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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  • A firm tries to patent online wish lists in Europe. Shall we stop them?

    Last week TechCrunch reported that Channel Intelligence (CI), a company based in Florida, had filed a lawsuit for patent infringement in the US against a long list of startups which – get this – offer wish lists for products people may want others to buy for them. However, many of these companies don’t yet know they’ve been sued so their defence response is likely to… Read More

  • Partech heads MBO as European VC scene shifts again

    The tectonic plates of Euopean venture capital are shifting once more as the France-based VC Partech International Partners (PIP) launches a management buyout from its Partech parent. The move looks like it was prompted by overtures from the US business, which the Eurepan team has taken advantage of. Some might say there are now “great expectations” of PIP. The buyout by… Read More

  • Forget Crowd-Sourced T-shirts: Print Objects In 3D

    So first there was the online creation of pretty simple items like business cards and T-shirts – businesses which cut out the old middle-man way of doings things. Soon there will be a way to create and “print” objects in 3D on a mass scale, and the first of these is starting to arrive. Netherlands-based Shapeways is launching a private beta of a community for consumers wanting… Read More

  • Fred Wilson – A VC in Europe (but just for this month)

    Last week I had a coffee with Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures. Fred is perhaps best known as the blogger “A VC – Musings of a VC in NYC” but he is also an investor in Twitter among other startups. He was on a European “Tech Tour”, but this is not something he normally does. I asked him why a New York VC was suddenly doing a tour of European startups… Read More

  • Digital Mission deadline closes Wednesday

    Startups please take note: Get your entries in to Digital Mission by Wednesday this week for the chance to pursue business opportunities and make connections in the US. Winning firms will be on a trade mission organised by Chinwag for UK Trade & Investment both at Web 2.0 Expo in New York and SXSW Interactive. The advisory board comprises: Nic Brisbourne – Partner, DFJ Esprit
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  • Tweetmeme takes another bite at ranking Twitter links

    TweetMeme he spin-off site from the Favorit guys, has sputtered back into life since Twitter sorted out its search problems by buying Summize. The move means that third-party aggregregators like Tweetmeme, which acts like a TechMeme for Twitter, should have a new lease of life. Certainly checking in today reveals a much improved service – indicating just how many people are… Read More

  • Top apps on the iPhone – an unscientific survey

    Right now I have 2,245 people following me personally on Twitter, which is a useful number to do quick, crowd-sourced questions. So today I put it to good use by asking which applications my Twitter friends like most on the new iPhone/iPod Touch version 2.0 – or at least any iPhone than now runs the App Store. Obviously the list is not representative of the general population –… Read More

  • Google releases iPhone app for the UK

    You may already have heard via the chatter on Twitter, but in case you haven’t: Google has released its iPhone app for download by UK users. Until now, the native Google application was only available in the US. In all respects the UK version appears to be the same as the US one, including integration with location. So you can look for businesses around your location, something which… Read More

  • Google Buys Russian Contextual Ads Service for $140m

    BREAKING NOW: Google is buying Russian contextual advertising company ZAO Begun for $140 million from UK-registered Rambler Media (many Russian firms now base themselves in the UK). Rambler owns 50.1 percent of Begun, so to secure the deal it is buying the remaining 49.9 percent stake from owner Bannatyne Limited and then selling the entire firm to Google. Rambler says it expects to net about… Read More

  • You Have Three Days To Check Out Wuala's 'Social Grid' Storage

    Wuala, the innovative P2P social grid storage coming out of Switzerland, is doing a sneak preview of its public beta from now until Monday evening, after which it will close until the full launch on August 14. It’s worth checking this out before the window closes as I’m betting Wuala is pretty much unlike any online storage service you’ve seen. The public beta in August… Read More

  • Zurich – TechCrunch Meetup / Euro Tour – Let's try some live streaming

    This is a bit of punt, but the embed code below should produce some live video from our TechCrunch Meetup in Zurich (fingers crossed!)…. Ihr Browser unterstütz keine eingebetteten Frames. Bitte aktualisieren Sie ihren Browser. Read More

  • Moblog switches tack to create 'WordPress for mo-blogging'

    Is there such a concept left in the lexicon as mobile blogging, or “moblogging”? The mobile world has long been converging with the online world and is en route towards mainstream adoption, thanks to devices like the iPhone and services like Twitter. Accompanying mashups, like Twitpic and Twixtr blur the lines between “presence” updates, micro-blogging and photo-blogging. Read More

  • Is there room for a 'WordPress for mobile blogging'?

    Is there such a concept left in the lexicon as mobile blogging, or “moblogging”? Devices like the iPhone, services like Twitter and mobile photo blogging apps like Shozu blur the lines between “presence” updates, micro-blogging and mobile blogging. What is left to be done in this space that’s new? The UK-based Moblog.net thinks that a platform play might be it… Read More

  • TechCrunch Pitch! – The Long Version

    A fuller round-up of the events of TechCrunch Pitch! last week in London is now live at TechCrunch.com. Read More

  • TechCrunch Pitch! in London – The Wrap

    Last week TechCrunch UK held the first TechCrunch Pitch! event in London. The idea came about for this after I went to a number of demo and pitch events in the UK and other European countries and realized that too many startups were not actually getting to the point in their pitch to the audience and potential investors. You have to remember that the concept of pitching, and how to pitch… Read More

  • Muzu TV launches artist-controlled video site

    Dublin-based Muzu TV was one of the companies that demo’d at our recent TechCrunch Meetup in Dublin and, to be honest, I hadn’t expected such a a full-blown, well funded startup to emerge until I bumped into the smiling face of co-founder Mark French. Heading down to their office the next day, I realised that Muzu TV is attempting to pull off quite a big play. I understand Muzu… Read More

  • Muzu TV turns artists into ad-men

    Muzu TV, one of the companies that demo’d at our recent TechCrunch Meetup in Dublin, has emerged with $8 million dollars in VC with another take on music videos: advertising supported. It’s built up a library of music related video content (documentaries, TV shows, interviews, tutorials etc) and signed deals with 200 labels, one of which is Sony BMG which has a global artist… Read More

  • Will Google use Jaiku to kill Twitter?

    I’ve been thinking about what happened to Jaiku lately and making some enquiries. It’s amazing to think that last year people were talking about Jaiku and Twitter in the same breath. Today Jaiku feels almost invisible. But threading the information I’ve been drawing together now suggests that Google will use Jaiku’s early, ground-breaking features, to kill off Twitter. Read More

  • Wahanda raises £1.5m for socnet for spa users

    Wahanda, a social network for people who use spas and other “wellness” products, has raised £1.5 million, in large part from Ambient Sound Investments, the fund created by the former founding engineers from Skype. The site aims to be a destination for people to learn about spas, treatments and practitioners, putting it together with transactional abilities (to search, find, book and… Read More

  • TechCrunch Pitch! – Mini wrap-up

    A quick explanation: I’m working on a fuller write-up about the first TechCrunch Pitch! event in London last night, which will appear on TechCrunch.com. In the meantime, please go and check out the photos and videos kindly recorded by Moblog on our TechCrunch UK account, set up specially for the event. Also check out the Flickr photos from Benjamin Ellis, and Steve Bowbrick and video… Read More