Mike Butcher

Mike Butcher is currently Editor 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 web sites 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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  • Car celebrity Richard Hammond talks about launching the DriveTribe startup

    DriveTribe, the content startup aimed at motoring enthusiasts, was launched last year by former Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May as a new approach to the realm of online community. It was a natural move to leverage their global fame into a new project — but DriveTribe isn’t just another website about cars. Read More

  • In 2016 Lisbon fired-up its startup engines — 2017 will hear them roar

    In 2016 Lisbon fired-up its startup engines — 2017 will hear them roar

    In the first of a new series focusing on city eco-systems, TechCrunch Editor-at-large Mike Butcher gets under the skin of one of Europe’s hottest startup cities. Being thrown into the fire of an economic recession made for a much more dynamic culture that many observers had typically come to expect from a southern European country. When the country had to turn to the European Union for… Read More

  • Gamed-learning app Smartup raises $5.5M from Notion Capital, Hong Leong

    Gamed-learning app Smartup raises $5.5M from Notion Capital, Hong Leong

    Back in 2015 we were intrigued by the launch of a brand new take on online learning. It was driven by mobile and also ‘gamed’ users into learning. That was the idea behind SmartUp.io, a mobile app which had a points-based game which would incentivize learning. It’s early implementation was clunky to say the least, and content-lite. But that hasn’t held them… Read More

  • The Nimb aims to be a smart personal security platform, not just a cool ring

    If you ever find yourself in danger, trying to whip out your phone, switch it on and open the Phone or Message app is just far too slow, especially when time is of the essence. So the makers of a new device had an idea: place an emergency panic button on the inside of a ring, which is connected to an app on your phone: press the button and help comes running. Read More

  • Pitch TechCrunch during Mobile World Congress at our Meetup on Feb 28

    Pitch TechCrunch during Mobile World Congress at our Meetup on Feb 28

    Hey Barcelona! Here’s a reminder! TechCrunch is holding a Mini-Meetup during Mobile World Congress, on Tuesday Feb. 28. We will hold a “Pitch-Off” of startups at the event. Grab tickets here. You can apply to pitch your Barcelona-based startup here. We’ll select approximately 10 great Barcelona-based startups to explain to our panel of VCs and TechCrunch editors in… Read More

  • UK’s Hellocar secures £1M to to disrupt UK car buying market

    UK’s Hellocar secures £1M to to disrupt UK car buying market

    Hellocar, a new car buying website out of the UK, has secured a £1m investment round. The round was led by JamJar Investments, the Innocent Drinks founders’ venture capital fund, and Alex Chesterman, founder and CEO of Zoopla Property Group. Henry Lane Fox, part of the founding team behind lastminute.com and CEO of Founders Factory, will join the Hellocar board as a Director. The… Read More

  • Cinemood secures $2.5M for its mini-projector with kid-friendly content built in

    Cinemood secures $2.5M for its mini-projector with kid-friendly content built in

    While creating content for kids on tablets has been largely the preserve of smash games like Clash of Clans, there is more than one way to skin a cat, and another way may be to wrap it in hardware. That’s the thinking behind the Cinemood, an appealing, portable mini-cinema projector which comes bundled with content, and number of other features, for young kids. It’s now raised… Read More

  • TechCrunch Meetup and Pitch-Off during Mobile World Congress, Feb 28

    TechCrunch Meetup and Pitch-Off during Mobile World Congress, Feb 28

    TechCrunch is holding a Mini-Meetup during Mobile World Congress, on Tuesday Feb. 28. We will hold a “Pitch-Off” of startups at the event. Grab tickets here. You can apply to pitch your Barcelona-based startup here. We’ll select approximately 10 great Barcelona-based startups to explain to our panel of VCs and TechCrunch editors in 60 seconds or less why their startup is awesome. Read More

  • Matterfund aims to be AngelList-meets-CrunchBase for education development

    Matterfund aims to be AngelList-meets-CrunchBase for education development

    At the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, one of the big topics of conversation was education. Despite billions poured into programmes in developing countries to educate booming populations, the budgets are just scratching the surface. UNESCO estimates that the world would have to increase education development spending to $39 billion a year, or about three times current levels, if it was… Read More

  • Smart SMB bank Tide comes out of the gate with bags of features

    Many startups in FinTech are attempting to disrupt the banking world with consumer-focused apps, but the real prize and the most lucrative is going to be in the small business space. Especially since Main Street / High Street banks don’t really care enough about small businesses as they are small fries compared to much of the rest of the business. UK startups Tide, out of the UK, is… Read More

  • Berlin’s Jobspotting acquired by SF’s SmartRecruiters for undisclosed sum

    Berlin’s Jobspotting acquired by SF’s SmartRecruiters for undisclosed sum

    A couple of years ago Jobspotting, out of Berlin, decided job sites were dull and pretty useless (right?) so they put a modern search interface on top of results from third-party recruitment sites, woven into your social accounts and applied an algorithm to give users better results. But although they raised $1.5M, they entered a tough market where similar players like Adzuna in the UK had… Read More

  • AirTree, Australia’s largest VC, lures two new tech players from overseas

    AirTree, Australia’s largest VC, lures two new tech players from overseas

    After a spending while on a sort of technological ‘walkabout’, Australia is experiencing something of a mini-tech boom. For a long time the biggest thing you could name out of the country was Atlassian. Now other startups are joining the roster, and VC investment is ticking up. The latest sign of this is the news that local VC AirTree Ventures has added UK-based VC James… Read More

  • Apple has allegedly begun removing Iranian iOS apps from the App store

    Apple has allegedly begun removing Iranian iOS apps from the App store

    Reports coming out of Iran suggest that Apple has allegedly started removing iOS apps originating from the country’s startups and developers. Prior to this, Apple had, in a limited manner, opened up its App Store to Iranians in September 2016 and appeared to be gradually lifting some of the limitations, periodically, since then. According to credible tech news site Techrasa, the… Read More

  • Lighthouse secures $1.25M seed round to capitalise on boom in workplace IoT

    Lighthouse secures $1.25M seed round to capitalise on boom in workplace IoT

    We tend to think of robots disrupting the world of work by looking like us. In fact it’s rarely the case. The combination of sensors and IoT are going to have a far-reaching impact in our workplaces and will happen much faster than The Terminator. Thus, it’s interesting to note the news today that Australian startup Lighthouse.io has closed AUS$1.25 million in a seed funding led… Read More

  • SentinelOne raises a $70M C round to tackle multiple-vector cyber attacks

    SentinelOne raises a $70M C round to tackle multiple-vector cyber attacks

    As workforces become increasingly mobile with laptops, smartphones and other handheld devices, the potential for vulnerability increases massively. The sophistication of cyber threats and targeted attacks is constantly evolving. SentinelOne is a cyber security player that has concentrated on this new, multiple-vector, attack method, among others. Today it announced a $70 million… Read More

  • Berlin’s Careship raises $4M from Spark Capital to address elderly care

    Berlin’s Careship raises $4M from Spark Capital to address elderly care

    Careship is a Berlin-based startup aiming to tackle the growing problem of how we care for our elderly. It’s a big problem in Europe in particular, where people are living much longer than they used to. Careship helps families find a home-based caregiver for their loved ones. It uses as matchmaking algorithm to find qualified personnel, while advising on insurance benefits and… Read More

  • Paris FinTech Startups! Meet TechCrunch this week

    Paris FinTech Startups! Meet TechCrunch this week

    In this strange “Age of Brexit” suddenly the chips are all up in the air. And while London remains the financial capital of Europe, that crown is now up for grabs. One of London’s biggest sectors, in terms of its financial sector, is its position as the multi-national clearing house of the European economy. It’s estimated that stripping the euro clearing from London as… Read More

  • Neufund raises €2M for its blockchain-based venture fund

    Neufund raises €2M for its blockchain-based venture fund

    Berlin-based Neufund has raised €2 million from Christoph Maire’s Atlantic Labs, Klaas Kersting and a group of superangels. Neufund will use the funding to build an open platform for investors to acquire startup equity in the form of tradable crypto tokens. Read More

  • Meet TechCrunch at Davos

    Meet TechCrunch at Davos

    The World Economic Forum — held in the mountain village of Davos, Switzerland every year — is increasingly attended by technology companies. And this year the theme of ‘responsible governance’ for the WEF conference is clearly going to be high on the agenda, especially in the era of ‘fake news’ and Brexit. Software might be ‘eating the world’… Read More

  • Deekit closes seed round for its ‘infinite whiteboard’ platform for remote teams

    Deekit closes seed round for its ‘infinite whiteboard’ platform for remote teams

    Estonia-based Deekit has now closed a seed round of €400,000 in angel investment from investors around Europe, with Spring Capital from Estonia being the lead investor. Among the angel investors are Mark Gillett (former Skype CTO), Copenhagen Business Angel network represented by Ole Andresen (a regional managing director at Apple) and the Estonian Business Angel network members. Founded by… Read More

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