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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  • Webtrekk Secures €25M From Deutsche Private Equity To Scale Analytics Platform

    Berlin-based Web analytics company Webtrekk has closed its third round of financing, collecting a total of up to €25 million from DPE Deutsche Private Equity. Webtrekk competes directly with Google Analytics and Adobe Omniture to analyse a company’s web traffic. Read More

  • Index Ventures Raises New $550M Early-Stage Fund For Europe, The US And Israel

    Index Ventures Raises New $550M Early-Stage Fund For Europe, The US And Israel

    Index Ventures has announced a new early-stage, €400 million ($550 million) fund aimed at tech startups in Europe, US and Israel. This is its seventh early-stage fund and part of a total €3 billion ($4 billion) raised by Index since its inception. The fund will invest from seed and early stage, scaling up to €15 million depending on the requirements of the company. And it’s… Read More

  • SportsQuest Wants To Be QuizUp For Sport, With A Few Twists

    SportsQuest Wants To Be QuizUp For Sport, With A Few Twists

    QuizUp is a challenge-style game that was released last September and has created a lot of buzz around its social model. The massive take-up it achieved demonstrated that there was a market for competitive, real-time quiz apps. A few new apps have tried to replicate this, but not many in vertical subjects. SportsQuest, by Cuju Media, is an iOS app that plans to do just that and was… Read More

  • Chic By Choice Is A European Take On RentTheRunway

    Chic By Choice Is A European Take On RentTheRunway

    Rent The Runway has made a splash as a way for women to literally rent high fashion. Now a new startup hopes it can reproduce that success with a similar model, which has a new take on the idea, with the goal of bringing a large variety of luxury rentals to all major markets in Europe. With Chic By Choice, you hire designer dresses curated by boutiques and department stores. Read More

  • Profitero Raises $8M From Polaris Partners To Scale E-Commerce Intelligence

    Profitero, a SaaS provider of online insights and e-commerce intelligence for retailers and brands, has raised $8 million from Polaris Partners. It will use the funds to double its 40-strong engineering team and expand its presence in North America and abroad. Profitero says it want so be the “Nielsen for online global retailers and brands.” Read More

  • Tradeshift Takes Over All The Invoicing For The UK’s Health Service

    E-invoicing platform Tradeshift has landed a partnership with a company that processes transactions for the UK’s NHS, one of the biggest public-sector bodies in the world. The NHS Shared Business Services will be using the Tradeshift platform instead of processing 30,000 paper invoices daily. Tradeshift has made a speciality of winning big corporate clients including DHL, the French… Read More

  • Style Jukebox Raises Seed To Stream Your Own Music Collection

    Style Jukebox Raises Seed To Stream Your Own Music Collection

    Style Jukebox has raised undisclosed seed funding from Central European early-stage fund LAUNCHub to boost its cloud music-streaming service. The cloud part is that you upload your personal music files collection and then use Style Jukebox to stream it into your device wherever you are. There are of course other services like this, though not all have the same amount of apps. Aiming to be… Read More

  • Can One New Tablet Game Change The Game For Mind Candy?

    Can One New Tablet Game Change The Game For Mind Candy?

    Mind Candy, the company that came up with the hugely successful Moshi Monsters kids game, began back in 2003 as a back-bedroom project by the colourful entrepreneur Michael Acton Smith. It’s now approaching 100 million registered users of its games aimed at young kids, and brings in healthy revenues from its franchise deals and spin-offs. But it has a problem. Kids have switched over… Read More

  • Europe! Launch Your Startup At Disrupt! Apply to Startup Battlefield NOW

    Europe! Launch Your Startup At Disrupt! Apply to Startup Battlefield NOW

    Last year we brought the juggernaut of TechCrunch Disrupt to Berlin, in the first-ever Disrupt event on the continent. And after that incredible success, how could we not come back for more? But to keep everyone on their toes, we’re shifting cities, and heading over to London medieval streets and crazy Black Cab drivers. But, the simple message is: We Want You. We want startups from… Read More

  • Enterprise Fund Notion Capital Gets Close To Startup Wiseguys Accelerator

    London-based and enterprise-focused fund Notion Capital has announced it’s going to back the early stage Startup Wise Guys accelerator based out of Estonia. What does that mean? The form of this backing is going to be through the application process, program execution, mentoring and post program funding — in other words about €50,000 will go to the best team(s) that make it through. Read More

  • Retargetting Startup Cognitive Match Acquired By Magnetic

    Retargetting Startup Cognitive Match Acquired By Magnetic

    We’ve been tracking Cognitive Match (CM) since it was founded in 2009. The display ad and onsite predictive targeting platform created in London by founder and CEO Alex Kelleher did well in London’s advertising-heavy media sector until realising they needed to scale up in the U.S. So they split operations between London and New York. Today the journey comes full circle as the… Read More

  • Slidely Launches New Show App For Making Videos Out of Pictures

    Slidely Launches New Show App For Making Videos Out of Pictures

    Israel-based Slidely, which claims 50 million users across several image apps, recently closed $7.3 million in funding but it was something of a mystery what the cash was actually for. They did say they would produce an iMovie-like app, which is now revealed to be called “Show,” now on iTunes. Show lets users create movies that stitch together social media photos and videos… Read More

  • Songkick Passes 10M Monthly ‘Fans’ And $100M Revenue

    Songkick Passes 10M Monthly ‘Fans’ And $100M Revenue

    Former YC startup Songkick, which makes tickets for music gigs social, claims it is now bringing in 10 million “unique fans” every month. Unfortunately that term is rather vague – when asked what this meant, co-founder Ian Hogarth said it was a mix of unique users on the site and actual logged-in Songkick users going on to buy tickets. However, that might be a little… Read More

  • 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