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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  • ITV brands Friends Reunited re-launch a success – but where are the missing 12 million?

    Perhaps the era when old media companies bought new social networks is now over? Why? Because an old media company has now re-made a social network on its own – and it appears to be working. After a fashion. The company in question is ITV, and the network is Friends Reunited. ITV says today that Friends Reunited has hit what it describes as “record numbers”, or 6.6m unique… Read More

  • Getting European Startups Together

    A big problem in Europe – and something I found out during my TechCrunch Euro Tour this Summer – is that startups have very few opportunities to meet and network. If a startup eco-system in Europe is ever really going to take off, startups need to get together more often. Berlin is centrally located for the rest of Europe (East and West) and has a thriving startups scene right now. Read More

  • Diary.com – Scrapbooking For The Twitter Generation?

    Guess what the URL Diary.com has been doing since 1996? Not much. But now the owner, a guy in London, is looking to re-imagine the concept of the diary for the Twitter generation. Diary.com has a clean interface, a little like like Twitter, but instead of 140 charcters you plug in 1000. Read More

  • ProofHQ makes artwork proofing collaborative

    So there have been many attempts to make it easier to collaborate over projects. You’ve got apps that will put yellow stickies onto web pages (like Fleck) and lots of collaboration apps from the likes of Basecamp, Huddle, Sosius and Ximdesk. There is Conceptshare, Octopz, Cozimo, and Thinkature but fe have concentrated on the single core use for many companies, which is just proofing… Read More

  • ProofHQ makes proofing artwork collaborative

    London-based ProofHQ, in private beta since January, launches today aiming at the UK and US markets for proofing artwork specifically. I tried out the app and it is pretty slick. The cool thing about the proofs, is that they can be embedded into any web page, so ProofHQ documents can can also be integrated into project management applications like Basecamp or Huddle. Read More

  • Are you a European startup going to TechCrunch 50?

    If you’re a European startup going to TechCrunch 50 (either as a demo company, individual, or even if you’re just thinking about being in San Francisco while the event is on) then please let me know or leave a comment below. There may well be scope for a “UK/Irish/Euro Meetup” if people are interested… Read More

  • The top 15 ways to get on with TechCrunch Europe, and maybe other media

    So as this terrible wet August / Summer ends and online battle re-commences once more, I thought I may as well have a stab at giving you some ideas about how to interact with a blog like this. I’m going to use as inspiration Jason Calacanis’ post on SAI today and also one some points Michael Arrington made at Y Combinator’s Startup School a few months back. But I’ll… Read More

  • TechCrunch UK named best Web 2.0 and business blog

    TechCrunch UK has been named the best “Web 2.0 and business blog” in the UK, by the readers of Computer Weekly magazine. The ComputerWeekly.com IT Blog Awards 08 sifted hundreds of entries and asked readers to vote on their favourite blogs. The judges said: In the Web 2.0 and business blogs category we were looking for our readers’ pick of blogs about social media and web 2.0… Read More

  • As Twitter withdraws SMS, startups rush to fill the void

    Assuming the founders of Twitter are listening, then they will have been be hearing about the outcry from users outside the US (just read these comments) after they completely cut off all outbound SMS services in the UK and chose not to replace them with premium rate SMS services – services which, surprise, surprise – millions of people in Europe already happily pay for. But no matter. Read More

  • Twitter cuts UK SMS – there goes another business model

    Twitter has killed its outbound SMS services outside of the United States, Canada or India, and with it a potentially highly lucrative business model in Europe. In the UK you’ll still be able to send Twitter an SMS to update your status, but you won’t be receiving them. Apparently rising rising costs made it impractical, and we have been getting those SMSs for free. In a blog… Read More

  • Wuala Launches Social Grid Storage In Public Beta Tomorrow

    This has to be some kind of record – a startup launching a public beta on the day it said it would. Wuala, the P2P ‘social grid storage’ startup from Switzerland, launches its public beta tomorrow at www.wua.la. Users will be able to simply click on a button on the site to start the service (it’s a Java app). That’s it. You can drag-and-drop stuff into it for… Read More

  • The brave new world of video pitches for a startups competition

    European Startups competition Seedcamp is running a video pitch competition where you can vote for a startup to go into the week-long event based on their video pitch. The deadline for all entries is this Sunday, August 10th. Check out the videos after the jump. Read More

  • Should we have a TechCrunch party in Berlin at Web 2 Expo?

    I have been kicking the idea around with a few people (mainly in conjunction with Andrew Scott, CEO of Rummble who knows Berlin well, and had an idea for a startups party a while ago) about having a TechCrunch party in Berlin during Web 2.0 Expo. Nothing very “official”, but the idea is to have the party aimed just at startup tech companies in Europe. A big problem in Europe… Read More

  • Goole, the town a G could change

    I think I’ve found my TechHub. If ever there was a former industrial town in the North of England that had an opportunity to rebrand for the digital age, it’s Goole. Just the addition of the humble letter ‘g’ might well bring hordes of nerdy looking young men and women flocking around its Victorian era clock, marvelling at its old water tower and spinning out startups… Read More

  • News in brief

    • UK-based The Filter has been nominated for ‘The Industry Standard’s‘ Innovation awards, as has Alert Thingy, BBC iPlayer and a few other European players including Netvibes, Xing, Babbel (not bad for a brand new startup), mydeco and Soocial. • Property search engine Nestoria is partnering with NannyGroup on their MoveNanny and LandLordNanny services which help… Read More

  • Click to activate a charity on Everyclick

    Everyclick, a search engine which monetises search results for charities and offers donation and campaign tools, is launching a new full-blown platform. It should prove popular. According to an NfP Synergy 2008 survey, only 41% of the UK’s charities with a turnover of less than £1m (the majority of the 200,000 total) have the facilities to collect online donations. The three year… Read More

  • Kublax goes into closed alpha

    Kublax, a hotly anticipated startup which syncs all your bank accounts, utilities, and loyalty schemes has launched an Alpha version to pre-registrants. Kublax was a winner of Seedcamp 2007, but in February it won a further round of undisclosed angel investment from Digitalents Capital, Five Ventures, Omnis Mundi Invest AG and The Accelerator Group (TAG). The site is designed to sync with all… Read More

  • mloovi – Feedburner for the rest of the planet?

    Mloovi is a new tool which will translate RSS newsfeeds into 24 languages. It does this via Google Translate but the process is utterly seamless. You just put an RSS feed’s URL into the box and that’s it. The service is going to be of great use to bloggers (who can also download a widget to have their blog automatically translated). Since the service is a mashup of Google Translate… Read More

  • Interesting events for startups

    • Tomorow marks the start of Leeds’ first web festival – “LS1” – a bunch of unconferences, keynotes and meetups that pretty much accidentally landed in the same fifteen day period of August. How do I know? Because that’s what Imran Ali, web maven of Leeds, is blogging about at the moment. One of the notable events will be an evening with Fred Wilson… Read More

  • Glasses Direct gets a new CEO – but will it help?

    Following his announcement in March that he was moving on to become executive chairman and thus search for a new CEO, Glasses Direct founder Jamie Murrey Wells has found one. The new guy is outgoing Advertising.com UK MD Kevin Cornils. Glasses Direct is about to embark on some more marketing and a site relaunch but will it be enough to stop the copy-cat services which abound out there, most… Read More