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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  • Cronycle raises $2.6m for its ‘news-meets-collaboration’ platform

    Cronycle raises $2.6m for its ‘news-meets-collaboration’ platform

    You’re an analyst or business person who needs to constantly monitor important topics relevant to your sector and constantly switching between multiple apps, news sources, social media and platforms to do that. It’s pretty daunting and time-consuming. You also need to collaborate with a team on all that incoming information. Do you cut and paste into Slack or something? Read More

  • MoreUnited.UK will use tech to shake-up UK politics — and stop extremists

    MoreUnited.UK will use tech to shake-up UK politics — and stop extremists

    Crowd-funding is almost an old-fashioned concept in the tech world these days, but it’s still having a relatively new and significant impact in the world of politics. A brand new initiative is now taking the UK by storm and plans to use tech to shake up the UK’s political system in the wake of the chaos of the Brexit vote. Kicked-off by former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown… Read More

  • Super-fast small biz mobile banking service Tide raises $2M seed round

    Super-fast small biz mobile banking service Tide raises $2M seed round

    The race to create a new, 21st Century form of bank continues. In Europe, Holvi (coming out of Finland) was desktop-first and hasn’t come to the UK. It also hasn’t been focussed on being a hub for third party services, so therefore behaving more like a platform. In the US there is Seed.co (a YCombinator startup) but they haven’t launched internationally yet. So with the… Read More

  • Skycure lands $16.5M Series B round for mobile cybersecurity platform

    Skycure lands $16.5M Series B round for mobile cybersecurity platform

    Sitting in a Tel Aviv office, my interviewee borrowed my iPhone for a simple demo. Inside two minutes, he was displaying my key strokes and web browsing onto a big screen in the meeting room, entirely remotely. I’d heard Israel was a hotbed of security startups — but this was a pretty impressive demo. Now that startup, Skycure, has secured a $16.5 million funding round for its… Read More

  • Health startup Lifesum raises $10M round led by Nokia Growth Partners

    Health startup Lifesum raises $10M round led by Nokia Growth Partners

    What do you get if you combine the broad trends of smartphones, wearables, Internet of Things, an individual desire for control and healthcare costs for society? You get VCs investing in health-tech startups, that’s what. And the latest evidence of this is Stockholm-based Lifesum raising a $10 million funding round led by Nokia Growth Partners (NGP), with Draper Esprit, Bauer Media Group… Read More

  • The Brexit hangover has left UK startups drained — Are the brains next?

    The Brexit hangover has left UK startups drained — Are the brains next?

    As the UK referendum result dropped in that fateful Friday morning, the tech startup world didn’t immediately grind to a halt. Websites kept loading. Apps kept opening. But what left UK technology entrepreneurs aghast was not just that Britain had chosen to leave the European Union after 40 years, but that all those years of trying compete with the giants of Silicon Valley would now… Read More

  • Here are the startups pitching at TechCrunch’s Berlin Meet Up + Pitch Off

    Here are the startups pitching at TechCrunch’s Berlin Meet Up + Pitch Off

    TechCrunch’s Berlin Meet Up + Pitch Off is just next week! But don’t worry, there’s still time to bag a ticket to the event — just follow this link. Tickets cost €10, and there will be beer. The Meet Up will take place on July 14 — from 6pm to 10pm — at Berlin’s Glashaus. Meet the startups pitching: Read More

  • Family-photo-sharing platform Togethera shutters after low growth numbers

    Family-photo-sharing platform Togethera shutters after low growth numbers

    London-based Togethera, a startup that allowed families to share photo albums privately, is to shutter after failing to raise beyond its initial £250,000 seed round from 2014. The startup managed to garner 65,000 users for its web/mobile platform for private photos. But it would appear the audience is continuing to use other platforms, such as Apple albums or Facebook, and it struggled to… Read More

  • Vivatech concentrates France’s booming tech scene, and its minds

    Vivatech concentrates France’s booming tech scene, and its minds

    Something big happened in France over the last five years. Perhaps it was the economic crisis that added some much-needed shock-therapy. Perhaps it was an increasing friendliness toward tech entrepreneurship by the government. Indeed, yesterday the government passed a seismic new bill — the so-called “Digital Republic” bill — allowing far greater access to public data… Read More

  • Google, McKinsey and Rocket Internet launch search for Europe’s best

    In an effort to shed more light onto the European startup scene, Google, McKinsey and Rocket Internet have collaborated to set up a new awards show for startups. It joins The Europas, the European Tech Startups Awards which have been going since 2009, which TechCrunch partners with. The Digital Top 50 Awards will highlight Start-ups and “Scale-ups” from EU and EFTA countries… Read More

  • Goodbye accountants! Startup builds AI to automate all your accounting

    Goodbye accountants! Startup builds AI to automate all your accounting

    Smacc, which uses AI to automate accounting, has secured a $3.5 million Series A round from Cherry Ventures, Rocket Internet, Dieter von Holtzbrinck Ventures, Grazia Equity and business angels. Smacc offers small and medium-sized enterprises a platform to digitize and automate accounting and financial processes. Read More

  • The ZENTA wrist-wearable tracks your mental health, not just physical

    The ZENTA wrist-wearable tracks your mental health, not just physical

    Physical wellbeing has been the focus of most wearables to date. Products such as the Apple Watch, Microsoft Band, FitBit and Jawbone all track things like movement, heartbeat etc. At the same time some startups are appearing which try to track mental states. But these are usually head bands which make you like an updated 21st Century Hippie. The new ZENTA wrist-wearable takes a different… Read More

  • The Europas Awards 2016 honored the best tech startups in Europe

    The Europas Awards 2016 honored the best tech startups in Europe

    This week The Europas Startup Conference and Awards — the new type of tech event devised in partnership with TechCrunch and myself — honored The Best Tech Startups in Europe. You can check out all the pictures here and follow the coverage on Twitter. An annual celebration of Europe’s brightest and best tech companies, The Europas Conference and Awards for European Tech… Read More

  • Shimon Peres to speak at the TechCrunch Tel Aviv Meetup and Pitch-Off

    Shimon Peres to speak at the TechCrunch Tel Aviv Meetup and Pitch-Off

    Shimon Peres, the ninth President of the State of Israel, will address the TechCrunch Tel Aviv Meetup and Pitch-Off next week. Peres has famously extolled the benefits of technology and innovation to Israel, both as president and after he left political office. He once said: “In Israel, a land lacking in natural resources, we learned to appreciate our greatest national advantage: our minds. Read More

  • At Founders Forum — Policy, pitches and Prince William

    At Founders Forum — Policy, pitches and Prince William

    Today Prince William exhorted tech leaders to do something about cyber-bullying at the Founders Forum conference in London. Representatives from Google, Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat listened to the speech, but some of the biggest tech firms have already joined the Prince’s taskforce on the issue which will be chaired by Brent Hoberman, former founder of Lastminute.com and more recently… Read More

  • Arthro Therapeutics wins the TechCrunch Stockholm Pitch-Off

    Arthro Therapeutics wins the TechCrunch Stockholm Pitch-Off

    Over 500 people turned out to the TechCrunch Meetup + Pitch-Off in Stockholm last night, at a venue over-looking one of the most beautiful views in the world: The Stockholm city hall and bay. It’s a tough life! Some 10 startups participated in the pitch-off competition in front of a panel of esteemed VC judges and TechCrunch editors. These included Marta Sjögren, Northzone; Sean… Read More

  • Are you ready for Pitch Roulette at The Europas?

    Are you ready for Pitch Roulette at The Europas?

    At The Europas Startup Conference and Awards — the new type of tech conference devised in partnership with TechCrunch — we will have a number of amazing speakers many of whom are VCs or Angels. But we don’t go in for big formal pitch sessions. Why is that? For one thing, it’s a much smaller, curated conference, where there are lots of breakout discussion groups. That… Read More

  • YC’s Instabug raises $1.7M Seed round led by Accel to grow beyond bugs

    YC’s Instabug raises $1.7M Seed round led by Accel to grow beyond bugs

    I came across Instabug when I was in Cairo in 2013. Little did I know that this plucky startup, born in the Arab Spring, would eventually make it through Y Combinator’s Winter 2016 class. Now they have gone on to raise $1.7M in a Seed round led by Accel Partners to expand beyond their original aim of mobile app bug reporting. Other prominent angel investors in the team include Amr… Read More

  • These are the startups pitching at TechCrunch Stockholm, June 7

    These are the startups pitching at TechCrunch Stockholm, June 7

    We’re delighted to announce the startups pitching at the TechCrunch Stockholm Meetup + Pitch-Off . The winner of the pitch will get a booth in Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt in London. Second and third places will respectively get two tickets and one ticket for the big show. If you want to attend the event, you can still grab a ticket. Event Info Date: June 7
    Time: 6-10pm
    Venue… Read More

  • Ken Segall, Dave McClure, Julia Hartz at The Europas

    Ken Segall, Dave McClure, Julia Hartz at The Europas

    With less than 2 weeks to go to this year’s The Europas Startup Conference and Awards — the new type of tech conference devised in partnership with TechCrunch — I’m delighted to announce the full speaker line up for the day. In addition, the public vote on the shortlist across 27 categories ends today[ Voting has now ended]. I’m thrilled to announce that Ken… Read More

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