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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  • Facebook starts company profile cull, favours 'exciting' social ads

    Since launching it’s Social Ads offering, where companies can pay for the privilege of creating a profile, Facebook has started to crack down on companies that created their own (free) profile previously. In the UK we haven’t heard loads about this until today when well-known digital media consultants Broadsight had the profile for their popular Broadstuff blog deleted for… Read More

  • Twitter starts to limit outbound SMS in UK

    It appears Twitter is starting to smart from sending so many SMS messages to the Text-obsessed UK population. A small item has appeared on the right side-bar of Twitter profiles displaying “Received SMS 0/250″. This links through to a page explaining “How many SMS messages am I allowed to receive on my mobile per week?” There is a weekly limit of 250 messages per week… Read More

  • Put casual games in a social blender, get doof

    Doof, a new London-based startup went into public beta at the beginning of October offering casual gaming wrapped-up with social networking in a good-looking package. Casual games are the mainstream of gaming world, and Mini-Clips is a good example. But they tend not to have an underlying social network, which ought in theory create more traffic and more data about the user. Doof offers a… Read More

  • Stealth-mode app turns InBox 2.0 into Life 2.0

    Yesterday Mike Arrington noted the stories that both Yahoo and Google are planning to build social networks around their email services. This is based on the premise that you already ‘socially network’ with people via email, so why not put a social graph wrapper around that? Yahoo’s plans look pretty uninspiring so far, with widgets, profile pages, yada yada. Google appears to… Read More

  • Who needs InBox 2.0 when you can get Life 2.0?

    Yesterday Mike Arrington noted the stories that both Yahoo and Google are planning to build social networks around their email services. But so far the plans seem to lack a certain ambition. TechCrunch UK has the scoop today on a new stealth-mode app which aims to map any social network against your email, be it Facebook, OpenSocial or LinkedIn, Outlook or Gmail, thus pulling out key trends… Read More

  • Live Blog: Android and the Open Handset Alliance

    Today at 3pm (London/GMT) Dave Burke, an engineering manager within Google’s mobile team, will stand up at the Future of Mobile conference in London and talk about Android and the Open Handset Alliance (OHA), the new open platform initiative from Google. This is the the first conference presentation in Europe on the subject since Google’s announcement on November 5th. Check back… Read More

  • Hello Europe

    One of the things that really hit home to me when I went to the Berlin Web 2 Expo last week (as soon as I have sorted out the ton of business cards I got there, I’ll do an overview!) was the increasingly pan-European nature of the tech startup scene. And it’s something I would like UK-based startups to start thinking more deeply about. The signs are that this is beginning. Read More

  • Google pitches Android to European mobile developers

    Dave Burke, an engineering manager within Google’s mobile team, stood up today at the Future of Mobile conference in London to talk about Android and the Open Handset Alliance (OHA), the new open mobile platform initiative from Google. This is the the first conference presentation in Europe on the subject since Google’s announcement on November 5th, and was live blogged by… Read More

  • 20,000 fans now own and run a football club. Equally.

    Talk about crowd sourcing. Fans’ community website MyFootballClub has agreed a deal to take over Blue Square Premier outfit Ebbsfleet United. The 20,000 MyFootballClub members have each paid £35 to provide the £700,000 necessary for the takeover and will all own an equal share in the club, be able to vote on transfers, player selection and major decisions. Ebbsfleet chairman Jason… Read More

  • Huddle wins $4m from Eden Ventures

    In a clear signal that the principles of Web 2.0 are entering the work space, Huddle, a UK ‘enterprise 2.0′ startup, has raised $4m in a Series A funding round from VCs Eden Ventures to expand the team, increase marketing and generally amp-up their game. Eden Ventures has previously invested in Reevoo and Truphone. Ben Tompkins, Partner at Eden Ventures commented in a release… Read More

  • 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… 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… Read More