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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  • Muzu TV launches artist-controlled video site

    Dublin-based Muzu TV was one of the companies that demo’d at our recent TechCrunch Meetup in Dublin and, to be honest, I hadn’t expected such a a full-blown, well funded startup to emerge until I bumped into the smiling face of co-founder Mark French. Heading down to their office the next day, I realised that Muzu TV is attempting to pull off quite a big play. I understand Muzu… Read More

  • Muzu TV turns artists into ad-men

    Muzu TV, one of the companies that demo’d at our recent TechCrunch Meetup in Dublin, has emerged with $8 million dollars in VC with another take on music videos: advertising supported. It’s built up a library of music related video content (documentaries, TV shows, interviews, tutorials etc) and signed deals with 200 labels, one of which is Sony BMG which has a global artist… Read More

  • Will Google use Jaiku to kill Twitter?

    I’ve been thinking about what happened to Jaiku lately and making some enquiries. It’s amazing to think that last year people were talking about Jaiku and Twitter in the same breath. Today Jaiku feels almost invisible. But threading the information I’ve been drawing together now suggests that Google will use Jaiku’s early, ground-breaking features, to kill off Twitter. Read More

  • Wahanda raises £1.5m for socnet for spa users

    Wahanda, a social network for people who use spas and other “wellness” products, has raised £1.5 million, in large part from Ambient Sound Investments, the fund created by the former founding engineers from Skype. The site aims to be a destination for people to learn about spas, treatments and practitioners, putting it together with transactional abilities (to search, find, book and… Read More

  • TechCrunch Pitch! – Mini wrap-up

    A quick explanation: I’m working on a fuller write-up about the first TechCrunch Pitch! event in London last night, which will appear on TechCrunch.com. In the meantime, please go and check out the photos and videos kindly recorded by Moblog on our TechCrunch UK account, set up specially for the event. Also check out the Flickr photos from Benjamin Ellis, and Steve Bowbrick and video… Read More

  • Webjam Secures Further $1.9m For Branded Communities

    London-based Ning-competitor Webjam has secured a further $1.9 million (1.2M Euros) in funding led by initial investor I-Source. The A round extension won’t match Ning’s millions, but it will see Webjam execute some new functions, including allowing organisations to create branded online communities (the so-called B2B2C market). That’s slated for a full launch in September as… Read More

  • Idlasso and Retaggr arrive to fight over your profile

    I don’t know. You wait for a startup to come up a particular idea, then two come along at once. Identity is a big deal on the Web. But with so many social profiles to keep track of, how do we manage it all? So idlasso and retaggr have arrived to to help us. Coincidentally, they are two UK-based startups doing very similar things, which have launched very close (in timing and idea) to… Read More

  • Xtract closes 7.5m Euro B round

    Xtract, a web an mobile analytics company I have been tracking for a while, has closed its series B round of funding with EUR 7,5 Million ($11.74M) from leading early-stage technology investors Creandum, ETF III advised by Eqvitec Partners and InnovationsKapital. Xtract specialises in something it calls “social advertising intelligence” . In Englsih, that means it enables mobile… Read More

  • Orange World wraps up socnets

    It’s time once more for that predictable roll-up of social networks onto mobile operator platforms. Orange’s new Orange World service aggregates the popular functions of many of Europe’s social networking sites onto one mobile web page so you can view and make any updates with one click. The news follows the completion of partnership agreements with MySpace, Facebook and… Read More

  • Livestation goes social – allows viewers to add channels

    Microsoft-backed Livestation, the online broadcast platform which offers live 24×7 news channels in high-quality, is adding features which will allow viewers to add their own channels from any TV, radio or webcam streams. They are also making it social. Livestation viewers will be able to browse through all of the channels other viewers have stored. You watch the broadcasts inside the… Read More

  • Mippin's VC joins as CEO

    Mippin, the free mobile media service that monetizes RSS feeds for publishers on mobiles by making the consumer experience easier, has brought in Judy Gibbons as CEO. Now, this is interesting. Gibbons will still retain her role as a venture partner at technology investment firm Accel Partners. The move is great for Mippin. Gibbons has 25 years of technology experience at Microsoft, Apple… Read More

  • Zurich Meetup – TechCrunch Euro Tour


    As part of the TechCrunch Euro Tour, TechCrunch is coming to Zurich, Switzerland, on July 17th, thanks to our co-organisers there. We’ll be throwing it at the Swisscom Bluewin tower in Zurich (pictured) for the Swiss web 2.0 crowd, including start-ups, bloggers and journalists. Thanks to our co-organisers Wuala, Doodle, Newscred, Sandbox and people like Jasper Bouwsma, Alfonso… Read More

  • Amsterdam Meetup – TechCrunch Euro Tour

    The TechCrunch Euro Tour continues. No sleep till Brooklyn! So, tickets for the Amsterdam TechCrunch Meetup on July 22nd, co-organised with eBuddy, are now up for grabs here (they’re free). We are planning for about 250 people, so best go grab your ticket asap. Thanks to our sponsors, and for more info on them and the event, see after the jump. Read More

  • O2 swamped by iPhone pre-registrations – site goes down

    It appears that O2 had no idea the iPhone 3G would be this popular in the UK, because someone there didn’t add any extra bandwidth or redundancy servers to their store. So when the hordes descended this morning, prompted by a text message to existing O2 subscribers and people who’d pre-registered on the O2 site, guess what happened? This: I contacted O2 to ask them to explain… Read More

  • Google starts Street View mapping in UK. And here's the evidence

    Somewhere in Google’s picture archive of UK streets there is now a picture of a man holding up a camera, photographing the moment when Google’s unmarked Street View car captured his London street in a full 360 degrees. How do I know? Because he sent me the above. But even as Google starts its photo-mapping of the UK’s streets, the BBC is reporting that Google’s… Read More

  • Seedcamp opens up this year's startup competition

    Travelling around Europe on my TechCrunch Euro Tour one of the topics of conversation I hear almost constantly is the desire for more seed funding for startups. Right now there is no such thing as Ycombinator-style incubator for startups which is pan-European. However, the closest thing we have to that concept – a startup competition where the prize is a cash injection to get the… Read More

  • Normal-sized business cards at last from Moo

    Just as The Governator tries to pursue green policies, like keeping Tesla’s electric production car local, you’ll now also be able to hand out full-sized “green” business cards with Flickr images, courtesy of the same guys who brought us those cool little mini-cards, Moo.com. They are launching full-sized business cards with a new partner, LinkedIn, which makes sense in… Read More

  • Europe's Mobile 2.0 startups come together

    Europe is a hotbed of mobile startups right now, so appropriately enough the Mobile 2.0 event which started in San Francisco is putting on a one-day international event tomorrow in Barcelona which focuses on mobile startups, dubbed Mobile 2.0 Europe. I’ll be moderating a panel there, hosting a TechCrunch networking party and we now have the exclusive on the early stage start-ups selected… Read More

  • Nimbuzz raises $15 million in second round

    Word has reached me that Netherlands-based Nimbuzz, the mobile VoIP and IM startup that extends into social networks, has raised $15 million in a second round led by Naspers/MIH, with Nimbuzz’s other major existing investor Mangrove Capital Partners also participating. It’s already had $10 million from Mangrove (the original Skype investor). Apparently deals with 10 major… Read More

  • Tripwolf launches in UK

    Tripwolf today launched out of public beta and a UK site. Backed by incubator i5invest and MairDumont, Central Europe’s largest publisher of travel guides and tourist information (sort of the Frommer’s or Fodor’s of Central Europe). Last week the site launched publicly in German (Germany, Austria and
    Switzerland). Tripwolf – which allows you to build and print your… Read More