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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  • Mashup Demo event for startups

    TechCrunch UK is backing a pitch-style event for startups in October called Mashup Demo. Mashup is a regular event in London looking at digital business, but this is their first ‘demo’ style event. It’ll be on the afternoon and evening of 2 October in London, presenting 15 companies who will each get a 5 minute slot. It costs £35 to attend, and £350 to be a demo company… Read More

  • O2 wins UK iPhone? Fever mounts

    O2 wins UK iPhone? Fever mounts

    Until an Apple person stands up in front of a bank of journalists and bloggers tomorrow and utters the name of the carrier to win the iPhone, we won’t know for definite. However it is hard to ignore the wave of stories out today naming 02 as the network, with Carphone Warehouse as the independent distributor. These chime in with our own story that 02 won the iPhone deal some weeks ago… Read More

  • Microsoft loses EU antitrust appeal

    Microsoft has lost its anti-trust appeal against the European commission. The court of first instance, Europe’s second-highest court, has upheld its March 2004 ruling decision to fine Microsoft a record €497m (£345m) for abusing its dominance of the software market and force it to share critical information with rival companies. Brussels is now free to pursue other cases against… Read More

  • UK, Ireland grow as Web 2.0 goes global

    The growth in venture capital investment into Web 2.0 companies is rising in the UK, Ireland and the rest of Europe, even as it slows among early investors in Silicon Valley. The UK is at the hub of this activity with a record seven deals at the start of the year, accounting for $22m invested. And Ireland, Belgium and the Netherlands have each seen their first Web 2.0 deals completed in the… Read More

  • Nokia buys mobile ads player Enpocket

    Nokia buys mobile ads player Enpocket

    Longtime player in the UK mobile scene Enpocket is to be aquired by Finnish mobile phone giant Nokia. Boston-based Enpocket provides technology and services centered on mobile advertising. Enpocket’s platform delivers mobile advertising across multiple formats including SMS, MMS, mobile Internet advertising, and video. Nokia plans to used the deal to accelerate its mobile advertising… Read More

  • Microsoft approves Blue Monster wine

    Microsoft approves Blue Monster wine

    It’s ironic that, a couple of days after the head of Mozilla Europe castigated Microsoft’s attitude to Open Source and innovation in a TechCrunch interview, Microsoft today launches its own-label wine designed to promote innovation inside the company. The FT has the story today of how Brit blogger, cartoonist and ‘Marketing 2.0′ guy Hugh Macleod, and Steve Clayton… Read More

  • French iPhone launches November 29, first picture

    French iPhone launches November 29, first picture

    TechCrunch France has broken a story saying the iPhone will be launched in France with Orange at a 300 euro price-point. The phone will be available from 29th November and announced on the 24th September during the Apple Expo in Paris. Going against predictions so far, the story says there won’t be any unlimited data plan (as there is in the US) nor will the phone be a 3G version of… Read More

  • London's Facebook frenzy

    London's Facebook frenzy

    It has more than 3.5 million users, is one of the top 20 most visited websites and has even been cited by MPs and trade unionists as a sink on workers’ time. Facebook has utterly captured the imagination of the UK. The result is a tech frenzy, especially in London, where developers have feverishly started learning Facebook’s API and client companies have been screaming for… Read More

  • Apple EU iPhone deal expected

    Apple EU iPhone deal expected

    Now that Apple has summoned the UK press to a London briefing next Tuesday, it looks like the iPhone announcement is imminent. There are no other significant details about the event at its flagship Regent Street outlet, but I know the venue and it is only big enough for a medium-sized launch with about 200 people. This suggests it could just be the UK iPhone announcement alone, not the German… Read More

  • Apple EU iPhone deal expected

    Apple EU iPhone deal expected

    Now that Apple has summoned the UK press to a London briefing next Tuesday, it looks like the iPhone announcement is imminent. There are no other significant details about the event at its flagship Regent Street outlet, but I know the venue and it is only big enough for a medium-sized launch with about 200 people. This suggests it could just be the UK iPhone announcement alone, not the German… Read More

  • Blyk comes out of the dark

    Blyk, the much anticipated ad-supported mobile network, is to reveal its colours soon. A press conference is scheduled for Monday 24th September. Announced earlier this year, Blyk will offer free calls to its audience of 16–24 year olds via targetted advertising on their phones. The launch is timed for the start of the new school term in the UK. The virtual operator is using the… Read More

  • Mozilla president kicks Ballmer, trashes DRM, quotes Spiderman

    Mozilla president kicks Ballmer, trashes DRM, quotes Spiderman

    INTERVIEW: Tristan Nitot, president of Mozilla Europe, is a disarmingly casual guy, especially over a good lunch in a high-class London restaurant. But despite the relaxed delivery, he doesn’t pull his punches. Nitot is co-founder (with Peter Van der Beken) and president of Mozilla Europe, a non-profit organization whose goal is to develop and promote its open source software and… Read More

  • Future of Web Apps ticket competition

    Future of Web Apps ticket competition

    The Future of Web Apps conference arguably helped kick-start the low-hum of Web 2.0 development in the UK into a higher gear early last year. This year’s event on October 3-5 should prove to be at least as interesting. Would you like to go? I have one ticket (a 2 day conference pass worth £245 + VAT) to give away to a lucky TCUK reader. All you have to do is leave a comment below this post. Read More

  • Live cricket scores on Google

    Live cricket scores on Google

    Google is extending its intelligent searching with cricket scores for the Twenty20 world championship. All fans need to do is type “cricket” into a Google search box and they’ll get a brief score of all the current cricket matches. A single click will also give you access to a detailed cricket score card. “Cricket india” or “cricket score India… Read More

  • Debatewise treats decision as data

    Debatewise treats decision as data

    Debatewise is a three-month old UK site which is deceptively simple at first but which could have a future in data gathering for market research. The underlying principle is this: Who has the time to read hundreds of random blog or forum posts or an issue they are interested in? A better idea is to pose a question and have opposing sides put their case temperately. But how often do you see… Read More

  • Content Syndicate's words don't add up

    Content Syndicate's words don't add up

    Content Syndicate‘s tagline is “words on demand” (I am dying to insert some sarcastic quip about blogging here but I’ll restrain myself). The pitch from the entrant in last week’s Seedcamp contest is to help content providers and buyers to commission, distribute buy and sell content that’s exclusive, customised and personalised. To do this they’ve built… Read More

  • Tickex wants to be Kayak of ticketing

    Tickex wants to be Kayak of ticketing

    There are already lots of event search web sites and aggregators which reverse into Ticketmaster but more commonly they have poor ticketing information, and almost certainly no way of searching the secondary ticket market. That’s where Tickex comes in.
    Tickex is a search engine for tickets to live events – concert, theatre and sports aiming to aggregate results from all the… Read More

  • Avenue7- social around style for girls

    Avenue7- social around style for girls

    Coming out of London, Avenue7 is a community for 12 – 17 year old girls to share ideas on the latest fashion trends and products, as well as their own personal styles. Aimed at “bored fashionistas” it makes a virtue of the fact that it’s in London “the style capital of the world” (according to some at least, but then you’ve got to target your… Read More

  • Yahoo wins Bebo ad deal

    Yahoo wins Bebo ad deal

    Yahoo! is to handle advertising for the UK and Ireland sites of Bebo, one of the largest social networks in the world. This is the the first such deal for the portal giant which until now had failed to get an advertising foothold in the rapidly expanding social networking arena. Yahoo was previously rumored to be in talks to acquire Bebo for $1 billion in May, so they clearly came to a… Read More

  • Tablefinder signs first deal

    Tablefinder signs first deal

    Tablefinder, one of the six winners at the recent London SeedCamp,
    has come good with its intention to partner with one of the two main global restaurant booking systems, Livebookings Network. The startup remains in an invitation-only beta, however. Founded in 2006 in Gothenburg, Sweden, Tablefinder is a live search and reservation engine for restaurant tables which aggregates booking services… Read More