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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  • TechCrunch Euro Tour – Events across Europe

    Since I write for TechCrunch from London, and since the rest of Europe is less than a two hour flight away, I am going to do some “Euro-tripping” over the next few weeks, criss-crossing the continent meeting startups and writing about them on TechCrunch (the image is courtesy of Dopplr). But I need your help. I’d like to meet as many startups as possible both informally and… Read More

  • Upcoming events of interest

    May 15: next08, Hamburg
    next08 is on May 15, 2008 at the Prototyp museum in Hamburg. The main theme will be “get realtime”, taking care of the challenge that customers are communicating in real-time but companies do not. Together with DLD in Munich it has become Germany’s most important New Media event. Confirmed speakers as include Anil Hansjee (Google), JP Rangaswami… Read More

  • intermediads – a new take on button ads that takes the pain out of clicking

    Intermediads is a new service just launched in closed beta. Developed by serial entreprenuer Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, it’s based around the idea of 125×125 advertising buttons. So that’s it? Not quite. These small rectangles give readers and advertisers very little information. They are basically pretty useless. So the idea is you hover over the ad and a small grey… Read More

  • Instopix – Visualising chat as you type

    Instopix (Instant Messenger Topic Pictures) is a program, currently only for MSN users, that shows related pictures for their conversations. It’s an early alpha by 21-year-old Luke Stanley who has spun it out of his startup ThoughtTrail. What Instopix does is pretty cool. While you are having an IM conversation with a fiend on MSN Messenger, if your contact talks about something like a… Read More

  • Nimbuzz aims at mobile and social networks to turn the screw on Skype

    We last wrote about Nimbuzz in early 2007. Then it was a free application which supported voice, presence, conference calls, and SMS messaging between mobile devices, PC’s, and mobile to PC or PC to mobile. Founded in 2006 and run out of the Netherlands, the service has been in beta since, and now plans to compete with the likes of Jahjah and Skype. The difference is that on Tuesday it… Read More

  • Nimbuzz – VOIP/IM aimed at mobile and social networks

    Back in early 2007 Netherlands-based Nimbuzz launched a beta for its free application which supported voice, presence, and SMS. TechCrunch UK reports that Tuesday will see it aim squarely at mobile handsets and social networks, launching with Java and Symbian client software which will work across an impressive 500 handsets. This will allow users to make and receive calls across 50… Read More

  • bview mashes up Yelp, Yell and Facebook to keep businesses honest

    BView claims to be Yelp+Yell+Facebook for businesses and their customers. When I first heard that, I though “join the queue”. There are lots of startups trying to do this, many from different angles, including Welovelocal (since bought by GCap), Tipped, TrustedPlaces, Qype and even Rummble. Some are more directory based, some leverage social networks, some major on local reviews. Read More

  • Powerset has a 'secret' video

    The much talked-about Powerset (at least in Silicon Valley circles),which is trying to crack the nut of natural language search, has been looked at more closely by TechCrunch. But did anyone notice the promotional video about it which few have seen so far? It was only added 3 days ago to Vimeo but is fast gaining attention. (Update: OK, so I got beaten by Arrington to it!) Meanwhile, I do… Read More

  • Live blog – TechCrunch UK meetup

    Update/Postscript: The event attracted several nice comments (below) and a couple of blog posts, as well. —- I’m sitting here outside the Royal Festival Hall, and I’ll be here all day chatting to tech people and startups who want to drop by to the Techcrunch UK meetup. It’s 12.14pm right now and I’ll try to do a live blog throughout the day of the people and… Read More

  • TechCrunch/Crunchgear meetup, Berlin, June 11

    I’m delighted to announce that TechCrunch / CrunchGear are holding a Berlin meetup with our partner and co-organiser twidox. The “TechCrunch / twidox German Web 2.0 Meet-up” will be in Berlin, on the 11th of June. Imedo.de has kindly offered to throw the networking event at their offices here from 7:30 pm onwards (pictured above, nice huh). Peter Ha will be there from the US… Read More

  • TechCrunch/Crunchgear meetup – Berlin, June 11

    I’m delighted to announce that TechCrunch / CrunchGear are holding a Berlin meetup with our partner and co-organiser twidox. The “TechCrunch / twidox German Web 2.0 Meet-up” will be in Berlin, on the 11th of June. Imedo.de has kindly offered to throw the networking event at their offices here from 7:30 pm onwards (pictured above, nice huh). Peter Ha will be there from the US… Read More

  • TechCrunch UK meetup, this Friday

    The sun is shining, London is officially in Summer mode, so I think it’s time we started a series of TechCrunch UK meetups. The first is totally impromptu, organised at the last minute, has no sponsors (as yet) and no agenda other than to meet, chat and enjoy a drink on a Friday in the sun by the Thames. So the details are: Date: This Friday, May 9th. Time: Midday onwards (I will be… Read More

  • Cellcrypt to encrypt mobile calls

    I’m not sure if they are going to have a clause in their contract which says “No terrorist clients”, but UK startup Cellcrypt is looking to raise several million pounds for its voice call encryption technology which works on mobiles over VOIP. It’s already closing in on deals with multinational companies and the British government, so it sounds like it will be vetting… Read More

  • Scoble Sellout Part Three? – Twitter Adverts

    Here’s the third update to our January and April posts: Uber-blogger Robert Scoble, who in 2006 argued that having advertisements on blogs destroys trust, appears to be no longer content with… adding advertisements to his blog. Now he’s experimenting with Twittering adverts for perennial sponsor Seagate. He later twittered “I am just having a little fun getting a… Read More

  • TechCrunch Dinner with Scott Rafer, CEO Lookery

    UPDATE: This event is now sold out. I recently heard that Scott Rafer would be in town next week. Scott is a Silicon Valley Internet entrepreneur, CEO of Lookery (CrunchBase info), and former CEO of MyBlogLog, which was acquired by Yahoo! last year for $10 million. So I thought I’d throw a quick dinner to get some startups together and chat. Scott will be talking informally about the… Read More

  • Global internet portal? Check.

    Tuesday/Wednesday next week sees the launch of the grand-sounding World Biz Online, and my Spidey Sense is already tingling. Big London launch in a Mayfair hotel? Check. “Global internet portal”? Check. “The first functioning Web 3.0 site on the internet”? Check. Poised to “change the way that business is currently done on the internet”? Check. So I just got… Read More

  • Pikum launches beta for friendly betting

    Pikum has gone into an invite only beta. The site lets anyone create and play games called Pikums where they can see who’s better at predicting the outcomes of future events/sports fixtures. Pikums can be played for bragging rights, or users can compete for real cash, capitalising on the attention and engagement of fans. Think gambling social network. Technically an e-gambling site… Read More

  • Pixsta's ad network for fashion is all about image

    Pixsta is a London-based startup with an image search technology which allows you to browse and search visually. Since launching trials with a handful of partners including Elle’s browse&buy as well as others like the News of The World, it’s now going on the warpath with an image-based advertising network for the online fashion retail market, similar to Google’s… Read More

  • Virgle.com – how Google and Virgin forgot a domain

    On March 31st this year Google and Virgin announced a joint venture: to create a human settlement on Mars. Sir Richard Branson penned a passionate statement on the Google Blog, saying: “Larry Page, Sergey Brin and I feel strongly that contemporary technology is sufficiently advanced to make such an effort both successful and economical…” Virgle, the name of the joint… Read More

  • Hobnox – quality audio and video tools


    Hobnox is a video and audio tools platform in closed beta coming out of Cologne, Germany. It’s aimed – mainly – at users who’d like to use rich tools to create and collaborate over video and audio. And I must say, what they have done with Flash tools is amazing. The idea is to unite broadcast quality media with community tools. So the Hobnox Audio Teaser audio engine is… Read More