Mike Butcher

Mike Butcher

Editor At Large

Mike Butcher (M.B.E.) is Editor-at-large of TechCrunch. He has written for UK national newspapers and magazines and been named one of the most influential people in European technology by Wired UK. He has spoken at the World Economic Forum, Web Summit, and DLD. He has interviewed Tony Blair, Dmitry Medvedev, Kevin Spacey, Lily Cole, Pavel Durov, Jimmy Wales, and many other tech leaders and celebrities. Mike is a regular broadcaster, appearing on BBC News, Sky News, CNBC, Channel 4, Al Jazeera and Bloomberg. He has also advised UK Prime Ministers and the Mayor of London on tech startup policy, as well as being a judge on The Apprentice UK. GQ magazine named him one of the 100 Most Connected Men in the UK. He is the co-founder ThePathfounder.com newsletter; TheEuropas.com (the Annual European Tech Startup Conference & Awards for 12 years); and the non-profits Techfugees.com, TechVets.co, and Coadec.com. He was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2016 for services to the UK technology industry and journalism.

The Latest from Mike Butcher

‘Pfeffel’ artist satirizes Boris Johnson with parody NFTs, sending 52% of proceeds to charity

As crazy as the NFT market has become, there’s been an increasing range of other things to do with NFTs other than pimp images of apes and punks — even if they have become enormously valuable.

Fintech startup LiveFlow raises $3.5M seed to automate financial data flows

Fintech startup LiveFlow has raised a $3.5 million seed round, led by Moonfire Ventures with backing from Y Combinator, Seedcamp and WndrCo. Also participating was Victor Jacobsson, co-founder of Klar

Woola raises €2.5M seed led by Future Ventures to replace bubble wrap with wool

Some 55 billion parcels are shipped in bubble wrap every year. Plastic bubble wrap is reliant on fossil fuels and 98% of plastic packaging is single-use. You can imagine the adverse environmental impa

Voi scooters raises $115M Series D round as it preps to enter new cities — and for an IPO

The European e-scooter market is currently the main battleground for companies playing in the micromobility space, taking advantage as they are of Europe’s relatively compact cities and the desire o

Real-time soil-testing agtech startup Stenon raises $20M Series A funding round

Stenon, an agtech company that has a real-time soil-sensing solution, has raised a $20 million Series A funding round from Founders Fund, David Friedberg’s The Production Board and existing investor

Could Supernova be an ‘ethical alternative’ to the social media giants?

Supernova is a new app that has now gone live on the Apple and Android app stores, billing itself as a new “ethical alternative” to Instagram and Facebook, where most of the ad revenues go to char

Sweep raises a $22M to aim at large corporates scrambling to deal with carbon

Enterprise SaaS for measuring company carbon emission is hot. Only recently Planetly was acquired by OneTrust for an undisclosed amount. And there are plenty of other startups in the space such as Pla

German revenue-based financing platform Re:cap raises $111.5M Seed round

Re:cap, a non-dilutive funding platform in a similar vein to Pipe.com and Capchase but based in Europe, has closed a Seed financing round of $111.5 million, in a mix of growth capital and liquidity fo

UBQ Materials’ plastic replacement product attracts $170M from impact investor TPG Rise

UBQ Materials, which claims it has developed a plastic-like material made from 100% unsorted household waste, has raised a $170 million funding round led by TPG Rise, TPG’s global impact investing p

Global climate tech investment triples, but cash for tech directly cutting emissions lags

Investment from VC and PE into climate tech is booming, reaching $87.5 bilion over H2 2020 and H1 2021, with in excess of $60 billion in the first half of 2021 alone, according to a new report from PW

Quo.com raises $7.2M seed round led by SignalFire to broaden access to mortgages

Almost three million Americans a year are denied a mortgage. Most don’t even know where to start or understand what would qualify them. The system has become complex and confusing, causing peopl

‘PayPal for crypto’ wannabe Ramp raises $52.7M Series A round led by Balderton Capital

In the same way that PayPal and Stripe radically changed online payments by allowing any online service to embed payments, the race is on to have the same impact on crypto assets. To this end, players

Educate Online, which allows remote learning at international schools, raises $4M Seed

It was only earlier this week that we learned StudyFree — which connects students with international educational opportunities — had raised a $3 million seed round. But there’s more to this than

Cube RM raises $8M round, led by Runa, to create global government tenders platform

There are millions of tenders and public sector contracts published every year by governments globally. The value of all this is estimated to be about $5 billion, and is expected to reach $9 billion b

Fast groceries startup Grovy hopes Eastern Europe and sustainability will set it apart

Yet another “quick commerce” 15-minute groceries startup is hoping to make a name for itself in this space, adding to the myriad companies currently crowding out this market. But Grovy is

VentureFriends raises $112M fund aimed at Southern Europe, Middle East and LatAm

Southern Europe has sometimes been seen as a little bit of a backwater in terms of venture capital funding. However, that has gradually started to change in recent years. Earlier this year Marathon Ve

Unique closes $6M seed for its AI-driven video calls platform aimed at sales teams

Unique, a video calls platform that uses AI to teach sales teams how to improve their pitches, has closed a $6 million seed round from a bunch of angel investors. These include Philipp Stauffer (U.S b

StudyFree, an international student scholarships and grants platform, raises $3M seed

StudyFree — which connects students with international educational opportunities via a community-driven B2C SaaS model — has raised a $3 million seed investment round led by I2BF Global Ventures,

Earnr is a new finance and tax app aimed at UK ‘side-hustle’ businesses

Earnr is a new finance and tax service aimed at the U.K. creator economy and people doing “side-hustle” businesses. It’s now secured £650,000 to launch an app aimed at “solopreneu

Rent the Runway-style UK fashion rental marketplace HURR raises $5.4M round led by Octopus

HURR — a “Rent the Runway” style U.K. fashion rental marketplace — has raised $5.4 million in a seed funding round led by European VC firm Octopus Ventures. Also participating was Asce
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