Mike Butcher

Mike Butcher (FRSA) is an ‘Editor At Large’ at TechCrunch, the biggest breaking news site about the world’s hottest tech companies. Mike has been named one of the Top 50 most influential Britons in technology by The Daily Telegraph.

As well as being a long-time Writer, Broadcaster and Editor Mike is also co-founder of TechHub (@TechHub), a project to merge a thriving community with office space for fast-moving startups. Mike has written for UK national newspapers and magazines including The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The New Statesman.

Mike 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 Mike 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 Mike 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 Mike 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 Mike was named one of the Top 10 bloggers on Twitter in the UK. In October 2009 Mike was named one of the Top 50 most influential Britons in technology by The Daily Telegraph. In April 2010 Mike was in Wired UK’s Top 100 influencer list, again in 2011, in 2012 and in 2014. In April 2010 TechCrunch Europe was shortlisted in the Specialist Digital Publisher category of the prestigious UK-based Association of Online Publishers’ Digital Publishing Awards. In November 2010 Mike was named as one of London’s most influential people in New Media and “king of dotcom commentators ” by The Evening Standard Newspaper. Mike has been listed as one of the Top 100 most influential people on Twitter in the UK. Mike has spoken at the prestigious Monaco Media Forum, Le Web, Web Summit and DLD among many other conferences. Mike is a regular commentator on the technology business, appearing on BBC News, Sky News, CNBC, Channel 4 and Bloomberg. Mike has advised the UK Prime Minister on tech startups, served on the Mayor of London’s Digital Advisory Board, the ‘Smart London’ Board and been a Technology Ambassador for London.

Mike arned his B.A. degree in History and English Literature from Australian National University.

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  • Arthro Therapeutics wins the TechCrunch Stockholm Pitch-Off

    Arthro Therapeutics wins the TechCrunch Stockholm Pitch-Off

    Over 500 people turned out to the TechCrunch Meetup + Pitch-Off in Stockholm last night, at a venue over-looking one of the most beautiful views in the world: The Stockholm city hall and bay. It’s a tough life! Some 10 startups participated in the pitch-off competition in front of a panel of esteemed VC judges and TechCrunch editors. These included Marta Sjögren, Northzone; Sean… Read More

  • Are you ready for Pitch Roulette at The Europas?

    Are you ready for Pitch Roulette at The Europas?

    At The Europas Startup Conference and Awards — the new type of tech conference devised in partnership with TechCrunch — we will have a number of amazing speakers many of whom are VCs or Angels. But we don’t go in for big formal pitch sessions. Why is that? For one thing, it’s a much smaller, curated conference, where there are lots of breakout discussion groups. That… Read More

  • YC’s Instabug raises $1.7M Seed round led by Accel to grow beyond bugs

    YC’s Instabug raises $1.7M Seed round led by Accel to grow beyond bugs

    I came across Instabug when I was in Cairo in 2013. Little did I know that this plucky startup, born in the Arab Spring, would eventually make it through Y Combinator’s Winter 2016 class. Now they have gone on to raise $1.7M in a Seed round led by Accel Partners to expand beyond their original aim of mobile app bug reporting. Other prominent angel investors in the team include Amr… Read More

  • These are the startups pitching at TechCrunch Stockholm, June 7

    These are the startups pitching at TechCrunch Stockholm, June 7

    We’re delighted to announce the startups pitching at the TechCrunch Stockholm Meetup + Pitch-Off . The winner of the pitch will get a booth in Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt in London. Second and third places will respectively get two tickets and one ticket for the big show. If you want to attend the event, you can still grab a ticket. Event Info Date: June 7
    Time: 6-10pm
    Venue… Read More

  • Ken Segall, Dave McClure, Julia Hartz at The Europas

    Ken Segall, Dave McClure, Julia Hartz at The Europas

    With less than 2 weeks to go to this year’s The Europas Startup Conference and Awards — the new type of tech conference devised in partnership with TechCrunch — I’m delighted to announce the full speaker line up for the day. In addition, the public vote on the shortlist across 27 categories ends today[ Voting has now ended]. I’m thrilled to announce that Ken… Read More

  • Vivendi’s hostile bid for Gameloft suggests more acquisitions on the way

    Vivendi’s hostile bid for Gameloft suggests more acquisitions on the way

    Vivendi’s hostile bid for the French mobile games maker Gameloft has won majority shareholder backing, which means the deal looks like being as good as done. Gameloft makes smash hit games like Order & Chaos and Dungeon Hunter. In February Gameloft rejected a takeover offer from Vivendi, which is expanding its games portfolio. Some 28.2 million Gameloft shares have been tendered… Read More

  • Meet the judges at TechCrunch Stockholm, June 7

    Meet the judges at TechCrunch Stockholm, June 7

    Next week, the TechCrunch team will be in Stockholm for the TechCrunch Meetup + Pitch-Off to network and hear up to 10 startups pitch. The startups and winners will be written about, and this is also your chance to meet and network with key TechCrunch journalists. The winner of the pitch will get a booth in Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt in London. Second and third places will… Read More

  • Vote now in The Europas Conference & Awards for European startups

    Vote now in The Europas Conference & Awards for European startups

    In partnership with TechCrunch, The Europas Conference & Awards, which I founded, has come up with a new kind of tech conference. Think of it as a relaxed, summer prelude to the heat of a Disrupt, followed by an all-out celebration of startups. Admittedly, it’s how we like to do things in Europe… The Europas includes a public vote to determine the industry’s… Read More

  • The Europas — It’s time for a different kind of tech conference

    The Europas — It’s time for a different kind of tech conference

    Let’s face it. Some tech conferences have lost their way. While TechCrunch Disrupt remains a firmly curated, media-driven, event, with hundreds of journalists attending, a couple of other conferences have really gone for scale. A minimum of 15,000 people, thousands of companies, echoing halls — and a lot of investors (and journalists) turning their badges around so they don’t… Read More

  • For Tattoo obsessives, Tattoodo adds an app to its arsenal

    For Tattoo obsessives, Tattoodo adds an app to its arsenal

    Tattoo culture has pretty much gone mainstream. Tattooing is the sixth fastest growing market in the retail industry with about 30% of Americans getting them now. Thus Tattoodo started out as a “digital lifestyle hub for all things tattoo-related,” with content, community and a marketplace. Think Pinterest for Tattoos, almost. Back in February we reported that the… Read More

  • For democracy’s sake, UK tech staff need to vote in the EU Referendum

    For democracy’s sake, UK tech staff need to vote in the EU Referendum

    When it comes to startups trying to scale across Europe one thing is abundantly clear: although the market of over 500 million citizens in the European Union is far greater than the US’s 323 million, European startups are hobbled by fragmentation in jurisdictions, legislation and languages. With the caveat that language will always be an issue, it would seem simply logical to come up with… Read More

  • Apply for tickets to the TechCrunch Tel Aviv Meetup + PitchOff now!

    Apply for tickets to the TechCrunch Tel Aviv Meetup + PitchOff now!

    As you may have noticed we’ve announced our very first formal Meetup + Pitch-off in Tel Aviv, presented by Leumi Tech, with participation from Blonde 2.0. The event will be on June 22, at Trask, between 6-10 p.m. Applications for the pitch-off and ticket sales are now open. You can apply for tickets to the meetup by follow this link. We have to make this an application process in order… Read More

  • TechCrunch Pitch-Off Stockholm! June 7! Apply to Pitch!

    TechCrunch Pitch-Off Stockholm! June 7! Apply to Pitch!

    Our world-famous TechCrunch Pitch-Off is coming to Stockholm! We’ll invite a panel of investors to judge 10 two-minute pitches (no demos). If you want to pitch, make sure to apply here. We will select 8-10 companies to compete. If you don’t want to pitch but just want to come along and hang out, get a ticket here. Afterwards, the startups, investors, TechCrunch writers… Read More

  • ‘IMDB for music’ Musikki raises another $1M to extend its image platform

    Image management and distribution platform Musikki raised a first round of funding in 2014 to become “the IMDB of music”. It’s now inked a deal on another $1M in funding from Portugal Ventures, the biggest VC in Portugal. It’s also launching Exclusiph, an image management and distribution tool for the music industry, already in use by independent labels 4AD and… Read More

  • LiveNinja secures a further $2M to combine live web chat and messaging

    LiveNinja secures a further $2M to combine live web chat and messaging

    With the rise and rise of messaging (I have at least six messaging apps on my phone and counting), tech companies are piling into the space. Many are trying to shoe-horn ‘chat bots’ into behaving like they are capable of customer service. Facebook Messenger, Kik, Twitter, Skype, Telegram, and WhatsApp have all announced such services. But as others have pointed out, we are nowhere… Read More

  • Scott McNealy’s Wayin acquires UK marketing platform EngageSciences

    Scott McNealy’s Wayin acquires UK marketing platform EngageSciences

    Amidst the seeming chaos of social media, brands need the ability to discover valuable social media content, the metrics and visualize it. At the same time they need to build and launch campaigns, collect all the data, and use it in CRM and marketing platforms. It’s a tall order and one which few companies can offer.  Livefyre, Offerpop and Spredfast (Mass Relevance) are players in… Read More

  • Major questions arise over Craig Wright’s claim to be Satoshi Nakamoto

    Major questions arise over Craig Wright’s claim to be Satoshi Nakamoto

    The tech community is currently pouring scorn on the news that Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright has revealed himself to be Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto. They say the story does not add up, given that his ‘proof’ could simply be an old signature signed by Satoshi and what was previously known about how the Bitcoin inventor operated in the past. Wright has previously been… Read More

  • TechCrunch Pitch-Off Stockholm applications are open right now!

    TechCrunch Pitch-Off Stockholm applications are open right now!

    TechCrunch is hitting the road for the Summer and checking out some key global tech hubs to spread our Crunchie love all over you guys. Our world-famous TechCrunch Pitch-Off is a two-piece event. We invite a panel of investor judges to check out the very best startups in each city we visit. Each company has exactly 2 minutes to pitch their startup with no demos allowed. If you want to pitch… Read More

  • StoryStream Secures $2.6M from MMC for its smart content platform

    Marketers have a complicated time of it. They have to combine user-generated content with branded content in a way that doesn’t leave the brand looking utterly foolish. StoryStream has a platform for figuring this out, and has now raised a $2.6M (£1.8M)Series A funding to address the content marketing industry with its real-time search, curation and content publishing technology. The… Read More

  • Clarkson, Hammond and May to launch DriveTribe motoring content platform

    Clarkson, Hammond and May to launch DriveTribe motoring content platform

    In an age when completely driverless cars (probably electric) seem to be just around the corner, the idea of starting a brand new online community aimed at petrolheads seems like an ill-timed one. But that’s not about to stop Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, best known as the former presenters of the globally famous Top Gear TV show. After leaving the BBC last year… Read More