Mike Butcher

Mike Butcher

Mike Butcher (FRSA) is an 'Editor At Large' at TechCrunch, the biggest breaking news site about the world’s hottest tech companies. Mike has been named one of the Top 50 most influential Britons in technology by The Daily Telegraph.

As well as being a long-time Writer, Broadcaster and Editor Mike is also co-founder of TechHub (@TechHub), a project to merge a thriving community with office space for fast-moving startups. Mike has written for UK national newspapers and magazines including The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The New Statesman.

Mike 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 Mike has launched or re-launched numerous media web sites and in 2000 he was nominated as NetMedia's European Internet Journalist of the Year. In 2004 Mike 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 Mike 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 UK, by the readers of Computer Weekly magazine. In 2009 it was named as one of the Top 10 blogs out of the UK. Also in 2009 Mike was named one of the Top 10 bloggers on Twitter in the UK. In October 2009 Mike was named one of the Top 50 most influential Britons in technology by The Daily Telegraph. In April 2010 Mike was in Wired UK's Top 100 influencer list, again in 2011, in 2012 and in 2014. In April 2010 TechCrunch Europe was shortlisted in the Specialist Digital Publisher category of the prestigious UK-based Association of Online Publishers’ Digital Publishing Awards. 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. Mike has been listed as one of the Top 100 most influential people on Twitter in the UK. Mike has spoken at the prestigious Monaco Media Forum, Le Web, Web Summit and DLD among many other conferences. Mike is a regular commentator on the technology business, appearing on BBC News, Sky News, CNBC, Channel 4 and Bloomberg. Mike has advised the UK Prime Minister on tech startups, served on the Mayor of London’s Digital Advisory Board, the ‘Smart London’ Board and been a Technology Ambassador for London.

Mike arned his B.A. degree in History and English Literature from Australian National University.

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  • Ordnance Survey releases data, but stops short of radical change

    The UK’s Ordnance Survey mapping agency has (almost) come to its senses and announced that it will allow non-profit making organisations and individual developers to display their own data on OS maps for free. The OpenSpace product makes maps available from the 1:1m outline of Great Britain, up to street level (1:10,000). It provides all the necessary functionality to interact with a… Read More

  • Rummble opens slowly, with Facebook app first

    Mobile social network startup Rummble launched a Facebook application today. People still can’t sign up direct from the main site as it remains in closed beta, but by adding the FaceBook application they can. Beta testers can signup when they load the app. This allows them to share their favourite places with friends. The mobile site is at http://m.rummble.com. Why is Rummble doing is… Read More

  • Best startups this year?

    I’m prepping a post about the best tech startups this year. I’ll be dividing it into three categories: UK, Irish and European (as in, continental Europe). The idea is to look at both web and mobile startups which are doing interesting things. As part of my research I thought I’d ask TechCrunch UK readers for your thoughts. Obviously I’m sure you’ll agree that… Read More

  • MAXRoam secures high-street distribution

    Irish telecoms startup Cubic Telecom, which launched the MAXroam SIM card aimed at roaming travellers, has struck a distribution deal for the UK and Ireland through the high street electronics chain Maplins. MAXroam uses local, in-country numbers, effectively making all global calls local calls. Customers are given a local number in their home country and another local number in the country… Read More

  • Bebo launches open apps platform

    Bebo is opening its site to outside programmers to encourage the development of third-party applications. It’s Open Application Platform launch last night coincided with the announcement of partnerships with more than 40 developers to date who have created applications from music and movies to gameplay and photo sharing. Among the many US partners are European startup success story Last.fm. Read More

  • Microsoft buys mapping site MultiMap

    The Guardian is reporting that Microsoft is buying 11-year-old UK online mapping company Multimap, with a view to integrating its technology with its services. Microsoft already has Virtual Earth, Live Search, Windows Live services, MSN and its new £3.2bn ($6.5bn) acquisition aQuantive. recently Multimap re-launched with an interface closer to the Google Maps, which has a 21.4% reach… Read More

  • Le Web 3 startup competition winners

    This year’s Startup Competition at Le Web was very closely fought. Thirty three companies participated out of more than 125 applications reviewed. The judges said the scores were very close (judges had to mark startups out of seven categories). The winners were announced on the main stage at LeWeb3 in a session that also included many of the judges of the competition talking about… Read More

  • Le Web 3 startup competition

    I went to the Le Web 3 startup competition today, though with 33 startups and many presentations of variable quality or inaudible (mostly due to the presenters not using the mic properly, and one clever chap said he would not put up his URL) I didn’t get all of them down. However, here are a few I took notes on and I will post more later. SaleMiner
    SaleMiner is a small business sales… Read More

  • Skimbit announces beta and first customer

    Skimbit, described as a social decision-making tool, launches it’s formal beta trial this week. The free service is designed to let you manage the results of web searches, say for a holiday, wedding or shopping trip, and aggregates the feedback from friends and family to make it easier to come to a group decision. Notionally Skimbit is meeting a need, since about 88% of adults conduct… Read More

  • Subhub close to investment

    SubHub, a startup which has been around for a couple of years now, is flipping its high-cost service for subscription content web sites to a more “Web 2.0” model of a low cost, low entry point. The upshot is that just about anyone will be able to afford to create a content-based web site with subscription and e-commerce facilities baked-in. The move comes as the site is looking… Read More

  • TechCrunch at Le Web 3


    Along with the rest of the TechCrunch crew (Mike Arrington and Ouriel Ohayon) I will be attending LeWeb3 in Paris from Monday through to Wednesday. It’s a massive event featuring a ton of startups and about 1,700 people are attending. I’ll do my best to keep TechCrunch UK going while I’m there and no doubt there will be some news-worthy stories worth covering here and on… Read More

  • Zygo might be the UK's Twitter, but with revenues

    Zygo Communications, the UK mobile social networking messaging startup, completed a second round of business angel funding this week, the amount was not disclosed. Zygo has created an engine for group messaging across the web and mobile. Sounds a little like Twitter, right? Perhaps the difference is that Zygo will – when it launches its beta following this new funding – target… Read More

  • Fav.or.it working on some cool stuff

    This is possibly the last time I do anything on the still-to-launch Fav.or.it… until they actually come out of closed beta. Writing about stuff hardly anyone can see is not an ideal situation. However, they are releasing tidbits of information about how the service will work in the end, and it looks pretty slick. The latest info is that fav.or.it will have a Mashup Editor or a… Read More

  • Sun offers startups discounts

    This week’s MashupDemo event in London, which saw 16 startups demo, coincided with an interesting announcement from Sun Microsystems. The tech giant appears to have suddenly realised there is a startup scene in Europe and has lauched its Sun Startup Essentials (SSE) programme in the UK and Israel, prior to a wider European roll-out next year. This offers access to advanced Sun… Read More

  • 3i puts €2.6m into shopping engine Twenga

    3i has invested €2.6 million in European shopping search engine Twenga, which launched in the UK in early November. The service has been fairly successful by focusing all its resources on Europe and comes translated in six different languages (French, German, Italian, Polish, Spanish, and English). The network reached 7 million visitors in November 2007 and indexed over 40 million offers… Read More

  • Channel 4 launches widget contest

    Platform 4, best described as the geeky arm of UK TV station Channel 4, has announced a widget contest at the WidgetyGoodness conference in Brighton today. The broadcaster is offering £1500 to the most creative mash-up of Channel 4’s Film4 RSS feeds. Two runners up will also get £250. They will create a gallery of all the mash-ups received that meet the judging criteria. The full… Read More

  • Phuser launch first Web 2.0 integration, needs work

    UK startup Phuser have launched their first Web 2.0 integrations with Slideshare and del.icio.us for sharing slideshows and social bookmarks. You can now use these other services inside Phuser privately between a team without having to create a new account with those services. Unfortunately, on trying it out, I found the integration to be still somewhat buggy, which I should imagine they… Read More

  • TechCrunch networking event tonight in Brighton

    Widgety Goodness, the first European conference on web widgets and applications, kicks off on Thursday December 6th at the Corn Exchange, Brighton. TechCrunch UK is media partner. After the conference TechCrunch UK will be hosting a FREE networking party for technology startups in the Brighton area. You need to grab a free ticket here. **Any tech person in Brighton is invited to attend… Read More

  • LiveStation demo leaks partners, sign-ups go live

    The Microsoft/Skinkers P2P live television streaming LiveStation project was demonstrated in London today to a small audience at a Microsoft event. The presentation inadvertently leaked some of the TV partners: BBC News 24, Sky, Al Jazeera, France 24 and Bloomberg. In addition, sign-ups for invites to trial the service should be going out today. LiveStation is designed to stream TV channels… Read More

  • Ads in P2P-shared films? BT is trialling it

    BT is trialing a new service which will allow non-skipable video advertising to be embedded in films which can then be freely shared across the Internet, including P2P platforms like BitTorrent. The advertising is served by Hiro Media, a three-year old privately-backed Israeli startup which has developed a (patent-pending) codec for Windows media player, allowing it to send a targeted advert to… Read More