Mike Butcher

Mike Butcher is Editor-at-large of TechCrunch Europe. In addition, he is involved in a project to bring European technology entrepreneurs and investors together in a club environment called TechHub (@TechHub), in London initially. A long time journalist, Mike has written for UK 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 or re-launched numerous media websites 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 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 he 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. In April 2010 he was named as one of Britain’s Top 100 “digital power-brokers” by Wired UK magazine. Mike is a regular commentator on the technology business, appearing on BBC News, Sky News, Channel 4 and Bloomberg. Mike’s personal blog is mbites, while he Twitters as @mikebutcher.

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  • Highsnobiety secures $8.5M from Felix Capital to woo millennial males

    Highsnobiety secures $8.5M from Felix Capital to woo millennial males

    Highsnobiety has come a long way. What began as a sneaker passion blog in 2005 now attracts upwards of 9 million visitors monthly to its site containing news and analysis of high fashion, streetwear and culture. The site has attracted a highly influential audience of young, educated and affluent, mainly millennial male, readers. These are the hard-to-reach people even for social media, at… Read More

  • Hey Crypto Valley! Come to the TechCrunch Zug Meetup, January 29th

    Hey Crypto Valley! Come to the TechCrunch Zug Meetup, January 29th

    I guess it had to happen sooner or later. TechCrunch has decided to get to the bottom of the Crypto and Blockchain boom by heading to one of its main geographical centers. Since welcoming the regulation of Initial Coin Offerings with open arms, Zug, the Swiss Canton just outside of Zurich, has come to be known as “Crypto Valley”. So… that’s where you’ll find a team… Read More

  • TechCrunch is back in Berlin January 15th

    TechCrunch is back in Berlin January 15th

    We just could not stay away! In December, TechCrunch held Disrupt at the Berlin Arena. We were wowed by the Berlin startup scene and just couldn’t get enough. In fact, Germany’s own Blik became the 2017 runner-up of Startup Battlefield Berlin. Well now we are back, and we want to meet more of your startups. TechCrunch is holding an informal Startup Battlefield meet and greet… Read More

  • Telegram plans multi-billion dollar ICO for chat cryptocurrency

    Telegram plans multi-billion dollar ICO for chat cryptocurrency

    Encrypted messaging startup Telegram plans to launch its own blockchain platform and native cryptocurrency, powering payments on its chat app and beyond. According to multiple sources which have spoken to TechCrunch, the “Telegram Open Network” (TON) will be a new, ‘third generation’ blockchain with superior capabilities, after Bitcoin and, later, Ethereum paved the… Read More

  • GardenSpace robot takes the heavy-lifting out of gardening, and puts the fun back in

    A lot of people dream about growing their own vegetable garden at home, but just don’t have the time to maintain one. You’ve got to know how much each plant needs watering, how to space them out and how to keep pests out. For non-experts it’s a daunting prospect. That’s where a new robot launched out of Australia on Kickstarter could be of service. GardenSpace is a… Read More

  • Flintu’s SideKick is an everyday carry which could save you and your smartphone

    As Australia’s startup ecosystem experiences a resurgence, its hardware startups are getting in on the act. Despite Sydney being around the same flight time from Shenzhen (in China, the hardware capital of the world), as San Francisco, it’s handily in the same time zone. This means Australia’s hardware startups are leveraging that advantage more and more – and… Read More

  • Berlin-based yoga startup Asana Rebel raises $6.5M led by e.ventures, La Famiglia

    Berlin-based yoga startup Asana Rebel raises $6.5M led by e.ventures, La Famiglia

    Today, Yoga is known worldwide as an attractive way of staying healthy and fit. However, there remains a psychological barrier for many people confused by what style of yoga they want to do (Kundalini, Vinyasa, Bikram, …?) and how it matches with their aims, (back pain, flexibility, lose weight etc). The market is also dominated by many small Yoga studios which vary in quality. Surely… Read More

  • SingularityNET’s Ben Goertzel has a grand vision for the future of AI

    SingularityNET’s Ben Goertzel has a grand vision for the future of AI

    SingularityNET — an ambitious project to create a decentralized marketplace for AI — has raised a lot of money in its token sale. In around 60 seconds after opening the sale to the public, it sold out of the whole amount of available tokens (the AGI token), bringing the total raised to $36 million. However, in this day and age, a startup raising a lot of money in an ICO is not… Read More

  • The rise of the crypto accelerators

    The rise of the crypto accelerators

    As cryptocurrency fever grips the tech world, and blockchain technologies gradually become more viable, there is a new wave of accelerators and incubators appearing to service this growing ecosystem. Some are covering funding and services, some are about services only. It’s fair to assume, however, that some kinds of cryptocurrency will be changing hands, of course, not to mention the… Read More

  • Fiit secures $3.2M seed investment to let you work out with your friends, live

    Fiit secures $3.2M seed investment to let you work out with your friends, live

    Want to work out with your friends but you’re all busy and in different parts of the city or even country? Surely you could do this in 2017? Maybe with a Hololens… Turns out one of the few capable of creating this ideal user experience is Peloton, which is now on its Series E funding and has raised as much as $444 million. But that is focused on cycling and, well, let’s face… Read More

  • Pied Piper’s decentralized internet is planned for Dubai, courtesy of startup Moeco

    Pied Piper’s decentralized internet is planned for Dubai, courtesy of startup Moeco

    We’re slowly moving from the Big Data era to the “OMG HOW MUCH DATA?!,” to use the technical term. But, all joking aside, it’s getting bigger, or worse, depending on your point of view. By some estimates over 2.5 Quintillion (yes, that’s a thing) bytes of data are now generated by us daily and this is increasing exponentially monthly. Of course, most of that data… Read More

  • Aiming to be the LinkedIn for creatives, The Dots raises £4m

    Aiming to be the LinkedIn for creatives, The Dots raises £4m

    Professional social networks like LinkedIn have long been a mainstay of business, but what if you are more of a creative bent where LinkedIn looks pretty stuffy? In the US, Behance, a network for creatives previously raised $6.5 million and now the general idea has moved across the pond in the shape of The Dots. Aimed at the so-called ‘No Collar’ professionals (creatives in… Read More

  • Berlin’s Joblift raises €10M to attack legacy sites, in a round led by DN Capital

    Berlin’s Joblift raises €10M to attack legacy sites, in a round led by DN Capital

    Joblift, a European job site in the UK, Germany, France and the Netherlands, has raised €10 million in a funding round led by the London/Berlin VC DN Capital. The round was joined by Picus Capital and existing investors Cherry Ventures, btov and TruVenturo. The fundraising brings the total raised by two-year old Joblift to €12m. The Berlin-based startup aggregates jobs data from multiple… Read More

  • Prisma adds to its armoury, integrating GagBot’s AI meme-generator

    Prisma adds to its armoury, integrating GagBot’s AI meme-generator

    Ever get stuck for that perfect gag-line on a photo of your friends? You want to turn even an ordinary photo into an internet meme, but maybe you just can’t think of that hilarious caption? Well, now you too can outsource your creative brain to the coming Artificial Intelligence overlords. Yes, indeed there is an app for that. Now Prisma — the photo-editing application that utilizes… Read More

  • Asset management startups using blockchain get their own trade body: MAMA

    Asset management startups using blockchain get their own trade body: MAMA

    An international consortium of leading asset management companies, investors, technology and service providers in the Blockchain ecosystem have formed a new industry organisation (if you consider blockchain tech to be an industry…) to “work towards a new vision for asset management using blockchain and other supporting decentralized technologies.” In other words, the asset… Read More

  • Episode 1 rolls out new $81M seed-to-Series A fund, despite Brexit headwinds

    Episode 1 rolls out new $81M seed-to-Series A fund, despite Brexit headwinds

    Episode 1 has been a stalwart of the early-stage funding scene in London for the last few years, investing in successful startups like Carwow, Triptease and AimBrain. It’s now closed its second U.K. “seed-to-Series A” fund, which generally aims to lead rounds of £500,000 to £2 million. The fund is a £60 million ($81 million) Enterprise Capital Fund (ECF). Read More

  • Cambrian is the new kid on the block-chain investment scene

    Cambrian is the new kid on the block-chain investment scene

    Blockchain investment firms are the ‘new new thing’ in the investment world, not least European companies like kryptonite1 and neufund which are both appearing at TechCrunch Disrupt in Berlin next week. If the internet came along in the 90s to move information assets around, blockchain technologies present potential for a variety of assets, with the potential to disrupt the… Read More

  • Two giant European VCs want founders to give more equity to employees

    Two giant European VCs want founders to give more equity to employees

    European VCs are getting tired, and who can blame them. Europe’s startup industry has boomed in the last ten years, and no-one can say it isn’t a world away from what it was in previous decades. However, European founders are consistently getting it wrong in how they allocate options and equity to staff. This is have a few major effects. It’s stopping startups from attracting… Read More

  • The Nordic Web launches an Angel fund to find the region’s under-the-radar startups

    The Nordic Web launches an Angel fund to find the region’s under-the-radar startups

    The Nordic Web, a research and analysis company which specialises in covering data on tech companies emerging out of the Nordic region, has started a new Angel fund. The fund will invest across Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Founder Neil Murray says ‘The Nordic Web Angel Fund’ plans to invest in 10-15 Nordic startups over the next 12 months. He claims this would make… Read More

  • Here’s the schedule of our incredible breakout sessions at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin

    Here’s the schedule of our incredible breakout sessions at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin

    At Disrupt Berlin, we have a special treat for attendees who want to engage with our main stage speakers and other experts on the big topics in the tech and startup world. We call these Off the Record sessions (OTRs). Although technically not ‘off the record,’ they are a great opportunity to ask our speakers questions, as well as listen to the experts and a moderator talk in more… Read More

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