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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  • 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

  • Moot – WiFi-based mobile social networking

    moot.no is a brand new mobile social service for Windows Mobile 6.0 mobiles and XP/Vista PCs. You can share content (text, video, pictres) with the network closest to you. Launching out of Oslo, Norway, it has financial backing from TeleVenture and has a five person team. Essentially what they do is connect people within the same wifi-network. Unlike Plazes, which is more about geotagging… Read More

  • Google's new head of PR is former Newsnight editor

    Guess who I’ll be speaking to when I next call Google’s press office? Peter Barron, Editor of Newsnight on BBC Two is leaving to join Google as Head of Communications and Public Affairs for the UK, Ireland and Benelux regions. The move follows Google’s European Head of Communications, Rachel Whetstone, departure for the role of Vice-President of Communications and Public… Read More

  • BBC launches Music site and the first wave of more data

    The BBC has launched a BBC Music beta site which enables users to explore artists played on BBC Radio music programmes. The site is powered by MusicBrainz, an open content music database. The site still has a few glitches but you can see full tracklists on each network’s website: 1Xtra, Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3, 6 Music, Asian Network. I have no idea if my campaign to try and get the BBC… Read More

  • GoAdv preps European buying spree after €11m financing

    GoAdv, the European online media company listed on Alternext market of Nyse-Euronext Paris, has raised more than €11 million more financing after completing a Convertible Bond Issue with several investors in France. The issue will finance the firm’s acquisition strategy following its acquisition of the Excite Europe network of portals last year. GoAdv now retains more than €20… Read More

  • Babbel wins funding, enters crowded language market

    Language learning online is picking up again. We already have sites like Mango Languages and LiveMocha which offer new interfaces on languages, and often social networking features. LingQ, offers vocabulary and grammar drills. Then in Europe you have FriendsAbroad, VoxSwap and the LearnItLists widget startup. Not to mention italki from China. So now Babbel, the Berlin-based language… Read More

  • Sweemo's bloggers like to experience anything – but their own site

    Sweemo bills itself as a “experience sharing community website” where users bid auction style for “a unique range of user generated life experiences” like skydiving, cooking lessons from a Michelin starred chef or backstage passes at Paris fashion week. Think crowd-sourced Red Letter days. It was launched in a blaze of D-list celebrity stardust at London’s… Read More

  • TechCrunch Euro Tour – Amsterdam meetup wrap, and more to come

    Tuesday this week we had the Amsterdam TechCrunch meetup, the last city in the Summer TechCrunch Euro Tour before I kick off again in September. In just over a month and a half I tracked down startups in Paris, Berlin, Warsaw, Rome, Dublin, Istanbul, Athens, Barcelona, Zurich and now Amsterdam, not including the TechCrunch Pitch! event in London recently (thanks to Boingo for the great… Read More

  • Publishing arrangements over the summer

    Today, tomorrow and over the second and third weeks of August, TCUK will be on a summer break. Posts will be light to non-existent during those periods. Normal service will resume from September. Have a good summer everyone! Read More

  • A firm tries to patent online wish lists in Europe. Shall we stop them?

    Last week TechCrunch reported that Channel Intelligence (CI), a company based in Florida, had filed a lawsuit for patent infringement in the US against a long list of startups which – get this – offer wish lists for products people may want others to buy for them. However, many of these companies don’t yet know they’ve been sued so their defence response is likely to… Read More

  • Partech heads MBO as European VC scene shifts again

    The tectonic plates of Euopean venture capital are shifting once more as the France-based VC Partech International Partners (PIP) launches a management buyout from its Partech parent. The move looks like it was prompted by overtures from the US business, which the Eurepan team has taken advantage of. Some might say there are now “great expectations” of PIP. The buyout by… Read More

  • Forget Crowd-Sourced T-shirts: Print Objects In 3D

    So first there was the online creation of pretty simple items like business cards and T-shirts – businesses which cut out the old middle-man way of doings things. Soon there will be a way to create and “print” objects in 3D on a mass scale, and the first of these is starting to arrive. Netherlands-based Shapeways is launching a private beta of a community for consumers wanting… Read More

  • Fred Wilson – A VC in Europe (but just for this month)

    Last week I had a coffee with Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures. Fred is perhaps best known as the blogger “A VC – Musings of a VC in NYC” but he is also an investor in Twitter among other startups. He was on a European “Tech Tour”, but this is not something he normally does. I asked him why a New York VC was suddenly doing a tour of European startups… Read More

  • Digital Mission deadline closes Wednesday

    Startups please take note: Get your entries in to Digital Mission by Wednesday this week for the chance to pursue business opportunities and make connections in the US. Winning firms will be on a trade mission organised by Chinwag for UK Trade & Investment both at Web 2.0 Expo in New York and SXSW Interactive. The advisory board comprises: Nic Brisbourne – Partner, DFJ Esprit
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  • Tweetmeme takes another bite at ranking Twitter links

    TweetMeme he spin-off site from the Favorit guys, has sputtered back into life since Twitter sorted out its search problems by buying Summize. The move means that third-party aggregregators like Tweetmeme, which acts like a TechMeme for Twitter, should have a new lease of life. Certainly checking in today reveals a much improved service – indicating just how many people are… Read More

  • Top apps on the iPhone – an unscientific survey

    Right now I have 2,245 people following me personally on Twitter, which is a useful number to do quick, crowd-sourced questions. So today I put it to good use by asking which applications my Twitter friends like most on the new iPhone/iPod Touch version 2.0 – or at least any iPhone than now runs the App Store. Obviously the list is not representative of the general population –… Read More

  • Google releases iPhone app for the UK

    You may already have heard via the chatter on Twitter, but in case you haven’t: Google has released its iPhone app for download by UK users. Until now, the native Google application was only available in the US. In all respects the UK version appears to be the same as the US one, including integration with location. So you can look for businesses around your location, something which… Read More