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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  • First ever London Open Source Jam at Google

    Ben Laurie, of Apache-SSL fame has posted about the the First London Open Source Jam, to be held at Google’s London Victoria HQ this Thursday, 16th Nov. Quoting: “Some people may choose to present a 5 minute lightning talk on what they’re doing. Then little groups will form and people will work together on code! We’ll encourage contributing good things back to open… Read More

  • Minibar London: Another 2.0 event

    Minibar London: Another 2.0 event

    Minibar, another new event (see also London 2.0) aimed at the BarCamp/developer crowd, has turned up giving people “a chance to snaffle some free beer while discussing p2p, Creative Commons, web applications, social networking and general Web 2.0 mayhem.” If this sounds off-putting, then consider this: So far they have 60+ people registered from the following companies: ebay… Read More

  • MySpace in talks with UK mobile networks

    UK mobile operator 02 has confirmed it is in talks with MySpace (among others) over a tie-up to allow their subscribers to access MySpace pages and their own profile via mobile. Although MySpace has been doing this for a while with the MVNO Helio in the US, it is reportedly looking to land a bigger fish in the form of Cingular, the number one mobile network in the US – so talking to… Read More

  • TechCrunch UK & Ireland launch party video

    Apologies for the delay, but here (YouTube version) and here (MyDeo version for Windows) is the video we shot at the recent TechCrunch UK & Ireland launch party. Just this once we pushed the envelope and brought in the fabulous Silver Apple Media to shoot some high quality footage at the event, of which this is just a taster. This is not intended to be an in-depth piece, more an overview. Read More

  • CreateMyNet takes on business networking

    CreateMyNet takes on business networking

    CreateMyNet is a social networking site aimed at small businesses, professional associations, trade associations and individuals. It’s currently in Alpha testing and the public Beta is – according to a press statement in October – due out this week. With the permission of its owners, TechCrunch UK secured a look at the Alpha version, and it is still very much in the early stages. Read More

  • Money Mondays: a chance to showcase your startup

    Attention entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and early stage investors!
    TechCrunch UK & Ireland is announcing a new initiative to showcase technology startups looking for funding: “Money Mondays” (OK, we know the name isn’t great but we weren’t keen on “Wonga Wednesdays”). Each Monday for a month, starting on Monday 20th November, we’ll showcase… Read More

  • Simon Murdoch speaks at Internet People dinner

    Simon Murdoch speaks at Internet People dinner

    Simon Murdoch is interesting. Amazon’s first head in the UK has been both an entrepreneur and a VC and now he’s back to being an entrepreneur again. Speaking last night to an Internet People dinner audience comprised largely of entrepreneurs (indicated by a show of hands), he talked briefly about the Web start-up experience and how to raise money. What follows are paraphrased… Read More

  • London 2.0 – the start of something…?

    London 2.0 – the start of something…?

    I went to the “London 2.0” event last night, which has been going for about a year. It started out as an event for Ruby on Rails developers, but when people using Ajax and other things started turning up the organisers (in the main, Sam Newman) held up their hands and changed the name of the event. Essentially it is a free event for developers to get together and talk about some… Read More

  • Travelhiker.com adds user incentive and looks for investment

    Travelhiker.com adds user incentive and looks for investment

    Travelhiker.com, a social networking site based around travel, has launched a revenue-sharing feature for its members who write full-blown travel guides. The way it works its this: An existing member can write a long review of a travel destination e.g. a gourmet’s guide to Paris or a backpacker’s guide to Sydney. They post recommendations about what to do, where to stay or where… Read More

  • Silicon Valley Comes to Oxford

    Silicon Valley Comes to Oxford

    Saïd Business School is slowly but surely positioning itself quite savvily in the Web 2.0 space. Last year’s inaugural “Silicon Valley Comes to Oxford” event was excellent (see a PDF report here) and featured speakers like Evan Williams from Odeo and seniors from various other state-side startups like Craigslist (although the lack of Wi-Fi in the lecture theatres was… Read More

  • Web 2.0 gets the glossy magazine treatment

    The Guardian’s Weekend magazine has discovered Web 2.0 and features a number of the hot companies in the area, most of which are old-hat to aficionados of the space (Wikipedia, Flickr, etc). However, it’s nice to see the UK’s Last.FM featured in a largely US-focused piece. There are various interviews worth checking out, where people get to answer: What is Web 2.0? What is… Read More

  • Hotxt aims at social networking space

    Hotxt aims at social networking space


    Hotxt, a low cost unlimited message text service which uses a client application on the handset to message other Hotxt users via the Internet, has added new social networking features aimed at the 12.59 million mobile subscribers under 24 years of age who text more than talk. The new Hotxt features include group messaging, an online “web email” interface with texts, a “family… Read More

  • Idiomag.com launches later today

    Idiomag.com launches later today

    Idiomag.com launches its open beta trial later today. The site is billed as a personal online magazine which will share ad revenue with content providers of RSS feeds – in theory that could be the smallest blogger to the biggest media owner – providing a user-friendly face to RSS content which will try to monetise it more efficiently than clunky banners inside feeds. In an email… Read More

  • ConnectMeAnywhere launches mobile MP3 messaging to email

    ConnectMeAnywhere launches mobile MP3 messaging to email

    ConnectMeAnywhere has launched a new, free, service they dub V-mail, which, when you dial a number, sends an MP3 sound recording to a chosen email address. In an email interview with TechCrunch UK CEO Ryan Gallagher, said “Essentially the service allows you to assign an email address to a local number. When you call that number you are prompted to record a message which is then packaged… Read More

  • What's on tonight? Just tape it off the internet

    What's on tonight? Just tape it off the internet

    Paul Cleghorn sent a ripple of sniggers through the crowd. At an NMK event called Aggregators and Upsetters, the Tape It Off The Internet co-founder was amusing those assembled with what appeared to be a ‘laid-back designer’ attitude to the labyrinthine world of file-sharing and commercial downloading that is filling out the “edge” of the Internet with video content today. Read More

  • Diller looks to UK for acquisitions

    Dust off your elevator pitch and line up your backers. Barry Diller of IAC/InterActiveCorp and the online travel company Expedia, wants to buy ventures in the UK, especially in the travel sector. As The Guardian reports, one potential target could be Cheapflights, the price comparison website which has confirmed it is considering a £200m sale or flotation, but Diller has declined to comment. Read More

  • Tagging, microformats and RSS beat the semantic web?

    IT Week columnist Tim Anderson claims today that “The semantic web is a long time coming“. What’s the basis of his thesis? Even though a “truly semantic web would be significantly more powerful than today’s internet, not just for search but for integrating and aggregating data… The lesson of Google is that clever algorithms to improve simple text search… Read More

  • Not more R&D, just more disclosure

    UK businesses have spent £2bn more on R&D this year – over 10% – according to the Department of Trade and Industry. The DTI’s 2006 R&D Scoreboard showed investment is currently £19.2bn compared with the £17bn reported in the 2005 scoreboard. However, put back the champagne, because about two-thirds of this increase is in the banks, insurance, media… Read More

  • Where is Silicon Street today?

    I was flicking through the back-pages of TechCrunch UK this afternoon while writing up an interview (of which more later) when I noticed a comment form Azeem Azhar about why Silicon Valley is what it is: “You run into Paypal/Google/ebay/[name great startup] founders while having drinks with friends in a bar. The pace of conversation, the swapping of ideas, expertise and contacts, is rife. Read More

  • A web 2 take on new media?

    Vitamin reports that UK-based Idiomag is due for launch. Styled as a personal online magazine which combines ‘glossy RSS’ with tagging, weighting and rating, TechChrunch US reported recently, Idiomag is Angel funded. It’s good to see this kind of approach to media which combines social media with more traditional publishing. idiomag plans to accept content “via direct… Read More