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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  • You Talkin’ To Me? — London’s App Car-mageddon Is Underway

    You Talkin’ To Me? — London’s App Car-mageddon Is Underway

    Protests by London Black Cab drivers outside Hailo offices. Protests by taxis in Paris against Uber. In some case actual violence is taking place across the globe as private car hire apps and taxi apps gradually start to eat away at the long-controlled taxi and private car markets. What does it look like on the ground, what is the long game being played, and when you’re a driver what… Read More

  • R.O.W. With Butch: Despite A Dark Past, Sarajevo’s Tech Scene Emerges

    R.O.W. With Butch: Despite A Dark Past, Sarajevo’s Tech Scene Emerges

    ‘R.o.W. With Butch’ is a weekly column about tech outside Silicon Valley, in the Rest Of the World. This week it comes from Sarajevo, Bosnia. At the height of the Bosnian War between 1992 and 1995, some 8,000 grenades a day would rain down on the capital city of Sarajevo, while snipers plied their deadly trade from the hills above the city. The internecine warfare between… Read More

  • A Badass Darth Vader Is Running The Internet Party Of Ukraine

    A Badass Darth Vader Is Running The Internet Party Of Ukraine

    Who here wouldn’t like to live life like Darth Vader? And wield political power at the same time? Look, just go with it. For this is what a local politician in the Ukraine likes to do. A lot. Darth Vader (of the Ukrainian brand of the family at least) is, (almost) quite literally, a candidate for mayor of Kiev and Odessa, and has even had a crack at running for the presidency. He has his… Read More

  • Priori Data Rakes In $1M To Build A Bloomberg For App Data

    Priori Data Rakes In $1M To Build A Bloomberg For App Data

    Priori Data, an app store data and analytics provider, has secured $1 million in seed financing to build a kind of Bloomberg-style platform for mobile industry professionals and analysts. The cash was raised from unnamed sources but, says the company, includes the Berlin angel investor community, private individuals from New York private equity and hedge fund circles. Read More

  • E-Book Platform Bookmate Secures $3M To Target Emerging World

    E-Book Platform Bookmate Secures $3M To Target Emerging World

    Betaworks-style ‘startup studio’ Dream Industries – based in Moscow – has raised a $3 million Series A round from retail giant Ulmart (in Russia) to develop its subscription-based social reading service Bookmate. They plan to take the startup international out of Moscow, starting with Turkey, Scandinavia and Latin America. The funding is part of a $6.5 million package… Read More

  • Croatian Incubator ZIP Poised To Raise A Fund Via Seedrs Crowd Equity

    Croatian Incubator ZIP Poised To Raise A Fund Via Seedrs Crowd Equity

    ZIP, a startup program based in Croatia, has decided to dump the idea of raising a fund via Limited Partners and has turned instead to equity crowdfunding. And it’s poised to hit its target (here) of £50,000, raised through the UK-based Seedrs platform. ZIP is co-founded by entrepreneurs and angels Ivo Spigel, Mihovil Barancic and Sasa Cvetojevic and Damir Sabol, who successfully… Read More

  • Farmeron Raises Another $2.65M To Disrupt Dairy

    Farmeron Raises Another $2.65M To Disrupt Dairy

    Farmeron, a SaaSstartup aimed at the agriculture industry (run your dairy farm in the cloud instead of grappling with Excel etc), has raised an additional $2.65 million in funding from agricultural investors Matt Swanson, Andrew Murphy, SoftTech VC and NextView Ventures. The funding will be used to go after enterprise sales. Farmeron focuses on the data-complex dairy industry where you need… Read More

  • ROLI’s Radical Musical Keyboard Attracts A $12.8m Series A Round

    ROLI’s Radical Musical Keyboard Attracts A $12.8m Series A Round

    The Seaboard GRAND, is a completely new type of keyboard musical instrument. It has soft rubber keys which can bend and shape a tune, the way you can bend the strings on a guitar. It’s a genuinely radical departure from normal keyboards. Check out the video below to see what I mean. That’s all great, but these are not usually considered investable technology products. All that… Read More

  • New Tunepics Social Network Is Like Instagram With A Soundtrack

    New Tunepics Social Network Is Like Instagram With A Soundtrack

    If you mashed up Instagram with music tracks, what would you get? A timeline of pictures from friends with evocative soundtracks that stimulate the ears as well as the eyes? Perhaps even tug at the emotions? That, at least, is the hope of Tunepics, a new social network that does just that. Read More

  • Highland Capital Partners Europe Closes €250M Tech Growth Fund

    Highland Capital Partners Europe is perhaps best known for investments including Matchesfashion.com (London), GetYourGuide (Berlin), NewVoiceMedia (London), TalentSoft (Paris), Outfittery (Berlin), Wooga (Berlin) and AMCS (Limerick). It’s now announced it’s closed a sizeable Europe Tech Growth fund of €250 million, with nine investments since first close. This is a significant… Read More

  • Fred Destin Joins Accel Partners London As Partner

    Fred Destin Joins Accel Partners London As Partner

    Accel Partners has appointed Fred Destin, formerly with Atlas Venture in Boston, as Partner. Destin has along reputation as an experienced early stage VC, first in Europe, then the US, and now he is returning. He will begin work after the summer. Talking to TechCrunch, Destin said he is “Super excited to come back to the European tech scene. Five years ago we had to prove ourselves, but… Read More

  • Investors Circle Taptalk After Facebook Clone Rumors

    Investors Circle Taptalk After Facebook Clone Rumors

    Facebook was recently reported to be working on a new “ephemeral messaging” app similar to Snapchat, allowing users to send short video messages very easily. Dubbed Slingshot, the app is understood to resemble Taptalk, the video-messaging app from Berlin-based Wit Dot Media. In Taptalk, users tap or hold a contact’s profile picture to instantly send a photo or short video. Read More

  • Mens’ Personal Shopper Site The Cloakroom Raises €1.2M

    Mens’ Personal Shopper Site The Cloakroom Raises €1.2M

    Online personal shopping has become something of a ‘thing’. In the UK we’d seen the launch of Thread, for instance, which matches you with an online personal shopper. Now The Cloakroom is getting in on the act, but aiming at men. This online personal shopping service from Amsterdam launched 11 months ago but has now raised €1.2m from lead investor Connect Ventures, who… Read More

  • Madesquare Turns Square Pictures Into Home Decor Objects

    Madesquare Turns Square Pictures Into Home Decor Objects

    You’re reading TechCrunch. So you’re probably heard of FourSquare. Well, now there’s Madesquare, and, well, other than having square in the name there’s no resemblance. This is an app which takes square photos. But wait… Its iPhone app takes square photos, and then auto-magically turns those into square photo products, which can be conveniently shipped to you… Read More

  • Is Adding Live Video Mobli’s Last Throw Of The Photo App Dice?

    Is Adding Live Video Mobli’s Last Throw Of The Photo App Dice?

    Mobli, the social-mobile photo and video-sharing app which competes with Instagram and the like, has a major update out today that adds one, single important new feature: live broadcast streaming. The question is, will this be enough to attract the attention of the millions sharing images on Instagram and, now, WhatsApp? mobli has over-hauled the app to make it faster, improved the UI… Read More

  • To Scale Up, Swiftkey Hires The Guy Who Built MailOnline

    To Scale Up, Swiftkey Hires The Guy Who Built MailOnline

    UK startup Swiftkey has landed one of Europe’s most experienced tech executives. James Bromley, the former managing Director of the MailOnline.com and who over-saw the sites gigantic growth, has joined as Chief Operations Officer. Swiftkey is best-known for its smart prediction apps, the SwiftKey Keyboard for Android and SwiftKey Note for iPhone and iPad. It’s raised $21.6 million… Read More

  • Satago Secures $1M To Boost Its Automated Credit Control For SMEs

    Satago Secures $1M To Boost Its Automated Credit Control For SMEs

    UK-based Satago, which officially launched at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe in Berlin last year, has secured a $1 million second round funding to expand its automated credit control business. The startup previously raised $48,500 (£30,000) from 61 investors in 15 days through the crowdfunding platform Seedrs. Interestingly for a UK-based startup, most of the investment round came via AngelList… Read More

  • Passworks Raises $1M For Passbook Campaigns Platform

    Passworks Raises $1M For Passbook Campaigns Platform

    I’ve been gradually impressed by the startups coming out of the growing Lisbon tech startup scene – Seedrs is developed out of there for instance – and they are now joined by Passworks, a new platform launching in beta for brands and retailers to create, manage, and distribute marketing campaigns across Apple’s Passbook, Google Wallet and Windows Phone Wallet. Passworks… Read More

  • Co-Founder Departs Ostrovok Citing Role-Overlap And Russian Focus

    Co-Founder Departs Ostrovok Citing Role-Overlap And Russian Focus

    Kirill Makharinsky, the co-founder of Ostrovok, the ‘Hotels.com for Russia’ which has raised $38.60 million, has posted to his Facebook page today saying he is departing the company. Read More

  • BlazeMeter Secures $6.5 Million in Financing Led By YL Ventures

    BlazeMeter, which provides the JMeter-based performance testing cloud, has secured $6.5 million in a series A financing round led by YL Ventures, a previous investor. Read More