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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  • Yahoo wins Bebo ad deal

    Yahoo! is to handle advertising for the UK and Ireland sites of Bebo, one of the largest social networks in the world. This is the the first such deal for the portal giant which until now had failed to get an advertising foothold in the rapidly expanding social networking arena. Yahoo was previously rumored to be in talks to acquire Bebo for $1 billion in May, so they clearly came to a… Read More

  • Tablefinder signs first deal

    Tablefinder, one of the six winners at the recent London SeedCamp,
    has come good with its intention to partner with one of the two main global restaurant booking systems, Livebookings Network. The startup remains in an invitation-only beta, however. Founded in 2006 in Gothenburg, Sweden, Tablefinder is a live search and reservation engine for restaurant tables which aggregates booking services… Read More

  • Walkit benefits from Tube walkout

    Europe’s cities are often based on a medieval street plan which is utterly chaotic and not suited to public transport. In London it’s sometimes possible to take a walking short-cut between London Underground stops faster than than it is to take the tube itself. Walkit.com launched late last year but because of the recent industrial strike on the Tubes may have now found its… Read More

  • Social networks to merge with Bluetooth apps?

    Dating – especially handing over contact details – is a tortuous business at times, so how much easier would it be to network if the point of contact was made easier to control? Social networks have this opportunity right now, but how do you take it into the physical world? UK based First Move is a dating site where you create a private profile then buy black or pink credit-card… Read More

  • TrustedPlaces switches on LastFM model

    TrustedPlaces has decided to take a leaf out of the likes of LastFM‘s playbook and rolled out a new version based on ‘learning’ users preferences for good restaurants and venues. Instead of having to do the heavy lifting on plugging in their preferences, members can now discover new and hard-to-find lifestyle locations through like-minded TrustedPlaces reviewers and via… Read More

  • OSoYou targets womens social shopping

    “Social shopping” is the latest buzzphrase to be on the lips of Europe’s startup scene and the newest entrant to the UK market is OSoYou. Launching its public beta site aimed at women and supported by Britain’s top three retailers, OSoYou features the ability for users to “drag and drop” items they like to create the perfect wishlist for their… Read More

  • Tipped seeks funds after public launch

    Tipped is looking for venture funding both in the US and Europe following its full launch out of a three month public beta. Founder Joel Brazil, until the end of last year the head of mobile for Microsoft UK’s Online Services Group, is right now in the US at meetings about the social mobile startup which combines Tipped.co.uk with a mobile version at Tipped.mobi. The Ruby on Rails… Read More

  • Social mobile app wins $13m financing

    GeoSentric, a developer of GPS-linked social networking technology, has today secured $13.1 million in an round led by Horizon Group and Schroders Private Bank. It has a consumer proposition called GyPSii which uses geo-location software to connect people to people, and people to places. GyPSii is currently in pre-launch mode. GeoSentric will use the funds to expand its marketing and sales… Read More

  • 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

    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

    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'

    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