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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  • Enterprise File-sharer Egnyte Opens London HQ To Meet Euro Security Demand

    Enterprise File-sharer Egnyte Opens London HQ To Meet Euro Security Demand

    Egnyte, the Valley firm specialising in an enterprise file-sharing platform, has expanded in Europe, opening a London HQ. This will compliment its existing Amsterdam data center and design office in Poland. It aims to hire 100 new staff in London over the next 5 years. The company says there is growing customer demand for enterprise-grade file sharing which also addresses data security concerns. Read More

  • Landbay Brings The P2P Finance Model To Buy-To-Let In The UK

    Landbay Brings The P2P Finance Model To Buy-To-Let In The UK

    P2P lenders have sprung up in recent years online. Zopa in the UK pioneered the model, and has raised significant funding. And the P2P finance model has even spread to insurance. Now the model is spreading again, in a rather specific vertical. In the UK, property is no longer mere property. It has morphed into a form of money. This has seen an explosion in the ‘buy to let’ boom… Read More

  • TapTalk Is A New Video Messaging App That Adds Location

    TapTalk Is A New Video Messaging App That Adds Location

    My TechCrunch colleague Natasha Lomas recently argued – quite convincingly – that startups should stop trying to make proximity-based social networking “happen” — that most attempts had failed, and even ongoing ventures like Foursquare have had to tone down the idea. And yet these apps still keep appearing. And who can blame them — we might as well do… Read More

  • Prezi Puts On 10M Users Inside 5 Months, Hits 40M

    Prezi Puts On 10M Users Inside 5 Months, Hits 40M

    The news today that Dropbox has now hit 275 million users (far higher than the 200 million users it had in November 2013) is further proof that SAAS startups are now fully disrupting the old world. Similarly, old presentation software (hello PowerPoint!) is experiencing something of a gradual encroachment of cloud platforms, as today Prezi announces its hit 40 million users. This is up from the… Read More

  • Language Learning Giant Busuu Signs Pearson Deal To Disrupt TEFL Market

    Language Learning Giant Busuu Signs Pearson Deal To Disrupt TEFL Market

    busuu — the world’s largest social network for language learning at 40 million users — has signed a distribution partnership with Pearson English, a newly formed business unit of the world’s largest education company, Pearson PLC. The deal will be exclusive for the next 4 months, after which Pearson will be free to sign similar deals with other partners, should it choose… Read More

  • Casengo Raises $2M To Accelerate One-Inbox Approach To Customer Service

    Casengo Raises $2M To Accelerate One-Inbox Approach To Customer Service

    Casengo is a cloud platform for customer support aimed at online retailers and other small businesses to respond to customer questions faster. It does this by creating one inbox for customer chats, emails and social media posts. In theory, this speeds up response times, especially when customer teams are scrambling around trying to deal with the same single enquiry coming in via different… Read More

  • Veteran Euro Tech Exec Kate Burns Shifts To SHIFT To Help Its Expansion

    Veteran Euro Tech Exec Kate Burns Shifts To SHIFT To Help Its Expansion

    Last time we checked in with Kate Burns, the former Director of Google UK and AOL EU, she’d been hired by Drawbridge, a cross-device ad targeting startup backed by Kleiner Perkins and Sequoia. Now one of Europe’s most experienced ‘scaling up’ executives has literally shifted over to SHIFT to head its European expansion and focus on driving global adoption for its… Read More

  • CareerFoundry Wants To Be The Next General Assembly For Tech Skills

    CareerFoundry Wants To Be The Next General Assembly For Tech Skills

    General Assembly was one of the first in the tech space to get that high quality brand name for technology education. But although the company – which won significant backing – has been building out online tools and resources, most of its business remains offline in the real world. Now a startup out of Berlin hopes to repeat GA’s success but using online-only tools, starting… Read More

  • New Transportation And Energy Accelerator To Run In Berlin And SF

    Startupbootcamp, which has spread a network of accelerators across Europe is creating a new “cross-continental” program connecting Berlin and San Francisco based on “smart transportation” and energy. Global partners include Bosch, Castrol innoVentures, Cisco, Daimler, EnBW and HERE. The idea is to accelerate startups working in the areas of Smart Mobility and… Read More

  • MirrorWeb Comes Up With A Simple Site Uptime Solution For SMEs

    MirrorWeb is a new startup offering a slightly different take on website uptime. While the main competitors such as DNS Hat simply add hardware and server loading to keep sites up if they go down, MirrorWeb does what it says on the tin: mirrors a site during maintenance or problems with a carbon copy. It’s now launched with multiple currencies, including dollar pricing. You log in, type… Read More

  • Innovative Crowdsource Insurance Startup Friendsurance Raises New Cash

    Peer-to-peer insurance startup Friendsurance has announced two new investors: the Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-Shing and his technology focused Horizons Ventures, plus VantageFund from Australia. The funding round was undisclosed but we understand the round is in the ‘millions of Euros’. The company already has funding from private investors including e.ventures. Read More

  • Photo Startup EyeEm Tempts Flickr’s Head Of Product To Berlin

    Photo Startup EyeEm Tempts Flickr’s Head Of Product To Berlin

    EyeEm — the photo platform that is on something of a tear lately having done a deal with Getty after raising another $6M last year — has tempted Flickr’s former head of product across the Atlantic to join them in Berlin. Markus Spiering will focus on product development and building on EyeEm’s expansion into the U.S. He was at Flickr from 2011, but this is a big loss… Read More

  • Just Eat IPO Values It At $2.44BN, Company First To Test LSE’s New Tech-Friendly Market

    Just Eat IPO Values It At $2.44BN, Company First To Test LSE’s New Tech-Friendly Market

    In the biggest UK technology IPO in the last eight years, Just Eat, the online takeaway service, debuted on the London Stock Exchange today. The market valued the company at £1.47 billion ($2.44 billion), at 260 pence per share. This is top of the pricing range the company was after in January and puts its value at over 100 times its EDIITDA and 15 times sales. The float comes as US… Read More

  • Somo Sets Out On A 37Signals Path, Secures $5.5M from MMC Ventures

    Somo Sets Out On A 37Signals Path, Secures $5.5M from MMC Ventures

    Somo, the UK’s largest independent mobile marketing agency, made its name in the tech world for developing the front end iOS interface for Summly, the startup app acquired by Yahoo for $30 million and which ended up as the Yahoo News digest app. But Somo is not stopping there. Last year it started the process of raising capital from London-based VC MMC Ventures for a suite of… Read More

  • Why Balderton Capital’s New Early Stage Fund Is A Trend In Europe

    Why Balderton Capital’s New Early Stage Fund Is A Trend In Europe

    Balderton Capital has raised a $305 million Series A fund focused on Europe. It’s a fascinating move and shows that European VCs are now finally convincing Limited Partners to invest in the sector, in a big way. Other VCs with older funds, built for a different era, will now look on with some interest. They will not be able to be as fleet of foot as this ‘smaller’ fund, and… Read More

  • Balderton Capital Raises $305M Series A Fund Focusing Exclusively On Europe

    Balderton Capital Raises $305M Series A Fund Focusing Exclusively On Europe

    Balderton Capital, the European VC investor behind MySQL, NaturalMotion and Yoox, has raised $305 million for its fifth European fund. As has been hinted at previously, the focus of the new fund will be on Series A investments in European tech startups. Other investments in other regions such as the US or Russia will be scaled back to focus exclusively on Europe. The total value of the… Read More

  • Crimea Launches New ‘Sevastopol Tech City’ To Attract Startups

    Crimea Launches New ‘Sevastopol Tech City’ To Attract Startups

    Despite recent upheavals, the new Crimea government has wasted no time in setting up an new inward investment programme to attract tech startups to the region. In an exclusive interview with TechCrunch, it’s newly appointed “startup evangelist” Vladimir Putinitov, said: “Crimea now intends to become the Delaware of Eurasia combined with Silicon Valley’s innovation. Read More

  • Content Marketplace ScreenHits Closes $1.2M Angel Funding

    UK-based ScreenHits, a marketplace for global content acquisition and ‘viewer feedback’, has closed a $1.2 million first round of funding. Investors include high net worth Angel investors, such as Rory Fleming, Lord Reay, and Flemming Lund among others, employing the SEIS and EIS funding schemes in the UK. The money will be used to focus on product, business development and… Read More

  • Russian Square Clone 2can Raises $5M To Scale Up

    Russian Square Clone 2can Raises $5M To Scale Up

    Russian mobile payments startups 2can similar in operation to Square and iZettle (accepts payments from Visa and MasterCard cards through a mobile card reader connected to a smartphone) has raised a $5 million Series B round of funding led by InVenture Partners with participation by Almaz Capital Partners and ESN Group. The cash will be used to integrate with leading Russian banks and… Read More

  • Bizzby Raises $10M From Hedge Fund To Take On TaskRabbit-Style Services In UK

    Bizzby Raises $10M From Hedge Fund To Take On TaskRabbit-Style Services In UK

    On-demand services marketplace Bizzby has raised $10 million, and claims to have reached 40,000 users its first three months of operation this year with a smartphone app resembling TaskRabbit-style services, but aimed specifically at professional tradespeople. The investors was undisclosed but sources say the investor is a US-based Hedge Fund with over $25B under management. Bizzby offers… Read More