Mike Butcher

Mike Butcher

Mike Butcher is currently the editor of TechCrunch Europe. Mike is also involved in a project to bring European technology entrepreneurs and investors together in a club environment called TechHub, in London initially.

A long time journalist, Mike has written for U.K. national newspapers and magazines including The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The New Statesman. He is a former editor of New Media Age magazine, the leading new media weekly in the UK, and the European edition of The Industry Standard magazine.

Since 1996 he has launched numerous media web sites and 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 was put at No. 47 out of the Top 100 people in London's creative industry by The Independent newspaper and The Hospital Club. In August 2008 TechCrunch Europe was awarded the best ""Web 2.0 and business blog"" in the U.K., by the readers of Computer Weekly magazine. In 2009 it was named as one of the Top 10 blogs out of the U.K.

Also in 2009 he was named one of the Top 10 bloggers on Twitter in the U.K. In October 2009 he was named one of the Top 50 most influential Britons in technology by The Daily Telegraph. In April 2010 he was named as one of Britain's Top 100 ""digital power-brokers"" by Wired UK magazine. In November 2010 he was named as one of London's most influential people in New Media and ""king of dotcom commentators"" by The Evening Standard Newspaper. In February he was listed as one of the Top 100 most influential people on Twitter in the UK. He has spoken at the prestigious Monaco Media Forum and Le Web, among many other conferences. Mike is a regular commentator on the technology business, appearing on BBC News, Sky News, Channel 4, and Bloomberg.

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  • Next2Friends: Video and social mobile apps to go

    Next2Friends, a new pivately-backed mobile social network, just came out of a short private beta to launch a ranges of mobile applications – including streaming video – which look like they will take on a number of startups including Seesmic, Qik, Kyte, Loopt and even Twitter. How have they stayed under the radar? By launching very quietly in the UK/Europe first, and over the… Read More

  • Updated: Facebook blocks Scoble for downloading his contacts, sparks revolt

    Data portability from social networks is going to become a huge tech industry issue in the new year. Why? Because well known tech blogger Robert Scoble has had his Facebook account disabled after he tried to pull out his 5,000 contacts (known as a social graph) from the site. This will fire the starting gun on all the debates about who owns your data on a social network, debates which –… Read More

  • Will Cominded ever launch anything?

    I’d just like to ask, is Cominded ever going to launch anything? The last time I asked the Web 2.0 development house late last year, they said things were still… in development. Then I emailed them a few days ago but got no reply. Who are Cominded? They are a startup created by London-based Paul Birch who happens to be the other brother of Michael Birch, head of Bebo. But unlike… Read More

  • Scoble blocked from Facebook

    Well known tech blogger Robert Scoble has had his Facebook account disabled after he ran an unnamed script over it, breaking the site’s terms of use. As he says on his blog, he is appealing, but he Twittered that he will be taking the normal customer service route rather than contacting Facebook’s PR people, as he could certainly do (not that it will take long for the PR guys… Read More

  • Next2Friends: Another Bluetooth social network joins the fray

    Update: See TechCrunch.com for the latest on their video apps. When is someone going to crack the ‘mobile social network via Bluetooth‘ conundrum? Or will it all turn out to have been a massive red herring? The latest to enter the fray, launching Thursday, will be Next2Friends, a new social network based on Bluetooth-enabled handsets. Here’s how they say it works: You set up… Read More

  • DailyMe.tv wins funding for mobile podcasts

    EU News: Berlin-based DailyMe.tv, which lets mobile users subscribe to videocasts and podcasts on their handset, has raised an undisclosed amount from German investors. The service would work well with a flat-rate data tariff, and remove the need to side-load content to the phone. DailyMe.tv is planning both premium and ad-funded options. Release in German. Read More

  • Workhound raises £100k for jobs aggregator

    Workhound, a recruitment aggregator startup, has raised £100,000 in first round funding from angel private investors. It currently lists over 700,000 vacancies across some 1,300 recruitment sites and offers contextual search, data mining, bookmarking and salary tracking. Founder Howard Lee maintains that since no UK job site has more than 5% market share – even though recruitment… Read More

  • Predictive text from the BBC

    The BBC Technology news team has come up with a somewhat yawnsville list of predictions (sorry guys) for the new year. In short they predict WiMax being adopted in Europe, the continuing rise of VOIP, ‘Ultra-mobile’ PCs taking off (can’t we just call them small laptops?) and IPTV coming of age. The list is royally and expertly fisked by mobile expert Ewan Spence who points… Read More

  • Will the Rails war cross the Atlantic?

    First, a brief introduction: Ruby on Rails (or “Rails” for short) is an open source web application framework designed to increase the speed and ease with which database-driven web sites can be created. Got it? Good. Because it is in theory quick to create sites with Rails, it has become associated with Web 2.0 startups who want to launch quickly, especially social networks. Twitter… Read More

  • Future of Web Apps has a US fan. In a bad way.

    You’ve no doubt heard of The Future of Web Apps conference put on in London (and now other parts of the world) by UK entrepreneur / geek Ryan Carson (pictured) of Carsonified. I’d argue that it was his first FOWA London conference in the UK in early 2005 which helped kick-start the Web 2.0 movement here. Well, a US firm called WebGuild has decided they quite like the FOWA brand… Read More

  • TheBizmo music store widget launches in UK

    TheBizmo is a new ‘online music store in a widget’ which is being launched by UK firm UGC Ltd in partnership with London-based investment and advisory firm Ariadne Capital. Essentially it is an embeddable Flash media player (or widget) complete with a store. Since it does not operate a full-blown portal, the store is effectively wherever the widget is, allowing fans and bands to… Read More

  • Data privacy is a startup opportunity, alas

    While TechCrunch reports that Australia has plans to censor the Internet for its citizens, the UK is keeping up its fight for freedom and justice by being ranked as the worst in Europe for privacy, much of it in the technology realm. Swarms of CCTV camera’s, government incompetence on data, and ID card schemes mean that only Chinese citizens now come under more surveillance. Read More

  • Hooja raises $1.5m from Facebook investor

    Israeli search technology start-up Hooja has raised $1.5 million from some well known-investors, including Peter Thiel, one of the founders of PayPal, and an early investor in Facebook. Hooja, currently in stealth mode, is said to be developing a technology that enables content providers to access personal and social information about users, and the tech is related to text messaging. Thiel… Read More

  • Bill's predictions for 2008

    Bill Thompson, independent journalist and regular commentator on the BBC World Service programme Digital Planet, has spread out his predictions for the Internet. Given that Bill helped to create one of the UK’s first ISPs in the early 90s and has been a reliable commentator on the scene ever since, it’s worth noting his predictions. • Social networking: He notes that last year… Read More

  • iubo – needs to get organised

    iubo is a new UK site which is aiming to organise your entire life. That’s a very tall order. The idea is that you input all your data (contacts, photos, bookmarks, calendar, etc) and then iubo lets you search across all that data to create a useful service. iubo calls this ‘your own private Google’ for your stuff. In theory, once all the data is there, you could do a lot… Read More

  • When Irish spleens are venting

    Normally this is the time for peace on earth and good will to all people. But not over at the blog belonging to Segala, a Dublin-based company offering “Web accessibility and Mobile Web standards compliance.” Its CEO Paul Walsh (who describes himself as an “Irish Opportunist” on his Twitter page) is a prominent networker in the London and Irish Internet scene, and an… Read More

  • Europe's startup culture gets the Business Week treatment

    Business Week’s Sarah Lacy pens an interesting piece on Europe’s startup climate following her visit to Le Web 3 in Paris a couple of weeks ago. Although relatively fair-minded, it has the faint whiff of disdain. I can imagine her saying “Europe? Pah? Who’d want start there when you can do it all in Silicon Valley?!” And if her fawning interview with Kevin rose at… Read More

  • Our contact in Eastern Europe?

    I realise now that it was remiss of me, mentioning that European startups might want to put out feelers in Silicon Valley, not to also re-emphasise the other point I made in that long post about connecting with the fast-developing East of Europe. My Silicon Valley reference elicited a kind offer offer from Ben Metcalfe to help UK and Irish startups. But what we also need now are some equally… Read More

  • Win a Samsung G800 mobile with TechCrunch and JPG Magazine

    JPG Magazine is a community-created photography magazine, and one of the themes that will be published in issue 15 is called “Surroundings – Places that mean the most to you”, sponsored by the Samsung G800 mobile. If you submit your photos to JPG, you’ll have the chance to be published in the magazine. Plus TechCrunch UK and CrunchGear are giving away 5 new Samsung… Read More

  • Our man in Silicon Valley?

    [Update: Please join the TechCrunch Europe Facebook group] Right after my long post about VCs and startups in Europe, something interesting happened. In the post I advised startups that – while starting-up on Europe offers great opportunities – it’s still smart thinking to put out feelers in Silicon Valley, or at least have some kind of connection. Not long after we had a… Read More