Mike Butcher

Mike Butcher (FRSA) is an ‘Editor At Large’ at TechCrunch, the biggest breaking news site about the world’s hottest tech companies. Mike has been named one of the Top 50 most influential Britons in technology by The Daily Telegraph.

As well as being a long-time Writer, Broadcaster and Editor Mike is also co-founder of TechHub (@TechHub), a project to merge a thriving community with office space for fast-moving startups. Mike has written for UK national newspapers and magazines including The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The New Statesman.

Mike 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 Mike 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 Mike 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 Mike 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 Mike was named one of the Top 10 bloggers on Twitter in the UK. In October 2009 Mike was named one of the Top 50 most influential Britons in technology by The Daily Telegraph. In April 2010 Mike was in Wired UK’s Top 100 influencer list, again in 2011, in 2012 and in 2014. In April 2010 TechCrunch Europe was shortlisted in the Specialist Digital Publisher category of the prestigious UK-based Association of Online Publishers’ Digital Publishing Awards. In November 2010 Mike was named as one of London’s most influential people in New Media and “king of dotcom commentators ” by The Evening Standard Newspaper. Mike has been listed as one of the Top 100 most influential people on Twitter in the UK. Mike has spoken at the prestigious Monaco Media Forum, Le Web, Web Summit and DLD among many other conferences. Mike is a regular commentator on the technology business, appearing on BBC News, Sky News, CNBC, Channel 4 and Bloomberg. Mike has advised the UK Prime Minister on tech startups, served on the Mayor of London’s Digital Advisory Board, the ‘Smart London’ Board and been a Technology Ambassador for London.

Mike arned his B.A. degree in History and English Literature from Australian National University.

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  • HubDub launches PunditWatch. We don't do so well (so far)

    Prediction markets are being touted as the new way to really engage users. If you can get users to mass around content like a fantasy league, the idea is they will consume more, super-charging traffic. There are a few out there already: BluBet (more of a game than a market), The Industry Standard re-launched (with mixed results) aiming at tech, Pikum is majoring on sports, and HubDub is aiming… Read More

  • Are you Haikurious?

    Writer and soon to be author Paul Carr – in between a recent travelogue of adventures in the US and prior to the launch of his book “Bringing Nothing to the Party: True Confessions Of A New Media Whore” – has come up with a new site. Skewering the Web 2.0 startup scene with a new take on British irony, Haikurious is satire written in the style of Haiku poetry. Think… Read More

  • TechCrunch Euro Tour – Update

    TechCrunch UK is taking the TechCrunch brand on a little road-trip (OK, plane trip) around Europe this summer and afterwards, making face-to-face contact with Europe’s best and brightest startups. We just held a great meetup in Barcelona for instance. Where possible I’ll be holding a TechCrunch meetup in the cities I visit (keep track via Dopplr), usually with a local partner. Read More

  • TechCrunch Euro Tour Update

    TechCrunch UK is taking the TechCrunch brand on a little road-trip (OK, plane trip) around Europe this summer and afterwards, making face-to-face contact with Europe’s best and brightest startups. We just held a great meetup in Barcelona for instance. Where possible I’ll be holding a TechCrunch meetup in the cities I visit (keep track via Dopplr), usually with a local partner. Read More

  • Founders apply electric shocks to Naked's dead body

    Naked, the UK-based social messaging startup which closed last week mere months after launch and days before it released a beta after a failed attempt to raise more financing, may yet be revived. Sources are telling me the startup is trying to re-animate in Belgium, home to at least two of its co-founders. One of them, Belgium-based Tom Casaer, has put an advert on LinkedIn for… Read More

  • While the BBC fiddles, Britain's innovation burns

    Ok, so that might be a rather strong headline, but it was the best I could think of to describe what is currently going on. (That’s Nero fiddling while Rome burns, btw). It’s no secret that I am dissappointed that the BBC has spent so much time and money trying to re-invent the wheel For The Glory of the Corporation. I think the BBC should do more, a LOT more, to hook into the… Read More

  • Is Twitter down? What do you think…

    Checked your Twhirl client this morning? Tried hitting the home page? Just ask IsTwitterDown.com, here’s all it needs to say: Read More

  • European online advertising up 40% year to £9bn

    Europe’s online ad market is growing by 40% year on year across the continent, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau Europe (release). In 2007 the European online advertising market was worth €11.2bn (£8.88bn), up from €7.2bn in 2006. The news means the market is closing on the US online ad market, which increased by only 26% during the same period to €14.5bn. The… Read More

  • Blyk's mobile ads might be working after all

    Startup MVNO Blyk, which provides a cheap mobile service to young people in return for sending them “targetted” ad messages, has launched a media shop designed for advertisers and agencies to source information from. So far there are campaign results from brands including Penguin, COI, L’Oreal, Boots and Brylcreem. Ad campaign briefs can also be sent directly from the… Read More

  • Attentio takes 600k Euro investment

    Brussels-based social media tracking startup Attentio, has received a 600,00 Euro investment from five new private shareholders well known in Norwegian business circles, along with further investment from existing shareholders. The round takes Attentio’s pot to a total of 1.5 million Euros raised since 2006. Attentio’s goal is to monitor blogs, forums, networks, YouTube and… Read More

  • Dissecting Naked – When and what to publish about a failing startup

    The Next Web blog – normally great – has had a slight crisis of confidence and attacked TechCrunch UK’s report on the demise of Naked. Blogger David Petherick says they had all the facts about Naked a month ago but chose not to delve into why the firm had cashflow problems or make “a dramatic, and possibly premature, pronouncement of death” because this would not… Read More

  • The Hospital's mashup of real and virtual networks

    The Hospital private members club in London is not the first place you might look for a new kind of web model. It’s a private members club, afterall. This sort of thing does not scale in the same way that, say, a web app might. Every new member must be vetted by hand. Problem. However, increasingly you see that VCs are quite interested in sites that makes things happen in the real world… Read More

  • Startup Roundup

    Moo, which recently moved offices in London, has a new roof (see above), which doubles as a terrace. Lucky them! So in the spirit of other more minor items of interest, here’s a roundup of smaller items from a bunch of UK and Irish startups, in no particular order: • Zebtab has a new channel, iwantoneofthose (IWOOT), the internet gadget retailer. • The Filter has launched some… Read More

  • Netvibes CEO leaves for new project

    Tariq Krim, founder and CEO of Paris-based Netvibes, is stepping down work on a “new project.” He remains on the board of the company and as a non-executive strategic adviser. Netvibes COO Freddy Mini takes over as CEO. Krim says his work transfering Netvibes “from a personal start page into a widget platform,” is done, but it’s clear that the huge competition in… Read More

  • Is Google about to release an API for location?

    (Update 31/5/08): TechCrunch’s Nik Cubrilovic has now taken up this baton and run with it: Google To Launch Large Scale Geo-Services ———— Is Google poised to release an API for geo-location, based on it’s magical My Location feature in Google Maps for mobile? Could be. Something called the “Geolocation API” has appeared on this list for Google… Read More

  • Naked stripped bare – startup runs out of cash, enters liquidation

    Naked, a UK-based social messaging startup, has entered administration and the assets of the company are to be liquidated. Sources say the company ran out of money at end of April and an administrator was appointed in May to wind up the company, which went into liquidation last Friday. All 12 employees were made redundant at the beginning of May. Begbies Traynor has been appointed the… Read More

  • Being Digital comp winners

    I’ve managed to twist the arm of the organisers of the upcoming Being Digital conference, and those nice people at Sun Microsystems Startup Essentials who are sponsors, to add another delegate place for me to give away. So I’m happy to announce that I’ve selected Phreadz to demo at the event, while a delegate place each will go to Qajack and Ki-Work, who both took the trouble… Read More

  • UnLtdWorld has some new features, and I have a suggestion

    UnLtdWorld, the niche social network aimed at social entrepreneurs, is adding a few new features. Among them, the Research Lab feature (which maps social entrepreneurship) now enables members to visualise a breakdown of all statistical data around a specific location and relevant to their personal network. The site will also be releasing a series of APIs to generate mashups with the… Read More

  • Phreadz – A Little Like Seesmic, But Trying To Do More

    On first look, Phreadz does appear to be aping Seesmic. Threaded video conversations and an invite-only Alpha are just two of the similarities. But you won’t find any of Seesmic’s code in this new UK-based “social multimedia conversation network,” reports TechCrunch UK. Firstly, it is going further than Seesmic by pushing the envelope on the concept by interweaving… Read More

  • Phreadz: A Seesmic clone? Or a lot more?

    Phreadz is a new UK-based social multimedia conversation network of video, audio and photo blogging created via the desktop or from mobile devices. Currently in closed, invite-only Alpha (or “alfalfa” as the site prefers to call it) Phreadz is similar to Seesmic, the video conversations platform, but with Phreadz you can also automatically cross-post the multimedia to your… Read More