Mike Butcher

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  • IncuBus Accellerator On A Double Decker Bus

    IncuBus — The Tech Startup Incubator Based On A Double-Decker London Bus

    IncuBusLDN is literally an incubator and co-working space on wheels, based on a renovated, red ‘double decker’ London bus, parked close to the ‘Tech City’ tech startup cluster in East London. The bus features a ‘Confession Booth’ – a two person meeting booth, for video conferences; the top deck co-working space with a view; and fast broadband. Aiming… Read More

  • Tyba Pulls In Another $3.1M To Scale Up Its Graduate Recruitment Platform

    Tyba Pulls In Another $3.1M To Scale Up Its Graduate Recruitment Platform

    Tyba – a “junior recruitment market” aimed at allowing companies like tech startups to more efficiently hire university and college graduates – last year raised $1.3 million in an investment round led by Sunstone Capital. It’s now raised another $3.1 million, once again from Sunstone Capital and a new investor, the VC fund Impulse, which is part of the Kuwaiti… Read More

  • Prezi Secures $57M Growth Round From Spectrum And Accel, Passes 50M Users

    Prezi Secures $57M Growth Round From Spectrum And Accel, Passes 50M Users

    Prezi, the cloud presentation platform that has been gradually eating away at Microsoft’s Powerpoint market share for the last few years, is poised to become a far more mainstream product than some might have previously thought. It’s making two major announcements today. The first — announced today on stage at Slush in Helsinki — is that it has secured a $57 million… Read More

  • Music Hardware Maker ROLI Acquires JUCE, A Key Music Industry Framework

    Music Hardware Maker ROLI Acquires JUCE, A Key Music Industry Framework

    ROLI, which makes the innovative Seaboard Grand, a completely new type of keyboard musical instrument, has acquired JUCE, a long-time C++ framework which has, over the last few years, come to be used by most of the leading audio companies such as Korg, Pioneer, Arturia, Akai Professional, and M-Audio. Terms were not disclosed. The significance of this move may be lost on the average tech… Read More

  • Finexkap, Offering Working Capital to SMBs In France, Raises $22.5M

    Finexkap, Offering Working Capital to SMBs In France, Raises $22.5M

    Finexkap, a web platform offering working capital to small businesses in France, has now raised $22.5 million, comprising of a $7.5m Series A equity round and a further $15m, which will be used to finance the platform’s first flurry of deals. Finexkap is the first French working capital financing platform to purchase SMEs’ receivables on the web through refinancing The company… Read More

  • New Nokia Tablet

    Video: Nokia’s New Small Tablet, The N1, Is A Showcase For Its Z Launcher

    Nokia unveiled a new tablet at Slush today in Helsinki. The part of Nokia that did not get sold off to Microsoft launched the N1, a iPad-Mini-sized tablet, with a 7.9-inch screen, running Android Lollipop OS. As you can see from the video Nokia is really pushing its Android homescreen, the Z Launcher which allows you to scribble a letter on the screen to call up a specific app, and has… Read More

  • Two Minutes With TechCrunch! 3PM Today At The Entrance To #Slush14

    Two Minutes With TechCrunch! 3PM Today At The Entrance To #Slush14

    Given that there are 14,000 people at the Slush startup conference in Helsinki, making meetings with people is tough, so if you want to grab two minutes with a TechCrunch Editor (me) at the event, you can come and meet me at the entrance to the venue, just inside. I will just sit in one place and not move. I’ll be there 3pm to 4pm (maybe 5pm) today, so come and say hi and pitch your… Read More

  • 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

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