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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  • RealNetworks to develop socnet around games?

    RealNetworks to develop socnet around games?

    Casual gamers – moms, dads and senior citizens – are the mainstream of the gaming world. So it’s interesting that RealNetworks could be looking to foster community around its RealArcade property, following reports today that it is acquiring NYC-based online casual gaming site Gametrust for somewhere in the region of $50 million. The company, which has already raised nearly… Read More

  • Facebook overtakes Myspace as Perfspot accelerates

    Facebook overtakes Myspace as Perfspot accelerates

    Facebook has now overtaken MySpace in the UK. The latest figures published from Nielsen//NetRatings show that Facebook has more unique UK visitors than MySpace. In something of a revelation however, Facebook is no longer the fastest growing social network. Instead Perfspot, the US-based site where people “share their interests”, is fast gaining traction in the UK. And despite it… Read More

  • New UK blog publisher launches

    Media stories tend not to be our staple fare here at TechCrunch, but it’s worth mentioning the launch of a new professional blog publisher in the UK, MessyMedia, and welcoming them to the blogosphere. I wrote an article over two years ago for the Financial Times about what I thought at the time would be the rise of blog publishers in the UK. Others noticed the trend too. But today there… Read More

  • Scribblesheet launches citizen journalism site

    Scribblesheet launches citizen journalism site

    Scribblesheet, a citizen journalism portal, goes live today. The London-based self-funded startup from co-founders John Ndege and Brian Oula, is a brave attempt to reproduce the success of OhMyNews or Newsvine. I fear they will get nowhere near those sites, but let’s hear them out. Ndege says: “Our strategy is to create a site where people can write their opinion on something… Read More

  • Virgin Digital downloads for the last time

    Virgin Digital downloads for the last time

    The dangers of hooking yourself up to a DRM-enabled music rental store which could go bang at any moment are highlighted today with the news that Virgin Digital customers will lose all their music when the store closes its doors next month. Virgin Digital was a two-year old Windows Media-based alternative to Apple’s iTunes, but it stopped selling one-off downloads last week and next… Read More

  • Trutap rasies another £3m in funding

    Trutap rasies another £3m in funding

    Trutap, a recent entrant in the TechCrunch40 competition which markets a social media client software for mobile phones, has raised another £3.23m ($6.5 million) from The Tudor Group and angel investors. The offers software blog posting, IM, group SMS, web photo-sharing and access to existing social networks. Last year it raised £600,000 ($1.2) angel funding, with £3.23m ($6.5m) from Tudor. Read More

  • Blyk launches ad-supported mobile network

    Blyk launches ad-supported mobile network

    Blyk, the mobile virtual network operator offering free phone call minutes and messaging in return for sending customers advertising, launches in the UK today. Renting airtime from France Télécom’s Orange network and targeting only 16-to 24-year-olds, the network will target the ads based on a detailed profile customers will fill out on their website. It’s ironic timing. MySpace… Read More

  • Here Come the Ad-Powered Mobiles

    Here Come the Ad-Powered Mobiles

    Happy to get some free calls and texts on your mobile by clicking some ads? A new mobile network launches today offering free phone call minutes and messaging in return for sending customers advertising – except it’s in the UK. Blyk will target the mobile-obsessed 16-to 24-year-old crowd with ads, based on a profile customers will fill out on their website, writes TechCrunch… Read More

  • Blyk launches ad-based mobile network

    Blyk launches ad-based mobile network

    Blyk, the mobile virtual network operator offering free phone call minutes and messaging in return for sending customers advertising, launches in the UK today. Renting airtime from France Télécom’s Orange network and targeting only 16-to 24-year-olds, the network will target the ads based on a detailed profile customers will fill out on their website. It’s ironic timing. MySpace… Read More

  • Tech and mobile events of note

    It’s highly arrogant. Utterly selective. And slightly random. We present for your enjoyment our selection of the best web and mobile events coming up in the UK and Ireland (with the odd wild-card thrown in here and there). To flag up your event for consideration, just get in contact.
    Tuesday, September 25
    Mobile Transactions Forum 2007
    A 1 day event for payment companies, retailers… Read More

  • Get Bob Dylan to read out your message on Facebook

    Get Bob Dylan to read out your message on Facebook

    UK Facebook application specialists Techlightenment have won the account to create an application for one of the legends of modern music: Bob Dylan. The application was created for Bob Dylan’s forthcoming single and his recent album for SonyBMG. Users fill out ten boxes with words they want Bob to read out on his boards during one of his most famous tracks, Subterranean Homesick Blues. Read More

  • Vodafone in mobile web storm

    Vodafone in mobile web storm

    An almighty row is breaking out between Vodafone and mobile startups, who claim the giant is hobbling the mobile web for its own gain. The chorus of disapproval is being lead in the main by Luca Passani (pictured), the architect behind an open source mobile project known as WURFL. In a long public statement written yesterday, he – and four other leading mobile web players who have backed… Read More

  • Free to pitch at Le Web 3

    Free to pitch at Le Web 3

    LeWeb3 is now firmly established as Europe’s ‘answer’ (if you will) to any number of startup and Web 2.0 events in the US. Held on December 11/12, it offers a platform for Europe’s hot new start-ups to present their business and technology to some of the most influential players in the technology market. Last year’s program had, it must be said, mixed reviews due… Read More

  • Business social network beta launches. Why?

    Business social network beta launches. Why?

    London-based entrepreneur John Horsley has launched the beta of business-networking site Marzar (slightly ironically at a Web2NewYork networking party yesterday, in fact). Horsley says Marzar is an ‘enterprise 3.0 business networking and collaboration tool’ for the global business community. Marzar’s vision is to, “build an environment for business people to work… Read More

  • True Knowledge wins funding for search product

    Early stage private investor group Octopus Ventures has put around £600,000 into True Knowledge Ltd, a UK startup which claims to have a revolutionary search product. Currently in private beta, True Knowledge says their product is capable of intelligently answering – in plain English – questions posed on any topic, and dramatically improves the quality and accuracy of results… Read More

  • Investors acquire Russian e-lance site

    Investors acquire Russian e-lance site

    Some interesting movement coming out of Russia yesterday. The leading Russian online recruitment website HeadHunter and private equity investor Digital Sky Technologies have each acquired 20% of Free-lance.ru, an online workplace for freelance specialists not unlike elance.com, for an estimated sum of $0.4 million. Free-lance has some 100,000 registered users. Digital Sky Technologies… Read More

  • iPhone UK: The news so far

    iPhone UK: The news so far

    [Above: Steve Jobs, Apple and Matthew Key, CEO, O2] So here are the basics about the iPhone launch in the UK, as announced by Steve Jobs in London. It was a pretty utilitarian affair with a predictable demo by Jobs of the iPhone’s features, an announcement about the carrier, a chat from the O2 CEO and some Q&A. Almost everything was predicted beforehand, except the rather clever… Read More

  • iPhone UK launch live blog

    iPhone UK launch live blog

    [Note: This is the 'as live' blog I did for the Apple launch today, even though the London Apple Store, which usually has WiFi, did not have WiFi today. Go figure. Not only that but the venue was shielded from any mobile signal. I had to leave to get WiFi straight after the launch. Apple needs to "sort itself out" in this respect and... well, I'm being as polite as I can right now... Read More

  • iPhone UK: The news so far

    So here are the basics about the iPhone launch in the UK, as announced by Steve Jobs in London. It was a pretty utilitarian affair with a predictable demo by Jobs of the iPhone’s features, an announcement about the carrier, a chat from the O2 CEO and some Q&A. Almost everything was predicted beforehand, except the rather clever idea behind O2’s service which will see it… Read More

  • iPhone UK launch live blog

    iPhone UK launch live blog

    [Note: This is the 'as live' blog I did for the Apple launch today, even though the London Apple Store, which usually has WiFi, did not have WiFi today. Go figure. Not only that but the venue was shielded from any mobile signal. I had to leave to get WiFi straight after the launch. Apple needs to "sort itself out" in this respect and... well, I'm being as polite as I can right now... Read More