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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  • European startups prepared for the worst

    My colleagues over at TechCrunch.com have done some great number crunching and come up with a list of startups in CrunchBase that have raised at least $25 million over the past two years. The next two years are generally being referred to as another “nuclear winter” when startups will find it very hard to raise cash. They came up with a list of 160 startups, with Facebook topping… Read More

  • LateCrunch – the official Web 2.0 Expo Europe after-party in Berlin, by TechCrunch UK

    TechCrunch UK is throwing a networking party for European startups called “LateCrunch”, in conjunction with Web 2 Expo Berlin (21-23 October). The event will be on Thursday 23rd October, the last night of the Expo, and it’s going to be the official “after-party” for Web 2 Expo. It will start at 10pm and go until 5am. We want this to be a cool, fun event for people… Read More

  • DropSend sold – but how easy is it to flip a web app these days?

    I’m a little late to this, but it is worth noting that events guru Ryan Carson – co-founder of the Carsonified conference and training company which does the rocking FOWA – recently sold his web app DropSend, some two years after putting it on the block. The buyer is Webminds who, I understand, picked the app up for an undisclosed amount, though I gather it was in the low… Read More

  • Seesmic and Phreadz heads meet

    Word reaches me that Kosso from UK video messaging startup Phreadz met up with Seesmic’s ubiquitous CEO, Loic Le Meur this week in London, as the latter passed through on his way to Picnic in Amsterdam. The two platforms have a slight cross-over audience, but Seesmic, with $12 million in funding, is an altogether different beast to Phreadz, a one-man startup that isn’t even out… Read More

  • From the bizarre to the raucous – the two sides of London's tech scene

    Picture if you will a room full largely of men in dark blue suits, spread across 50 or more tables in a top London hotel, watching as “urban” dancers move amateurishly to the worst kind of arthouse music imaginable on a stage recently vacated by a Newsnight presenter. Actually, you don’t need to imagine, here’s an actual picture: Fast forward a day on, to a basement… Read More

  • LateCrunch: TechCrunchUK and Web2Expo create the mother of all parties for European startups

    One of the issues with the development of a tech startup scene in Europe is that we don’t have one single technology cluster in Europe like Silicon Valley. For us, our “Silicon Valley” is a state of mind, not a place. Each country on the continent of Europe has many city centres where startups are spread far and wide. But there is no reason why startups across Europe… Read More

  • New research says VCs love ad platforms – Europe accounts for nearly half of all investment

    More than $580m was invested into online advertising companies in the first half of 2008, according to new research to be released today, obtained exclusively by TechCrunch UK. Europe accounted for $258m of this, or 45% of the total. The research has been put together by venture capital house Advent Ventures and will be revealed in a speech today by partner Paul Fisher in a speech at 2pm at… Read More

  • Pitch your startup with TechCrunch at FOWA in London

    TechCrunch UK is going to run a “Techcrunch Pitch!” contest for startups at the upcoming Future of Web Apps conference in London, and you’re invited. All you need to do is submit an entry, and we will choose the best three to come up on the stage at FOWA and pitch to an “American Idol” style panel consisting of Mike Butcher (Techcrunch UK), Ryan Carson… Read More

  • Video of the T-Mobile G1 Google Android Phone

    [Update: So I just confirmed with with T-Mobile: One thing that seems to be a dealbreaker that it has no in-built video recording capability, which seems to be an astounding omission. Had the “gPhone” added this, it would have looked pretty good against the iPhone. It can play video through a dedicated YouTube app but, it appears, not inside the browser. Update II: I just… Read More

  • Pitch your startup to TechCrunch at FOWA in London

    TechCrunch UK is going to run a “Techcrunch Pitch!” contest for startups at the upcoming Future of Web Apps conference in London, and you’re invited. There’ll be an “American Idol” style panel consisting of Mike Butcher (TechCrunch UK), Ryan Carson (Carsonified), Kevin Rose (Digg) and a mystery guest, yet to be announced. All you need to do is submit an… Read More

  • Google's G1 Android handset to be free in UK. Look out iPhone.

    TechCrunch has been “double-live blogging” (oh yes) the T-Mobile / Google Android handset press launch, and here’s a handy summary of what was said. If you’re pressed for time, here’s the skinny: It launches in the UK in early November and the rest of Europe 2009. The handset will be free on price plans from £40 a month (no news on pays as you go), which will make… Read More

  • Qype boosts team – competitors start to worry

    After just announcing new funding, Qype, the pan-European local reviews site, is not wasting any time. It has just poached LastMinutes’ Sophie MacLaren and Emily van Lierop to be UK Marketing Director and Marketing Manager respectvely. Sophie has also been at Ticketmaster, the New York City Opera, Brazen and Spin Media PR agencies. Emily joins directly from koodos, a UK fashion website. Read More

  • Flirtomatic picks up a million users, with most on mobile

    Flirtomatic is one of the oldest social networks in the UK you probably haven’t heard of. Why? Because it’s largely on the mobile, aimed at young people and it’s taken a less subtle approach than some sites: full on flirting. But that strategy appears to be paying off. It’s just announced a million registered users, mostly based in the UK and more than half of them… Read More

  • Xing launches UK push for its business network

    It’s interesting that Xing, the business social network which competes with LinkedIn has chosen now to launch a marketing campaign in the UK this week – probably something to do with the Adtech trade show on in London right now. There’ll be advertising on some 400 Xing billboards by major London Underground stations, ads in the Metro freesheet and online on at The Guardian… Read More

  • Seedcamp video in full

    With a little too much going on last week to keep track, I missed some of the videos coming out of the Seedcamp sessions, so here they are in full. Day 1
    Seedcamp 2008 Day 1 Highlights from Seedcamp on Vimeo. Day 2
    Seedcamp Day 2 Highlights from Seedcamp on Vimeo. Day 3
    Seedcamp Day 3 Highlights from Seedcamp on Vimeo. Day 4
    Seedcamp Day 4 Highlights from Seedcamp on Vimeo. Day 5

    Seedcamp Day 5… Read More

  • Fast exit – UK's Kindo acquired by Israel's MyHeritage

    UK based, Kindo.com a family tree service, has been acquired by the Israeli based MyHeritage, which was recently funded by Accel and Index Ventures. The size of the deal was not disclosed, but it’s a fast exit for Kindo which only launched last year. Although Kindo says on their blog that the buy-out took place because “we share the same vision and values”, I think it is also… Read More

  • Pictures from TechCrunchTalk

    Here are some pictures from TechCrunchTalk last week, the Seedcamp Party which followed and, well, the unofficial after-party which followed that! By pretty much all accounts over 300 people from the London/UK/European startup community enjoyed themselves on the banks of the Thames. Quite why some people started to throw a frisbee at the event is beyond me, but it may have had something to do… Read More

  • Palingate? – Agents Swoop On A Tennessee College Dorm Linked To Palin Hacker's IP Address


    Hack into – and then publish – the email account of a major politician, especially one under Secret Service protection and currently running for Vice President, and you had better cover your tracks. Well. WBIR is among those reporting that FBI agents broke into a party at the Fort Sanders apartment of University of Tennessee student David Kernell early Sunday morning. A Department… Read More

  • TechCrunchTalk video – Investment Perspectives

    Video from the live video stream of TechCrunchTalk, a series of four panel discussions focusing on start-ups and the investment climate in the UK and Europe, recorded in London on 18 September, 3pm and 6pm GMT: Read More

  • TechCrunchTalk video – European Perspectives Part I

    Video from the live video stream of TechCrunchTalk, a series of four panel discussions focusing on start-ups and the investment climate in the UK and Europe, recorded in London on 18 September, 3pm and 6pm GMT: Read More