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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  • Union Square Puts Seed Round Into Zemanta

    Union Square Ventures has invested $650,000 seed money into Zemanta, in what appears to be the first ever investment in a Slovenian tech company by a US VC. That takes Zemanta’s total war chest to $2.2 million raised from USV and the other two investors so far, Eden Ventures and The Accelerator Group in London. Read More

  • Mippin launches feature which was supposed to be what they did anyway, right?

    Mippin, the startup which converts RSS feeds for easier reading on mobiles, is launching a “new” feature it calls the Mippin Mobilizer. This allows bloggers to create a mobile version of their site which automatically optimised for any mobile phone with a web browser. This is useful – there are over 2000 different handsets out there and they all render web site differently… Read More

  • Mint-like Kublax launches working beta

    Kublax, a winner of Seedcamp 2007 and effectively a European competitor to Mint and Gazeo in the US, has now launched officially. Using Bank level security, Kublax automatically pulls together usage of all bank and building society accounts, credit cards and puts each line of income and expenditure into flexible categories. This is then displays visually to make it easier to see how your money… Read More

  • Butcher's Bunch Podcast at TechCrunch 50

    The TechCrunch UK & Ireland Podcast heads to TechCrunch 50 in San Francisco Interviews:
    Loic Le Meur, Seesmic
    Ian Dodsworth, Tweetdeck
    Dave Sifry, Offbeat Guides
    Baksur Roy, Qik
    Stuart Smith, Connective Logic
    Ben Metcalfe, Consultant
    Pat Phelan, MaxRoam The Last 15 minutes of this episode we set up an impromptu Butcher’s Bunch light-hearted romp through TechCrunch 50… Read More

  • VCs teams jostle for the European cup with new players

    The tectonic plates of venture capital in Europe are shifting once again as three major firms have recently brought in new blood. Leading pan-European venture capital firm Wellington Partners is bolstering it’s presence in London with the appointment of the former Yahoo! manager and 3i sector partner Daniel Waterhouse a full-time Venture Partner. Almost simultaneously, DFJ Esprit, also… Read More

  • Mobile startup Wubud completes Angel round

    Wubud, a mobile social network currently in stealth mode, has completed an Angel round of investment from a sole angel – Paul Birch, co-founder of Bebo with brother Michael which this year sold to AOL for $850m. The amount of funding was not disclosed but is understood to be in the low six figures is £150,000, which suggests that this is “lift-off” money (enough to build a… Read More

  • Get your ticket to TechCrunch Talk

    TechCrunchTalk will be an event which focuses on a number of current and relevant themes for the technology start-up community, via panel discussion and audience interaction. We’ll be discussing the trends, themes, issues, challenges and developments within the community, the industry and the local vs. European environment. The event is sponsored by Gateway2Investment, Zendesk… Read More

  • Where are the European startups at TechCrunch 50?

    OK, so either a lot of European startups weren’t deemed good enough to enter TechCrunch 50, or there were not enough judges who are inclined to EU startups, or Europe is just not producing enough quality startups. Whatever the reason, the number of Europeans at TechCrunch 50 is – for a region that encompasses about 300 million people – relatively thin on the ground and I… Read More

  • Why Twitter cut SMS in Europe: Interview with Evan Williams

    I chatted with Evan Williams, co-founder of Twitter about their recent decision to cut SMS services in Europe for a special ‘news’ edition of the Butcher’s Bunch podcast (on iTunes) listen below. If the player doesn’t work here is the MP3. Read More

  • Predicting which startup will win TechCrunch50

    Prediction market startup Hubdub is running a market on which of the 50 companies launching at the TechCrunch 50 conference in San Francisco will win. Although Hubdub is based in Scotland, they are actually a news prediction market aimed largely at the US. In fact, CEO Nigel Eccles recently wrote a great guest post on how to aim your startup at the US, without leaving Europe. At the moment… Read More

  • Video post: Day 2 at TechCrunch 50

    Day 2 at TC50Chatting with Mike Arrington, Ouriel Ohayon (TCFrance) and Megan Asha (NonSociety.com) Read More

  • Live video stream from TechCrunch 50

    Powered by Ustream The TechCrunch50 conference is being live-streamed above all week. You can also find our written coverage of the conference here. Read More

  • TC50: Angel Investors Say Now Is Their Time

    We’re in the middle of a wider economic downturn, there are no IPOs, funding is getting thin, but are the Angels unhappy? It looks like not. The downturn has sorted out the wheat from the chaff, the bar has been raised and they feel well-placed against even some of the biggest VC funds. Lucky, then, that working with startups remains a passion for these guys. Read More

  • TechCrunch50 Session 1: Youth and Culture

    Jason Calacanis and Michael Arrington opened TechCrunch50 today saying they wanted to create the “Sundance Film Festival” for the internet industry where companies are judged on merit. Here are our notes on the companies who presented in the first session of the conference, which showcased four startups that pertain to Youth and Culture. Highlights from the expert panel (Chad… Read More

  • Phoload app store aims at Java mobiles

    Phoload is a new startup designed as a mobile app store for free software. It’s a two-person self-funded UK outfit which will build advertising around the site and possibly other revenue streams. So far 150+ developers have uploaded 180+ items of software, ranging from location-based apps and social networks, through to classic arcade games. Competitors include the massive Getjar… Read More

  • Spreadshirt founder creates new investment vehicle for European startups

    Some interesting and encouraging news coming out of Germany for early stage startups. Lukasz Gadowski, who founded Spreadshirt in 2002 and was the co-founder of the social network StudiVZ, today Germany’s largest website, is starting a new fund for startups. Dubbed Team Europe, the company will take his existing portfolio of investments under Lakattack Ltd – which includes… Read More

  • TechCrunch 50 revs-up

    So I’m here at TechCrunch 50 and I’ll be part of the team blogging the conference. The conference venue is huge – just a small part of it is pictured above. There’ll be 1,700 people attending and 52 (not 50 actually) startups being launched at the event. There’s been some controversy between TechCrunch and and the competing Demo event about the issue of… Read More

  • Butcher's Bunch Episode 1

    We kicked off the first Butcher’s Bunch podcast yesterday. This is the first “bunch” – there will be more (get in touch if you want to come on). Here’s an explanation: Butcher’s Bunch is the podcast from Mike Butcher, Editor of TechCrunch UK & Ireland which will feature startups and entrepreneurs from the UK, Irish and European tech scene. Kindly hosted… Read More

  • Document startups in chaos as Adobe's Flashpaper discontinues

    A number of European startups – and many others globally – will be thrown into chaos today with the news that Adobe is discontinuing development of its Flashpaper product. Adobe will continue to sell and support the current FlashPaper 2 version, but won’t be updating the technology to support Microsoft Windows Vista and IE7, which will make it virtually worthless. The news… Read More

  • A storm in a Chrome teapot

    Yesterday eagled-eyed Tap the Hive found some troublesome small print in Google Chrome’s T&Cs: 11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to… Read More