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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  • UK To Put Driverless Cars On Public Roads By January

    UK To Put Driverless Cars On Public Roads By January

    The UK is planning to allow driverless cars to use public roads by next year. At the moment, autonomous vehicles are only allowed on private roads. It’s expected that the first vehicles will be seen on some British streets by January next year. Previously, the Department for Transport had said it would allow self-driving cars to be trialled on public roads by the end of 2013. Last… Read More

  • European Startups Raise $2.8BN In 2nd Qtr, Highest Since 2001, UK Leads Pack

    European startups are on a roll. According to data from Dow Jones VentureSource they have raised more than $2.8 billion (€2.1 billion) from VCs in the second quarter of 2014, the highest quarterly total since that iconic dotcom bust year of 2001. The UK remains the gang-buster country, where companies have raised 28% of the total amount in the second quarter, followed by France with 19%… Read More

  • London’s Mayor Misses Window To Spend £50M On Startup Building

    London’s Mayor Misses Window To Spend £50M On Startup Building

    London’s Mayor has missed an opportunity to spend a £50 million fund set aside by the UK government to create a public building dedicated to both technology startups, events and public education around technology. The Prime Minister’s office has confirmed an earlier report that the large sum of money it had allocated to City Hall to create a building which would serve tech… Read More

  • Favr.tt Brings On CEO To Raise Funding For Its Social Shopping App

    Favr.tt Brings On CEO To Raise Funding For Its Social Shopping App

    Back in 2012, London and New York based Shopa launched as a “social marketplace” where users were rewarded for promoting products they like. The company raised $1.4 million from Notion Capital and Octopus. Another in the arena is Shopcade, which has raised $4 million, or Nuji which raised $2 million. There’s something about these social shopping startups that European… Read More

  • Apis Partners Launches New Fintech Growth Fund For Africa, Asia

    Apis Partners Launches New Fintech Growth Fund For Africa, Asia

    Apis Partners, a new growth fund to back fintech startups out emerging markets like Asia and Africa, has launched, aiming to raise between $250 million and $300 million. Matteo Stefanel, previously a partner in emerging markets private equity firm Abraaj, created the fund with Udayan Goyal, a founder of fintech investment and advisory firm Anthemis Group. Plenty of innovation in financial… Read More

  • Marinanow Raises Seed Funding To Let Yacht Owners Find A Berth

    Marinanow Raises Seed Funding To Let Yacht Owners Find A Berth

    We’ve seen the rise of Airbnb models applied to boats in the form of Incrediblue. So why not berths for the boats themselves? Marinanow, is a new site for people who want to book berths for their boats and also charter. It’s now raised €370,000 of early stage investment from led by European VC United Ventures. The market for this is not your average – it has a yearly value… Read More

  • Now Sidestage Joins Gigit In The Race To Empower Bands To Get Gigs

    Now Sidestage Joins Gigit In The Race To Empower Bands To Get Gigs

    Gigit, a platform allowing venue owners or hosts to book both well-known and up-and-coming bands for private shows, was unofficially at SXSW earlier this year after organising private shows for Path, Ashton Kutcher and Spotify. On Gigit, you pick an artist, a date, answer questions about the venue, the vibe they want etc. It then charges the host and takes a small fee from the artist. But… Read More

  • TechCrunch Helsinki Meetup Sees Finland’s New Startup Generation

    TechCrunch Helsinki Meetup Sees Finland’s New Startup Generation

    Finland has a rich heritage in technology. Whatever crisis of confidence the masters of Nokia had, eventually leading to its gutting by Microsoft, that long heritage has served it well, giving rise to a several generations of engineers and, increasingly, entrepreneurs. Now a new generation is emerging in Finland, emboldened by local heroes and successes. This new generation started appearing a… Read More

  • Appealing To Women, Social Fitness App PumpUp Raises $2.4M Led by General Catalyst

    Appealing To Women, Social Fitness App PumpUp Raises $2.4M Led by General Catalyst

    You would think that combining a health and fitness app with social networking features had kinda been done for a while. Strava has a sort of network where I can follow my friends’ runs. And other apps have similar features. But it would seem there’s a qualitative difference to some fitness platforms some of us have missed that some investors are still interested in exploring. Read More

  • Glow Raises $7M Series A From Notion Capital And White Star

    Glow Raises $7M Series A From Notion Capital And White Star

    It was only in January last year that UK startup Glow Digital Media, a social advertising platform that sells services to Facebook advertisers to grow their marketing ROI, closed a $1.3 million seed funding round. Investors in the round include Germany’s Project A Ventures and the UK’s Avonmore Developments. It’s Glow Platform product gives advertises tools to create and… Read More

  • Quandoo Closes $25M Growth Financing Round To Take On OpenTable

    Quandoo Closes $25M Growth Financing Round To Take On OpenTable

    OpenTable is the main real-time reservation platform for restaurants, but it’s an old incumbent and there is plenty of opportunity out there. New startup Quandoo wants to address this area and today it’s close its Series $25m growth financing round lead by Piton Capital and affiliates. It will use this cash to extend its market Germany, Austria and Italy across Europe as well… Read More

  • Liberio Launches New eBook Publishing Platform Based On Google Drive

    Liberio Launches New eBook Publishing Platform Based On Google Drive

    Liberio is a new platform (launching today out of private beta) for simple eBook creation and publishing straight from Google Drive. Liberio could be used to create anything form a eBook, magazine, school project, you name it, and from publishing to distributing the finished product. Its competitors including Leanpub and Inkling are already established, but Liberio is hoping that its approach… Read More

  • Taptalk Taps Phone Contacts To Add Friends, And A New Game Emerges

    Taptalk Taps Phone Contacts To Add Friends, And A New Game Emerges

    One of the issues I’ve been grappling with with the Taptalk social photos and location app, is that although it’s super simple and addictive — way more so that Snapchat I’d say — adding friends until now has been a chore. You had to literally type people’s handles in to the app. But, good news fellow Taptalkers! A new update to the Beta version of the app… Read More

  • New Steady App From Stupeflix Shoots Video With Cinematic Stabilization

    New Steady App From Stupeflix Shoots Video With Cinematic Stabilization

    Last year Instagram made its first acquisition, buying Y Combinator company Luma which had come up with an app which could stabilize normally shaky video. It needed this stabilisation technology for obvious photographic reasons, leaving the way open for a new company to take its place. Steady is a new app from long-time online video startup Stupeflix, which has slowly but surely been building up… Read More

  • Come to TechCrunch Helsinki Meetup With Aaltoes, July 23

    Come to TechCrunch Helsinki Meetup With Aaltoes, July 23

    Well Helsinki, we’ve decided that you can’t have all Angry Birds fun to yourself. We’re continuing our European roadshow to promote TechCrunch Disrupt Europe in London (October 20-21) by holding a Meetup in this fair city, home of the famous Rovio, among many other great startups. Please sign up for free here. Run in partnership with the awesome startups organisation … Read More

  • Music Messaging App La-La Lets Users Chat With Songs Snippets

    Music Messaging App La-La Lets Users Chat With Songs Snippets

    As Yo has proved, the public’s appetite for messaging seems not to have stopped with WhatsApp. Many others have appeared before an since. As Sarah Perez recently found out. Now another has appeared which plans to plug at our emotional side a little more, drawing the medium most tied to the heart: music. Instead of a Yo, or a word or an image, new music messaging app La-La lets its users… Read More

  • Clever Pencil Stylus For The Paper App Now Available In Europe

    Clever Pencil Stylus For The Paper App Now Available In Europe

    Last year FiftyThree, the company behind the popular iPad creativity app Paper, launched into the hardware space with a new stylus it called “Pencil.” The stylus is now available in Europe from Amazon UK, Germany and France. Pencil can be charged by USB in under 90 minutes. It’s used to work directly with the company’s Paper app and unlocks new features to draw on the app. Read More

  • Elliptic Secures $2M From Octopus For Its Insured Bitcoin Storage Service

    Elliptic Secures $2M From Octopus For Its Insured Bitcoin Storage Service

    In the first UK institutional investment into Bitcoin storage, Octopus Investments has invested $2m into Elliptic. It’s first product, Elliptic Vault, claims to be the world’s first ever insured Bitcoin storage service, which launched six months ago. Elliptic aims to offer suite of enterprise services that try to bridge the gap between traditional finance and digital assets. Read More

  • Givey Secures Cash For Free Charity Giving Model To Compete With JustGiving

    Givey Secures Cash For Free Charity Giving Model To Compete With JustGiving

    In the UK, one company dominates the charitable giving space: JustGiving. But many are concerned about the fees this organisation takes and its virtual monopoly on the market. In recent times a number of competitors have arisen with different models. One is Believe.in, which is building out a cloud platform where brands themselves can push charitable giving, and it doesn’t take fees from… Read More

  • BadSeed Scores €250K From United Ventures For New Mobile Games

    BadSeed Scores €250K From United Ventures For New Mobile Games

    BadSeed, a mobile games startup, has secured €250,000 early stage investment from United Ventures, the European VC. The funding will back the development of BadSeed’s second game “Sleep Attack” and another title. BadSeed was founded in Italy in 2012 by former engineers and staff from Ubisoft, Jacopo Musso, Roberto Mangiafico and Clara Parona. In late 2012 the team moved… Read More