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

As the bee population declines, this startup secures $8M to apply AI and EVs to pollination

Given our general reliance on something called “food” you’d think the issue of pollination — and its general decline — might be higher up the world’s agenda. Over 80% of crops requ

Portugal’s Coverflex raises a €15M Series A to make employee benefits more flexible and engaging

In the current environment, startups are having to do a couple of seemingly contradictory things at the same time. First, they have to keep employees (the ones they want to keep, at least) happy. Then

Addressable raises $7.5M to match crypto wallets to Twitter accounts. But how?

Marketo, which was developed — among other things — to enhance marketing around social media users, ended up being acquired by Adobe. Now a new startup hopes to do what Marketo did in Web

Tech Nation looks for new home as UK gov hands tech ecosystem contract to Barclays

After more than 10 years in operation, Tech Nation, the U.K.’s government-sanctioned ecosystem builder for U.K. tech startups and growth tech companies, is to cease operations after losing its grant

European banks struggle with AI, while US banks lead the field, according to a new index

In the wake of a seminal wave of new artificial intelligence startups such as OpenAI, a new U.K. company claims it can track and rank banks on their ability to develop and deploy AI platforms. Evident

This startup hopes to take on Canva, raising an $11.6M Series A for its design platform

Despite Canva being worth in the region of $26 billion, it appears startups feel there is still plenty to be mined from this “easy-to-use design platform” arena. Admittedly, Professional A

BMW iVentures continues its love affair with EVs, backing this Bulgarian startup’s $13M A round

Electric vehicle charging management systems are usually end-to-end solutions for managing EV charging operations, billing, energy, drivers and even fleets. This means EV charging service providers ca

A new kind of PE fund plans to roll up German startups into potential unicorns and bigger exits

European startups have always suffered from the perennial startup problem: how to exit? However, in Europe the problem has always been particularly acute. How many large European industrial or corpora

German teens went crazy for this ‘compliments’ app, and now VCs are backing its next phase

The teenage market for apps is a tough nut to crack and stay relevant in. Just ask Snapchat. Equally, teens are going through a stage in life where almost every social interaction seems to carry porte

Our obsession with pets means startups aimed at vets are booming, as Digitail shows

With our mysterious, unsustainable and psychological attachment to pets, combined with a boom in pet ownership since those lonely pandemic times, veterinary practices have come under increasing pressu

Peppy secures a $45M Series B to expand its B2B2C health services platform to the US

There are some mega-trends playing out across developed-world workforces that startups are picking up on. There’s the digitization of healthcare, the “platforming” of employee services a

With Bling, the fintech startup revolution spreads even to pocket money

Today, banks and fintech startups tend not to provide products dedicated to families, specifically, and this has appeared as something of a gap in the market. Meanwhile the general lack of financial

Despite the Crypto Winter and other scandals, blockchains seem here to stay in the sports betting market

According to Grand View Research, the global sports betting market is expected to grow to $182.12 billion in revenue by 2030, up from $76.75 billion last year. So we are seeing a number of startups th

TheyDo fires the starting gun on the race to own the customer journey

It doesn’t matter what kind of web site it is, the “customer journey” has always been important, otherwise you lose that engagement and the end result can hit the bottom line. That was a

France’s IRIS Capital reaches €110M first close for its new €150M venture fund

According to Atomico’s new State of European Tech 2022 report, France has taken the U.K.’s title as the third largest listed tech nation, with Britain moving down to fourth. Nothing to do with Bre

Harbor Lab secures €6.1M to make shipping dock more easily and cheaply

When a ship goes into a commercial port, there are lots of port call-related costs. These are called things like “disbursements” and “port call expenses.” They can include port

How Chargifi pivoted to Kadence, a platform to enable hybrid co-working, then pulled in $10M

Coordinating people, projects and their various locations has become a headache for companies in the post-pandemic world of remote and hybrid working. There is expensive office space to maintain and l

As demand for real estate VR booms, Founders Fund leads $16M round into Giraffe360 platform

The property industry now requires high-quality photographs, floor plans and virtual tours, so the industry for software providers in the space is booming. The whole area was accelerated during the pa

GoStudent uses its warchest to acquire large network of traditional tutoring centres in Europe

GoStudent — the Austria-based late-stage tutor marketplace that has raised $686.3 million (and attained a €3 billion valuation) to date — has acquired Germany-based Studienkreis, a traditional t

Natives Rising wins backing to help Native Americans into tech and startups

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, Black, Latina and Native American women represent approximately 16% of the total U.S. population, but make up only 4% of students obtaining b
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