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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  • mloovi translates RSS feeds into 24 languages

    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). The translations are not perfect and images… Read More

  • TechCrunch Talk and Seedcamp party – a great combination


    This September TechCrunch UK will be hosting TechCrunchTalk, an afternoon of discussion and debate about the trends in European start-ups, involving investors and key players, which will explore several themes, including: • What’s the experience of raising venture capital for startups in Europe?
    • What are the major trends in European tech startups?
    • If Mobile 2.0 is the next… Read More

  • Doof re-launches – but that name…

    Casual social games startup doof has re-laiunched and now offers over 100 games, more social networking features, more competitions and a members club. We wrote about London-based Doof, which is backed by the The Money Gaming Corporation Ltd, last November. However, I see one problem for this startup’s international expansion. Exhorting people to “Become a Doofstar!”… Read More

  • Government workers want social tools – but the IT dept doesn't get it

    Huddle has done a study on the interest in social networks inside government departments and found that, well, they just don’t “get it”. At least the managers don’t, but the workers do. Their Social Collaboration in Public Sector study was carried out amongst 202 local authority officials this July. It found that despite social networks like Facebook being banned in… Read More

  • iPhone Nano by Christmas? Or should the Daily Mail just be banned from Techmeme?

    Back in June I wrote a freelance (just the one mind) piece for The Guardian about my old stamping ground of online media. In this case it was the ABCe figures which come out monthly and tell us how much traffic newspaper web sites get in the UK. But it’s clear that these figures are quickly becoming rather meaningless as newspapers start to learn the game of SEO’d headlines and… Read More

  • Social.FM in the Deadpool

    Social.FM, the three year old startup which helped users discover music through their social network in a similar manner to Last.fm, has confirmed it is shutting down. GigaOm carried a tip-off to that effect, now the site is carrying the following message: To our Valued Customers, We regret to inform you and apologize for this inconvenience, but Social.FM will be shutting down the system on… Read More

  • After a girl goes missing, is Netlog doing all it can to protect children on its site?

    Netlog, which at 33 million users is possibly continental Europe’s biggest social network, could be open to criticism in the way it deals with minors on its site. A girl of 15 who was feared to have fled to Turkey to meet two men who befriended her on Netlog was yesterday found in Belgium. She went missing from her home in Wales six days ago. Nia Witts, from Penglais, Aberystwyth… Read More

  • Can you engineer a technology cluster? The Irish experience

    So I recently wrote about the idea of having a purpose-built/created technology cluster or building(s) in London which I whimsically called “TechHub”. (As London is a big city the tech scene has always been incredibly spread out, with no definable cluster). The post was inspired by my visit to the Digital Hub in Dublin, a series of old Guinness warehouses turned over to the task… Read More

  • This week's top three jobs on CrunchBoard

    This week’s top three jobs on CrunchBoard are: Ruby on Rails developer with an interest in sport New Media Coordinator Programmer / ninja for groundbreaking interactive restaurant The CrunchBoard job board gives you access to millions of technology and business savvy readers of TechCrunch, MobileCrunch, CrunchGear and other top technology blogs. CrunchBoard is permanently linked from… Read More

  • Google Street View goes ahead in UK. Thanks again, Privacy International


    So I should say at the outset that there is nothing wrong with the concept of privacy. But in an age of social media, people really are going to have to start getting used to the idea that a lot of what we do in public is going to be “out there”. To digress briefly – as we heard at a session at MoMo London recently, mobile location based social networks in South Africa… Read More

  • Start voice calls via Twitter? No way! Way.

    Would you like to talk to your Twitter friends or set up a spontaneous conference call? Normally you’d have to agree to hook up over Skype or something else. But soon you could be making calls via Twitter. Phweet is a new piggy-back Twitter service which does just this (thanks to Pat Phelan of MaxRoam and Twitterfone for the tip-off). After signing in with your Twitter name and password… Read More

  • iubo launches public beta for searching your stuff

    iubo, a start I wrote about in December last year, has launched its public beta. The idea is that you input all your data (contacts, photos, bookmarks, calendar, etc) and then iubo lets you search across all that data to create a useful service. iubo calls this ‘your own private Google’ for your stuff, which you can then tag up and share (if you want). The service was sparse back… Read More

  • Locify makes mobiles location aware

    Manchester-based Locify is a project about GPS on java-enabled mobile phones which enables a web service to offer location relevant services. Users can explore what is “here” or “there”, can tweet their location, explore nearby Wikipedia articles, update their location on Fireeagle, show a map where they are or seek for “caches” about their current location. Read More

  • Call your Twitter pals with Phweet

    Would you like to talk to your Twitter friends or set up a spontaneous conference call? Normally you’d have to agree to hook up over Skype or something else. But soon you could be making calls via Twitter. Phweet is a new service which does just this (thanks to Pat Phelan of MaxRoam and Twitterfone for the tip-off). After signing in with your Twitter name and password you select how… Read More

  • Now we have Silicon Roundabout — where else are London’s existing, organic tech hubs?

    Now we have Silicon Roundabout — where else are London’s existing, organic tech hubs?

    It’s weird how ideas get a certain zeitgeist. Last night at around 1am I put up my idea for a tech hub – a physical cluster for startups, probably a building or a set of buildings not unlike the converted Guinness warehouses in Dublin used for the amazing Digital Hub. Today the FT’s tech correspondent Tim Bradshaw blogged about “Silicon Roundabout”, the area… Read More

  • Why True Knowledge pisses on Cuil – Those pictures in full

    Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words. And the cool thing about Cuil (and when I say cool I mean “funny”), is that it keeps getting the pictures wrong. As The Register has pointed out (note: not suitable for work), Cuil’s attempts to associate pictures with search results are getting “cuiler” by the minute. Meanwhile, from the screen grabs… Read More

  • Starting the campaign for The Tech Hub

    I’ve long known about Dublin’s Digital Hub but seeing is believing, and when I was over there recently for our TechCrunch Meetup I visited the place and was mightily impressed. Here’s what it’s all about: The Digital Hub is a community of people – artists, researchers, educators, technologists, entrepreneurs and consumers, all working together to create innovative… Read More

  • Request for guest posts over the Summer

    Over the Summer I’m opening up TechCrunch UK & Ireland for some guest posts by people I think have something cool to say about startups here and in the wider European tech scene. It’s not much more complicated than that. I’m looking for posts which are well written, thought provoking or informative. Preferably all three. The posts will appear exclusively here on TCUK… Read More

  • True Knowledge gets second round from original backers

    Well, maybe I was wrong. Instead of True Knowledge bagging a large amount of VC funding as I thought, it’s gone back to its existing investors Octopus Ventures and some angels to secure $4m further funding. However, it may be it just that it couldn’t agree terms with the VCs that were courting it. (I’ll update the post when I have done more digging). It brings the total raised… Read More

  • Babbel secures funding for language learning

    Babbel, the Berlin-based language learning startup which we wrote about in January and which appeared at our London TechCrunch Pitch! event, has secured an undisclosed amount of funding from German investors Kizoo and and VC Fonds Berlin, although its understood to be less than a million euros. Members of Babbel teach each other via an Adobe Air Flash framework. The languages it covers so far… Read More