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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  • Twitter cuts UK SMS – there goes another business model

    Twitter has killed its outbound SMS services outside of the United States, Canada or India, and with it a potentially highly lucrative business model in Europe. In the UK you’ll still be able to send Twitter an SMS to update your status, but you won’t be receiving them. Apparently rising rising costs made it impractical, and we have been getting those SMSs for free. In a blog… Read More

  • Wuala Launches Social Grid Storage In Public Beta Tomorrow

    This has to be some kind of record – a startup launching a public beta on the day it said it would. Wuala, the P2P ‘social grid storage’ startup from Switzerland, launches its public beta tomorrow at www.wua.la. Users will be able to simply click on a button on the site to start the service (it’s a Java app). That’s it. You can drag-and-drop stuff into it for… Read More

  • The brave new world of video pitches for a startups competition

    European Startups competition Seedcamp is running a video pitch competition where you can vote for a startup to go into the week-long event based on their video pitch. The deadline for all entries is this Sunday, August 10th. Check out the videos after the jump. Read More

  • Should we have a TechCrunch party in Berlin at Web 2 Expo?

    I have been kicking the idea around with a few people (mainly in conjunction with Andrew Scott, CEO of Rummble who knows Berlin well, and had an idea for a startups party a while ago) about having a TechCrunch party in Berlin during Web 2.0 Expo. Nothing very “official”, but the idea is to have the party aimed just at startup tech companies in Europe. A big problem in Europe… Read More

  • Goole, the town a G could change

    I think I’ve found my TechHub. If ever there was a former industrial town in the North of England that had an opportunity to rebrand for the digital age, it’s Goole. Just the addition of the humble letter ‘g’ might well bring hordes of nerdy looking young men and women flocking around its Victorian era clock, marvelling at its old water tower and spinning out startups… Read More

  • News in brief

    • UK-based The Filter has been nominated for ‘The Industry Standard’s‘ Innovation awards, as has Alert Thingy, BBC iPlayer and a few other European players including Netvibes, Xing, Babbel (not bad for a brand new startup), mydeco and Soocial. • Property search engine Nestoria is partnering with NannyGroup on their MoveNanny and LandLordNanny services which help… Read More

  • Click to activate a charity on Everyclick

    Everyclick, a search engine which monetises search results for charities and offers donation and campaign tools, is launching a new full-blown platform. It should prove popular. According to an NfP Synergy 2008 survey, only 41% of the UK’s charities with a turnover of less than £1m (the majority of the 200,000 total) have the facilities to collect online donations. The three year… Read More

  • Kublax goes into closed alpha

    Kublax, a hotly anticipated startup which syncs all your bank accounts, utilities, and loyalty schemes has launched an Alpha version to pre-registrants. Kublax was a winner of Seedcamp 2007, but in February it won a further round of undisclosed angel investment from Digitalents Capital, Five Ventures, Omnis Mundi Invest AG and The Accelerator Group (TAG). The site is designed to sync with all… Read More

  • mloovi – Feedburner for the rest of the planet?

    Mloovi is a new tool which will translate RSS newsfeeds into 24 languages. It does this via Google Translate but the process is utterly seamless. You just put an RSS feed’s URL into the box and that’s it. The service is going to be of great use to bloggers (who can also download a widget to have their blog automatically translated). Since the service is a mashup of Google Translate… Read More

  • Interesting events for startups

    • Tomorow marks the start of Leeds’ first web festival – “LS1” – a bunch of unconferences, keynotes and meetups that pretty much accidentally landed in the same fifteen day period of August. How do I know? Because that’s what Imran Ali, web maven of Leeds, is blogging about at the moment. One of the notable events will be an evening with Fred Wilson… Read More

  • Glasses Direct gets a new CEO – but will it help?

    Following his announcement in March that he was moving on to become executive chairman and thus search for a new CEO, Glasses Direct founder Jamie Murrey Wells has found one. The new guy is outgoing Advertising.com UK MD Kevin Cornils. Glasses Direct is about to embark on some more marketing and a site relaunch but will it be enough to stop the copy-cat services which abound out there, most… Read More

  • 21 UK firms selected for Digital Mission to New York

    You may have heard about Webmission, the trade mission of which TechCrunch UK was a part, to take 20 UK startups to network with investors and startups in Silicon Valley. Well, we’re at it again. This time TCUK worked with Chinwag (a UK digital media community) the UK Trade and Investment government agency and law firm Winston and Strawn to come up with 21 UK companies to take to Web… Read More

  • mloovi translates RSS feeds into 24 languages

    Mloovi is a new tool which will translate RSS newsfeeds into 24 languages. It does this via Google Translate but the process is utterly seamless. You just put an RSS feed’s URL into the box and that’s it. The service is going to be of great use to bloggers (who can also download a widget to have their blog automatically translated). The translations are not perfect and images… Read More

  • TechCrunch Talk and Seedcamp party – a great combination


    This September TechCrunch UK will be hosting TechCrunchTalk, an afternoon of discussion and debate about the trends in European start-ups, involving investors and key players, which will explore several themes, including: • What’s the experience of raising venture capital for startups in Europe?
    • What are the major trends in European tech startups?
    • If Mobile 2.0 is the next… Read More

  • Doof re-launches – but that name…

    Casual social games startup doof has re-laiunched and now offers over 100 games, more social networking features, more competitions and a members club. We wrote about London-based Doof, which is backed by the The Money Gaming Corporation Ltd, last November. However, I see one problem for this startup’s international expansion. Exhorting people to “Become a Doofstar!”… Read More

  • Government workers want social tools – but the IT dept doesn't get it

    Huddle has done a study on the interest in social networks inside government departments and found that, well, they just don’t “get it”. At least the managers don’t, but the workers do. Their Social Collaboration in Public Sector study was carried out amongst 202 local authority officials this July. It found that despite social networks like Facebook being banned in… Read More

  • iPhone Nano by Christmas? Or should the Daily Mail just be banned from Techmeme?

    Back in June I wrote a freelance (just the one mind) piece for The Guardian about my old stamping ground of online media. In this case it was the ABCe figures which come out monthly and tell us how much traffic newspaper web sites get in the UK. But it’s clear that these figures are quickly becoming rather meaningless as newspapers start to learn the game of SEO’d headlines and… Read More

  • Social.FM in the Deadpool

    Social.FM, the three year old startup which helped users discover music through their social network in a similar manner to Last.fm, has confirmed it is shutting down. GigaOm carried a tip-off to that effect, now the site is carrying the following message: To our Valued Customers, We regret to inform you and apologize for this inconvenience, but Social.FM will be shutting down the system on… Read More

  • After a girl goes missing, is Netlog doing all it can to protect children on its site?

    Netlog, which at 33 million users is possibly continental Europe’s biggest social network, could be open to criticism in the way it deals with minors on its site. A girl of 15 who was feared to have fled to Turkey to meet two men who befriended her on Netlog was yesterday found in Belgium. She went missing from her home in Wales six days ago. Nia Witts, from Penglais, Aberystwyth… Read More

  • Can you engineer a technology cluster? The Irish experience

    So I recently wrote about the idea of having a purpose-built/created technology cluster or building(s) in London which I whimsically called “TechHub”. (As London is a big city the tech scene has always been incredibly spread out, with no definable cluster). The post was inspired by my visit to the Digital Hub in Dublin, a series of old Guinness warehouses turned over to the task… Read More