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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  • TechCrunchTalk video – European Perspectives Part II

    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: (Second half has new startups discussion) Read More

  • TechCrunchTalk video – Startup Young Guns and Old Hands

    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

  • Hubdub signs partner deal with Reuters

    Hubdub, the UK-based news prediction market aimed exclusively at a US audience, has today won a partnership deal with Reuters. Hubdub allows users to trade predictions with virtual money on the outcomes of breaking news stories and future events. It will run a new, dedicated Reuters section within the site. Reuters will generate questions for users to trade on based on the latest breaking… Read More

  • Seedcamp's winners reflect Europe's startup strength

    Seedcamp, the European-wide competion for startups, ended on a high this week naming a record seven winners rather than the five they originally set out to award. The seven will each get €50,000 seed funding from Seedcamp’s conglomerate of venture backers, but the stake in each startup will vary, along similar lines to the Y-Combinator model. This is a change from last year, when… Read More

  • Early-stage European Startups Take Honours At Seedcamp

    Seedcamp, the European-wide competion for startups, ended on a high this week, naming a record seven winners rather than the five they originally set out to award. The seven will each get €50,000 seed funding from Seedcamp’s conglomerate of venture backers, but the stake in each startup will vary, along similar lines to the Y-Combinator model. Read More

  • Birch backs Wordia – a video dictionary? Oh yes.

    Brit/US entrepreneur Michael Birch has not been resting since exiting from Bebo recently. He’s invested in a new startup which launched today, founded by former TV-producer Edward Baker, an ex-TV producer. But this is not your obvious startup – dictionaries are not exactly hot right now. So why do another one? Birch and Baker think different. Wordia.com – fittingly launched… Read More

  • TechCrunchTalk Live Video Stream

    Here’s the live stream from TechCrunchTalk, a series of four panel discussions focusing on start-ups and the investment climate in the UK and Europe, live from London between 3pm and 6pm GMT: Live streaming video by Ustream FYI you can interact with the chairman/moderator, Mike Butcher (Editor, TCUK), by sending an @mbites to Twitter. Read More

  • Wordia is out to get Dictionary.com with… a video dictionary?

    Brit/US entrepreneur Michael Birch has not been resting since exiting from Bebo recently. He’s invested in a new startup which launched today, founded by former TV-producer Edward Baker, an ex-TV producer. But this is not your obvious startup – dictionaries are not exactly hot right now. So why do another one? Read More

  • Leave Canary Wharf – Join a Startup!

    You’ve packed up your desk at Lehman Brothers, rolled up that AIG umbrella and headed to the pub. But wait, there is still hope! For years, one of the biggest challenges facing UK Internet startups (and startups in Europe generally) startups has been the competition for technical talent, especially the attraction of the City and financial services. It was very difficult for a… Read More

  • Netlog launching language translation for developers

    Following its name change and $6.8m financing round last April, the European social networking site Netlog had already stated an intention to release a developer platform with support for custom APIs. In fact, it plans to become a bit of a European evangelist for OpenSocial. That means developers can use a common set of programming interfaces on sites including Google, Orkut, MySpace, Yahoo! Read More

  • Boxedup wins angel investment

    This week seems to be seeing a run of investments in startups, despite the doom-laden economic climate. boxedup, a UK-based internet shopping tool, has completed a first round of angel investment from Toby Smallpiece, founder of UK SEO Webgravity and IBNet, both of which he has exited from. He joins the board with co-founders, Chris Osborne and Jeremy Baines, also co-founder of web agency… Read More

  • Live From London: TechCrunchTalk Live Video Stream

    This is the live video stream from TechCrunchTalk, a series of four panel discussions focusing on start-ups and the investment climate in the UK and the wider European scene, hosted by TechCrunch UK & Ireland: http://www.ustream.tv/flash/live/297248Live streaming video by Ustream Read More

  • Skimbit tries to make social shopping more useful

    Social shopping services are a strange grab-bag of sites all trying to crack the nut of how to monetise social networking around shopping, which is most social when it is real-world, not virtual. In April Wishpot took $1 million Series A for a service that lets you collect and and share information about items you find online and in stores, via texting the site. Users can later view saved… Read More

  • Amazee: Facebook-meets-BaseCamp for activists

    Zurich-based startup Amazee has come out of a five month public beta with the full launch today of its “collaboration platform” which allows people to organize, track, promote and fund projects of any size. Think Facebook “Causes” meets Basecamp with the ability to take PayPal and credit card donations thrown in. Amazee has also been signed up to provide the social… Read More

  • TechCrunchTalk event will debate startups in Europe (Sold Out!)

    We’re holding a little event in London tomorrow, “TechCrunchTalk”: a series of panel discussions focusing on start-ups and the investment climate. I’m delighted to welcome such internet stars as Michael Birch, co-founder, Bebo and William Reeve, chairman of the UK’s hottest search startup, True Knowledge, as well as some great people from the rest of the UK… Read More

  • Skimbit tries to crack the social shopping model

    Social shopping services are a strange grab-bag of sites all trying to crack the nut of how to monetise social networking around shopping, which is most social when it is real-world, not virtual. In April Wishpot took $1 million Series A, while it competes in the same space as well-funded Kaboodle as well as Stylehive, Yahoo Shoposphere, Zlio and MyPickList. Now UK-based Skimbit is aiming to be… Read More

  • Amazee Is Facebook-meets-BaseCamp For Activists

    Combine Facebook Causes pages with Basecamp and the ability to take PayPal and credit card donations, and what do you get? Zurich-based startup Amazee comes out of beta today with a “social collaboration” platform which allows people to organize, track, promote and fund projects of any size. Read More

  • Dopplr pulls in tech/media stars for latest investment

    Dopplr – the site where you list where you are flying to in the future thus creating happy coincidences with your business or social network – has completed a second of financing round from a roster of big names in the tech and media scene. They include: Esther Dyson, media entrepreneur Tyler Brûlé, Thomas Glocer, Yat Siu, Aditya dev Sood, Lars Hinrichs, Joshua Schachter… Read More

  • Zemanta raises yet more seed, this time from New York's Union Square

    Today New York-based Union Square Ventures is joining Eden Ventures and The Accelerator Group as seed investors in Zemanta, the Slovenian startup which to date has raised US$2.2 million from the three investors. Union Square is going in with $650,000. It’s a pretty strong vote of confidence in a startup created by two 25 year old founders coming out of Slovenia who pitched at tiny… Read More

  • Qype secures €8m in new round

    Qype, the Europe-wide local reviews site, has raised a further €8 million in funding from Wellington Partners, Advent Venture Partners and Partech International. The money raised will be used to help Qype’s geographical expansion into five new countries and increased functionality. This new investment takes Qype’s funding to date to €13m, which makes it one of Europes best… Read More