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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  • Here Are The MEPs You Should Tweet About Net Neutrality This Morning

    Here Are The MEPs You Should Tweet About Net Neutrality This Morning

    Today at 1.30pm Members of the European Parliament vote on legislation which — according to independent observers and over 50 of the tech industries biggest players — could threaten net neutrality if key amendments are not pushed forward and added to the new laws. Parliament will hear debate 8:30am-10am CET, then break and vote at 1:30pm CET. The proposal before the Parliament… Read More

  • Disrupt London In December Will Feature Many of Europe’s EU-nicorns…

    Disrupt London In December Will Feature Many of Europe’s EU-nicorns…

    We have some incredible speakers coming to the TechCrunch Disrupt London conference on December 7-8. And they include several of Europe’s new Unicorns. Or should we say EUnicorns?
    Marco Jansen is Founder and CTO of Catawiki, Europe’s fastest growing online auction house. With over 40 weekly auctions and close to 200,000 registered users, Catawiki is the number one site for buying… Read More

  • Tech Giants Sign Letter Against EU Laws To Hand Huge New Powers To ISPs

    Tech Giants Sign Letter Against EU Laws To Hand Huge New Powers To ISPs

    New European legislation which threatens net neutrality is set to go before the EU Parliament Tuesday. The EU is planning new rules it claims will ‘protect’ Net neutrality, but a leading legal expert says it will in fact do the exact opposite. Stanford Law Professor Barbara van Schewick, also Director of the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, has collated signatures from… Read More

  • Tech Firms Rally Against Harmful EU Net Neutrality Laws As Deadline Looms

    Tech Firms Rally Against Harmful EU Net Neutrality Laws As Deadline Looms

    Net neutrality is widely accepted as being key to innovation, and therefore tech startups. When it operates, there is no ‘fast lane’ controlled by larger companies. Net neutrality is, in fact, why startups have been able to create so much value in the modern world – value not just in economic terms but in social terms as well, affording access to information and democratic tools. Read More

  • Angaza Raises $4M To Make Clean Energy Affordable For World’s Poorest

    Angaza Raises $4M To Make Clean Energy Affordable For World’s Poorest

    Often, off-grid rural villages in places like Africa have their electricity generated by energy devices, like solar panels and batteries, donated by non-profit organizations and charities. The problem, however is that model is not sustainable and relies of yet more charitable hand-outs. What’s required is to make clean energy scale in self-supporting way. Luckily the rise of the mobile… Read More

  • Lisbon’s Startup Scene Heats Up At Our TechCrunch Meetup

    Lisbon’s Startup Scene Heats Up At Our TechCrunch Meetup

    This week we held the first ever TechCrunch Lisbon Meetup and Pitch-off at a rooftop bar over-looking this beautiful, ancient city which in the last few years has been coming to life as a vibrant startup hub in this part of southern Europe. Thanks to the good offices of local accelerator Beta-i and a bar stacked by Android market startup Aptoide, around 200 people turned up to hear the pitches… Read More

  • The inviita iOS App Builds You A City Tour Automagically

    The inviita iOS App Builds You A City Tour Automagically

    As someone who travels a lot I’ve been trying out apps that can build tours around a city. CreateTrips is a social trip planner that offers travelers and locals travel guides, maps, reviews and a few more things. It’s raised $2.18 million in two rounds from five investors. But unfortunately it literally leaves me to do all the heavy lifting. And in this space, you pretty much only… Read More

  • TechCrunch Disrupt London Brings The Best Of Europe Together

    TechCrunch Disrupt London Brings The Best Of Europe Together

    We have some incredible speakers coming to the TechCrunch Disrupt London conference on December 7-8. We’re not just talking global sporting superstar Thierry Henry, by the way. We’re talking about a roster of Europe’s most influential people in technology today. And as we speak, TechCrunch’s journalists are sifting through the entries for the Battlefield where we… Read More

  • Codacy Raises $1.1M To Kill Off Unnecessary Code Reviews

    Codacy Raises $1.1M To Kill Off Unnecessary Code Reviews

    Developers spend a lot of time reviewing code (between 20%-50%), even today, when code reviewing can in fact be automated much of the time. Code reviews are described as “technical debt” and some say this ‘debt’ amounts to a trillion dollars globally. Lisbon-based startup Codacy wants to kill unnecessary code reviews. And to that end it’s now raised €1… Read More

  • DI Telegraph Is Moscow's Organic Tech Hub

    Moscow Startups Build Their Own Ecosystem In An Old Telegraph Station

    Aside from Russia’s somewhat grandiose “Skolkovo” project to replicate a Silicon Valley-style startup campus just outside of Moscow, entrepreneurs who have preferred to stay outside any governmental overtures have resolutely stuck to the city, just as Startups in the Bay Area, post 2001, gravitated towards San Fransisco. The early pioneer in this was (Digital October), carved… Read More

  • Customer Service Startup Service Raises $3.1M Led By Founders Fund

    Customer Service Startup Service Raises $3.1M Led By Founders Fund

    Khosla Ventures famously backed Gripe.io, a startup which allowed disappointed customers to complain loudly on social media about service providers that had failed them (restaurants, hotels, airlines etc). After this barrage of criticism, the brand owner was supposed give in to this assault and settle with compensation. Unsurprisingly it didn’t work and Gripe closed. A number of… Read More

  • Thierry Henry To Speak On Sport, Tech And Investing At Disrupt London

    Thierry Henry To Speak On Sport, Tech And Investing At Disrupt London

    We are excited to announce one of the most important speakers who’ll be appearing at TechCrunch Disrupt London conference on December 7-8, 2015. He’ll be joining global startups, influential speakers, VIP guests and more. And who is he, you ask? He’ll be talking about how technology and digital media is changing the sports industry and the fan bases, why he backed London… Read More

  • Wonderloop Launches A Web Version Of Its Video Profiles App

    Wonderloop Launches A Web Version Of Its Video Profiles App

    Wonderloop — a startup which allows people to showcase themselves through short 10 to 15 second video profiles (think a sort of “LinkedIn for video”) thus replacing the static bios of traditional social networks — was previously only available via its iOS app. But today it’s launched a Web site which shows all the profiles online. Hanna Aase, founder and CEO… Read More

  • Swiftkey Releases Predictive Keyboard Built On A Neural Network

    Swiftkey Releases Predictive Keyboard Built On A Neural Network

    Building what amounts to a neural network inside a platform has long been one of the goals of computing and many a startup, but in the main they remain the preserve of university computing labs. They also tend to need a lot of computing power usually distributed via the Internet. ‘Smart keyboard’ startup Swiftkey hopes to change that today with the release of a new Alpha version of… Read More

  • TechCrunch Lisbon, Meetup And Pitch-Off, October 19

    TechCrunch Lisbon, Meetup And Pitch-Off, October 19

    European startups! TechCrunch Disrupt London, our stupendous European conference, is coming to London, December 5-8. In the lead-up to this we’re holding a Meetup and Pitch-off in Lisbon on October 19 and we want you there. We’ll be doing some amazing drinking, some amazing pitching, and some amazing networking. We’ll all have a blast. Date: Monday October 19, 2015 Time… Read More

  • Octopus Launches $140 Million Growth Fund For Later-Stage Euro Startups

    Octopus Launches $140 Million Growth Fund For Later-Stage Euro Startups

    London-based Octopus Ventures, which last year revealed it had a $91.3 million early stage fund, is today launching a new, separate, $140 million fund designed to providing growth capital to “successful fast-growing later-stage companies across Europe”. The Octopus Zenith Opportunities II LP (“Octopus Opportunities fund”), will also provide much-needed follow-on… Read More

  • Medvedev To Hold A Google Hangout On Russia’s Tech Future

    Medvedev To Hold A Google Hangout On Russia’s Tech Future

    It’s been five years since Russia began its huge project to literally carve out its own version of Silicon Valley in a huge technology park, being built just outside of Moscow. The project, dubbed Skolkovo, will create a 400-hectare site for up to 30,000 workers and has a budget extending to $15 billion through to 2020. But right now much of it remains a building site and… Read More

  • Hydroswarm’s Drones Could Solve Our Ignorance Of The Oceans

    Hydroswarm’s Drones Could Solve Our Ignorance Of The Oceans

    The earth consists of 70% ocean and 30% land. And yet, famously, we know more about the surface of the moon than what lies beneath the waves, because only 5% of the world’s oceans have been explored. This, despite the fact that 95% of the world’s life, energy and resources lies in the sea. Currently our way of exploring this is by loading a bunch of electronics into something… Read More

  • ShieldSquare Takes A New Approach To Malicious Bot Traffic

    ShieldSquare Takes A New Approach To Malicious Bot Traffic

    While the world of viruses has given rise to a number of antivirus companies, not least of which was McAfee, who we had at TechCrunch Disrupt this week in SF, the world of bots has become a bigger and bigger headache for content owners. Bot traffic to sites is much larger than human traffic and it can create a serious problem for sites. Indeed, last year LinkedIn filed a lawsuit against… Read More

  • Startup Battlefield Applications Extended for Disrupt London!

    Startup Battlefield Applications Extended for Disrupt London!

    Startups, it’s time to get your act together and apply for the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt London on December 7-8th. We’re looking for the most promising companies from London to Budapest, Madrid to Stockholm, and everywhere in between. Maybe you were out on vacation. Maybe you were focused on that key hire. Maybe you started but forgot to finish the application. Whatever… Read More

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