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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  • RainBird Opens Beta To Build Knowledge Base Platform

    A startup with an intriguing API product has raised a small seed round of £330,000. RainBird is an API platform lets developers build knowledge bases or publish web sites based on those knowledge bases. The founders say it’s “a bit like GitHub is with source code repositories”. If you don’t want to pay for it, you are adding knowledge into the RainBird community for… Read More

  • ReplayLastGoal Instantly Tweets Video Of The Latest World Cup Goal

    ReplayLastGoal Instantly Tweets Video Of The Latest World Cup Goal

    We interrupt our normal programming to inform you of a handy new service for those of us still watching the World Cup in Brazil. @ReplayLastGoal is a Twitter bot that automatically tweets the video replay and animated GIF of the latest goal in the tournament. Handy right? There are plenty of ways to get the score fast – but this actually SHOWS you the goal. Awesome. The open source… Read More

  • AirBnB Tests Group Travel Discounts With London’s Citysocializer

    AirBnB Tests Group Travel Discounts With London’s Citysocializer

    AirBnB has signed a promotional deal with a UK social startup to offer ‘social group travel experiences’ to independent travellers. citysocializer is an app and web platform which, like Meetup, helps organise real-world social events for new groups of people in cities, by charging a monthly fee. They’ve secured a promotional tie-up with AirBnB which offers a £25 discount… Read More

  • New Lowdown Productivity App Wants To Take On Refresh And Tempo

    New Lowdown Productivity App Wants To Take On Refresh And Tempo

    Lowdown is a new startup now launching its app globally on the Apple App Store from today. It’s part of a new wave of ‘holistic’ apps that pull various services together to aid your productivity. It competes with refresh which does people search and some of the calendar aspects of Tempo, Sunrise and Magneto. So far the startup has raised £260,000 in seed funding from… Read More

  • Tiny Portable Scanner PocketScan Smashes Kickstarter Goal

    Tiny Portable Scanner PocketScan Smashes Kickstarter Goal

    A tiny portable scanner that connects wirelessly to phones, tablets and computers has significantly surpassed its goal on Kickstarter. After aiming for $50,000 stretch goal mark it’s hit $236,800 with 2,104 backers. It’s different because it uses photo stitching, so it’s far more versatile than normal scanner technology. PocketScan performs character recognition for 130… Read More

  • Lenka Might Be The Black-And-White Photographer’s Dream App

    Lenka Might Be The Black-And-White Photographer’s Dream App

    Photo apps have evolved from adding filtering, to being social, to smashing up the two. Instagram grew like a weed based on this philosophy. EyeEm has grown by making your feed of friends’ photos look so good, you know you just have to take great photos as well (there’s some clever algorithms at work there). Now a new app, designed by one of the world’s best photographers… Read More

  • Credit Rating Startup Kreditech Raises A $40M Series B Round

    Credit Rating Startup Kreditech Raises A $40M Series B Round

    Kreditech, the credit rating service for enterprise which offer micro-loans to costumers based on social and commerce data, has closed a $40 million Series B funding round, the largest ever for a German financial services technology company and one of the largest rounds in Germany in 2014. The lead investor is Värde Partners, a PE fund, which was joined by existing shareholder Blumberg… Read More

  • Yo App Hacked By College Students

    Yo App Hacked By College Students

    A Georgia Tech student, together with two of his roommates, claims to have hacked Yo, the Poke-like app that has set some (though not all) of Silicon Valley alight in the last 48 hours. [See update below: Yo has confirmed it has been hacked]. The student emailed TechCrunch detailing what he alleges are the results of the hack: “We can get any Yo user’s phone number (I actually… Read More

  • Meh


    It seemed so simple. So mindless. And yet, creating this has, for me, been a journey. A journey from the Poke to the Like, as I was saying only the other day to my co-founder, Roi. But today, I can reveal to you the new app I’m working on and am poised to leave TechCrunch for: Meh. Yes, Meh may leave you scratching your head. Or scratching something. But Meh is about sending other users… Read More

  • Kima Invests In Pakistan-Based Startup Behind Groopic Photo App

    The world just got that little bit smaller. The Pakistan-based startup behind Groopic, an iOs and Android app that ‘lets the photographer be in the picture’ has secured an investment from Kima Ventures. Kima is a seed stage capital firm with headquarters in Paris, France, and is known to invest at a high velocity. Eyedeus Labs, which made Groopic, is an alumni of Plan9, … Read More

  • With $25M Backing, Saltside Wants To Be The Craigslist For Emerging Markets

    With $25M Backing, Saltside Wants To Be The Craigslist For Emerging Markets

    The long road to making markets work starts with marketplaces. It’s no surprise therefore that simple classified advertising sites have been hits in emerging markets like Africa. From Howzit, to N-Soko, to even Craigslist Kenya, classified platforms have proliferated across Africa and Asia as basic internet access has spread. Most sites have grown organically, while others were created… Read More

  • Zoopla Shares Up After London IPO, Founder And Atlas Ventures Cash In

    Zoopla Shares Up After London IPO, Founder And Atlas Ventures Cash In

    The IPO on the London Stock Market yesterday of property portal Zoopla – effectively the Zillow of the UK – yesterday attracted blue-chip investors to its £900m / $1.53m floatation making founder Alex Chesterman £32m / $54m after selling his 3.5 per cent of stock. Zoopla is trading at £918.8m / $1.53m valuation. The other winner yesterday was major shareholder Atlas Ventures. Read More

  • Streethub Launches Its Click And Collect iOS App For London Boutiques

    Streethub Launches Its Click And Collect iOS App For London Boutiques

    Previewed last year, a new app hopes to entice people out of their homes to local stores in London, starting off with boutique fashion and gift stores. StreetHub’s iOS app lets shoppers either ‘click and collect’ directly from local stores, taking a rev-share on purchases or will delivery the item to their location inside 90 minutes. If this was in the US their closest… Read More

  • ForgeRock Raises $30M For Its Open Source Identity Platform For Enterprise

    ForgeRock, a company with European roots (UK and Nordics) but now global
    operations, has become a player in what has become known as – tortuously – “IRM” (identity relationship management). This is a jargony way of saying it tracks customers and the stuff they use and buy, but as you can imagine, this is becoming incredibly complex and the old ways of doing it re… Read More

  • Pulsar Launches New Social Analytics Tools After Raising $2.3M

    UK-based Pulsar, a social data analytics platform, today launched two new products, Pulsar FLOW and Pulsar TEAM. Pulsar FLOW is aimed at brands making the most of social channels. Pulsar TEAM, meanwhile, delivers social enterprise analytics by tracking and managing activity on companies’ internal collaboration platforms, such as Yammer. Read More

  • UK Startup Blippar Confirms It has Acquired AR Pioneer Layar

    UK Startup Blippar Confirms It has Acquired AR Pioneer Layar

    Augmented reality startup Blippar has confirmed it has acquired Layar, an AR pioneer that launched in 2009. Terms were undisclosed in a blog post on the company’s site today. We broke the news of the acquisition last week, but this announcement confirms our previous story. Read More

  • IDnow Scans Holograms In ID Cards To Verify Your Identity Online

    IDnow Scans Holograms In ID Cards To Verify Your Identity Online

    The ability to identify someone is one of the biggest issues of the modern world. It’s wrapped up in everything from your Facebook profile to your application for a new passport. And digital identity is core to this. In the US Jumio (funded by Andreeeseen Horowitz among others) offers automated ID verification via scanning the ID card, which just goes to show how important major… Read More

  • Ostrovok Raises New $12M Series C Round To Expand Outside Russia

    Ostrovok.ru, the Russian accommodation booking startup, has announced a $12 million financing round investment led by Vaizra Capital Russia, a fund backed by Vyacheslav Mirilashvili and Lev Leviev, co-founders of Vkontakte, Russia’s largest social network. The cash will be used to expand the service more internationally and develop the product. Previously, it had raised $38.6… Read More

  • SavingGlobal Raises €7.5M To Disrupt European Savings Deposit Market

    Due to a mostly bad economy, owners of savings deposits in Europe get dismally low interest rates. SavingGlobal launched, six months ago, is platform to enable German savers to access to the best fixed deposit rates in Europe, from the comfort of their browsers. But now it’s raised €7.5m in a round led by Index Ventures, which will be used to first grow the core German market and… Read More

  • Twitter’s Founding Engineer Launches Collaboration Platform, Poetica

    Twitter’s Founding Engineer Launches Collaboration Platform, Poetica

    The ability to collaborate on the draft of a document is actually fiendishly tedious online. Many people might be used to Microsoft Word ‘Track Changes’ (ugh) despite the fact it looks awful and takes some getting used to. Nor does Google Docs really create a collaboration experience that mere mortals can get into. Step in Poetica, a brand new startup co-founded by Blaine Cook… Read More

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