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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  • You’re European, In A Tech Startup, In SF On Sunday? Come For Drinks

    You’re European, In A Tech Startup, In SF On Sunday? Come For Drinks

    You’re a European tech entrepreneur in San Francisco or nearby, or you’ve just landed in town for TechCrunch Disrupt and you want to connect with other Europeans in the city while you’re here. What do you do? Well, one solution is to wait for Disrupt week. Usually, once a year — in the same week as Disrupt — I like to get the European crowd together in San… Read More

  • Durov To Outline Telegram’s Next Moves At TechCrunch Disrupt SF

    Durov To Outline Telegram’s Next Moves At TechCrunch Disrupt SF

    On Monday at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, we’ll be grilling Pavel Durov, the CEO and co-founder of Telegram, a messaging application that claims to have attracted over 60 million active users in less than two years since its launch in 2013. That would put it on course to becoming a significant player in the messaging space. Read More

  • Eurocorn? HelloFresh Raises Another $84.7M

    Eurocorn? HelloFresh Raises Another $84.7M

    Fresh meals delivered to your home weekly on a subscription basis have become a big business in recent years. Today that trend is confirmed as Scottish investment firm Baillie Gifford pumps $84.7 million or 75 million Euros into HelloFresh. Prior to this the startup had raised $193.5 million. Read More

  • Conichi Secures $7.9M From Hotel Group HRS For Its Check-In Platform

    Conichi Secures $7.9M From Hotel Group HRS For Its Check-In Platform

    Berlin-based travel startup conichi has secured a $7.9m (€7 Million) seed-round from Hotel portal HRS. conichi simplifies check-in and check-out at hotels by using Beacon technology to display a guests’ personal preferences — such as allergies, room amenities, or late check-outs — onto a tablet held at the reception once a guest enters a hotel, thereby personalizing the… Read More

  • Apply To The Startup Battlefield At Disrupt London NOW

    Apply To The Startup Battlefield At Disrupt London NOW

    Did you know applications are now open for the Startup Battlefield competition at Disrupt London? This is your chance but first you have to apply. The Battlefield is TechCrunch’s premiere startup competition.Three times a year, the Battlefield takes place at TechCrunch Disrupt, where 20-something new companies will have the opportunity to present their product live on-stage. They then… Read More

  • Eileen Burbidge Joins Speakers At Disrupt London

    Eileen Burbidge Joins Speakers At Disrupt London

    Here are the next round of speakers who’ll be appearing at TechCrunch Disrupt London conference on December 7-8, 2015. The conference will feature an outstanding number of global startups, influential speakers, VIP guests and more. Read More

  • Begun, The Mobile Ad-Blocking Wars Have

    Begun, The Mobile Ad-Blocking Wars Have

    There’s a coming war between telecoms companies and the advertising industry, and it’s all to do with the increasing bloatware of online advertising. You don’t have to look far to find the evidence. Apple guru DaringFireball recently wrote: “It’s not just the download size, long initial page load time, and the ads that cover valuable screen real estate as… Read More

  • Pronto Secures $1.6M To Both Cook For, And Deliver To, Hungry Londoners

    Pronto Secures $1.6M To Both Cook For, And Deliver To, Hungry Londoners

    Fueled by apps and the web, ‘on-demand’ is a big business right now. Uber is on-demand transport and (eventually) logistics. PostMates is on-demand delivery. TaskRabbit is on-demand you name it. Everything is on demand, and there are few places where on-demand is bigger than the simple human needs of food. That’s why JustEat IPO’d, that’s why Rocket Internet… Read More

  • Wuzzuf Secures Egypt’s Largest Funding Round, Led By European VCs

    Wuzzuf Secures Egypt’s Largest Funding Round, Led By European VCs

    BasharSoft, the startup behind leading Egyptian recruiting Wuzzuf, has spent the last 5 years surviving the turmoil of Egypt’s recent history. But it’s come through that to become a rare-commodity: An Egyptian company that has raised significant European VC cash. It’s just closed a Series A of $1.7 million from Sweden-based Vostok New Ventures and UK-based Piton Capital… Read More

  • Chic by Choice Acquires Its Berlin Competitior La Remia

    Chic by Choice Acquires Its Berlin Competitior La Remia

    Chic by Choice (CBC), a European startup which resembles RentTheRunway, has acquired its German competitor La Remia. Terms were undisclosed. Anna Mangold and Claudia von Boeselager, the founders of La Remia, will stay on board as advisors. CBC’s aim is to disrupt inventory management and better monetize brands’ and retailers’ excess inventory. While resembling its US… Read More

  • Lakestar Joins Europe’s Heavy-Hitter VCs With New $385M Fund

    Lakestar Joins Europe’s Heavy-Hitter VCs With New $385M Fund

    As the European startup scene has matured over the last few years so too has the VC scene. But a handicap has always been the issue of follow-on funding. Gradually, however, the most successful firms have managed to raise new funds based on past successes. One such has been Lakestar, the early investors in Spotify, Skype and Facebook. Read More

  • Loyalty Bay Raises $1M For Its API To Incentivize With Gifts

    You know those gift cards you see at the checkout counter in various stores? Well, it’s a kind’ve crazy business. Most people, when given gift cards, forget to spend them or that there’s a use-by date. And yet they remain popular, with so many people buying gift cards and vouchers instead of presents. As a result, most of the players make money from non-redemption. This is… Read More

  • European Entrepreneurs Launch StartupBoat To Address Refugee Crisis

    European Entrepreneurs Launch StartupBoat To Address Refugee Crisis

    While many in Europe are sunning themselves on beaches, a group of young tech entrepreneurs and investors have grouped together to address the crisis of refugees, many from Syria, which have come to European shores in wave after wave this Summer. The initiative was started by Paula Schwarz, an entrepreneur based in Berlin, who’s family owns a house on the the Greek island of Samos… Read More

  • jEugene Detects Errors In Legal Documents, Saving Time And Money

    jEugene Detects Errors In Legal Documents, Saving Time And Money

    Legal documents. If they didn’t already bore you to death imagine having to find the mistakes in them. This is the role of quite a number of poor humans who must screen these things, or suffer hefty losses when something goes wrong. For years, software engineers have enjoyed the assistance of quality assurance software when writing computer code. Lawyers, however, are generally stuck… Read More

  • TetraScience’s Internet-Of-Instruments Could Supercharge Research

    TetraScience’s Internet-Of-Instruments Could Supercharge Research

    There are estimated to be over 13 million scientists globally, almost all of whom have to enter the results of their work manually, often by hand in a notebook. Sure, much of it gets entered into computers. But time is wasted managing data, and productivity suffers. The implications are pretty bad given the year we live in. Over 50% of R&D time is wasted, there’s significant… Read More

  • Ohlala, An Uber For Escorts, Launches In Berlin, Plans Global Rollout

    Ohlala, An Uber For Escorts, Launches In Berlin, Plans Global Rollout

    Until now, “let’s meet” apps like Tinder have skirted the border between dating and simple sexual hookups. Others, like Grindr, have been far more blatant. But no one (at least to my knowledge!) has tried to create what is in effect an Uber for escorts. Till now. Read More

  • Pitch Your Startup At The TechCrunch Lisbon Office Hours This Wednesday

    Pitch Your Startup At The TechCrunch Lisbon Office Hours This Wednesday

    If you’re a startup, you’ve heard of TechCrunch’s Startup Alley and the Battlefield. It’s a big part of our TechCrunch Disrupt conference. Hundreds of startups from all over the world vie for a spot on the main stage or on our showroom floor, to be perused by investors, reporters, and general attendees. Oh, and TechCrunch TV cameras. Every year we want to make each… Read More

  • Festival Of Code Winners May Be The Startups Of The Future

    Festival Of Code Winners May Be The Startups Of The Future

    Startups start with talent, and the talent, as we all know, seems to get younger every year. But it wouldn’t happen if children themselves were not introduced to the word of technology and engineering early, and shown that it can be a fun, creative environment. For the last 6 years, a pioneer of this in the UK has been Young Rewired State, a non-profit founded by Emma Mulqueeny, which… Read More

  • December’s Disrupt London To Feature Delivery Hero And Wallapop

    December’s Disrupt London To Feature Delivery Hero And Wallapop

    We’re continuing to announce speakers for our TechCrunch Disrupt London conference on December 7-8, 2015. The conference will feature an amazing slate of global startups, investors, influential speakers, VIP guests and more.
    Niklas Östberg, Delivery Hero
    Niklas Östberg is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Delivery Hero. Niklas has been involved in the start-up scene since… Read More

  • SMB Lending Platform Iwoca Raises $20M To Expand In Europe

    SMB Lending Platform Iwoca Raises $20M To Expand In Europe

    Iwoca, one of the booming cluster of fintech startups coming out of London, has raised a $20 million series B round from the VC arm of Germany’s CommerzVentures, Acton Capital Partners, the Munich-based private equity and VC firm Redline Capital and other existing investors. The funding will be used to grow the lending platform’s European business. Iwoca offers flexible financing… Read More

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