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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  • Users generate viral ads for movies, TV with BlinkBox

    Users generate viral ads for movies, TV with BlinkBox

    BlinkBox, a new UK startup has launched allowing users to overlay a video clip taken from a movie or TV show with a personalised message at the beginning. Designed to go viral via a link, embed or mobile device, the resulting clip also prompts the recipient to buy or rent the movie/show. All the content is pre-approved for use by the rights-holders and is heavily DRM’d. BlinkBox has… Read More

  • Tioti.com wins 'seven figures' from Pond

    Tioti.com wins 'seven figures' from Pond

    EXCLUSIVE: Tape It Off The Internet (Tioti.com), the aggregator of social media around TV, will announce on Monday that it has secured a “a seven-figure” Series A funding round from Europe’s largest early-stage technology venture capital fund, Pond Venture Partners. Tioti had previously secured angel investors, including partners from Alegro Capital. The move comes three… Read More

  • TapeItOffTheInternet wins Series A from Pond Ventures

    TapeItOffTheInternet wins Series A from Pond Ventures

    Tape It Off The Internet, the social-networking-around-TV startup, will announce Monday that it has secured an undisclosed “a seven-figure” Series A funding round from Europe’s largest early-stage technology venture capital fund, Pond Venture Partners. The move comes three weeks after the site opened its doors to new users and after almost a year in closed, invite-only… Read More

  • Testcard.tv taken down as Police swoop on TV-Links

    New Web TV startup Testcard.tv, which drew heavily on the TV-Links site closed by the Police this week for alleged copyright infringement, has been taken down for “site maintenance”. UPDATE: Testcard.tv has now clarified its position, releasing a statement that the site was withdrawn by its owners pending a time when “further information is available in relation to the… Read More

  • The strange case of Mr Hyde

    On July 7 this year a 23-year-old part-time cameraman started a venture known as StartupWeekend where he planned to create, with others, a startup in one weekend. Since then he has begun a global odyssey to create a startup in many cities, and next month he lands in London and Dublin. But for this Web 2.0 version of Phileas Fogg, the sailing around the world has not been all plain. The… Read More

  • Skype to launch handset for UK

    Skype to launch handset for UK

    Although there has been no official announcement, my sources say it’s a done deal that Skype will launch a mobile handset with UK operator Three this month. BusinessWeek is also claiming that the mobile will also launch in Italy, Hong Kong, and Australia, with the five remaining territories for Three after that. There appear to be no plans to launch the mobile in the US, which makes… Read More

  • edocr aims to be YouTube of documents

    edocr aims to be YouTube of documents

    UK-based edocr opens its doors officially today allowing anyone to upload documents. There are already US startups trying to become the ‘YouTube for documents’, notably Scribd and Docstoc and edocr does something similar, but with a twist. Coming out of Manchester, edocr lets you upload your document and then allow people to download, share or embed it via a Flash interface on… Read More

  • edocr joins Scribd, Docstoc in document sharing

    edocr joins Scribd, Docstoc in document sharing

    There are two main startups trying to become the ‘YouTube for documents’, notably Scribd and Docstoc. Newly launched edocr, coming out of the UK, does something similar, but with a twist, reports TechCrunch UK. Edocr lets you upload your document and then allow people to download, share or embed it via a Flash interface on any website. The twist is that while competitor sites tend… Read More

  • VOIP over social networks threatens telcos

    Today’s announcement that MySpace’s 110 million active users will be able to make free calls using Skype-enabled version of MySpace’s IM client will set the cat amongst the telco pigeons everywhere. MySpace users will be able to make calls using MySpaceIM without needing to download any additional Skype software or even to sign up for a Skype account. Revenue from premium… Read More

  • Blurb launches crowd-sourced books

    Blurb launches crowd-sourced books

    Blurb, a self-publishing startup which specialises in illustrated books, is launching a new service to enable people to collaboratively create books. The new service is called Community Books and will initially launch in beta with photo sharing, which is Blurb’s most requested community-bookmaking feature. With a print and fulfilment operation now in the Netherlands, you’ll also… Read More

  • Tales from the Crunchboard

    Tales from the Crunchboard

    Here are a few jobs I picked out from our newly-launched Crunchboard jobs board which look kind’ve interesting. Jobs are often an indication of where things are heading in any market… Blast is the BBC’s new ‘social learning network’, aimed at 13-19 year olds to ‘get creative and turn their ideas into reality.’ Looks like an interesting role there for… Read More

  • LinkedIn hits a million UK members. Suggests pint.

    LinkedIn hits a million UK members. Suggests pint.

    LinkedIn says it has reached the significant marker of a million members in the UK, with more than two thousand British professionals signing up on any given day. The firm is celebrating with some member events in London (full, alas), Birmingham and Manchester. To celebrate, LinkedIn suggests we all go “out for a pint and all that.” Geez, with that kind of cultural localisation… Read More

  • Blurb launches crowd-sourced books

    Blurb launches crowd-sourced books

    Blurb, a self-publishing startup which specialises in illustrated books, is launching a new service to enable people to collaboratively create books. The new service is called Community Books and will initially launch in beta with photo sharing, which is Blurb’s most requested community-bookmaking feature. We last covered Blurb after their launch in May last year. Using Blurb’s… Read More

  • Bebo and Ministry in joint promo

    Bebo and the Ministry of Sound have entered into a marketing partnership which will mean Bebo users being able to upload their best dance mix to Bebo (via yousendit.com) with the winning entry broadcast on Ministry of Sound radio. The winner will also get interviewed, much to their squeals to delight no doubt. From the Ministry of Sound profile, Beboers will be able to play all the tracks from… Read More

  • ITN launches channel on YouTube

    ITN launches channel on YouTube

    UK TV news provider ITN is to launch a channel on YouTube, making it one of the first UK media companies to employ YouTube’s new in-video ad format that runs “transparent” overlays just under the video. The content will be largely sourced from ITN’s multimedia division, ITN On. This will consist mostly of entertainment programming and content from ITN Source, the… Read More

  • News Dredge 161007

    • A rather odd event has crossed my desk in the shape of the London Startup Weekend on November 30- December 2: “Startup Weekend is an idea, an experiment, a chance gather the tech community and create a company over one jam packed weekend.” But organiser Andrew Hyde appears to be a web developer from Boulder, Colorado, US, who appears to be on some kind of startup hell trip. Read More

  • BBC Online free via The Cloud

    BBC Online free via The Cloud

    If you’ve ever heard the collective anger of thousands of commercial web sites in the UK, then imagine a field of people all growling under their breath. Now keep that image in your head, because the BBC has cut a deal with wi-fi firm The Cloud, which operates 7,500 hotspots around the UK, to offer BBC online services for free. That means, without paying a log-in or subscription fee… Read More

  • Jiglu: enterprise-level tagging starts at free

    Jiglu: enterprise-level tagging starts at free

    Intelligently tagging the content on a site can be done either by hand as the content is created, or with some kind of text analysis algorithm. But the former is inefficient and time-consuming, while the latter can be expensive. Jiglu, which launches an official beta today, plans to tackle tagging in two ways. First with a free, ad-supported widget, which aims to re-point site visitors to… Read More

  • Jiglu: enterprise-level tagging starts at free

    Jiglu: enterprise-level tagging starts at free

    Intelligently tagging the content on a site can be done either by hand as the content is created, or with some kind of text analysis algorithm. But the former is inefficient and time-consuming, while the latter can be expensive. Jiglu, which launches an official beta today, plans to tackle tagging in two ways. First with a free, ad-supported widget, which aims to re-point site visitors to… Read More

  • BattleSeen: Soldiers video uncensored

    BattleSeen: Soldiers video uncensored

    BattleSeen is a new ‘soldier generated video’ site being backed by Andy McNab, the former SAS soldier turned best-selling author, and London-based webcasting firm Spoken. The site launches this week and will be mentioned on The Sun newspaper’s web site (which reminds of a story I heard during the dotcom boom, of which more later). BattleSeen will allow anyone –… Read More