Mike Butcher

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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    Nominations For The Europas Awards Are Now Open, TechCrunch Partnering

    Nominations are now open for The Europas Awards 2015, the European Tech Startup Awards & Invitation-Only Conference. The Europas will be held on June 16, 2015, in London. TechCrunch is the official Media Partner and attendees of The Europas will automatically receive deep discounts on Disrupt Europe to be held later this year. Submit your own startup for the Europas here. (To submit… Read More

  • Cruiseable Wants To Disrupt The Cruise Ship Sector, So Far Ignored By Others

    Cruiseable Wants To Disrupt The Cruise Ship Sector, So Far Ignored By Others

    The cruise experience is so damn opaque that few can figure out what exactly is the right experience, especially amid all the schmaltzy marketing. Cruiseable is a new startup aimed at matching those who want a cruise ship vacation to the experience that fits them. On the face of it, it doesn’t sound that disruptive. But anyone familiar with the cruise industry may recognise how useful… Read More

  • London’s Tech Hiring Boom Attracts Hired, JobBox And Other Startups To The Fray

    London’s Tech Hiring Boom Attracts Hired, JobBox And Other Startups To The Fray

    What is it with tech jobs in London (and, lately, the rest of the UK)? Well, ask a silly question, right? Because the city and the country is going through a tech boom right now and when that happens tech startups in the recruitment space scramble to join the fray, especially in the UK capital. There’s even a “Silicon Milkround” to compete with the usual ‘milk… Read More

  • Accusoft Acquires Document Sharing Platform edocr In All Cash Deal

    Accusoft Acquires Document Sharing Platform edocr In All Cash Deal

    It would be remiss of us not to mark the final exit of possibly one of the oldest startups (of recent years) out of the UK. Edocr was launched way back in 2007, going up against Scribd and Docstoc, in the document sharing, publishing and lead capture space. But while those guys scaled with VC funding, the boot-strapped edocr ploughed its own path with a subscription model. Hence the rather… Read More

  • YC Graduate GiveMeTap Offers Free Water And Footfall Data For Stores, And It Helps Africa

    YC Graduate GiveMeTap Offers Free Water And Footfall Data For Stores, And It Helps Africa

    Despite the growth in reusable water bottles, keeping them refilled is tough. Ironically, consumers either end up buying a plastic bottle of water, are forced to use a toilet to refill, or feel obliged to buy something from a store before asking for a refill of water. GiveMeTap is a new graduate of the Y Combinator accelerator with a rather clever idea. It sells and produces stainless steel… Read More

  • Pitch At The Palace? — Now, Even England’s Duke Of York Is Getting Into Startups

    Pitch At The Palace? — Now, Even England’s Duke Of York Is Getting Into Startups

    It’s not often that a genuine, card-carrying Royal family gets involved in technology startups. But over the last few years, the Duke Of York, (yes, of England fame) has dedicated himself to shining a spotlight both on technology entrepreneurs and initiatives to promote STEM skills among young people. His ‘Pitch @ Palace’ events — where startup get to literally… Read More

  • TechCrunch Meetup And PitchOff In Dubai On March 30th

    TechCrunch Meetup And PitchOff In Dubai On March 30th

    TechCrunch is headed to Dubai on March 30th and 31st and we want to see you there. We’re going to hold a quick meetup there, just before the awesome Step Conference. The goal is to find some amazing startups for our Disrupt conference. After last year’s successful TechCrunch Meetup in Beirut, we thought this year we would mix it up a bit and host the TechCrunch Meetup and PitchOff… Read More

  • goFlow Surf App Launches 10 New Sports And Raises A Seed Round

    goFlow is an app for weather-driven sports like surfing, kiteboarding, skiing, and snowboarding, which gets its data from users uploading the conditions. Founded by Roni Eshel, a pro-surfer turned tech entrepreneur, it claims to have generated over 1 million surf reports worldwide in the last year. It’s now launched ‘goFlow Sports’ with 10 new sports activities including… Read More

  • Travel Startup Musement Secures €5M In Series A Funding

    Travel Startup Musement Secures €5M In Series A Funding

    Musement, a booking service for travel activities, has announced it’s raised €5 million in Series A funding from P101, 360 Capital Partners, Micheli Associati and Italian Angels for Growth. While there are many startups that claim to “curate travel experiences” Musement does this by concentrating on locations which might be harder to book in a seamless manner. Naturally… Read More

  • Cairo Witnesses A New Kind Of Spring: The Egyptian Startup Spring

    The Arab Spring of 2011 ignited not just Egypt’s society and political landscape. It also lit touch-paper on the bonfire that has become its new tech startup ecosystem. Consider this: Prior to 2011, it’s clear no-one in Egypt had ever heard of AngelList. In that year, only three companies ended up creating a profile under Angel.co/egypt. Then, as the country went through… Read More

  • LeadDesk , A SaaS Call Center Startup, Raises €5.5M In Series A Funding

    LeadDesk, the Finland-based cloud call center software company, has announced its first funding led by Dawn Capital with participation from public fund, Finnish Industry Investment. This investment round is designed to drive LeadDesk’s growth in European markets with particular focus on UK/Ireland, Spain, and the Benelux region. If you have not heard of them before it’s because… Read More

  • Hiring SaaS Platform Workable Raises Another $5M

    Workable has secured $5 million in additional funding from its existing investors, including Greylock Israel (which has since become 83North) and Greece-based seed investors Openfund. Workable enables smaller companies to post to multiple jobs boards, review candidates and schedule interviews. Read More

  • A Cold, Dark, East London Cinema Witnesses Techstars London Demo Day

    A Cold, Dark, East London Cinema Witnesses Techstars London Demo Day

    Techstars has had a fast 3 years in Europe. After Techstars London, led by the departing Jon Bradford, had been set up, it opened a further three programmes: in Berlin, the Techstars Metro Accelerator (around retail) and a fintec accelerator sponsored by Barclays Bank. Techstars London Demo Day today saw over 1,000 people signed up (the majority of whom actually turned up to a rented East… Read More

  • The Head Of TechStars London, Jon Bradford, Is Leaving For New Pastures

    The Head Of TechStars London, Jon Bradford, Is Leaving For New Pastures

    As Jon Bradford, head of TechStars London, hosts their annual Demo Day in a well-worn old cinema in East London, TechCrunch has learned that this will be his last in the role. Independent sources have confirmed that Bradford is leaving the TechStars network to pursue new opportunities, though his next move remains a mystery. Bradford gave me a “no comment” on the story today… Read More

  • Grabble Closes $1.8M Angel Round For Its Tinder-like Fashion Shopping App

    Grabble Closes $1.8M Angel Round For Its Tinder-like Fashion Shopping App

    Various startups out there are trying to create either an Instagram or Tinder for fashion, ultimately leading the buyer towards a purchase. This is the Holy Grail and you will easily uncover a multitude of companies trying to achieve something along these lines, even though the approaches and business models vary. In Europe the main players are new-ish startups like ASAP 54 (a TechCrunch… Read More

  • Entrepreneur First Hatches Latest Startups, Partners With Media Power Players

    Entrepreneur First Hatches Latest Startups, Partners With Media Power Players

    There are plenty of accelerators these days. And it’s commonly known that value created out of Y Combinator is enormous compared to the next nearest competitor in the space, often considered to be Tech Stars. So if you aren’t YC, what do you do? A couple of years ago Matt Clifford and Alice Bentinck of London-based accelerator Entrepreneur First hit on a different idea. Their… Read More

  • Social Shopping App Shopa Secures $11M Series A To Scale Internationally

    Social Shopping App Shopa Secures $11M Series A To Scale Internationally

    So-called ‘social shopping marketplaces’ have slowly emerged as smartphone and tablet adoption has risen. The heady combination of social networks and shopping never seemed to work that well on the web, but on mobile they have proven to have more of the potential that was always promised but rarely delivered, simply because of the better user interface. One such company is… Read More

  • Second Screen TV Apps Startup Applicaster Pulls In $10.5M Series B Funding

    Second Screen TV Apps Startup Applicaster Pulls In $10.5M Series B Funding

    Applicaster is a startup originally out of Israel which offers a number of what’s known these days as ‘synchronised social experiences’. In other words they can literally sync a TV broadcast with a social app, enabling all sorts of fancy advertising and promotional opportunities. This is the much-heralded ‘second screen’ opportunity. Clearly they’ve convinced… Read More

  • AngelList Launches Syndicates In The UK, But Regulation Hampers EU Rollout

    AngelList Launches Syndicates In The UK, But Regulation Hampers EU Rollout

    AngelList, which has shaken up the world of tech investing by opening up the process of angel investing, is parking its tanks on Europe’s lawn. Today it launches UK syndicates, which will allow individuals to co-invest with early investors in European unicorns like Hailo, Transferwise and Zoopla. However EU and individual government regulations will hamper its wider rollout. Last… Read More

  • ‘Humanity’ Raises A $9M Series B To Build Out Its Workforce Platform

    Humanity.com, which bills itself as a workforce-management platform, has secured $9 million in a Series B round of funding led by MHS Capital. Also participating were Point Nine Capital in Germany, Klever Internet Investments, Team Builder Ventures and Boku CEO Mark Britto. This round follows a $3.2 million round in September 2014. Read More

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