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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  • 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

  • MySpace looks to mobile to take the fight back to Facebook

    MySpace clearly intends to use the mobile as a way to stem Facebook’s growth in Europe. It’s just launched a new localised MySpace Mobile page across all EU countries, http://m.myspace.com. In particular, in the UK it’s worked with Vodafone, launching a customised page on Vodafone live! back in June and now enhancing it to the point where users can update status, see… Read More

  • Shrewder mobile bills with Shrooda?

    Shrooda.com is a fascinating new startup that offers a mobile price comparison engine. Here’s how it works. You enter your username and password for your mobile phone services online billing. Shrooda then takes your itemised bills and determines the best price plan available to you in the UK. The site uses product feeds from the major retailers of mobile phones and supports the… Read More

  • PPLparty to become Youmeo – A UK FriendFeed?

    PPLparty.com, a three year old social networking site for UK party-going clubbers, re-launches next Monday as Youmeo, a social networks aggregator somewhat along the lines of FriendFeed (you know, plug in your Twitter details, Flickr account, etc). PPLparty founder 19-year old Calum Brannan remains the founder of the new site which basically ports the old PPlparty community into the new… Read More

  • We7 adds EMI Music tracks

    We7 – the ad-supported music download service based in the UK backed by Eden Ventures and Spark Ventures – has signed a deal to add 400,000 tracks from EMI Music’s repertoire of artists, including, appropriately, We7 founder investor Peter Gabriel. The tracks will be available through both on-demand, ad-funded audio streaming and paid-for MP3 downloads. We7’s… Read More

  • What will Chrome mean for us?

    Obviously the media is full of news about Google’s Chrome browser today. But do you think it will have an impact in the UK/European market? Will users take up the Chrome browser to the point where it will impact the mainstream? Or will it remain a browser for early adopters? With Firefox still relegated to the minority (though significant minority), does Chrome have a real chance? What… Read More

  • 7digital puts out Universal catalogue in MP3 320K

    7digital – the privately held London-based digital media startup backed by Benchmark Capital – has quietly launched the Universal catalogue in the high quality MP3 320K format, the first distributor to do so in Europe. For instance, Abba’s greatest hits is now in MP3 320K. In March of 2008, the company secured the first deal to exclusively sell Warner Music’s full… Read More

  • TwitterLeague – Race your friends to twitter stardom

    From Ollie Parsley, the guy who created FeedMorf, a site we covered last year comes a new service called twitterleague, right now in invite-only beta. Basically it’s about competing in a league with other Twitter users – say, friends – to get the most followers. The leagues can then be put on a site using a snippet of JavaScript or you can get an XML feed to create your… Read More

  • WeHeartPlaces tries to be a delicious for places

    We Heart Places describes itself as a “delicious for places”. Users drag a bookmarklet to their browser, then click the link anytime they’re on a webpage with a place they’d like to visit, and the place gets saved to their account. The site also works on the iphone / mobile. Adding places from a site is ok, but how do you enter the street address of a place in the middle… Read More

  • Is Playfish the 'million dollar a month' facebook developer?

    Recently the Facebook watching blog AllFacebook claimed: There’s a pretty well known secret among top Facebook application developers: one developer is generating over $1 million a month. Who is that developer exactly? Well, most people won’t talk about it and after some prodding around we’ve narrowed down the suspects. We aren’t going to post them though because… Read More

  • £30,000 is the price for that tired old Web 1.0 site

    How much does an old Web 1.0 startup go for these days? Well, here’s an indication. Pub listings guide BeerintheEvening.com – running since the late 90s – was for £30,000, confirms Chris Hughes of new owner Neransk, a UK-based communities operator. The sale actually happened about a year ago but Neransk only just got back to me with the confirmation. Would it have been better… Read More

  • Germany's Hobnox ramps up the marketing

    German video entertainment startup Hobnox is going on a big marketing drive, offering $200,000 worth of prizes and giveaways for artists that take part in its Evolution2 contest where participants win support and development budgets worth $30,000 each. Running out of offices in Cologne and Berlin, the site launched in spring 2008, combining community, production and publishing functions with… Read More

  • Jaiku starts to re-emerge, opens unlimited invites

    Jaiku – the Finnish startup which at one point threatened Twitter to become the pre-eminent micro blogging tool before Google bought it – has now moved to a Google data center in preparation for its “transition” to the Google App Engine. Plus, it is now allowing its existing users to create unlimited invitations to the service. The news emerged after co-founder Jyri… Read More

  • Diary.com re-invents diaries for Generation Twitter

    When the history of the Internet is one day written, as it will be, URLs will probably figure high on the list of the jewels Web companies tried to amass, alongside the services themselves. Some of them have been notorious, like Sex.com (wiki entry). But the best are always those that bring something new to the party, not just a memorable address and a dull, predictable application. Which is… Read More