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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  • 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

  • UK Startups Call On Politicians To Improve Visas, Broadband, Skills, Regulation

    UK Startups Call On Politicians To Improve Visas, Broadband, Skills, Regulation

    Ahead of the next General Election, over 150 UK tech startups and investors have backed a new “Startup Manifesto” (in PDF or Slideshare) aimed at lobbying the main UK political parties to shape policy towards a tech-driven society. The non-partisan 24-point Startup Manifesto, published by the non-profit Coalition for a Digital Economy (known as Coadec) asks policymakers to… Read More

  • The Next Tech Startup Ecosystem To Emerge — Iran

    The Next Tech Startup Ecosystem To Emerge — Iran

    Amid the slightly chaotic world we live in these days, technology and the Internet marches on, like a great cloud moving across the Earth, unstoppable. This Cloud has no politics about where it goes. Sometimes it’s has issues here and there. But it just keeps rolling. And the latest country the Internet startup economy is emerging is: Iran. Now Techly.co, a new TechCrunch-esque blog… Read More

  • LatAm SMS Jobs Startup Emprego Ligado Closes $7M Series A To Expand

    LatAm SMS Jobs Startup Emprego Ligado Closes $7M Series A To Expand

    Developing markets such as Latin America are eating up smartphone use, and a startup emerging out of Brazil is making the best use of that trend. Emprego Ligado is a job marketplace that competes with local job sites and staffing agencies for blue-collar Brazilians by using the cellphone to full effect. In 2012 it received backing from investors including 500 Startups and Initial Capital to… Read More

  • DN Capital Raises $200M For 3rd European Fund, As Euro Tech Resurges

    DN Capital Raises $200M For 3rd European Fund, As Euro Tech Resurges

    London-based DN Capital, which has invested in Shazam and Videdressing among others, has today announced it’s raised $200 million (€144 million) for its third venture capital fund, GVC III, a three-times increase on its previous fund. Investors include family offices, large institutional investors and sovereign wealth funds, including the European Investment Fund. The fund will, as… Read More

  • Here’s What We Know So Far About The Celebrity Photo Hack

    Here’s What We Know So Far About The Celebrity Photo Hack

    UPDATE: Clearly this post was written very early on in this incident and information has since come to light which suggests Apple has majorly dropped the ball. Original post: As you will by now have probably read, around 100 women celebrities (including Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Victoria Justice and Kate Upton) have had naked and explicit pictures seemingly hacked from their iCloud… Read More

  • Startup Mentors — How Do You Filter Out The Good, The Bad And The Ugly?

    Startup Mentors — How Do You Filter Out The Good, The Bad And The Ugly?

    In light of the recent brouhaha over the actions of a particular European investor who had a habit of attaching himself to accelerators as a ‘mentor’, it seems an appropriate time to do a quick rundown on the kinds of things entrepreneurs need to look for in genuine potential mentor to them and their companies. Because, in case you have been hiding under a rock, there a lot of… Read More

  • Investor Pavel Curda Dumped By Euro Accelerators After Sleazy Emails

    Investor Pavel Curda Dumped By Euro Accelerators After Sleazy Emails

    Pavel Curda, the European Angel investor and ‘mentor’ who became the centre of a media maelstrom after admitting to emailing point-blank requests for sex to tech business women at a conference, has been shunned by the tech accelerators he continues to list as working with him. Curda has now been dumped by at least three accelerators, as well as losing his role as a writer with… Read More

  • Enevo’s Waste Bins Sensors Attract $8M Funding From Earlybird And Draper Associates

    You’ve heard of the Internet of Things. Well how about the Internet of Shit? Enevo is a startup which has created a ‘sensor-based’ waste collection system to track… yes, you get the idea. It’s today announced $8 million of funding from Earlybird, Lifeline Ventures, Finnish Industry Investment, Draper Associates and Risto Siilasmaa, among others. Enevo has a service… Read More

  • Pin Drop App Launches On US App Store With Smart New Features

    Pin Drop App Launches On US App Store With Smart New Features

    Pin Drop – an iPhone app and website which lets you save, organise, and share locations – has now launched on the US app store with new collaborative mapping features and the ability to have multiple profiles. We’ve been using it a lot in London, where it’s been taking off. It’s also had a privacy overhaul allowing the ability to toggle between making pins and… Read More

  • Sofatutor Raises Another €3.5M To Consolidate German Tuition Market

    Sofatutor Raises Another €3.5M To Consolidate German Tuition Market

    We haven’t heard from Sofatutor in a long old time. In 2012 they raised a ‘low million euro’ round from Acton Capital Partners, with existing investors. But their paid-for tuition service, which they’ve stuck to rigidly since they started, seems to attract investors. Today they’ve raised a third funding round to strengthen the company’s position in the… Read More

  • Buying Stuff Within A Tweet Is Reportedly Coming To Twitter Via Stripe

    Buying Stuff Within A Tweet Is Reportedly Coming To Twitter Via Stripe

    Soon you’ll be able to buy something straight from a Tweet, if the rumours come true. Tech site Re/code says sources have told it that Twitter is working with payments startup Stripe on the launch of its ‘in-tweet’ commerce project. Twitter is reportedly planning to add buttons within tweets that say “Buy”, or similar, allowing users to enter payment… Read More

  • German Regulator Backs Google Over Publishers, As Europe Gets Embarrassing

    German Regulator Backs Google Over Publishers, As Europe Gets Embarrassing

    German regulators will not pursue a complaint brought against Google by a group of publishers for giving users access to their news articles. A number of German publishers, including Axel Springer and Burda, brought the action under a group called VG Media to demand Google pay them for making their articles available to the public on the search engine without paying them. But Andreas Mundt… Read More

  • Apple Opens Battery Replacement Program For Affected iPhone 5 Units

    Apple Opens Battery Replacement Program For Affected iPhone 5 Units

    Apple has created an iPhone 5 battery replacement program after it released a statement saying that it had discovered a “very small percentage” of units “may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently.” This iPhone 5 battery replacement program is the second to arrive. Late last year, Apple had a replacement program for iPhone 5s… Read More

  • European Entrepreneurs Step Up To The Ice Bucket Challenge

    European Entrepreneurs Step Up To The Ice Bucket Challenge

    The Ice Bucket Challenge has wended it’s way around the world and is now gradually hitting the European tech startup community. After a little encouragement from my own attempt the duly nominated Alicia Navarro, cofounder and CEO of Skimlinks in London went and had almost her entire team dowsed in ice water (for which she donated money to ALS and the Malala Fund. Read More