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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    The French iPhone deal is being delayed by arguments between Apple and the France Telecom-owned network Orange over the amount of revenue that will go back to Apple from iPhone sales. The news comes as Apple takes a massive PR hit over its latest software update to the iPhone, which is all about locking the phone down to one carrier. With the iPhone deal all but done the official announcement… Read More

  • UK users spend 6 hours a week online, some are on 80

    The Internet is now inexorably weaved into daily life in the UK with almost 90 per cent of home internet users now spending six hours or more online each week, 40 per cent of whom are downloading music and 16 per cent watching online video. Unsurprisingly, 90 per cent of broadband users go online to send email while more than 60 per cent use auction sites such as eBay, according to new… Read More

  • MAXroam sells 500 SIMs in first day

    MAXroam, the new mobile roaming service from Cork-based startup Cubic Telecom, has sold over 500 SIM-cards in the first day of trading today. CEO Pat Phelan told me by phone: “It’s going mental. I thought we’d do 50-100 in the first day, but I didn’t expect this. The servers are being hammered. What is more amazing is that people are obviously buying for a reason as this… Read More

  • Islandoo cuts its TV ties to go open access

    Islandoo, a UK-based MySpace-style site originally built as a social network to support casting for the reality TV show Shipwrecked, has opened its doors to any TV show, film or music video to cast for their show. TV producers can use the casting system for free . Since the launch this week Channel 4, BBC and MTV has signed up to the system, and Models 1 is acting as an online agency… Read More

  • HereOrThere launches social travel offensive

    Social travel site HereOrThere, backed by Hugo Burge (the internet entrepreneur involved in Cheapflights), has started to publicly promote its beta site after three months in development. Backed by Howzat Media LLP, the early stage dotcom investment fund which Burge runs with partner David Soskin, HereOrThere is something of a me-too play in the travel space. You know the drill, add your… Read More

  • Google hires first engineering chief for Europe

    Google has appointed its first ever Vice President of Engineering in Europe, in a move which could herald new local products from the search giant. Nelson Mattos (Ph.D.) will oversee Europe, the Middle East and Africa, in a sign that Google is increasingly interested in concentrating its management talent in high growth areas, like Europe, for its products.
    In a statement Alan Eustace, Senior… Read More

  • Picture this – LinkedIn adds profile photos

    On Friday LinkedIn plans to allow profile photos on its business-focused social network, in a move which reflects its increasingly international focus. It’s taken four years for LinkedIn to add photos, when every other social network has done it forever. The site for business professionals has always kept a conservative, business-like tone. But although it says the decision has been… Read More

  • Last.fm wants bands to use Web tools

    Last.fm, the social music site sold to CBS in May for $240m, is launching a PR campaign in the guise of an initiative to get unsigned and independent bands using online tools to build their careers. The campaign title and dedicated blog – nowformaband.last.fm – is inspired by punk fanzine Sideburns’ call to action in 1976 – “here’s three chords, now form… Read More

  • Ad-targeter Wunderloop wins customers

    In deal news, wunderloop, a specialist European tech firm in targeting ads based on user behaviour and content, has won 10 new customers. The roll-call is: AOL (UK), Bild.T-Online in Germany, Orange (NL and E), Webads (NL), Ilse Media (NL), SBS TV (NL), VNU/BP (NL), Imnetworks (NL), Tutto Gratis (I), and Tradera in Sweden, an eBay group company. Wunderloop has an behavioural ad and content… Read More

  • Piczo launches new features to stem decline

    In the UK, teen social network Piczo’s market share is dropping like a stone. Can new features allowing it to target advertising based on how users decorate their profiles stop the rot? According to Nielsen//NetRatings yesterday, Piczo has lost 40% of its unique users since December 2006 and has only 3% active reach as against Facebook and MySpace’s equal 20% and Bebo’s 14%. Read More

  • RealNetworks to develop socnet around games?

    Casual gamers – moms, dads and senior citizens – are the mainstream of the gaming world. So it’s interesting that RealNetworks could be looking to foster community around its RealArcade property, following reports today that it is acquiring NYC-based online casual gaming site Gametrust for somewhere in the region of $50 million. The company, which has already raised nearly… Read More

  • Facebook overtakes Myspace as Perfspot accelerates

    Facebook has now overtaken MySpace in the UK. The latest figures published from Nielsen//NetRatings show that Facebook has more unique UK visitors than MySpace. In something of a revelation however, Facebook is no longer the fastest growing social network. Instead Perfspot, the US-based site where people “share their interests”, is fast gaining traction in the UK. And despite it… Read More

  • New UK blog publisher launches

    Media stories tend not to be our staple fare here at TechCrunch, but it’s worth mentioning the launch of a new professional blog publisher in the UK, MessyMedia, and welcoming them to the blogosphere. I wrote an article over two years ago for the Financial Times about what I thought at the time would be the rise of blog publishers in the UK. Others noticed the trend too. But today there… Read More

  • Scribblesheet launches citizen journalism site

    Scribblesheet, a citizen journalism portal, goes live today. The London-based self-funded startup from co-founders John Ndege and Brian Oula, is a brave attempt to reproduce the success of OhMyNews or Newsvine. I fear they will get nowhere near those sites, but let’s hear them out. Ndege says: “Our strategy is to create a site where people can write their opinion on something… Read More

  • Virgin Digital downloads for the last time

    The dangers of hooking yourself up to a DRM-enabled music rental store which could go bang at any moment are highlighted today with the news that Virgin Digital customers will lose all their music when the store closes its doors next month. Virgin Digital was a two-year old Windows Media-based alternative to Apple’s iTunes, but it stopped selling one-off downloads last week and next… Read More

  • Trutap rasies another £3m in funding

    Trutap, a recent entrant in the TechCrunch40 competition which markets a social media client software for mobile phones, has raised another £3.23m ($6.5 million) from The Tudor Group and angel investors. The offers software blog posting, IM, group SMS, web photo-sharing and access to existing social networks. Last year it raised £600,000 ($1.2) angel funding, with £3.23m ($6.5m) from Tudor. Read More

  • Blyk launches ad-supported mobile network

    Blyk, the mobile virtual network operator offering free phone call minutes and messaging in return for sending customers advertising, launches in the UK today. Renting airtime from France Télécom’s Orange network and targeting only 16-to 24-year-olds, the network will target the ads based on a detailed profile customers will fill out on their website. It’s ironic timing. MySpace… Read More

  • Here Come the Ad-Powered Mobiles

    Happy to get some free calls and texts on your mobile by clicking some ads? A new mobile network launches today offering free phone call minutes and messaging in return for sending customers advertising – except it’s in the UK. Blyk will target the mobile-obsessed 16-to 24-year-old crowd with ads, based on a profile customers will fill out on their website, writes TechCrunch… Read More

  • Blyk launches ad-based mobile network

    Blyk, the mobile virtual network operator offering free phone call minutes and messaging in return for sending customers advertising, launches in the UK today. Renting airtime from France Télécom’s Orange network and targeting only 16-to 24-year-olds, the network will target the ads based on a detailed profile customers will fill out on their website. It’s ironic timing. MySpace… Read More

  • Tech and mobile events of note

    It’s highly arrogant. Utterly selective. And slightly random. We present for your enjoyment our selection of the best web and mobile events coming up in the UK and Ireland (with the odd wild-card thrown in here and there). To flag up your event for consideration, just get in contact.
    Tuesday, September 25
    Mobile Transactions Forum 2007
    A 1 day event for payment companies, retailers… Read More