newly appointed “startup evangelist” Vladimir Putinitov, said: “Crimea now intends to become the Delaware of Eurasia combined with Silicon Valley’s innovation. We… Read More

  • Content Marketplace ScreenHits Closes $1.2M Angel Funding

    UK-based ScreenHits, a marketplace for global content acquisition and ‘viewer feedback’, has closed a $1.2 million first round of funding. Investors include high net worth Angel investors, such as Rory Fleming, Lord Reay, and Flemming Lund among others, employing the SEIS and EIS funding schemes in the UK. The money will be used to focus on product, business development and audience… Read More

  • Russian Square Clone 2can Raises $5M To Scale Up

    Russian Square Clone 2can Raises $5M To Scale Up

    Russian mobile payments startups 2can similar in operation to Square and iZettle (accepts payments from Visa and MasterCard cards through a mobile card reader connected to a smartphone) has raised a $5 million Series B round of funding led by InVenture Partners with participation by Almaz Capital Partners and ESN Group. The cash will be used to integrate with leading Russian banks and accelerate… Read More

  • Bizzby Raises $10M From Hedge Fund To Take On TaskRabbit-Style Services In UK

    Bizzby Raises $10M From Hedge Fund To Take On TaskRabbit-Style Services In UK

    On-demand services marketplace Bizzby has raised $10 million, and claims to have reached 40,000 users its first three months of operation this year with a smartphone app resembling TaskRabbit-style services, but aimed specifically at professional tradespeople. The investors was undisclosed but sources say the investor is a US-based Hedge Fund with over $25B under management. Bizzby offers… Read More

  • Launched On Kickstarter, Musaic Promises Hi-Fi Music And Home Automation

    Launched On Kickstarter, Musaic Promises Hi-Fi Music And Home Automation

    Compact wireless HiFi systems are pretty common these days, but what is less common is startups thinking more deeply about how the same systems could move into home automation and the Internet of Things. That’s the implication behind a new system launched by device startup Musaic, recently launched on Kickstarter. It now plans to go up against much bigger audio-based companies, such as Bose. Read More

  • Despite A Low Stake In Box, Aaron Levie Has A High Influence

    Despite A Low Stake In Box, Aaron Levie Has A High Influence

    Box CEO Aaron Levie made enterprise startups sexy again, though this week’s Box IPO announcement revealed that Levie only owns 5.7% percent of the company. (Levie sold off stock to raise the money he needed to punch through the enterprise space). But 28-year-old Levie, who has been credited with building a big company that genuinely makes life easier for people and companies, may take some… Read More

  • LoopMe Closes $3M From Holtzbrinck, Open Ocean For Its Mobile Ad In-Box

    So, we know developers and publishers make money from apps and other mobile content often via advertising. But smartphone screens are small, so ads have to be small. And ad formats vary widely. LoopMe solves this problem by creating an “ad inbox” that users access through a small button, instead of having to display the ad over the content of the app. Users – and now investors… Read More

  • VMBeacon Is Wearables For Mannequins, Sends Clothes Info To Customers

    VMBeacon Is Wearables For Mannequins, Sends Clothes Info To Customers

    It’s not iBeacon, but uses a mix of Apple’s iBeacon technology plus their own “secret sauce,” whatever that is. What is it? VMBeacon is a new product enabling store mannequins to transmit information to shoppers about the clothes on display, via their smartphones as they browse in store or through a shop window. In other words, we are talking Wearables for mannequins… Read More

  • The ‘European FreeWheel’ Videoplaza Claims 50% Of Europe’s Broadcasters

    The ‘European FreeWheel’ Videoplaza Claims 50% Of Europe’s Broadcasters

    Earlier this month FreeWheel, which had become the go-to ad-serving platform for many TV networks that stream their content online, was acquired by Comcast for an amount in the region of $320 million. In a similar vein Adobe acquired a similar company Auditude for $120 million. And last year TechCrunch-owner AOL acquired video advertising platform Adap.tv in a deal that should be worth around $405… Read More

  • Turkish Court Halts The Government’s Application To Ban Twitter

    Turkish Court Halts The Government’s Application To Ban Twitter

    Breaking: A Turkish court has granted a motion for a stay of execution of the Turkish government’s application to block Twitter in the country. The decision was taken following appeals to the courts by the Turkish Bar Association, the Journalists’ Association of Turkey and some opposition politicians, reports local tech blog Webrazzi. Lawyers argued that the Telecommunications… Read More

  • Polish Government Announces $100M Fund To Support Ukrainian Startups

    Polish Government Announces $100M Fund To Support Ukrainian Startups

    Poland is to put $100 million (300 million Zloty) into supporting small Ukrainian companies, which will obviously include tech companies by implication, and allow more Ukrainian companies to list on its stock exchange. “We do this to support the new Ukrainian industry, new business and build a new middle class,” sad President Bronislaw Komorowski told Polish newspaper Gazeta… Read More

  • Russian Online Video Market Booming, Becomes Biggest In Europe

    Russia’s internet market is the largest in Europe, covering 66.5 million people, and it’s proving to be a force in the world of online video, too. New independent research from consulting firm iKS-Consulting puts ivi.ru — a video-on-demand (VoD) provider in Russia that focuses on premium, licensed content — as leader of the Russian market. The report does come up with a… Read More

  • Povio, The Polite Photo App That Students Love, Joins YC’s Winter Batch

    Povio, The Polite Photo App That Students Love, Joins YC’s Winter Batch

    It sounds odd to be talking about another photo sharing app, but a young company has - incredibly - come up with an entirely new take on the concept. Povio, a young startup from Slovenia, gained early traction with its clever take on photos and will now join Y Combinator's winter batch (for which is gets $20k, 3 months' worth of mentoring and acceleration, in return for 7% equity). Read More

  • Simple Spotlinks App Lets You Connect On Location, Share Links

    Simple Spotlinks App Lets You Connect On Location, Share Links

    We've all been there. You met someone at a conference who seems interesting, so you get out the business cards. Fast, not awkward, and socially OK. An alternative is you stand there and fire them an email there and then (common practise in the US). Other use LinkedIn apps (I don't). If you are really ambitious you get out dedicated app built around location and try that. Usually they'll need the… Read More

  • Video Tagging Startup wireWAX Makes Cougar Town Episode Shoppable

    wireWAX, which tags up online video with product tags so that users can buy starlight from the video, has signed a distribution deal with major US network TBS to launch a ‘shoppable’ episode of the hit comedy series, Cougar Town. The startup has raised undisclosed finance from London’s Passion Capital. This is tbs’s first use of wireWAX technology. The characters in the… Read More

  • AOL Launches Premium Video In UK, With Mainstream Partners Like Endemol, ITN

    Today AOL UK launches its 'AOL On' Network in the UK. This is a premium video syndication platform that includes both curated and original content. The UK is the first market outside of North America for AOL On. The AOL On app will be available in the UK in the Apple App and Google Play stores in early April. Read More