Mike Butcher

Mike Butcher

Mike Butcher is the Editor-At-Large of TechCrunch. 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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  • Startups flex their apps as iPhone launches

    UK startups appear to be getting ready to take advantage of that big wide iPhone screen as the Jesus phone launches today. Local review social network Trusted Places is among the first to take the opportunity to roll out an optimised version of its site for the iPhone at trustedplaces.com/iphone. It makes sense as a strategy since people often want information about a bar or restaurant via… Read More

  • The iPhone cometh – so win a Nano instead

    The Apple iPhone launches in the UK this Friday, and we’re already running a comp to win one. However, you may be happy with your Nokia/Samsung/LG/Crackberry/whatever smartphone, so to win one of five iPod Nanos instead, just do this simple task and indicate which UK or Irish town/city you live in. Remember to enter your correct email address when you comment so you can be contacted. Read More

  • True Knowledge launches open beta

    True Knowledge, ‘plain English’ answers engine, has today launched its open beta. Back in September the site won around £600,000 in backing from Octopus Ventures. Developed by AI software developer and entrepreneur William Tunstall-Pedoe, True Knowledge is out to change the way factual information is made accessible via the Internet. By structuring facts in a way that machines… Read More

  • 100 Wuala invites for readers

    Over in Berlin Web 2 Expo I ran into Dominik Grolimund, CEO of peer-to-peer storage application Wuala (see previous coverage), who has kindly offered TechCrunch UK & Ireland readers 100 invitations. If you want to take up the offer do this: 1. Goto http://techcrunchuk.wua.la
    2. Download Wuala
    3. Use the invitation code “techcrunchuk” when prompted The skinny on Wuala is that it… Read More

  • Netvibes launches "Ginger" social widgets platform

    [UPDATE: Tariq got in touch to say that social features like flow (the Netvibes news feed which can be public or private) will run natively with Google’s OpenSocial and Facebook and be launched in private beta for developers in a couple weeks. You can view videos about Ginger here and here.] So it looks like Netvibes is launching a social widgets platform they have dubbed… Read More

  • Piczo inks video deal in Germany

    Piczo, the teenagers-focused social networking site, has entered into a partnership with MyVideo, Germany’s leading video community. Video will be served into the community and onto personal profiles, including video from popular German shows like Popstars. Users will also be able to create video using the MyVideo platform on Piczo. The deal looks like a profit share one based on… Read More

  • The Crunchies – the Oscars for startups

    The good news is that UK, Irish, other European startups and – in fact – any startup in the world will be able to enter the Crunchies, a new year-end startup competition and award ceremony/party which TechCrunch is coordinating with three other blog networks – GigaOm, Read/WriteWeb and Venturebeat (click on the links to see their coverage). The idea is this: let the… Read More

  • Amazon launches S3 service for Europe

    Amazon has launched its popular S3 (Simple Storage Service) product in Europe, hoping to attract European startups to a service which won’t have the latency which affects European sites trying to use the US-based service. Amazon S3 is a storage service in the cloud offering software developers and businesses access to the same scalable storage infrastructure Amazon uses to run its own… Read More

  • Get to LeWeb3 for free

    If you haven’t bought a ticket yet for the LeWeb3 conference in Paris this December 11 & 12, you can still get a 100€ discount from the normal price, courtesy of TechCrunch. Loic Le Meur has also offered two free tickets to TechCrunch readers. You’ll have to get to Paris and pay for a hotel on your own expenses, but you won’t have to pay for the conference itself. Read More

  • Here comes the iPhone – want to win one?

    The Apple iPhone launches in the UK this Friday and as I hinted at here, we are going to run a competition to win an iPhone and five iPod Nanos (for the runners up). The competition is in two parts. The first part is to win the iPhone itself. The second part, for the Nanos, will be up tomorrow. So to be in for a chance of winning the iPhone all you have to do is answer this question in a… Read More

  • 02 says it will dump iPhone usage limits

    Stung by the backlash of criticism after announcing what many considered a punishing tariff for the Apple iPhone in the UK, 02, the exclusive carrier, is busy back-pedalling on the issue. It’s previous tariff for the iPhone was described as “unlimited” at the launch until everyone realised it was actually capped at 200MB. A story on the Daily Telegraph now reveals that O2… Read More

  • House note: At Web 2 Expo Berlin

    I’ll be at the Web 2.0 Expo in Berlin much of this week, contactable via the usual channels and, almost certainly, via the press office at the event. I’ll probably also be using my Twitter account a lot to co-ordinate meetups etc [Mike Butcher, Editor] Read More

  • Free tickets to London Open Source Summit

    Event News: Legal eagles Olswang are holding an Open Source Summit in London on Friday, 9 November. And you lucky TechCrunch readers are being offered 25 free tickets. All you need to do to apply is email event organiser Lisa-Jane Ryan ( Lisa-Jane.Ryan [at] olswang.com) and mention TechCrunch UK. The first 25 people to do so will get a ticket. Here are the details for the event: Date: Friday… Read More

  • Win an iPhone with TechCrunch

    The iPhone arrives in the UK on November 9 next week, and one lucky TechCrunch UK & Ireland reader is going to win one. Yes, you too could be the envy of all your friends, and use every plausible opportunity to get it out and casually check your messages. Not only that, but we’ll be giving away five iPod Nano’s to the runners-up. How do you enter this competition? Hold your horses! Read More

  • Suddenly blog commenting is a hot space

    It appears a lot of people want to get into the blog comment space in the US. SezWho has raised a $1 million series A round from KPG Ventures, which makes it the best funded of the small group of startups currently trying to leverage the community for commenters. SezWho joins Disqus and Intense Debate, among others, to recently launch.
    SezWho doesn’t wrap a social network around… Read More

  • Zubka launches Facebook app, widgets, white label versions

    Zubka, which allows users get paid for referring jobs, has launched a facebook application which does more or less the same job as the web site. At the same time it’s also in the process of launching white and ‘brown’ label versions of Zubka which user groups, associations, any online communities can use to monetise their community. Zubka’s model is to enable anyone… Read More

  • Crowdstorm comes back, but can it cut it?

    Crowdstorm, the social shopping site, relaunches today with a new vigour to try and wring expert purchasing knowledge out of its social network. The question is, will the changes make a difference, and will they do better when they had a first bite at the cherry a year ago? When Crowdstorm first launched in September last year (I love the way their PR people are pitching this as a… Read More

  • Best Buy takes minority stake in Mydeo for video sharing

    While every online video site wrestles with trying to make social video pay, a small UK-based startup has stuck to its belief that not everyone wants to share the videos of their family and kids with the whole world. Thus, Mydeo has been rewarded today with an undisclosed minority equity investment by retailer Best Buy, which will use Mydeo’s platform for its bespoke video sharing… Read More

  • Best Buy takes minority stake in Mydeo, launches video sharing

    UK video startup Mydeo has created a bespoke video sharing service for the giant US retailer Best Buy. Best Buy Video Sharing is a subscription-based service for users to upload their personal videos for storing, sharing on web sites and blogs. The service will be merchandised online and in Best Buy’s retail stores. Best Buy will also take a minority, equity stake in Mydeo, though… Read More

  • Nestoria to offer average house price data via API

    I hear from property search engine Nestoria that it is to launch a new feature via its API that allows developers to access metadata about the database. The upshot of this is that you’ll be able to check out what the average prices are for 1,2,3 or 4 bedroom flats and houses etc for all areas in the UK and Spain (the other market Nestoria operates in). Do the other property sites ofer… Read More