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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  • Indy partners with HubDub for news prediction market

    The UK startups that aims largely at the US news market has, rather contrarily, signed a deal with a UK newspaper. Prediction market HubDub, which lets users turn news articles into an attention-drawing gaming market, is partnering with the The Independent newspaper to allow their users to predict the outcomes of news stories. HubDub’s content is almost wholly about US news sources… Read More

  • T-Mobile G1 out on October 30

    The T-Mobile G1, or the Google phone to you and I, will go on sale on 30 October in the UK. The Android open source-powered mobile has attracted 25,000 UK consumers to pre-register for the device. The tarrif will be £40 a month with “unlimited” data for all that Google Maps, Google Talk IM and Google Mail you’ll be using. Problem though: It has no in-built video… Read More

  • Bragster dumps bets and hones in on video bragging

    Startups across the globe are knuckling down and concentrating on what works right now, for a lot of very obvious reasons. Included in this is Bragster, the UK-based startup we described as Jackass meets Facebok when they won a $3.5 million Series A in February. They are now stepping away from betting and focusing on “dares” as, says co-founder Wim Vernaeve says “they were 70%… Read More

  • Here are the last free CrunchBoard ads – it's now all up to you to make this happen

    Ok people. The Free Classified Ads on TechCrunch UK, started as a way to kick-start this down market, are now over, alas. But, wait! There’s good news: the real, paid-for ads cost a measly £20 per advert. Not much, given that, from now on, adverts on the CrunchBoard will go out in a weekly blog post, which goes out to about 10,000 readers. Why did we have free ads for a week? Well… Read More

  • TechCrunch Pitch! @ FOWA – the Runaround version

    On the final day of FOWA last week I realised that there must be lots of interesting startups and web apps wandering around in the form of delegates – people who didn’t get their moment on stage during the conference . So I Twittered that we’d hold an impromptu TechCrunch Pitch! event outside the MySpace bus at 3pm. Luckily, about 100 people turned up and we had, I think… Read More

  • Zuckerberg: Facebook Connect will be delayed for "months"

    After previously hinting that that Facebook Connect would be coming shortly after early to mid-October Mark Zuckerburg said on stage at FOWA today that the official, out of beta, launch was still “months” away. Unlike the fairly quick launch of the F8 platform, he said they were going for an “extended beta”. When asked by Ryan Carson on stage at FOWA when Connect… Read More

  • FOWA rocks London, while startups pitch to TechCrunch

    The Future of Web Apps conference kicked off in London today and almost 2,000 startups and developers hit the East of London for the event. Highlights from the day included Kevin Rose from Digg and a bunch of great speakers. Every year the event changes and there is an interesting pivot point going on as the European scene develops. In his opening keynote Kevin who seemed to imply that the… Read More

  • FOWA rocks London, Euro startups pitch TechCrunch

    The Future of Web Apps conference kicked off in London today and almost 2,000 startups and developers hit the East of London for the event. Highlights from the day included Kevin Rose from Digg, and a bunch of great speakers. Every year the event changes and there is an interesting pivot point going on as the European scene develops. Read More

  • FOWA kicks off today and we are holding Mark Zuckerburg's personal journal hostage

    The Future of Web Apps Expo opens today in London and last night the speakers were invited to a special speakers dinner. It was extra special as FOWA/Carsonified founder Ryan Carson had his birthday as well. But among the guests missing from this genial event was one Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and FOWA keynote speaker. So, as the saying goes, snooze you lose, Mark. We have the, really… Read More

  • MySpace backs UK developers with cash-prize competition and events

    MySpace is launching a UK MySpace Developer competition to build “the best sustainably social application,” and they’re throwing some money into the pot to incentivise developers out there. It’s obviously an attempt to kick-start more MySpace apps, but at least they are putting their money where their mouth is. Due to be announced at the the Future of Web Apps… Read More

  • Go grab yourself an ex-eBay staffer, they're on sale

    I just got off the phone to an eBay UK spokeman who was a little concerned that my story on Monday implied that three quarters of their UK staff were bing made redundant. I politely pointed out to him that I wrote that three quarters of their UK staff are “on notice for redundancy”, which he didn’t deny. So that’s another circular conversation out the way. At any rate… Read More

  • Today's crop of CrunchBoard Ads – Free, just for this week

    It’s FREE ADS ON TECHCRUNCH UK THIS WEEK. Here’s how to get yours in. Here’s the CrunchBoard UK RSS feed and you can subscribe to the email newsletter here. Today’s crop of jobs on The CrunchBoard are…. NEW TODAY: SEO & Marketing Help Wanted for New Start-up Analytical Test Engineer Microsoft SQL Server Database Administrator Senior Cold Fusion Developer Mentor… Read More

  • mjelly creates mobile apps search engine

    Outside of the rather good iPhone App store, the problem with mobile applications is finding the bastards. Back in the day it used to be easy – there were hardly any. If you wanted a new app for your Palm Pilot you just went to PalmGear, or similar. Now there are thousands, probably millions, stretched across multiple platforms and handsets. Plus the reviews and ratings are getting… Read More

  • Tweetdeck releases new version. Twitterholics rejoice.

    My new favourite Twitter desktop AIR application (a UK product), Tweetdeck, has released a new version and overall it’s a doozy. Lone developer Iain Dodsworth has made the interface is much cleaner, and has more useful icons. It has some UI tweaks like rolovers, a bunch of new URL shortening services so you can pick the one you like most. Thankfully, now the Tweet box background color… Read More

  • Smava proves Zopa's social lending model works in Germany too

    Smava, a “social lending” marketplace similar to Zopa in the UK, has closed a second financing round with VCs Earlybird and Hamburg-based Neuhaus Partners to the tune of 4 Million Euro. Earlybird was already a first round investor and Neuhaus Partners came in to the sceond round. Berlin-based Smava generates revenue by collecting a one-time one percent fee on funded loans from… Read More

  • Trutap signs content deals, positions towards the SocNet giants

    UK-based mobile startup Trutap launches its content platform ‘Hornet’ today with its first publishing partner, Goal.com. Hornet lets partners plug in text, images and advertising into their content for free and off-deck, as in off the decks of the mobile portals. Goal.com will deliver breaking English Premiership League stories Trutap around three times a day. By subscribing to… Read More

  • Nugg.ad's behavioral targeting ad platform is in the right place, right time

    One of the more interesting German startups right now is nugg.ad AG, founded in 2006 by Frank Wagner, Stephan Noller and Klaus Kögler. It’s basically a provider of predictive behavioral targeting solutions for online advertising, which is totally a growth sector right now. It does this by predicting user behaviour but doesn’t use any user identifiable data. So it surfs the… Read More

  • Today's CrunchBoard ads

    It’s FREE ADS ON TECHCRUNCH UK THIS WEEK. Here’s how to get yours in. Here’s the CrunchBoard UK RSS feed and you can subscribe to the email newsletter here. Today’s crop of jobs on The CrunchBoard are…. Web Developer Nudge London Internet Senior Web Developer iFoods.tv Dublin User Experience, Interaction, and Interface Designer Director Enterprise Ventures UK… Read More

  • Gmail's Mail Goggles prevents drunken emailing – it will be big in the UK

    Wherever I go to Continental Europe, the locals always say that the Brits are great fun – but they drink too much. As far away as Dubai, hotel waiters are regularly fishing people out of the swimming pool late at night. They are invariably British ex-pats. We have a strange relationship with booze, which goes back to Gin-soaked “Mother’s Ruin” era of the 18th Century… Read More

  • Spotify launches public beta of Last.fm competitor

    Spotify, the Swedish startup with a Bittorrent-meets-Last.fm service streaming music service, has launched into open public beta. The startup is understood to have raised a massive €15.3m from VCs Northzone Venture Partners and Creandum. Spotify is a lightweight iTunes-like application streams songs via encrypted P2P technology. The service is ad-financed, hence the comparison with Last.fm. Read More