Mike Butcher

Mike Butcher (FRSA) is an ‘Editor At Large’ at TechCrunch, the biggest breaking news site about the world’s hottest tech companies. Mike has been named one of the Top 50 most influential Britons in technology by The Daily Telegraph.

As well as being a long-time Writer, Broadcaster and Editor Mike is also co-founder of TechHub (@TechHub), a project to merge a thriving community with office space for fast-moving startups. Mike has written for UK national newspapers and magazines including The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The New Statesman.

Mike 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 Mike 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 Mike 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 Mike 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 Mike was named one of the Top 10 bloggers on Twitter in the UK. In October 2009 Mike was named one of the Top 50 most influential Britons in technology by The Daily Telegraph. In April 2010 Mike was in Wired UK’s Top 100 influencer list, again in 2011, in 2012 and in 2014. In April 2010 TechCrunch Europe was shortlisted in the Specialist Digital Publisher category of the prestigious UK-based Association of Online Publishers’ Digital Publishing Awards. In November 2010 Mike was named as one of London’s most influential people in New Media and “king of dotcom commentators ” by The Evening Standard Newspaper. Mike has been listed as one of the Top 100 most influential people on Twitter in the UK. Mike has spoken at the prestigious Monaco Media Forum, Le Web, Web Summit and DLD among many other conferences. Mike is a regular commentator on the technology business, appearing on BBC News, Sky News, CNBC, Channel 4 and Bloomberg. Mike has advised the UK Prime Minister on tech startups, served on the Mayor of London’s Digital Advisory Board, the ‘Smart London’ Board and been a Technology Ambassador for London.

Mike arned his B.A. degree in History and English Literature from Australian National University.

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  • Orange World wraps up socnets

    It’s time once more for that predictable roll-up of social networks onto mobile operator platforms. Orange’s new Orange World service aggregates the popular functions of many of Europe’s social networking sites onto one mobile web page so you can view and make any updates with one click. The news follows the completion of partnership agreements with MySpace, Facebook and… Read More

  • Livestation goes social – allows viewers to add channels

    Microsoft-backed Livestation, the online broadcast platform which offers live 24×7 news channels in high-quality, is adding features which will allow viewers to add their own channels from any TV, radio or webcam streams. They are also making it social. Livestation viewers will be able to browse through all of the channels other viewers have stored. You watch the broadcasts inside the… Read More

  • Mippin's VC joins as CEO

    Mippin, the free mobile media service that monetizes RSS feeds for publishers on mobiles by making the consumer experience easier, has brought in Judy Gibbons as CEO. Now, this is interesting. Gibbons will still retain her role as a venture partner at technology investment firm Accel Partners. The move is great for Mippin. Gibbons has 25 years of technology experience at Microsoft, Apple… Read More

  • Zurich Meetup – TechCrunch Euro Tour

    As part of the TechCrunch Euro Tour, TechCrunch is coming to Zurich, Switzerland, on July 17th, thanks to our co-organisers there. We’ll be throwing it at the Swisscom Bluewin tower in Zurich (pictured) for the Swiss web 2.0 crowd, including start-ups, bloggers and journalists. Thanks to our co-organisers Wuala, Doodle, Newscred, Sandbox and people like Jasper Bouwsma, Alfonso… Read More

  • Amsterdam Meetup – TechCrunch Euro Tour

    The TechCrunch Euro Tour continues. No sleep till Brooklyn! So, tickets for the Amsterdam TechCrunch Meetup on July 22nd, co-organised with eBuddy, are now up for grabs here (they’re free). We are planning for about 250 people, so best go grab your ticket asap. Thanks to our sponsors, and for more info on them and the event, see after the jump. Read More

  • O2 swamped by iPhone pre-registrations – site goes down

    It appears that O2 had no idea the iPhone 3G would be this popular in the UK, because someone there didn’t add any extra bandwidth or redundancy servers to their store. So when the hordes descended this morning, prompted by a text message to existing O2 subscribers and people who’d pre-registered on the O2 site, guess what happened? This: I contacted O2 to ask them to explain… Read More

  • Google starts Street View mapping in UK. And here's the evidence

    Somewhere in Google’s picture archive of UK streets there is now a picture of a man holding up a camera, photographing the moment when Google’s unmarked Street View car captured his London street in a full 360 degrees. How do I know? Because he sent me the above. But even as Google starts its photo-mapping of the UK’s streets, the BBC is reporting that Google’s… Read More

  • Seedcamp opens up this year's startup competition

    Travelling around Europe on my TechCrunch Euro Tour one of the topics of conversation I hear almost constantly is the desire for more seed funding for startups. Right now there is no such thing as Ycombinator-style incubator for startups which is pan-European. However, the closest thing we have to that concept – a startup competition where the prize is a cash injection to get the… Read More

  • Normal-sized business cards at last from Moo

    Just as The Governator tries to pursue green policies, like keeping Tesla’s electric production car local, you’ll now also be able to hand out full-sized “green” business cards with Flickr images, courtesy of the same guys who brought us those cool little mini-cards, Moo.com. They are launching full-sized business cards with a new partner, LinkedIn, which makes sense in… Read More

  • Europe's Mobile 2.0 startups come together

    Europe is a hotbed of mobile startups right now, so appropriately enough the Mobile 2.0 event which started in San Francisco is putting on a one-day international event tomorrow in Barcelona which focuses on mobile startups, dubbed Mobile 2.0 Europe. I’ll be moderating a panel there, hosting a TechCrunch networking party and we now have the exclusive on the early stage start-ups selected… Read More

  • Nimbuzz raises $15 million in second round

    Word has reached me that Netherlands-based Nimbuzz, the mobile VoIP and IM startup that extends into social networks, has raised $15 million in a second round led by Naspers/MIH, with Nimbuzz’s other major existing investor Mangrove Capital Partners also participating. It’s already had $10 million from Mangrove (the original Skype investor). Apparently deals with 10 major… Read More

  • Tripwolf launches in UK

    Tripwolf today launched out of public beta and a UK site. Backed by incubator i5invest and MairDumont, Central Europe’s largest publisher of travel guides and tourist information (sort of the Frommer’s or Fodor’s of Central Europe). Last week the site launched publicly in German (Germany, Austria and
    Switzerland). Tripwolf – which allows you to build and print your… Read More

  • TrustedPlaces and BView team up

    TrustedPlaces, the local reviews social network, is partnering with BView, the business listings directory. The idea appears to be to let each site play to its strengths but effectively join forces. TrustedPlaces gets an ad sales team from BVew and the latter gets promotion in a more consumer-focused sector than it normally plays in. The joint offer is a combination of free and premium access… Read More

  • TechCrunch Pitch! Here it comes…

    It’s just over a week until TechCrunch Pitch! in London next Thursday and the excitement is building. People have been clamouring for tickets, VCs and investors are down to come and we have had a truckload of entries from startups who want to pitch. The startups selected by TechCrunch editorial (no-one will be paying to pitch, they come free) will be announced on the day (let’s keep… Read More

  • TechCrunch Euro Tour – Hello, Athens

    As part of the TechCrunch Euro Tour, TechCrunch and Athens’ OpenCoffee group have come together to create a TechCrunch meetup in Athens. Thanks to our generous sponsors, below. Watch out for the write-up later… Meanwhile, here are the pictures so far after I met with OpenCoffee organiser George Tziralis of AskMarkets and John Zarkadas of Wishdone. We’ve had some local coverage… Read More

  • Index Invests In Online Jewelry As The Wealthy Head Online

    AstleyClarke.com, a high-end fashion jewelry site based in London, has announced a $5.5 million (£2.75m) in funding from Index Ventures in London. Despite gloomy, credit-crunch market conditions, big spenders continue to do so, and they are doing more of it online in the luxury bracket. The move reflects Index’s recent interest in the eCommerce industry with Betfair, Lovefilm and… Read More

  • Grou.ps Pulls In $1.1 Million, Opens Up Code To Take On Ning

    Grou.ps, a startup based in San Francisco, has secured a $1.1 Million Series A financing round in a deal led by Golden Horn Ventures. Grou.ps will also now be open-sourcing a restricted version of its code, with a view to spreading its collaboration tools. This move is based around the idea of commoditizing the platform faster and then taking advantage of the fact that they can then hire the… Read More

  • TechCrunch Euro Tour – it's time for the Istanbul Meetup

    As I have said previously, I’m on a tour around Europe, looking for Europe’s best and brightest startups, and I’m happy to say, it’s going very well. I already have a stack of content to write up in between plane journeys and queuing for passport control, and to that end, today I’m in Turkey. TechCrunch and Turkish Web 2.0 blog Webrazzi teamed up to do a meetup… Read More

  • Dublin TechCrunch Meetup!

    I flew into Dublin today for our first TechCrunch meetup in Ireland (yay!), and as previously blogged, TechCrunch is hooking up with networking event TechLudd to create a real-world mashup we like to call CrunchLudd (see what we did there?) This morning I rocked up to Dublin’s The Digital Media Hub to meet with a bunch of interesting startups here. I took a few pictures and shot some… Read More

  • Live Blog: The TechCrunch BBC Debate

    I’ll be live blogging the debate, and posting picture here. Stay tuned Currently handing out name tags on the door. A long-held ambition…. [Update: Post event, Steve Bowbrick wrote it up here as well] The start…. I did a quick intro to why this debate happened I won’t bore you here, you’ve heard it, suffice it to say that Steve Bowbrick, chair, came up with… Read More