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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  • Europe's Seedcamp winners announced

    Europe's Seedcamp winners announced

    The winners of Seedcamp, the new incubator-style event for European startups, have been announced. In an extraordinary decision the 36 judges (made up of Seedcamp investors including nine of Europe’s top VCs, mentors and Seedcamp board) have decided to fund not five but six of the companies out of the original 20. They are (in no particular order): “Project Playfair /… Read More

  • Europe's Seedcamp winners announced

    Europe's Seedcamp winners announced

    The winners of Seedcamp, the new incubator-style event for European startups, have been announced. In an extraordinary decision the 36 judges (made up of Seedcamp investors including nine of Europe’s top VCs, mentors and Seedcamp board) have decided to fund not five but six of the companies out of the original 20. They are (in no particular order): “Project… Read More

  • ArtFlock aims to disrupt gallery monopoly

    ArtFlock aims to disrupt gallery monopoly

    SEEDCAMP COVERAGE: The global art market is worth around $1 trillion a year, but just like the global music market it is ripe for disruption. Just as in music, there are many artists struggling both for recognition and to make a living from their vocation. But art galleries traditionally charge a whopping 40% commission on sales, and with fierce competition for physical space, it’s not… Read More

  • TagMore monetises mobile 'barcodes'

    TagMore monetises mobile 'barcodes'

    SEEDCAMP COVERAGE: In Japan and South Korea it is so common now for people to whip out their cell phones and use the camera to connect to online content from a newspaper or magazine that it is no longer commented on. This wave of adoption has yet to go mainstream in Europe or the US, but plenty of companies are trying to get in early before consumers arrive. The technology – not… Read More

  • Welcome back to TechCrunch UK & Ireland

    Well, we’re cranking up the blogging engine here again. My name is Mike Butcher and some readers may know me from a while back when I helped launch this site for the first time late last year. I’m delighted to say that – following a hiatus – TechCrunch has decided to show its firm commitment to this market by re-launching here and, for my part, it’s great to… Read More

  • Wingmap flies new approach to flight search

    Wingmap is the beta site for a stunning new flight search tool based around a point-and-click map interface. Co-founder Tom Wood exlained to TCUKI that the site allows users to search for flights leaving the area surrounding a city – not just the city or a single airport itself. Trying the site it becomes totally obvious what this means and I found it actually makes the process of finding… Read More

  • Panthius.com demos Salesforce model

    Irish software startup Panthius.com has gone live with a demo site. The hosted eBusiness suite offers a pretty wide collection of integrated tools to help people run their business, not dissimilar to the Salesforce.com ASP model of offering things like accounting packages online. Right now the system is live and showing demo companies for users to trial the site and kick the tyres before a… Read More

  • Web 2.0 and VOIP threatens telcos. Fact.

    Most telecoms professionals are not confident that their industry is set up to cope with the threat from new internet and IP-based services. According to research from STL, a telecoms analyst firm which surveyed over 550 people, over 75% now believe that telcos need to “dramatically alter their business models” if they are to prosper in the Web 2.0 world. The suggestions from… Read More

  • Zubka in promo and partnership

    Zubka – which allows people to tangibly benefit form their network of contacts and suggest them for jobs – has embarked on some pre-Christmas marketing. It’s promotion offers users a case of Champagne if their candidate’s details are accepted by a hirer between now and December 28th. How does it work? You send the job details to a candidate, provide a hirer with key… Read More

  • Scoopt endorses Flickr for Citizen snaps

    Scoopt, the self-styled “citizen journalism picture agency”, will now allow Flickr members to tag their images with the keyword ‘scoopt’, enabling Scoopt to push tagged images to their media outlet buyers. Scoopt will also encourage buyers to use Flickr as a commercial image resource. Scoopt founder Kyle MacRae said the new feature makes sense as “there’s… Read More

  • Yahoo! closes London mobile div in push for Go

    What lies ahead for Yahoo! and mobile? It sounds like Yahoo! Go for Mobile will be given a big push, now that Yahoo! is downgrading its SMS messaging services in favour of services which run over the mobile data network. The evidence has come in the form of the closure of Yahoo!’s mobile division in London. In the last couple of months about 15 or so people, mostly engineers in the… Read More

  • Another niche Wiki, this time a green one

    Here come the niche Wiki launches. Following on from JobberWiki, the career information resource site that anyone can edit, comes Tiptheplanet.com (quoting): Tiptheplanet is a project to create a green wiki website that encourages discussion and the generation of tips that benefit you and the planet – From tips for individuals about staying happy and healthy to tips for… Read More

  • Don't Shoot the Webbys

    This week Nik Roope of Poke London assembled a great gaggle of Internet creatives and players. Billed as “Webby Night at the ICA”, the idea was to promote UK talent and enourage people to enter the internationally recognised Webby Awards (the deadline for entries is December 15th by the way). On Wednesday night at the Institute for Contemporary Art, some drinks were laid on and a… Read More

  • Toys search site launches using Google Co-op

    Mad For Toys is a new search engine that uses Google’s Co-op service to do a niche search on the UK’s 250 toy stores which are online. Toys are grouped into four categories, Traditional, Contemporary, Collectibles and Models (like model cars etc), although a lot of the shops have been hand-picked. Mad For Toys is produced by the Internet creative consultancy Futurescape. It… Read More

  • Free trip to Hong Kong for budding UK entrepreneurs

    Thanks to Colin Donald over at JigsawUK who has pointed out this new program from the British Council: Digital Pioneers is an international mentorship programme that aims at identifying and nurturing a new generation of creative entrepreneurs in the digital media industry. This programme will run in parallel in both Hong Kong and UK, annually. Six outstanding entrepreneurs aged 21-35 who… Read More

  • Google and Sky to partner on video and comms

    This is huge breaking news and is all over the web today. Sky and Google are to partner over offering Sky-branded, but Google-based services. The two companies will team up to offer online video (both Sky content and user-generated), voice communications and search advertising. Sky will launch a user-generated video portal powered by Google’s video tools – whether that’s going… Read More

  • Fedafi on the block

    Fedafi on the block

    Fedafi, the Glasgow-based startup which makes it possible for anyone to create, manage, market and track valid RSS and Podcast feeds, is for sale. According to the blog today by founder Gary Reid: “After some major changes here it’s with a certain sadness that I have decided to sell Fedafi. Fedafi is a business I’m passionate about, in an industry I think is on the edge… Read More

  • Has the Ordnance Survey CTO left over Web 2.0?

    Following up from our recent story about how the data strangelhold on mapping is being attacked by projects like OpenStreetMaps, it’s now emerged that the influential CTO of Ordnance Survey, Ed Parsons, has announced he’s leaving on his blog, in what appears to be a joint statement with the organisation. There is the obligatory “We wish Ed every success…” from… Read More

  • Bottletalk.com creates social network around wine

    Bottletalk.com creates social network around wine

    Although its timing is entirely coincidental given all the chatter about the Threshers scam/viral/genius/etc, Bottletalk.com, a site based around the idea that people want to network socially around wine, launched its beta site this week. The site has been founded by husband and wife team Emma and Mark Goddard, along with co-founder David Percival. (By day Emma is a web publishing… Read More

  • Quintura.com plans visual search expansion

    Quintura.com plans visual search expansion

    Following its recent launch, visual search engine Quintura.com plans to release a specially designed interface for market-specific sectors. Yakov Sadchikov, co-founder and CEO of Quintura (picture by Darren Straight), told TCUKI today: “As a next step, we are going to release Quintura’s visual navigation/search web services for Women and for Kids.” Sadchikov recently… Read More