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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  • Nsyght filters search through humans

    Nsyght is a tiny startup from West London tackling the big problem of search relevancy. What does that mean? It means it wants to take your bookmarks and social network and use that to create more relevant search results. No mean feat and the public alpha of the site has that slight Web 2.0 sniff of ‘great feature, but not company’ about it. However, it’s early days and… Read More

  • BarCamp Leeds in November

    BarCamp Leeds hits the city 17 Nov. You’ll also find info on Facebook and Upcoming. Registration is now open and it’s free to attend. Proposed Sessions so far: • Intelligent human-computer interfaces and their possibilities
    • Launching BT BizBox a small business CRM solution in 5 weeks
    • SEO Site Clinic
    • Why big companies are missing a trick by ignoring social media
    Read More

  • Songkick launches Kayak for gigs

    Songkick, a music events tracker, has launched offering a number of services, including a Kayak-style search engine for concert tickets. The site is aggregating tickets from 10 primary and secondary ticket vendors in the US and UK, no mean feat. The service allows users to install a Media player plugin (for iTunes, Winamp and WMP) which automatically tracks artists in your music library… Read More

  • Is Rummble the next phase in local reviews?

    Chuck a stone into the UK startup scene at the moment and the chances of you hitting an entrepreneur peddling a site which allows people to share and rate things – anything in fact – in a local area, are pretty damn high. Let’s look at one list: Welovelocal, Revmap, Wehanghere, FridayCities, Qype, Tipped and TrustedPlaces. And I’m sure I have missed a few… Read More

  • Education-based Moshi Monsters preps beta launch

    Serial UK entrepreneur Michael Smith took the wrapper off his new startup, Moshi Monsters at Virtual Worlds Forum today in London. The world goes into private beta in a couple of weeks. Essentially, Moshi Monsters is Tamagotchi meets Facebook for 7-12 year olds, but with education thrown in. Your Moshi Monster is basically an educational tool in the shape of fully animated little monster. Read More

  • 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