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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  • Mydeo extends into enterprise video hosting

    UK video hosting startup Mydeo, has launched an enterprise version of its service under the name m3 (Mydeo Media Manager). The idea is to aim the service at the SME business market, providing simple, turnkey uploading and reporting interface for companies wanting to deliver high quality video on their sites and run rich campaigns. M3 supports all the major video formats including Flash… Read More

  • TechCrunch UK on Sky News – The Associated Press debacle

    Last night Sky News asked me to comment on the Associated Press move to stop sites quoting AP articles (BTW TechCrunch has now banned linking to AP stories. Payback sucks): More from Mike A. on this. Read More

  • Smarkets raises £100k seed round for 'simple' gambling startup

    Smarkets, a London-based pre-launch betting exchange focusing on making betting simpler, has raised $200k with a convertible note from five private investors. This will be used for product development, buying a gambling license from Malta (but of course) and conducting a private beta launch for summer of 2008 and a public launch Autumn of 2008. There’s an interesting twist – they… Read More

  • VCs price True Knowledge at £20m pre-money. Is this the UK's Powerset?

    It’s fairly rare to find VCs clamouring over a startup, virtually throwing term sheets folded into paper aeroplanes through any open window they can find, but this appears to be the situation surrounding UK search company True Knowledge, which only launched late last year. The chatter I’m hearing is that True Knowledge is being talked about in hushed tones, as if it might be… Read More

  • TechCrunch hits Dublin, 26th June


    TechCrunch is hitting Dublin to create a real-world mashup with Irish tech networking event TechLudd. So I present to you “CrunchLudd, the TechCrunch / TechLudd Meetup”. Come along and meet new people, and make new contacts and have some fun too. It’s a great opportunity to pitch your startup. When & Where: 26th June, from 7:30PM at 4 Dame Lane, Dublin RSVP: This event… Read More

  • Update on Amsterdam TechCrunch Meetup, July 22nd

    Tickets for the Amsterdam TechCrunch Meetup on July 22nd, co-organised by eBuddy, are now up for grabs here (they’re free). I gather a boat may be involved (it is Amsterdam, after all). We have 3 sponsors now on board for the meet-up: Gold sponsors:

    eBuddy – Host and co-organizing, leaders in Web instant messaging and aggregation
    Q-go – Natural Language Search company
    Read More

  • How to be a civil servant AND a social networker

    Civil servants now have a new code of conduct for social networks, thanks to MP Tom Watson, a long-time blogger and savvy MP who just announced (on the floor of Parliament) that he’s got it down to five points and a few paragraphs of government health warning stuff at the end. A little bird emailed it over to me, so if you’re a civil servant, listen up: Principles for… Read More

  • Update on The TechCrunch BBC Debate

    Just to update you on The TechCrunch BBC Debate: A Common Platform, I can confirm that a few members of the press are now confirmed to attend, and we have added another great person to the panel: Tom Loosemore is leading Ofcom’s work exploring the proposal for a “public service publisher”, a new online operation that will have a budget of between £50m and £100m per year. He… Read More

  • Fav.or.it: Automatic commenting for the people

    Feeds and commenting aggregator fav.or.it has finally come out of the door into public beta, with a large number of new features aimed at simplifying interaction with news sites and blogs. Having realised that the site was being misinterpreted as a feed-reader in the style of, say, Google Reader, founder Nick Halstead has now focused on the core goal of making feed reading and commenting… Read More

  • Fav.or.it Finally Opens Beta To Take RSS And Commenting Mainstream

    Feeds and commenting aggregator fav.or.it has finally come out of the door into public beta, reports TechCrunch UK. It has a large number of new features aimed at simplifying interaction with news sites and blogs. Founder Nick Halstead has now focused on the core goal of making feed reading and commenting as mass market friendly as humanly possible. Despite praise from the likes of Robert… Read More

  • Next2Friends launches against Qik, Flixwagon, with a twist

    Next2Friends, the mobile social media platform, today launches its ‘Live’ application designed to provide real-time streaming from mobile devices to the mobile and static web, and mashes it up with a proximity app. The pivately-backed startup will take on a number of startups including Seesmic, Qik, Kyte, Loopt and even Twitter. But Next2Friends says it has more tools for… Read More

  • Balderton refreshes its team

    Following news last moth that George Coelho, co-founder of venture capital technology investor Balderton Capital, had joined renewables investment firm Good Energies as managing director and head of venture capital, Balderton is refreshing its team. Now Bernard Liautaud, the founder of Business Objects, will join the firm as a General Partner. In January 2008, Business Objects was acquired by… Read More

  • Twidox Is Like Scribd For Academics – Get 500 Beta Invites

    Back in January Google launched a huge repository of science data at research.google.com. The idea is to create a home for terabytes of open-source scientific datasets built on the data visualization technology from Trendalyzer. Storage and access to the data is free and documents have YouTube-style annotating and commenting features. But they aren’t the only one interested in this… Read More

  • Migoa closes €1m for Spanish property search

    Spanish property search start-up, Migoa has raised over €1 million in its first round for
    nuroa, its property search engine for Germany and Spain. Spanish venture capital firm Highgrowth Partners was the investor. It’s a big round for Spain. According to the FECYT (the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology), 71% of the VC investments made in Spain during the first half of… Read More

  • Berlin Meetup – Wunderba!

    TechCrunch held a Berlin Meetup yesterday. And boy, was it a blast. Nearly 30 sponsors, 300 people, fantastic venue, great after-party. Oh, and I did actually do some work too, gathering stories from the German startup scene (watch this space) and taking a few videos which I’ll upload shortly. In the meantime, check out the pictures I took, and a little video interview with me, shot… Read More

  • The TechCrunch BBC Debate

    TechCrunch and the BBC are holding an event to rationally debate and discuss the issues around the BBC’s assets and technology, prompted by the debates here and here . We are encouraging startups and developers to attend and engage with these issues. Please get a ticket here (the event is free). Could or should the BBC develop an applications platform which third party developers and… Read More

  • TechCrunch Pitch! – The TechCrunch Summer event

    TechCrunch UK will be holding a startup pitch competition on July 10th in Soho, London, entitled “TechCrunch Pitch!” The idea came about for this after I went to a number of demo and pitch events in the last few months and realised that too many startups were not actually getting to the point when they tried to get their idea across to the audience, and potential investors. So… Read More

  • O2 confirms free iPhone deal and more

    I’m short of time today – covering the Being Digital conference – but my story of last night has been confirmed by O2’s release, pasted below: O2 to Launch iPhone 3G in the UK on July 11 O2 today announced that the innovative iPhone 3G will be available in the UK on July 11 for free on selected O2 consumer and business tariffs and that it will also be available for… Read More

  • iPhone 3G pre-registration likely on 02 site from Tuesday


    02, exclusive carrier of the iPhone in the UK and Ireland, will be launching the iPhone 3G from their Web site tomorrow, as implied by a notice posted tonight right after Steve Jobs stepped down from his speech at WWDC. My sources say O2 will be using their site to control the initial sale of iPhones as they get them from Apple, though whether that’s because of production/supply delays… Read More

  • Old news in an hour, but iPhone will be free on 02


    I just got it confirmed from an O2 source (hat tip to Will Harris at ChannelFlip – you know why), that the UK 3G iPhone will be free on an 18 month contract to new O2 customers, but £100 for existing customers. Although announced today by Steve Jobs at the WWDC (see TechCrunch’s live coverage), the iPhone will ship to customers in the UK on July 11. The news is pretty astounding. Read More