Mike Butcher

Mike Butcher is Editor-at-large 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 websites 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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  • Today's crop of CrunchBoard Ads – Free, just for this week

    It’s FREE ADS ON TECHCRUNCH UK THIS WEEK. Here’s how to get yours in. Here’s the CrunchBoard UK RSS feed and you can subscribe to the email newsletter here. Today’s crop of jobs on The CrunchBoard are…. NEW TODAY: SEO & Marketing Help Wanted for New Start-up Analytical Test Engineer Microsoft SQL Server Database Administrator Senior Cold Fusion Developer Mentor… Read More

  • mjelly creates mobile apps search engine

    Outside of the rather good iPhone App store, the problem with mobile applications is finding the bastards. Back in the day it used to be easy – there were hardly any. If you wanted a new app for your Palm Pilot you just went to PalmGear, or similar. Now there are thousands, probably millions, stretched across multiple platforms and handsets. Plus the reviews and ratings are getting… Read More

  • Tweetdeck releases new version. Twitterholics rejoice.

    My new favourite Twitter desktop AIR application (a UK product), Tweetdeck, has released a new version and overall it’s a doozy. Lone developer Iain Dodsworth has made the interface is much cleaner, and has more useful icons. It has some UI tweaks like rolovers, a bunch of new URL shortening services so you can pick the one you like most. Thankfully, now the Tweet box background color… Read More

  • Smava proves Zopa's social lending model works in Germany too

    Smava, a “social lending” marketplace similar to Zopa in the UK, has closed a second financing round with VCs Earlybird and Hamburg-based Neuhaus Partners to the tune of 4 Million Euro. Earlybird was already a first round investor and Neuhaus Partners came in to the sceond round. Berlin-based Smava generates revenue by collecting a one-time one percent fee on funded loans from… Read More

  • Trutap signs content deals, positions towards the SocNet giants

    UK-based mobile startup Trutap launches its content platform ‘Hornet’ today with its first publishing partner, Goal.com. Hornet lets partners plug in text, images and advertising into their content for free and off-deck, as in off the decks of the mobile portals. Goal.com will deliver breaking English Premiership League stories Trutap around three times a day. By subscribing to… Read More

  • Nugg.ad's behavioral targeting ad platform is in the right place, right time

    One of the more interesting German startups right now is nugg.ad AG, founded in 2006 by Frank Wagner, Stephan Noller and Klaus Kögler. It’s basically a provider of predictive behavioral targeting solutions for online advertising, which is totally a growth sector right now. It does this by predicting user behaviour but doesn’t use any user identifiable data. So it surfs the… Read More

  • Today's CrunchBoard ads

    It’s FREE ADS ON TECHCRUNCH UK THIS WEEK. Here’s how to get yours in. Here’s the CrunchBoard UK RSS feed and you can subscribe to the email newsletter here. Today’s crop of jobs on The CrunchBoard are…. Web Developer Nudge London Internet Senior Web Developer iFoods.tv Dublin User Experience, Interaction, and Interface Designer Director Enterprise Ventures UK… Read More

  • Gmail's Mail Goggles prevents drunken emailing – it will be big in the UK

    Wherever I go to Continental Europe, the locals always say that the Brits are great fun – but they drink too much. As far away as Dubai, hotel waiters are regularly fishing people out of the swimming pool late at night. They are invariably British ex-pats. We have a strange relationship with booze, which goes back to Gin-soaked “Mother’s Ruin” era of the 18th Century… Read More

  • Spotify launches public beta of Last.fm competitor

    Spotify, the Swedish startup with a Bittorrent-meets-Last.fm service streaming music service, has launched into open public beta. The startup is understood to have raised a massive €15.3m from VCs Northzone Venture Partners and Creandum. Spotify is a lightweight iTunes-like application streams songs via encrypted P2P technology. The service is ad-financed, hence the comparison with Last.fm. Read More

  • eBay UK puts staff on notice as the US mothership cuts jobs and spends big

    eBay UK has today put three quarters of their UK staff on notice for redundancy, according to my sources. Although a spokesperson for eBay UK, which employs around 100 people, told The Times that “some people’s roles are at risk of redundancy” and would not say how many jobs or which departments are most at risk, my sources paint a black picture of what’s going on… Read More

  • Does it make sense to update your social networks via a voice call?

    Ping.fm, a fairly new service that lets you update your status on several social networks at once, has signed a deal with the UK’s Spinvox whereby you can now update your status via a voice call. Ping.fm works on Twitter, Facebook, Jaiku, Pownce, LiveJournal, Tumblr, MySpace, Bebo and Friendster. It’s not unlike Socialthing, another an activity aggregator. There is also HelloTxt… Read More

  • Update: Virtual Worlds Forum back on as an unconference

    I just got this email from the organisers of the cancelled VWF event. Virtual Worlds Forum Unplugged – Unconference tomorrow, Tuesday 7 October
    To bring together the fantastic group of people that are still here in London we have now arranged an unconference tomorrow. Virtual Worlds Forum Unplugged will take place on Tuesday from 9.30am – 4.30pm. Arrive early to meet and shape… Read More

  • Pitch your startup at Startup Ignite! @ Web 2.0 Expo Europe

    Are you a European startup interested in or coming to Web 2.0 Expo Europe? Startup Ignite! will be on the first night of Web 2.0 Expo Europe and will highlight six companies on the main stage, presented in front of an audience of industry peers, media and VCs. The format is simple, five minutes on stage and a maximum of 15 slides. No demos. Videos are allowed. Date & Time: Tuesday… Read More

  • Ads on the CrunchBoard today

    There’s been a good response to our call for ads this week, which are free to startups fighting the current financial armageddon. If you want to send in a free ad for your startup – you need office space, a mentor, an Angel, a VC, a PHP developer, whatever, then here are the details on how. I’ll be running this free ad promotion all this week and sending out daily updates. If… Read More

  • Virtual Worlds Forum is forced to re-schedule after shooting at venue

    This is an urgent message for anyone who was attending or speaking at Virtual Worlds Forum in London this week. The whole thing is going to be re-scheduled due to an incident on Sunday at the venue in which a member of the public was shot. The venue was to be “The Bridge” in London SE1, which is is situated in a series of Victorian arches adjacent to London Bridge. The site dates… Read More

  • Automatic for the people – Free ads (jobs/want-ads/office space etc) all THIS week

    In recognition of the tough economic times we’re facing, and the fact that lots of startups are looking for people right now, I’m – perhaps naively? – going to have a go at kick-starting the market. But the “market” we are in is not just about jobs. It’s about office space. It’s about trying to find a mentor for your startup idea. It’s… Read More

  • As eBay preps layoffs, startup investment crashes – it's going to be a cold winter people

    It looks like Monday will be when we find out if how many staff go from eBay’s offices globally and the UK/European offices specifically. Last month reports started to emerge that eBay was poised to cut 1,500 jobs, or 10% of its workforce globally, according to an article in Barron’s weekly. It cited a report published by investment-research firm Wedge Partners. My sources tell me… Read More

  • Social media gurus and startup kids move to new homes

    The shifting sands of London’s networking events is shifting again, and re-shaping into something approaching stability. The Social Media Cafe, or The Tuttle Club as regulars like to call it, is moving from its birthplace in an upstairs room in The Coach and Horse pub in London’s Soho (see my bad photo of the last event today) to a fascinating new location: The Institute of… Read More

  • Rumour: Spotify raises €15m round for Bittorrent-meets-Last.fm service

    Spotify, founded by the former Tradedoubler team, is understood to have raised €15.3m from Northzone Venture Partners at a monster €71.6m pre-money valuation. The service is still in private beta. Northzone themselves have declined to comment, but Creandum, another of Sweden’s top VCs, is also understood to have taken part in the funding round. Spotif have released no statement but… Read More

  • Has Spotify raised $20m round for Bittorrent-meets-Last.fm?

    Spotify, founded by the former Tradedoubler team, is understood to have raised €15.3m from Northzone Venture Partners at a monster €71.6m pre-money valuation. The service is still in private beta. Read More