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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  • iPhone 3G pre-registration likely on 02 site from Tuesday


    02, exclusive carrier of the iPhone in the UK and Ireland, will be launching the iPhone 3G from their Web site tomorrow, as implied by a notice posted tonight right after Steve Jobs stepped down from his speech at WWDC. My sources say O2 will be using their site to control the initial sale of iPhones as they get them from Apple, though whether that’s because of production/supply delays… Read More

  • Old news in an hour, but iPhone will be free on 02


    I just got it confirmed from an O2 source (hat tip to Will Harris at ChannelFlip – you know why), that the UK 3G iPhone will be free on an 18 month contract to new O2 customers, but £100 for existing customers. Although announced today by Steve Jobs at the WWDC (see TechCrunch’s live coverage), the iPhone will ship to customers in the UK on July 11. The news is pretty astounding. Read More

  • Wednesday: TechCrunch / CrunchGear Berlin Meetup


    250 people. 27 sponsoring startups. Countless others coming as guests. There’s just one word for the TechCrunch / CrunchGear Meetup in Berlin this Wednesday, June 11: Awesome. Organised with the excellent assistance of our local partner twidox, the event has been made possible by our generous sponsors, listed after the jump. Imedo.de has kindly offered to throw the networking event at… Read More

  • TechCrunch / CrunchGear Berlin Meetup This Wednesday


    I’m really looking forward to the TechCrunch / CrunchGear Meetup in Berlin this Wednesday, June 11. Organised with the excellent assistance of our local partner twidox, the event has been made possible by our fantastic sponsors, listed below. A full 250 people are coming, and the event (announced back in May) is now completely full. Imedo.de has kindly offered to throw the networking… Read More

  • Butcher's Bunch, the tech Podcast from Europe

    After being exhorted to do so by a number of people, I’ve decided to start doing a regular podcast about the tech, startup and social media scene here in the UK and the rest of Europe. How regular it is we’ll have to see, but I’m hoping to make it weekly, starting next week. Admittedly I’m taking a little leaf here out of the Gillmor Gang’s playbook, but I think… Read More

  • Skimbit signs distribution deal with Add to Any

    Skimbit, the UK startup with a social decision-making tool which is rapidly heading towards being a social bookmarking player, has launched as the default ‘decision making’ partner with US-based Add to Any. Now whenever you see their ‘Share/Save’ widget, and click on ‘Consider for a decision?’ Skimbit’s ‘Skimmer’ widget is launched. Skimbit… Read More

  • MyMission2 secures £150k angel funding

    UK startup MyMission2, which works like a dating site to get people who want to do things matched up with people who want to help them do it, has secured £150,000 of angel funding. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The money will be used to establish revenue streams and add features. Mymission2’s intellectual property is in the algorithms that prioritise people according to… Read More

  • When Twitter fails, Twiddict will queue your tweets

    This is cute. Twiddict is an application launching today with impeccable timing. Assuming Twitter goes down today during Apple WWDC events (an iPhone 3G launch), you can use Twiddict to keep sending your Twitters messages. Twiddict continuously pings the Twitter API to see if it’s up again, and routes the stored messages back as soon as it’s stable. The site was built by Robin… Read More

  • Google's Cities in 3D Program hits Europe

    Google Cities in 3D Program, which invites local governments to share their 3D data with the public by adding a model of their city to Google Earth, launched in March but now the initiative is being launched in Europe. Google has launched localised websites to encourage governments in the Germany, France, Italy, Spain and The Netherlands to share their data with with the search giant. Read More

  • Yaika launches life-casting

    Yaika! is a new lifecasting platform targeting European professional and amateur bloggers. The bootstrapped Estonian-based startup with a London presence claims it will be more versatile and easy to use than other lifecasting competitors, such as Ustream or Justin.tv. Yaika! is also launching fully localised for the UK, Netherlands, Sweden, Russia and Estonia and is aiming for the rest of… Read More

  • Thanks to our sponsors and advertisers

    A huge thanks to both our headline sponsors Olswang and our CrunchBoard jobs advertisers for supporting TechCrunch UK and Ireland! You guys rock! Here’s a selection of recent CrunchBoard jobs: Mobile Applications Developer – Invitation Digital Senior ASP.NET/C# Web Developer – HotPrints Professional Services Engineer – Pluck Corporation Media Sales and Business… Read More

  • Inuk secures £9.5m second round for IPTV

    Welsh broadcaster S4C and Wesley Clover have put in £9.5million of second round investment into IPTV startup Inuk Networks’ freewiretv.com product. The money wil be used to further develop the platform and fund expansion in the UK, Ireland and North America. The move is not overly surprising. Wesley Clover is the venture vehicle of Wales-based Sir Terry Matthews, one of the… Read More

  • Goojet opens mobile service

    Goojet, a French startup which is best described as a new kind of platform for mobile widgets, has come out of stealth mode to launch a full-blown public version. The desktop portal allow users to configure the set of widgets they want to appear on their mobile phone. On the mobile side, a java-based application (which runs on over 300 handsets and the iPhone this summer) gives access to… Read More

  • Seedcamp Paris – notes from our Gallic cousins

    I popped over to Paris today to get a taster of the startup scene in France, and to draw some comparisons with the UK startup scene. No doubt there are lessons to be learned (on both sides) in terms of the differing experiences a British or French company has in starting up locally country and, perhaps, trying to think internationally. (And on that note, I have a cheeky idea of getting UK… Read More

  • Should we have a heated debate?

    I’ve had a lot of feedback in the last few days following my recent posts about the BBC. My position can be summed up thus: The BBC could do more than it currently does with its assets and its platform to encourage innovation, especially in the way it interfaces with startup tech companies. I think it could release even more data and feeds and could even think about creating a platform… Read More

  • HubDub launches feature to track pundit predictions

    Today Scotland-based prediction market startup HubDub, launched a new feature. PunditWatch is tracking ten pundits across four categories, politics, technology, entertainment and sports. Whenever someone makes a prediction on the tracked site, Hubdub either places the prediction in an existing HubDub market or they create a market for it. Every pundit has a shadow HubDub account as if they… Read More

  • HubDub launches PunditWatch. We don't do so well (so far)

    Prediction markets are being touted as the new way to really engage users. If you can get users to mass around content like a fantasy league, the idea is they will consume more, super-charging traffic. There are a few out there already: BluBet (more of a game than a market), The Industry Standard re-launched (with mixed results) aiming at tech, Pikum is majoring on sports, and HubDub is aiming… Read More

  • Are you Haikurious?

    Writer and soon to be author Paul Carr – in between a recent travelogue of adventures in the US and prior to the launch of his book “Bringing Nothing to the Party: True Confessions Of A New Media Whore” – has come up with a new site. Skewering the Web 2.0 startup scene with a new take on British irony, Haikurious is satire written in the style of Haiku poetry. Think… Read More

  • TechCrunch Euro Tour – Update

    TechCrunch UK is taking the TechCrunch brand on a little road-trip (OK, plane trip) around Europe this summer and afterwards, making face-to-face contact with Europe’s best and brightest startups. We just held a great meetup in Barcelona for instance. Where possible I’ll be holding a TechCrunch meetup in the cities I visit (keep track via Dopplr), usually with a local partner. Read More

  • TechCrunch Euro Tour Update

    TechCrunch UK is taking the TechCrunch brand on a little road-trip (OK, plane trip) around Europe this summer and afterwards, making face-to-face contact with Europe’s best and brightest startups. We just held a great meetup in Barcelona for instance. Where possible I’ll be holding a TechCrunch meetup in the cities I visit (keep track via Dopplr), usually with a local partner. Read More