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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  • 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

  • Seedcamp’s 3rd Fund Hits First Close Of $28M To Scale Startups Globally

    Seedcamp’s 3rd Fund Hits First Close Of $28M To Scale Startups Globally

    Seedcamp, the former accelerator (I’ll explain why later) which helped kick start the European startup scene seven years ago, has announced it’s third fund with a first close of $28M – the eventual aim is for around the $30M mark. This is to scale its seed investing across Europe and build its US presence. When I say build its US presence, what they actually mean is that… Read More

  • Flat Club Launches ‘Priceline For P2P Rental’, Allows Guests To Post Requests

    Flat Club Launches ‘Priceline For P2P Rental’, Allows Guests To Post Requests

    Appartment rentals and sharing startup Flat Club has launched a radically new function which we think is pretty cool. It’s created a sort of ‘Priceline for peer to peer rentals’ called LiveDemand. Instead of hosts posting listings, guests post requests for accommodation and hosts then can pick and choose which guests to make offers to. Peer to peer marketplaces like… Read More

  • Autobutler Raises €5.8M To Vet Garages For European Car-Owners

    Autobutler Raises €5.8M To Vet Garages For European Car-Owners

    Over the last few years we’ve seen a number of startups appear that would like to bring the market power of the Internet to bear on a traditionally tough market: car repairs. We’re all too aware of the obvious issues to be solved: the lack of consistency and transparency, and the difficulty of vetting both the work of the garage and its customer service before you entrust your… Read More

  • Ashton Kutcher Touts Taptalk To His 16M Twitter Followers

    Ashton Kutcher Touts Taptalk To His 16M Twitter Followers

    Actor and investor Ashton Kutcher has endorsed photo and video messaging app Taptalk to his 16 million-plus Twitter followers, telling them it “just secured homepage real estate on my phone.” It’s not clear whether he has become an investor in the Berlin-based startup, but Kutcher has been known to tweet about his investments in the past, and he’s taken a shine to… Read More

  • Winners Of The TechCrunch London Meetup: GiftGaming, Rook And Keekla

    Winners Of The TechCrunch London Meetup: GiftGaming, Rook And Keekla

    The TechCrunch London Summer Meetup rolled into town this week as part of our Summer Tour to promote TechCrunch Disrupt in London on October 20-21. We had a bunch of brand new startups apply. The pitch-off was judged by TechCrunch writers Ingrid Lunden and Natasha Lomas and myself, with Andy Chung of AngelList and James Governor of Shoreditch Works, our hosts. We were kindly supported by… Read More

  • Google Ventures’ In Europe And The Missing Fifth Man

    Google Ventures’ In Europe And The Missing Fifth Man

    Following our report that Google was creating a new European arm for Google Ventures, Google itself has now confirmed the move. A number (although not all) of the partners involved match up with the lists that we or tech columnist Milo Yiannopoulos had predicted, which is heavy on folks who have been doing the rounds of the London tech scene for a while. Read More

  • 13 European Student-Run Startups Get $100K Each From Founder.org

    Thirteen European startups to have been awarded $100,000 each by Founder.org, the investor in student entrepreneurs based out of universities. The winners included: Volumental from Sweden is a cloud-based 3D scanner, which originally started as part of a research project Kinect@Home at KTH, Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. It’s now working on personalised… Read More

  • BCC Fail By 10 Downing St. Accidentally Creates Brand New Startup Groups

    BCC Fail By 10 Downing St. Accidentally Creates Brand New Startup Groups

    Over the last few days there has been a LOT of chatter in the London tech scene about an upcoming event that more or less appeared our of nowhere: Pitch10. This was billed as an event for startups to pitch at the highest level: 10 Downing Street, the residence of the Prime Minister of the UK. This is like running a pitch at the White House. However, things haven’t quite gone to… Read More

  • Tinder-Meets-Secret-Meets-Flirting Game GetYou Pulls In $1.1M Seed

    Tinder-Meets-Secret-Meets-Flirting Game GetYou Pulls In $1.1M Seed

    Everyone knows the endorsements on LinkedIn are gamed and can often be an inaccurate reflection of someone’s business reputation. I get endorsed for the dumbest things unrelated to journalism for instance. That’s at one end of the ‘endorsement graph’ if you will. At the other end might be the quick ‘judgment’ based on first impressions you might find on Tinder. Read More

  • Rightster Acquires Two More Video Companies, Chad Hurley Now Advisor

    Rightster Acquires Two More Video Companies, Chad Hurley Now Advisor

    Rightster, the U.K. video distribution and monetisation startup largely backed by Angel investors, has been on an acquisition roll. It’s now acquired Viral Spiral, which specialises in social video management, licensing and brand engagement and it’s acquiring Base79, one of the largest YouTube partners outside North America. To achieve the above it’s announced the placing of… Read More

  • TechCrunch Disrupt Europe Meetups: London, July 11 And Berlin, July 17

    TechCrunch Disrupt Europe Meetups: London, July 11 And Berlin, July 17

    European startups! TechCrunch Disrupt Europe, our stupendous conference, is coming to London in October. To tell you all more about it, we’re taking TechCrunch on the road this summer. Read More

  • Beast Sensor On Indiegogo Tracks Your Weight-lifting In Real Time

    Beast Sensor On Indiegogo Tracks Your Weight-lifting In Real Time

    In recent years hardware has appeared to track your gym workouts. PushStrength and GymWatch are both devices that will measure your reps as you grunt and build those muscles lifting weights. A new kid on the block is Beast and it’s currently trying to raise $60,000 on Indiegogo. This little device differentiates itself by being suitable for all exercises (not only a few) and by… Read More

  • Video Content Network BuzzMyVideos Launches To Attract International Creators

    Video Content Network BuzzMyVideos Launches To Attract International Creators

    BuzzMyVideos is a new a content network which specialises in international online video content promotion allowing video makers to grow and monetize their video content via a multi-channel network and creators program. It’s now launched out of Beta. The startup has so far attracted over 5,000 video makers (who pay for the tools their offer), in part because its founders Paola Marinone… Read More

  • Balderton Partner Bonanzinga Steps Back To Pursue Career As An Angel

    Balderton Partner Bonanzinga Steps Back To Pursue Career As An Angel

    After 7 years as a partner at Balderton Capital, Roberto Bonanzinga has taken a step back from the fund. He now becomes ‘Venture Partner’ and will pursue other interests as an Angel investor rather than as a VC. However, in a statement, Balderron said he would “continue to be strongly affiliated with the firm”. Although Bonanzinga will not make new investments from… Read More

  • NearDesk Raises £1M On Crowd Equity Platform Seedrs

    A sign that equity crowd financing is taking off in the UK is the news that NearDesk — a startup that offers touch-out and rent desk and meeting space by the hour at different locations all around the UK – has broken the record for the amount raised on the Seedrs platform. Originally NearDesk was looking to raise £600k, but it’s busted that limit, raising just over £1m. Read More

  • Citizenme’s iOS App Performs A Personality Test On Your Social Data

    Citizenme’s iOS App Performs A Personality Test On Your Social Data

    Data privacy and “owning your own data” online is a rather hard concept to get across to the average person. But increasingly it’s a fundamental part of our existence online. One or two startups have tried to crack this idea. Datacoup in New York has a data-exchange platform for consumers to aggregate and sell their own anonymous personal data for instance. Now Citizenme… Read More

  • TechCrunch Disrupt Europe Tour: London, Prague, Berlin & More

    TechCrunch Disrupt Europe Tour: London, Prague, Berlin & More

    You’re a startup, planning to launch in September/October or November? Listen carefully. There are a few things you need to know. You need to know we have extended the deadline to submit applications for the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt Europe until Sunday, July 6th. Both Europe and non-Europe based teams are eligible to apply. You can apply for Battlefield right here, plus if you… Read More

  • Hire Someone Already! Google Ventures Mulls Its European Moves

    Hire Someone Already! Google Ventures Mulls Its European Moves

    As the cream of Europe’s entrepreneurs filed into the beautifully lit room at a European tech conference late in 2012, picking up their champagne as they went, a VC leaned over to Welsey Chan of Google Ventures and asked: “Why on earth are you guys sponsoring these drinks? You don’t have any investments in Europe, do you?”. Turning to his interrogator, Chan replied… Read More

  • Russia Moves To Ban Online Services That Don’t Store Personal Data In Russia

    Russia Moves To Ban Online Services That Don’t Store Personal Data In Russia

    The Russian government has moved one step closer towards a “China-like” approach towards Internet services. Last night, the Russian State Duma (parliament) passed the first bill requiring that the personal data of all Russians should be stored inside the country. The effects of the bill, if passed, would be wide-ranging, touching just about every international service used by… Read More