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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  • Google's Cities in 3D Program hits Europe

    Google Cities in 3D Program, which invites local governments to share their 3D data with the public by adding a model of their city to Google Earth, launched in March but now the initiative is being launched in Europe. Google has launched localised websites to encourage governments in the Germany, France, Italy, Spain and The Netherlands to share their data with with the search giant. Read More

  • Yaika launches life-casting

    Yaika! is a new lifecasting platform targeting European professional and amateur bloggers. The bootstrapped Estonian-based startup with a London presence claims it will be more versatile and easy to use than other lifecasting competitors, such as Ustream or Justin.tv. Yaika! is also launching fully localised for the UK, Netherlands, Sweden, Russia and Estonia and is aiming for the rest of… Read More

  • Thanks to our sponsors and advertisers

    A huge thanks to both our headline sponsors Olswang and our CrunchBoard jobs advertisers for supporting TechCrunch UK and Ireland! You guys rock! Here’s a selection of recent CrunchBoard jobs: Mobile Applications Developer – Invitation Digital Senior ASP.NET/C# Web Developer – HotPrints Professional Services Engineer – Pluck Corporation Media Sales and Business… Read More

  • Inuk secures £9.5m second round for IPTV

    Welsh broadcaster S4C and Wesley Clover have put in £9.5million of second round investment into IPTV startup Inuk Networks’ freewiretv.com product. The money wil be used to further develop the platform and fund expansion in the UK, Ireland and North America. The move is not overly surprising. Wesley Clover is the venture vehicle of Wales-based Sir Terry Matthews, one of the… Read More

  • Goojet opens mobile service

    Goojet, a French startup which is best described as a new kind of platform for mobile widgets, has come out of stealth mode to launch a full-blown public version. The desktop portal allow users to configure the set of widgets they want to appear on their mobile phone. On the mobile side, a java-based application (which runs on over 300 handsets and the iPhone this summer) gives access to… Read More

  • Seedcamp Paris – notes from our Gallic cousins

    I popped over to Paris today to get a taster of the startup scene in France, and to draw some comparisons with the UK startup scene. No doubt there are lessons to be learned (on both sides) in terms of the differing experiences a British or French company has in starting up locally country and, perhaps, trying to think internationally. (And on that note, I have a cheeky idea of getting UK… Read More

  • Should we have a heated debate?

    I’ve had a lot of feedback in the last few days following my recent posts about the BBC. My position can be summed up thus: The BBC could do more than it currently does with its assets and its platform to encourage innovation, especially in the way it interfaces with startup tech companies. I think it could release even more data and feeds and could even think about creating a platform… Read More

  • HubDub launches feature to track pundit predictions

    Today Scotland-based prediction market startup HubDub, launched a new feature. PunditWatch is tracking ten pundits across four categories, politics, technology, entertainment and sports. Whenever someone makes a prediction on the tracked site, Hubdub either places the prediction in an existing HubDub market or they create a market for it. Every pundit has a shadow HubDub account as if they… Read More

  • HubDub launches PunditWatch. We don't do so well (so far)

    Prediction markets are being touted as the new way to really engage users. If you can get users to mass around content like a fantasy league, the idea is they will consume more, super-charging traffic. There are a few out there already: BluBet (more of a game than a market), The Industry Standard re-launched (with mixed results) aiming at tech, Pikum is majoring on sports, and HubDub is aiming… Read More

  • Are you Haikurious?

    Writer and soon to be author Paul Carr – in between a recent travelogue of adventures in the US and prior to the launch of his book “Bringing Nothing to the Party: True Confessions Of A New Media Whore” – has come up with a new site. Skewering the Web 2.0 startup scene with a new take on British irony, Haikurious is satire written in the style of Haiku poetry. Think… Read More

  • TechCrunch Euro Tour – Update

    TechCrunch UK is taking the TechCrunch brand on a little road-trip (OK, plane trip) around Europe this summer and afterwards, making face-to-face contact with Europe’s best and brightest startups. We just held a great meetup in Barcelona for instance. Where possible I’ll be holding a TechCrunch meetup in the cities I visit (keep track via Dopplr), usually with a local partner. Read More

  • TechCrunch Euro Tour Update

    TechCrunch UK is taking the TechCrunch brand on a little road-trip (OK, plane trip) around Europe this summer and afterwards, making face-to-face contact with Europe’s best and brightest startups. We just held a great meetup in Barcelona for instance. Where possible I’ll be holding a TechCrunch meetup in the cities I visit (keep track via Dopplr), usually with a local partner. Read More

  • Founders apply electric shocks to Naked's dead body

    Naked, the UK-based social messaging startup which closed last week mere months after launch and days before it released a beta after a failed attempt to raise more financing, may yet be revived. Sources are telling me the startup is trying to re-animate in Belgium, home to at least two of its co-founders. One of them, Belgium-based Tom Casaer, has put an advert on LinkedIn for… Read More

  • While the BBC fiddles, Britain's innovation burns

    Ok, so that might be a rather strong headline, but it was the best I could think of to describe what is currently going on. (That’s Nero fiddling while Rome burns, btw). It’s no secret that I am dissappointed that the BBC has spent so much time and money trying to re-invent the wheel For The Glory of the Corporation. I think the BBC should do more, a LOT more, to hook into the… Read More

  • Is Twitter down? What do you think…

    Checked your Twhirl client this morning? Tried hitting the home page? Just ask IsTwitterDown.com, here’s all it needs to say: Read More

  • European online advertising up 40% year to £9bn

    Europe’s online ad market is growing by 40% year on year across the continent, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau Europe (release). In 2007 the European online advertising market was worth €11.2bn (£8.88bn), up from €7.2bn in 2006. The news means the market is closing on the US online ad market, which increased by only 26% during the same period to €14.5bn. The… Read More

  • Blyk's mobile ads might be working after all

    Startup MVNO Blyk, which provides a cheap mobile service to young people in return for sending them “targetted” ad messages, has launched a media shop designed for advertisers and agencies to source information from. So far there are campaign results from brands including Penguin, COI, L’Oreal, Boots and Brylcreem. Ad campaign briefs can also be sent directly from the… Read More

  • Attentio takes 600k Euro investment

    Brussels-based social media tracking startup Attentio, has received a 600,00 Euro investment from five new private shareholders well known in Norwegian business circles, along with further investment from existing shareholders. The round takes Attentio’s pot to a total of 1.5 million Euros raised since 2006. Attentio’s goal is to monitor blogs, forums, networks, YouTube and… Read More

  • Dissecting Naked – When and what to publish about a failing startup

    The Next Web blog – normally great – has had a slight crisis of confidence and attacked TechCrunch UK’s report on the demise of Naked. Blogger David Petherick says they had all the facts about Naked a month ago but chose not to delve into why the firm had cashflow problems or make “a dramatic, and possibly premature, pronouncement of death” because this would not… Read More

  • The Hospital's mashup of real and virtual networks

    The Hospital private members club in London is not the first place you might look for a new kind of web model. It’s a private members club, afterall. This sort of thing does not scale in the same way that, say, a web app might. Every new member must be vetted by hand. Problem. However, increasingly you see that VCs are quite interested in sites that makes things happen in the real world… Read More