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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  • Blogfriends launches next week

    Blogfriends, the Facebook application for adding blogs to your Facebook feed, plans to come out of beta next Monday with a full launch, promising to do something to monetise blogs in a way they haven’t been before [Update: they now say they won't 'monetise' for a while yet and the app will be available from here]. It’s a tall order, but there’s something about… Read More

  • Google really starts motoring on mobile

    Hot on the heels of last week’s announcement about the Open Handset Alliance and Android, the OHA has released the software development kit for Android and Google announced the Android Developer Challenge, which will reward the development of applications for Android with $10 million in prizes. Helpfully, Android has released a Youtube video showing what they have so far: Read More

  • Doof aims to socialise casual gaming

    Doof, a new UK startup about playing games and meeting people (sometimes described as social gaming), launched its open beta a short while ago and – I hear – is poised to start beating the marketing drums. Casual games are little time-wasting games (at least in my dystopian world) which appeal to the masses, so mash those up with a social aspect and you should, at least in theory… Read More

  • Accelerate your startup this Friday

    Breaking news: Today’s the last day you can apply to this Friday’s Creative Business Accelerator event in London which supports creative and innovative early stage London businesses looking to raise finance. Here’s the application form or contact angela.p@gle.co.uk or 020 7089 2337. All London-based companies are eligible to apply (as this is essentially a local event, not… Read More

  • Momail launches UK service

    Stockholm-based Momail, a free consumer-focused mobile service that lets you read and answer your emails from your mobile conveniently and cheaply, launches in the UK tomorrow. The site essentially acts as a gateway, optimising emails before delivering them to your phone. It does this by keeping track of 2300 phones across 450 features including screen resolution, screen size, pixel depth… Read More

  • Startups flex their apps as iPhone launches

    UK startups appear to be getting ready to take advantage of that big wide iPhone screen as the Jesus phone launches today. Local review social network Trusted Places is among the first to take the opportunity to roll out an optimised version of its site for the iPhone at trustedplaces.com/iphone. It makes sense as a strategy since people often want information about a bar or restaurant via… Read More

  • The iPhone cometh – so win a Nano instead

    The Apple iPhone launches in the UK this Friday, and we’re already running a comp to win one. However, you may be happy with your Nokia/Samsung/LG/Crackberry/whatever smartphone, so to win one of five iPod Nanos instead, just do this simple task and indicate which UK or Irish town/city you live in. Remember to enter your correct email address when you comment so you can be contacted. Read More

  • True Knowledge launches open beta

    True Knowledge, ‘plain English’ answers engine, has today launched its open beta. Back in September the site won around £600,000 in backing from Octopus Ventures. Developed by AI software developer and entrepreneur William Tunstall-Pedoe, True Knowledge is out to change the way factual information is made accessible via the Internet. By structuring facts in a way that machines… Read More

  • 100 Wuala invites for readers

    Over in Berlin Web 2 Expo I ran into Dominik Grolimund, CEO of peer-to-peer storage application Wuala (see previous coverage), who has kindly offered TechCrunch UK & Ireland readers 100 invitations. If you want to take up the offer do this: 1. Goto http://techcrunchuk.wua.la
    2. Download Wuala
    3. Use the invitation code “techcrunchuk” when prompted The skinny on Wuala is that it… Read More

  • Netvibes launches "Ginger" social widgets platform

    [UPDATE: Tariq got in touch to say that social features like flow (the Netvibes news feed which can be public or private) will run natively with Google's OpenSocial and Facebook and be launched in private beta for developers in a couple weeks. You can view videos about Ginger here and here.] So it looks like Netvibes is launching a social widgets platform they have dubbed “Ginger”. Read More

  • Piczo inks video deal in Germany

    Piczo, the teenagers-focused social networking site, has entered into a partnership with MyVideo, Germany’s leading video community. Video will be served into the community and onto personal profiles, including video from popular German shows like Popstars. Users will also be able to create video using the MyVideo platform on Piczo. The deal looks like a profit share one based on… Read More

  • The Crunchies – the Oscars for startups

    The good news is that UK, Irish, other European startups and – in fact – any startup in the world will be able to enter the Crunchies, a new year-end startup competition and award ceremony/party which TechCrunch is coordinating with three other blog networks – GigaOm, Read/WriteWeb and Venturebeat (click on the links to see their coverage). The idea is this: let the… Read More

  • Amazon launches S3 service for Europe

    Amazon has launched its popular S3 (Simple Storage Service) product in Europe, hoping to attract European startups to a service which won’t have the latency which affects European sites trying to use the US-based service. Amazon S3 is a storage service in the cloud offering software developers and businesses access to the same scalable storage infrastructure Amazon uses to run its own… Read More

  • Get to LeWeb3 for free

    If you haven’t bought a ticket yet for the LeWeb3 conference in Paris this December 11 & 12, you can still get a 100€ discount from the normal price, courtesy of TechCrunch. Loic Le Meur has also offered two free tickets to TechCrunch readers. You’ll have to get to Paris and pay for a hotel on your own expenses, but you won’t have to pay for the conference itself. Read More

  • Here comes the iPhone – want to win one?

    The Apple iPhone launches in the UK this Friday and as I hinted at here, we are going to run a competition to win an iPhone and five iPod Nanos (for the runners up). The competition is in two parts. The first part is to win the iPhone itself. The second part, for the Nanos, will be up tomorrow. So to be in for a chance of winning the iPhone all you have to do is answer this question in a… Read More

  • 02 says it will dump iPhone usage limits

    Stung by the backlash of criticism after announcing what many considered a punishing tariff for the Apple iPhone in the UK, 02, the exclusive carrier, is busy back-pedalling on the issue. It’s previous tariff for the iPhone was described as “unlimited” at the launch until everyone realised it was actually capped at 200MB. A story on the Daily Telegraph now reveals that O2… Read More

  • House note: At Web 2 Expo Berlin

    I’ll be at the Web 2.0 Expo in Berlin much of this week, contactable via the usual channels and, almost certainly, via the press office at the event. I’ll probably also be using my Twitter account a lot to co-ordinate meetups etc [Mike Butcher, Editor] Read More

  • Free tickets to London Open Source Summit

    Event News: Legal eagles Olswang are holding an Open Source Summit in London on Friday, 9 November. And you lucky TechCrunch readers are being offered 25 free tickets. All you need to do to apply is email event organiser Lisa-Jane Ryan ( Lisa-Jane.Ryan [at] olswang.com) and mention TechCrunch UK. The first 25 people to do so will get a ticket. Here are the details for the event: Date: Friday… Read More

  • Win an iPhone with TechCrunch

    The iPhone arrives in the UK on November 9 next week, and one lucky TechCrunch UK & Ireland reader is going to win one. Yes, you too could be the envy of all your friends, and use every plausible opportunity to get it out and casually check your messages. Not only that, but we’ll be giving away five iPod Nano’s to the runners-up. How do you enter this competition? Hold your horses! Read More

  • Suddenly blog commenting is a hot space

    It appears a lot of people want to get into the blog comment space in the US. SezWho has raised a $1 million series A round from KPG Ventures, which makes it the best funded of the small group of startups currently trying to leverage the community for commenters. SezWho joins Disqus and Intense Debate, among others, to recently launch.
    SezWho doesn’t wrap a social network around… Read More