Mike Butcher

Mike Butcher

Mike Butcher is the Editor-At-Large of TechCrunch. Mike is also involved in a project to bring European technology entrepreneurs and investors together in a club environment called TechHub, in London initially.

A long time journalist, Mike has written for U.K. national newspapers and magazines including The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The New Statesman. He 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 he has launched numerous media web sites and 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 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 U.K., by the readers of Computer Weekly magazine. In 2009 it was named as one of the Top 10 blogs out of the U.K.

Also in 2009 he was named one of the Top 10 bloggers on Twitter in the U.K. In October 2009 he was named one of the Top 50 most influential Britons in technology by The Daily Telegraph. In April 2010 he was named as one of Britain's Top 100 ""digital power-brokers"" by Wired UK magazine. In November 2010 he was named as one of London's most influential people in New Media and ""king of dotcom commentators"" by The Evening Standard Newspaper. In February he was listed as one of the Top 100 most influential people on Twitter in the UK. He has spoken at the prestigious Monaco Media Forum and Le Web, among many other conferences. Mike is a regular commentator on the technology business, appearing on BBC News, Sky News, Channel 4, and Bloomberg.

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  • Obillex Secures £3M, Led by Dawn Capital, To Disrupt Small Biz Financing

    There are two big problems waiting to be solved in small business finance. Small businesses find it hard to access working capital at good rates. And lots of investors have capital lying around doing nothing, looking for somewhere to be deployed. Obillex is a new startup that, quite simply, matches up the two. Thus, ‘early payments finance’ startup Obillex has secured £3m in… Read More

  • Most People Prefer The iPhone 6, But The 6 Plus Is Selling OK, Says Analyst

    Most People Prefer The iPhone 6, But The 6 Plus Is Selling OK, Says Analyst

    Turns out you weren’t the only one that thought the new iPhone 6 Plus is just too big to carry around as a normal phone. A new study suggests [PDF] that the sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are largely driven by the 4.7-inch model. However, while forming less of the sales figures, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus has still captured a sizeable market share in Apple’s sales. On the flip… Read More

  • As Developers Depart, Google Glass Is Ready To Become This Era’s Segway

    As Developers Depart, Google Glass Is Ready To Become This Era’s Segway

    Just over 18 months ago Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said he found having to talk to Google Glass out loud “the weirdest thing” and admitted that there would be “places where Google Glass are inappropriate.” Well, hello! I think the average person could have told Google this long before they spent millions developing the thing, and as I wrote at the time, the product… Read More

  • Mind Candy Reports Losses As Moshi Fades And It Pins Hopes On Warriors

    Mind Candy Reports Losses As Moshi Fades And It Pins Hopes On Warriors

    As was widely predicted after Mind Candy’s Moshi Monsters smash-hit game failed to make the shift from Web to mobile in any meaningful way — apart from a few cursory apps — its financial results looked dismal. The company has announced that it lurched to a net loss of £2.2 million ($3.5 million) in 2013, after making an £8 million profit in 2012. Kids have clearly left… Read More

  • EyeFocus Accelerator Launches In Berlin

    EyeFocus Accelerator Launches In Berlin To Focus On Eye-care Startups

    A new startup accelerator launch in Berlin this week. But while there are accelerators dotted all over Berlin, this one will be ‘laser-focused’ on startups in the area of the human eye. The EyeFocus Accelerator claims to be world’s first accelerator focussed on eye-care. It plans to invest up to 20,000 Euros into startups that are helping prevent, cure, and live with… Read More

  • CubeSensors Now Sensing Sleep

    CubeSensors Will Now Monitor Your Sleeping Environment

    CubeSensors is a startup that makes small, pretty stylish, connected devices that monitor rooms, feeding back information about air quality, temperature, and other things. It was a star performer at our TechCrunch Hardware Battlefield during CES 2014. It’s now produced an update to its Cubes which monitors your bedroom environment to help you get a good night’s sleep. CubeSensors… Read More

  • Aeromobil Is A Flying Car With A Top Speed of 124 MPH… On Land

    Aeromobil Is A Flying Car With A Top Speed of 124 MPH… On Land

    At the recent 2014 Pioneers Festival in Vienna, we caught up with the founders of Aeromobil, Stefan Klein and Juraj Vaculik, who unveiled version 3.0 of their swing-wing, six-meter-long steel and carbon-fiber flying car. The Aeromobil, designed and built in Slovakia, has a flight range of 543 miles or 875 kilometres, or can drive with a top speed of up to 124 mph or 200 km/h. Pretty fast… Read More

  • BuzzMyVideos Closes $2.5M Series A Funding As Eyeballs Switch To Online Video

    BuzzMyVideos Closes $2.5M Series A Funding As Eyeballs Switch To Online Video

    We covered the launch of BuzzMyVideos, a new a content network which specialises in international online video content promotion, back in July. Video makers pay for the promotional tools, which have been created by two ex-YouTube leaders, who realised that over 80% of views on YouTube come from outside the U.S. and 70% of the predicted $163 billion digital ad spend in 2016 is also set to come… Read More

  • Pact Coffee Fuels the UK with Fair Trade

    Pact Aims To Take The Freshest Coffee Imaginable Direct To Your Door

    Starting in October 2012 in his kitchen, Stephen Rapoport, founder of Pact Coffee, decided to create a new kind of tech-driven coffee startup which could deliver the freshest coffee to people, and ween the British off of their famous obsession with instant coffee. That obsession was born out of rationing in World War II, to the point where out of the £1bn of coffee sold in the UK, £740m of it… Read More

  • Lisbon’s Codacy Wins The Web Summit Pitch Competition

    Lisbon’s Codacy Wins The Web Summit Pitch Competition

    Dublin’s Web Summit has accelerated into SXSW territory this year, scaling to over 22,000 attendees. Unlike other tech conferences, which put the startups centre stage, Web Summit has gone for scale, with side stages where 200 companies pitched over the three days of the conference. Portuguese company Codacy won the ‘BETA award’ for its platform, which automatically… Read More

  • Meet TechCrunch at #WebSummit In Dublin Today

    Meet TechCrunch at #WebSummit In Dublin Today

    Realising that trying to co-ordinate meetings with people at Web Summit in Dublin is an interesting logistical issue, I’ve decided to literally just sit in one place and not move. Thus, you can meet me just outside the Speaker Lounge, by the Centre Stage, just by “Speakers Registration” on the above map (marked with the orange bubble) . I’ll be there 1pm to 3pm today… Read More

  • GoCardless Debit Payments

    GoCardless Launches Enterprise Direct Debits, Secures The Guardian

    GoCardless is a Y Combinator alum which created a simple way for online businesses to set up and accept direct debit payments. Why is this important, I hear you ask? Well, out there in the rest of the world, recurring payments are almost always driven by direct debit transactions from bank accounts, a market which is not well developed in the US, but happens to be highly developed… Read More

  • Alert David Hockney — FiftyThree Opens Mix Platform, Updates App For Fine Drawing

    Alert David Hockney — FiftyThree Opens Mix Platform, Updates App For Fine Drawing

    FiftyThree, maker of the fine-art drawing app Paper and its accompanying iPad stylus ‘Pencil’ unveiled an online platform accessible within the app called Mix. This third phase of the company saw it entering the real of cloud collaboration, allowing its users to literally drawn, sketch and re-mix each-other’s creatives works. Today Mix stops being an invite-only platform and… Read More

  • Seen.co Secures $1.25M From Horizons Ventures And KEC To Capture Live Social Events

    Seen.co Secures $1.25M From Horizons Ventures And KEC To Capture Live Social Events

    As a graduate of The New York Times Company’s “timeSpace” accelerator, New York startup Seen has been plying its wares since 2012, when capturing real-time events via social media was still relatively new and chaotic. They pitched it as a space in between Twitter and Google News. A number of competitors have arisen to also have a go at this area. Rebelmouse came out the same… Read More

  • Matomy Media Acquires Austrian Mobile Ad Platform MobFox For $17.6M

    In a move to increase its mobile capabilities, Israel’s Matomy Media Group is to acquire Austrian mobile-advertising specialist MobFox for $17.6 million in cash and shares ($10.1 million in cash and $7.5 million respectively). Read More

  • The US Breeds The Most Unicorns, But The Rest Of The World Is Catching Up

    The US Breeds The Most Unicorns, But The Rest Of The World Is Catching Up

    Most startups that achieved a $1 billion valuation in the past decade came from outside Silicon Valley, according to research from London-based VC Atomico, the VC fund created by by Skype co-founder Niklas Zennström. Atomico looked at 136 companies that reached the billion-dollar mark after an IPO, sale or publicly-declared funding round over the past 10 years. It found 61% of these… Read More

  • UK Startups Failing To Explain Equity To Employees

    UK Startups Failing To Explain Equity To Employees

    Earlier this year TechCrunch promoted a “2014 Startup Salary Survey”, created by a number of credible players in the UK startup community. Enternships; Seedcamp; ICE; and Gordon & Eden came together to try to bring some clear data and transparency to the UK’s startup scene in terms of salaries, including data around the proliferation of share options amongst staff… Read More

  • United Ventures Closes Fund At $80M, Plans To Take Italian Talent Global

    United Ventures Closes Fund At $80M, Plans To Take Italian Talent Global

    Last year two Italian VC firms and an institutional player combined to from United Ventures, based out of Milan. They closed a first round of funding at €30 million ($39M) but aimed for €50 million. It was a welcome move as the Italian tech scene has formerly languished through lack of funds, despite a growing entrepreneurial and startup scene, as we’ve seen in the last few years… Read More

  • The Media Nuke That Is TechCrunch Disrupt

    The Media Nuke That Is TechCrunch Disrupt

    I told you so. For the last few months in the run-up to TechCrunch Disrupt in London last week, I’d been telling everyone I knew in Europe that what we were bringing would be a different type of event to this global city. The first aspect of this was that, unlike 99% of conferences out there, no-one appearing on stage at Disrupt remains unchallenged about what they say. We rack up… Read More

  • Octopus Ventures De-Cloaks — Reveals Its ‘Evergreen’ £60m Early Stage Fund

    Octopus Ventures De-Cloaks — Reveals Its ‘Evergreen’ £60m Early Stage Fund

    Octopus Ventures (CrunchBase listing) has become one of the most active early stage investors in the UK, backing many early individuals and businesses which went on to greater heights. These include backing Alex Chesterman all the way from Screen Select to LOVEFiLM and then from the early stages of Zoopla through to IPO. Another example is William Reeve, also from Screen Select and the… Read More

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