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

Otta, a jobs platform with a database approach, raises $20M Series A from Tiger

You’d think that platforms offering jobs listings couldn’t be innovated on much these days, but London-based Otta wants to prove that theory wrong. It has a platform for matching jobs at tech comp

Pandemic prompts launch of new $75M US telemedicine fund from Swiftarc Ventures

New York-based venture fund Swiftarc Ventures is launching a new fund dubbed Swiftarc Telehealth to take advantage of the boom in Telehealth-focused startups which have emerged, partly in the wake of

Israel’s Entrée Capital raises $300M for Israel-focused fund, Adi Gozes becomes partner

The Israeli VC scene seems to be on a bit of a New Year roll. Hot on the heels of the news that Viola Ventures, an Israeli VC, has closed its sixth fund of $250 million comes news from  Entrée Cap

Dublin’s Exergyn pulls in $35M Series A for solution which replaces GHG-causing refrigerants

Dublin-based Exergyn replaces refrigerants with solid materials, thus reducing the output of greenhouse gases. The technology could be applicable in data centers. The industrial-grade cleantech compan

Berlin’s Cherry Ventures launches fourth fund at $340M, for early-stage tech and web3

Berlin-based Cherry Ventures has launched its fourth fund, a €300 million ($340 million) early-stage tech fund. The Cherry IV fund will also feature a dedicated crypto and web3 strategy, building of

Customer referral platform Mention Me raises $25M Series B led by Octopus Ventures

Mention Me, a platform to generate customer referrals, has raised a $25 million Series B round, led by London’s Octopus Ventures. Eight Roads Ventures, the lead investor from the prior round, a $7 m

Austria’s PlanRadar, which digitizes construction and real estate docs, raises $70M Series B

Back in March Vienna-based PlanRadar snapped up a €30 million Series A to digitize construction and real estate projects. The Austrian startup — a platform for documentation and communication

Israel’s Viola Ventures hits $250M for its new fund, appoints Yael Alroy as partner

Viola Ventures, an Israeli VC, has closed its sixth fund of $250 million. It now has $1.25 billion in assets under management, largely early-stage tech companies. Viola says the fund was oversubscribe

Mayfair Equity Partners aquires UK adtech platform LoopMe for $120M

Founded back in 2012, the LoopMe adtech/martech startup focused on brand-based mobile advertising, using AI to deliver measurable outcomes for its users. At its height, it had raised $25 million equit

Wayve raises $200M Series B led by Eclipse for its AI for autonomous delivery vehicles

British autonomous vehicle startup Wayve has raised a $200 million Series B funding round from investors to scale its technology and expand its partnerships with commercial fleets. Wayve is aiming to

LiveHive wants to be a ‘one-stop shop’ for online yoga teachers, PTs and other coaches

Yoga, personal trainers and other kinds of online coaches have a bewildering array of platforms on which they can launch their class, either in platforms specializing in verticals (PTs) or more genera

Burnt Finance raises $8M led by Animoca Brands, launches DeFi-oriented NFT marketplace

Burnt Finance is a crypto startup which, as a stunt, burnt a Banksy artwork and but then the NFT they’d minted for it for $400,000, double what it cost on the ‘normal’ open art market. B

InFlow, a science-based app for ADHD, raises $2.3M Seed led by Hoxton Ventures

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms can include anxiety, chronic boredom, impulsiveness, trouble concentrating, controlling anger, and even depression. But ADHD sufferers can face

UK class action lodged against Meta seeks $3.1B for breach of competition law

A competition legal expert, backed by a powerful litigation fund, is set to mount a multibillion-dollar class action suit against Facebook/Meta for breach of competition law on the basis that it abuse

Payment orchestration platform Gr4vy pulls in another $15M in a Series A extension

Retailers often build their own “orchestration” platforms for payment processing and routing, but these can be complex to maintain. Spreedly plays in this space, and, last year, new startup Gr4vy

Germany’s SoSafe raises $73M Series B led by Highland to address human error in cyber

As we’ve learned in the last few years, “human error”-led cybersecurity breaches are the ones companies often find hardest to guard against. Surveys suggest some 85% of attacks can be tr

HeyCharge’s underground charging solution raises $4.7M seed led by BMW i Ventures

EV charging continues to be a high-growth business, for obvious reasons. Since 2007, one of the largest players has been ChargePoint, the floated U.S. company with a widespread EV charging network. Bu

Omnichannel customer messaging platform Superchat raises $15.6M round led by Blossom

While last year’s WhatsApp outage is still sending shivers down the spine of its 2 billion users, the same is also true for the millions of businesses now using it to connect with their customers. A

Masters, an app for training with celeb athletes, closes a $2.7M seed funding round

It’s now 2022 and there are many, many apps out there that allow you to do cardio or build muscle by taking classes inside smartphone apps. We are all familiar with the success of platforms like Pel

Fast-charge EV battery maker StoreDot pulls in $80M led led by Vietnam’s VinFast

StoreDot, the Israeli next-generation battery technology startup touting an “extreme fast charging” (XFC) battery for electric vehicles, has secured the first close of its latest funding round led
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