Mike Butcher

Mike Butcher

Editor At Large

Mike Butcher (M.B.E.) is Editor-at-large of TechCrunch. He has written for UK national newspapers and magazines and been named one of the most influential people in European technology by Wired UK. He has spoken at the World Economic Forum, Web Summit, and DLD. He has interviewed Tony Blair, Dmitry Medvedev, Kevin Spacey, Lily Cole, Pavel Durov, Jimmy Wales, and many other tech leaders and celebrities. Mike is a regular broadcaster, appearing on BBC News, Sky News, CNBC, Channel 4, Al Jazeera and Bloomberg. He has also advised UK Prime Ministers and the Mayor of London on tech startup policy, as well as being a judge on The Apprentice UK. GQ magazine named him one of the 100 Most Connected Men in the UK. He is the co-founder ThePathfounder.com newsletter; TheEuropas.com (the Annual European Tech Startup Conference & Awards for 12 years); and the non-profits Techfugees.com, TechVets.co, and Coadec.com. He was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2016 for services to the UK technology industry and journalism.

The Latest from Mike Butcher

Now with VC backing, Ride1Up is producing affordable mid-drive e-bikes, like the Prodigy

Since e-bike manufacturer Ride1Up closed a $6.5 million Series A led by Ecosystem Integrity Fund, the 2018-founded San Diego-based company has seen steady sales growth, especially as consumers switche

Why build a fintech any more when you can just raise €20M and white-label it to banks?

Financial institutions have struggled to develop their own technologies, hence the rise of neo-banks which used Open Banking regulations to build their own fintech stacks. That has led to a wave of in

Can companies issue stakes in their success without using shares or options? This startup thinks so

So-called “stakeholder capitalism” has not had the most illustrious of histories. Yes, there have been “Walmart Associates” who were able to own stock in the company, or &#8220

‘Insane’ — UK tech reacts to government moves that might hand UK startups contract to Barclays Bank

Tech Nation is trailing in second place in the race to remain the U.K.’s government-backed “startup champion” after the latter put the £12 million contract out to tender, according to T

Web3 bug-bounty platform Immunefi raises $24M for its Series A funding round

It was around this time last year that we reported that Immunefi — one of the emerging bug bounty and security services platforms for DeFi — had raised $5.5 million in funding. Given that

Berlin’s Visionaries Club VC boosts its funds with €400M worth of fresh capital for B2B investments

It was back in 2019 that we reported on Visionaries Club, a new, Berlin-based, European VC focusing on B2B, founded by Sebastian Pollok and Robert Lacher. At the time, Visionaries Club had launched tw

Sources say Web Summit Ventures will be a new $40M follow-on fund

Web Summit, one of the world’s largest events centered around technology startups, is to launch a brand-new venture capital vehicle consisting of two new funds, TechCrunch understands. The move

Could the forests and land of Europe offset most of its CO2? This startup hopes to prove it

The voluntary carbon market remains a Wild West. There are few standards, a myriad of approaches, while buyers and sellers are crying out for clarity. And there are lots of different approaches. In to

The VC ‘Scramble for Europe’ breaks out in the East as a €70M fund breaks cover

There is a fight emerging in Central and Eastern Europe, and all the way down into the South Eastern regions. Investors such as Inovo, Credo, LauncHub, Vitosha, VentureFriends, and Marathon VC are all

Can this startup solve the HR headache that is digital nomads? It just raised $12M to try

In the new era of remote and hybrid working, companies need to manage people who either relocate or work remotely. For obvious reasons, that has created a huge headache for HR directors. Back in 2014,

Runa Capital kicks off new fund as it joins the VC ‘Scramble for Europe’ by moving to Luxembourg

TechCrunch understands Runa Capital, which launched in 2010, has raised $55 million toward its fourth fund, aiming for a target of $250 million. The company is declinging to comment. However, after 12

Jobbatical raises €11.6M as worker migration goes paperless

Jobbatical — which specializes in relocating workers and whose business has seen an uplift in the post-pandemic work environments as so many workers become “digital nomads” — h

Just outside of Munich, a startup plans a new process to recycle Lithium-ion batteries

Companies like Redwood Materials (raised $792 million), Li-Cycle (Canada, raised $667.7 million) and Green Li-ion (Singapore, raised $15 million) have made a name for themselves in recycling batteries

One startup’s solution to the carbon-offsetting mess: Downgrade the ‘middle-men’ resellers

As well as the traditional carbon offset resellers and exchanges such as Climate Partner or Climate Impact X, the tech space has also produced a few, including Patch (U.S.-based, raised $26.5 million)

With schools increasingly focused on mental health, PsycApps raises seed round for US expansion

I’ve been tracking PsycApps, a startup that came up with a gamified mental health game called eQuoo, since 2016, and this company — and its founder — is nothing if not persistent in &#82

As our populations age, this startup is turning live-in care into a gig-economy platform

As developed-world populations increasingly get older, healthcare is being rapidly digitized and “platformized” in order to meet the huge scale of change heading our way. I recently covere

This new $100M fund plans to focus on startups accelerating the science around longevity

Longevity-focused startups have been proliferating in recent years as we become more focused on our health. However, it’s not just about apps to get you in the gym. Longevity startups can range from

Revolut to allow users to donate to the homeless via the Beam crowdfunding platform

The world is entering a huge cost of living crisis, which will inevitably result in a rise in homelessness. But donating to homeless people has yet to go fully digital. Challenger bank Monzo allowed t

Veterinary telehealth service Vetster launches in the UK post expansion in the US

Vetster, a veterinary telehealth service which has raised $40 million, is launching in the U.K. following expansion in the U.S. Vetster connects licensed veterinarians with pet owners via video, voice

Web3 giant Parity Technologies teams up with Watr over platform to track ethical commodities

As the U.S. and Europe bake in abnormal summer heat, the climate continues to climb up the world’s agenda. With everyone now talking about energy, how commodities are traded is also becoming a talki
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