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.

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  • Veteran Habbo hits 80m avatars, but virtual worlds are now a bigger game

    Habbo has announced it now has 80 million created avatars inside its virtual world. Finland-based Sulake Corporation launched Habbo in 2000 and it remains something of a Virtual World 1.0 aimed at teenagers. But it has since grown into 31 country sites across five continents. About 75,000 members join each day with each user spending 32 minutes per site visit, says Sulake. Founded by CEO… Read More

  • Another site busted by the Brits. It makes you proud

    What is it with the British Police? Suddenly they seem to be channelling the RIAA and Hollywood’s militant tendency. Various news outlets are reporting that the world’s largest BitTorrent site specialising in pre-release music has been shut down today after raids by British and Dutch police. OiNK has 180,000 members and released more than 60 major albums this year, often weeks ahead… Read More

  • Videojug poaches UK Web veteran

    It’s interesting that UK-based Videojug, the ‘how to’ video website, has attracted the likes of Nancy Cruickshank, the high-profile head of Hearst Digital, to become its global chief executive. Videojug founder Dan Thompson will move into the chairman’s seat. Videojug has 30,000 ‘How to’ and ‘Ask the Experts’ video clips, which it shares with… Read More

  • Imagepick launches royalty-free image bank

    When two former C-level executives leave a monolith like Getty Images it’s a fair bet that they will go and create something smaller, faster moving and a lot less hide-bound by the restraints of picture royalties. And sure enough that’s exactly what happened. Founded and funded by ex-Getty Images CFO Lawrence Gould and former Getty Images director of e-commerce, Tom Donnelly… Read More

  • Widgets invade Brighton

    Event News: People are decorating their social profiles with widgets and that’s created a market, whether you call them MySpace widgets or Facebook applications. Widgets had a boom of interest earlier in the year but have since been slightly overshadowed by the rise of Facebook. However, they haven’t gone away and the concept looks set for plenty of growth next year as they… Read More

  • Tablefinder signs deal with TopTable

    EU News: Tablefinder, a startup aimed at aggregating the world’s online bookable restaurants, has signed a partner agreement with the UK’s TopTable, the largest restaurant booker in Europe. The deal gives Tablefinder access to all of the TopTable restaurants including the first restaurants to be added from New York. Currently Tablefinder is limited to restaurants in Sweden. In… Read More

  • Wakoopa launches iPhone service

    EU News: Wakoopa (site), the Dutch startup which tracks your use of desktop applications and wraps that in a social network, is about to launch a service supporting the iPhone. Just as it allows Windows and Mac users to track the applications they use and get updates, the same will be done for iPhone apps. The new iPhone service is basically the Apple webapps directory, but adds a lot of… Read More

  • Gurgle launches with Mothercare backing

    Gurgle, a social network for parents launches today as a joint venture between retailer Mothercare and MediaBurn, an agency specialising in social networking sites. The site aims to bring together expert information together with social networking tools for parents and parents-to-be. At launch i is offering about 1,000 articles, 52 exclusively commissioned tutorial videos and a number of baby… Read More

  • TechCrunch UKI launching advertising and events

    Well, we’ve been going for a month and a half now at TechCrunch UK & Ireland since the re-launch. We now have over 3,500 regular readers on RSS and email, according to Feedburner, an independent third party service. And that doesn’t count the users and impressions the site now gets from other sources. These figures are growing every day. TCUKI is also contributing to the main… Read More

  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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, 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