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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    Last Chance To Exhibit At Disrupt, And Maybe Make It To The Main Battlefield

    The clock is ticking on the last available slots to exhibit your startup in Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe in two weeks time (October 20-21). Startup Alley is jam-packed with early stage companies showing off their talent and technology to attendees at Disrupt — which includes many investors. Different companies exhibit on both days of the conference and companies exhibit… Read More

  • FinTech Leads From The Front At TechCrunch Disrupt Europe In Two Weeks

    FinTech Leads From The Front At TechCrunch Disrupt Europe In Two Weeks

    TechCrunch Disrupt Europe is on 18-21st October, in London. Saturday and Sunday will feature TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon, followed by two days of full-blown conference, with interviews and panels with Europe’s best entrepreneurs and VCs. Get tickets while they are still at the Early bird price. With so much of the financial world leaving the cosseted environments of the enterprise… Read More

  • Early Skype Investor Morten Lund, Who Lost It All But Came Back, Speaks At Disrupt

    Early Skype Investor Morten Lund, Who Lost It All But Came Back, Speaks At Disrupt

    This year TechCrunch Disrupt Europe will be on 18-21st October, in London. Saturday and Sunday will feature the legendary TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon, followed by two days of interviews and panels with Europe’s best entrepreneurs and VCs. Grab a ticket and ran before they sell out and are still in Early Bird mode. We have some major speakers coming, from Saul Klein of Index Ventures… Read More

  • Neelie Kroes To Give A Final Interview At Disrupt Europe In London

    Neelie Kroes To Give A Final Interview At Disrupt Europe In London

    Neelie Kroes will give one of her last ever on-stage interviews at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe in London before leaving her role as Vice-President of the European Commission. TechCrunch Disrupt Europe will take place from 18-21st October 2014 in London. You can grab an early bird ticket right here. Over the weekend we’ll have a free hackathon, which you can apply for here. When Kroes… Read More

  • Mr. Moshi Goes To TechCrunch — Michael Acton Smith To Speak At Disrupt

    Mr. Moshi Goes To TechCrunch — Michael Acton Smith To Speak At Disrupt

    The TechCrunch Disrupt Europe conference will take place from 18-21st October 2014 in London. You can grab an early bird ticket right here. Over the weekend we’ll have a free hackathon, which you can apply for here. On Monday and Tuesday we’ll have a range of the most high profile entrepreneurs and investors from Europe. And that includes the very high profile founder of Mind Candy… Read More

  • Rocket And Zalando IPOs Fail To Excite Markets, But It’s Early Days

    Rocket And Zalando IPOs Fail To Excite Markets, But It’s Early Days

    If there is one thing Europe has been lacking in in the last five years or so it’s tech IPOs. London has bravely kicked things off in the last year with IPOs from companies like Just Eat. But the German markets, long ambivalent to the tech sector, are starting to re-awaken. Yesterday online apparel retailer Zalando, and Zappos competitor, debuted in Frankfurt. Today, Rocket Internet… Read More

  • How The Mighty Eagle Is Fallen — Rovio Announces Layoffs

    How The Mighty Eagle Is Fallen — Rovio Announces Layoffs

    Rovio Entertainment, the Finland-based maker of Angry Birds, among other games, is laying off 130 people, or 16% of its current workforce. The move comes because — you probably guessed this — it’s biggest game has gone off the boil and the newer games it’s producing are not taking up the slack, thus growth has been slower than they thought. In a blog post today CEO… Read More

  • Musikki Secures Seed Cash To Aim At Being The IMDB Of Music

    Musikki Secures Seed Cash To Aim At Being The IMDB Of Music

    A new music-tech startup, Musikki, which calls itself the ‘IMDB of music’ has secured €330,000 in funding from Smart Equity, a business angel investment vehicle in London. On the consumer side, London-based Musikki competes with Allmusic, Discovr, Echonest and Rovi on the data and B2B side. Musikki is based on a proprietary algorithm that matches music data, content and… Read More

  • Cloudflare’s Matthew Prince And Michelle Zatlyn To Speak At TechCrunch Disrupt Europe

    Cloudflare’s Matthew Prince And Michelle Zatlyn To Speak At TechCrunch Disrupt Europe

    TechCrunch Disrupt Europe will take place from 18-21st October 2014 in London. You can grab an early bird ticket right here. Over the weekend we’ll have a free Hackathon, which you can apply for here. But on Monday and Tuesday we’ll have both the Battlefield and many great speakers. Among them will be Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO of Cloudflare (You can follow him on… Read More

  • Guess What We’ll Be Discussing at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe In October?

    Guess What We’ll Be Discussing at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe In October?

    TechCrunch Disrupt Europe will take place from 18-21st October 2014 in London. You can grab an early bird ticket right here. Among the many topics we’ll be covering will be a discussion about the state of play for tech investors and entrepreneurs in Europe and the development of the ecosystem. Joining us will be a great panel of players in the market. Carlos Espinal co-manages the… Read More

  • Ello, Ello? New ‘No Ads’  Social Network Ello Is Blowing Up Right Now

    Ello, Ello? New ‘No Ads’ Social Network Ello Is Blowing Up Right Now

    In March a new social network launched promising the opposite business model to Facebook – i.e. Not selling ads based on user data and instead relying on, perhaps, paid premium features to keep going. Ello then sunk without trace until, in the last 24/48 hrs or so, activity on the site completely blew up. And this is a pretty basic social network with the bare minimum of features. Why? Read More

  • Disrupt In London To Showcase New Google Ventures Europe Partners

    Disrupt In London To Showcase New Google Ventures Europe Partners

    The second TechCrunch Disrupt Europe will take place from 18-21st October 2014 in London and will see the first outing of the Google Ventures team in Europe. There’s still time to grab a ticket before they sell out. Earlier this year Google announced it was launching a branch of its venture capital investment arm in London. Google Ventures Europe will have an initial fund of $100 million… Read More

  • October’s Disrupt Conference Brings Together Europe And The Valley

    October’s Disrupt Conference Brings Together Europe And The Valley

    Following a massively successful inaugural event last year in Berlin, the second TechCrunch Disrupt Europe will take place from 18-21st October 2014 in London, at the amazing Old Billingsgate venue. The London conference kicks off with the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon from 18th to 19th October, followed by two days of in-depth onstage interviews and panels with some of the biggest names in… Read More

  • Europe’s Biggest Investors Come To The Disrupt Europe Stage

    Europe’s Biggest Investors Come To The Disrupt Europe Stage

    The second TechCrunch Disrupt Europe will take place from 18-21st October 2014 in London. Saturday and Sunday will feature the legendary TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon, followed by two days of interviews and panels with Europe’s best entrepreneurs and VCs. Read More

  • Mosaic Ventures Launches In Europe With A $140M Fund Aimed At Series A

    Mosaic Ventures Launches In Europe With A $140M Fund Aimed At Series A

    “We need density in the cluster!” as an entrepreneur raising a Series A round in London said to me only last week. Her frustration was born of the fact that while many VCs have headed toward seed investing, and some have raised later-stage growth funds, the fabled Series A has become a gradually rarer entity. It’s a problem we thought we’d solved in Europe until… Read More

  • London’s Tech Boom Is More Than Just Hype, The Hard Numbers Say So

    London’s Tech Boom Is More Than Just Hype, The Hard Numbers Say So

    While London Technology Week may not yet rival last week’s London Fashion Week for glamour, there is real substance to the capital’s tech boom. This is why, for the first time, TechCrunch is bringing its Silicon Valley conference, Disrupt, to London this October. A number of things are driving it. London has long acted as a “bridge” both to US tech companies… Read More

  • Mind Candy Slims Down Ahead Of Major New Mobile Push

    Mind Candy Slims Down Ahead Of Major New Mobile Push

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  • Seedcamp Invests In 11 New Startups After Its Annual Event

    Seedcamp Invests In 11 New Startups After Its Annual Event

    European ‘venture accelerator’ Seedcamp has announced it has made 11 new investments, out of the 21 drawn from around Europe that pitched at their annual event in London last week. It made 11 investments, 7 directly from Seedcamp Week applicants, and 4 from the new Seedcamp Fund. The companies are: ● Carbon Voyage, London, UK – “Creating technology that makes… Read More

  • Verto Analytics Raises Another $2.4M, This Time From Open Ocean Capital

    Verto Analytics Raises Another $2.4M, This Time From Open Ocean Capital

    Verto Analytics, a digital media measurement company based in New York, has raised $2.4 million in additional funding from Open Ocean Capital, which was also an early investor in MySQL. Back in April this year Verto raised a $5.4 million Series A from Conor Venture Partners. This second round of investment also included funding from the current investors, Conor Venture Partners and angel… Read More

  • Chinese Pavilion Startup Alley

    A Run Through The Chinese Pavilion At TechCrunch Disrupt SF

    At the Chinese pavilion we ran through those on show: Ogora helps developers add VOIP voice calls to their apps with one line of code. Sensoro is an iBeacon startup which senses the surrounding environment. An image recognition startup that can also recognise objects exhibited, allowing you to search on keywords on the web and in app. ClearClouds is a cloud service company providing data… Read More

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