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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  • News In Brief, or 'The Dredge' 8/10/07

    News In Brief, or 'The Dredge' 8/10/07

    The first of a regular ‘dredge’ of items of interest, in no particular order… • UK-based Dopplr has launched its blog badges, previously announced at the FOWA conference last week. The badge shows your future trips on your webpages in as much or as little detail as you’re comfortable with. You can change what’s shown using privacy settings. You can also just… Read More

  • Joost signs ITN News

    As Internet P2P broadcaster Joost begins going public with its beta software and signing deals with broadcasters, the latest is with number three UK news network ITN which will provide Joost with short news, sports, business and weather bulletins. ITN will also produce a Joost-only programme entitled Movie Buff, featuring movie news, reviews, and interviews, as well as two sports shows. The… Read More

  • Chandlee to head Facebook UK ad-sales

    Facebook has hired Yahoo exec Blake Chandlee to head up the company’s UK ad-sales team. Chandlee was Category Development Officer, charged with growing Yahoo’s advertising business with consumer goods firms. Chandlee joined Yahoo! in 2003, and rose to commercial director. Facebook has already picked out an office in London’s Soho, where most of the advertising agencies… Read More

  • The Facebook backlash? No, but funny all the same

    The Facebook backlash? No, but funny all the same

    Facebook has overtaken MySpace in the UK not just in numbers but in general mind-share in the media and water-cooler conversation. We appear to be obsessed with it. Even to the point where deleting your Facebook profile is actually equated with something as serious as suicide. But there comes a point when too much is too much. And it’s reaching that point where being bitten by… Read More

  • eBay deleting auctions with Jajah buttons

    eBay deleting auctions with Jajah buttons

    It’s a little like a dirty fight in the school yard: Little kid throws stone at big kid and when the teacher turns round, the little kid starts bawling and the big kid takes the heat. On Monday Internet telephony company Jajah started releasing “call-me” buttons which sets up a real phone call between two parties, with the voice re-routed over the Internet. Jajah… Read More

  • BT buys into the FON WiFi network

    The UK’s top fixed-line telco, British Telecom, has partnered with with Wi-Fi startup FON which will allow its three million UK broadband customers to roam across eachother’s WiFi hotspots, and those of FON users across the planet. As part of the deal BT has also taken a stake in FON, which already counts Google, eBay, Sequoia Capital and Index Ventures among its investors, in a bid… Read More

  • Flexiscale launches on demand hosting

    Flexiscale launches on demand hosting

    Flexiscale, a new hosting on-demand computing service aimed at Web 2.0 startups, launched in the UK today. It will compete with Amazon’s EC2/S3 service. The move is significant because there is currently only one other on-demand, ‘pay as you go’ hosting solution in Europe aimed at startups, which typically offer free services to begin with and thus need hosting which is… Read More

  • At Future of Web apps today

    If you’re at the Future of Web Apps conference in London today look out for me (Mike Butcher, TechCrunch UK & Ireland) as I’ll be hanging out and looking for things to write about. My contact details are here. We’re also delighted to have Mike Arrington, TechCrunch editor-in-chief and founder, over here too. This morning he appeared on a morning panel and he’ll… Read More

  • On-demand host goes up against Amazon S3

    On-demand host goes up against Amazon S3

    Flexiscale, a new UK-based on-demand computing service aimed at Web 2.0 startups plans to compete with Amazon’s EC2/S3 service. The move – announced at today’s Future of Web Apps conference in London – is significant because there are so few ‘pay as you go’ hosting solutions in Europe, so the launch of a new service shows there’s real demand of this… Read More

  • Rememble and Miomi herald the long-play DLA

    Rememble and Miomi herald the long-play DLA

    As Mike Arrington noted recently, a new class of startups is emerging that is addressing a new space in digital lifestyle aggregation. It’s about winning people for years to come, helping them assemble their memories (blogs, images, video), and, bluntly, locking them in through the amount of sheer time they’ve invested. In the US, Our Story (which has raised $6 million in… Read More

  • FriendVox brings IM to Facebook

    FriendVox brings IM to Facebook

    Launching this Friday, FriendVox is a instant messaging client for Facebook made by London-based Techlightenment, which recently did the Bob Dylan and Socialistics app. It claims to be the first instant messaging client to embrace social networking by highlighting the people in your network who have a lot of followers, and other data it determines from your network. Nor do you need to install… Read More

  • Is Fav.or.it a Digg killer?

    Is Fav.or.it a Digg killer?

    Fav.or.it is tiny start-up based in a small office an hour’s drive from London. But this “feature rich community-based feed reading system” is about to unleash a wholly original take on reading blogs and news feeds which could see it face-down even the social bookmarking giants like Digg and the newer kids like CoComment. Favorit brings together blog reading and replying into… Read More

  • Is Favorit a Digg killer?

    Is Favorit a Digg killer?

    Fav.or.it is tiny start-up based in a small office an hour’s drive from London. But this “feature rich community-based feed reading system” is about to unleash a wholly original take on reading blogs and news feeds which could see it face-down even the social bookmarking giants like Digg and the newer kids like CoComment. [Note: this is an edited version of a much longer… Read More

  • Microsoft launches UK startup fund

    Microsoft chief exec Steve Ballmer’s was in London today to announce a new startup fund for the UK called the Microsoft Startup Accelerator Programme. The programme, which already exists in the US, is to encourage startups and in doing so to also promote Microsoft technologies to them such as Silverlight and Live Services. There are a handful of UK firms kicking it off, including… Read More

  • ChannelFlip cranks up Web TV shows

    ChannelFlip cranks up Web TV shows

    ChannelFlip, a Web TV production company which makes shows for 18-35 men, is launching its beta service this week, with a fuller launch planned next week. ChannelFlip shows will typically be about things aimed at a ‘male’ demographic. Each episode is about five minutes, good for ‘snack TV’ typical of the Web. Shows can also be exported via RSS/podcast to iPod or… Read More

  • TIOTI takes wraps off social TV aggregator

    TIOTI takes wraps off social TV aggregator

    [Like this post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed] TIOTI.com (Tape It Off The Internet) has been almost a year in closed, invite-only beta so hopefully today it’s ready for its close-up. It should do. It’s had 18,000 users users to test the site with, who will now be joined by anyone who registers. Providing links to a wide range of online TV services such as Apple, Amazon, AOL and… Read More

  • School of Everything quietly launches alpha site

    School of Everything quietly launches alpha site

    School of Everything, designed to connect anyone who can teach with anyone who wants to learn, has quietly launched an early public alpha version of its site. The site is set up to serve the thousands of people in the UK who now work as independent, self-employed teachers. Co-founder Mary Harrington told me via email: “We’ve tested it out with some teachers and learners… Read More

  • FaceContact goes live with referral tracker

    FaceContact goes live with referral tracker

    FaceContact, a new UK startup which has a tool to track and reward referrals for job candidates, clients, investors and just about any other defined “prospect”, has gone live with its public beta site. It’s incredibly complicated to track where an original referral came from. FaceContact is set up to try and crack this problem, and incentivise people to make referrals. It… Read More

  • MirriAd wins £2m funding for video tech

    MirriAd wins £2m funding for video tech

    MirriAd, a UK startup which has developed a technology to embed advertising into videos ranging from user generated video up to studio quality productions, has received a a £2 million investment from Seraphim Capital among others.The firm, which has operations in New York and Mumbai, has a patented its technology called ZoneSense to insert video advertising into video streams which… Read More

  • Apple and Orange fight over iPhone revenue

    Apple and Orange fight over iPhone revenue

    The French iPhone deal is being delayed by arguments between Apple and the France Telecom-owned network Orange over the amount of revenue that will go back to Apple from iPhone sales. The news comes as Apple takes a massive PR hit over its latest software update to the iPhone, which is all about locking the phone down to one carrier. With the iPhone deal all but done the official announcement… Read More