Mike Butcher

Mike Butcher is Editor-at-large 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 websites 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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  • Index Invests In Online Jewelry As The Wealthy Head Online

    AstleyClarke.com, a high-end fashion jewelry site based in London, has announced a $5.5 million (£2.75m) in funding from Index Ventures in London. Despite gloomy, credit-crunch market conditions, big spenders continue to do so, and they are doing more of it online in the luxury bracket. The move reflects Index’s recent interest in the eCommerce industry with Betfair, Lovefilm and… Read More

  • Grou.ps Pulls In $1.1 Million, Opens Up Code To Take On Ning

    Grou.ps, a startup based in San Francisco, has secured a $1.1 Million Series A financing round in a deal led by Golden Horn Ventures. Grou.ps will also now be open-sourcing a restricted version of its code, with a view to spreading its collaboration tools. This move is based around the idea of commoditizing the platform faster and then taking advantage of the fact that they can then hire the… Read More

  • TechCrunch Euro Tour – it's time for the Istanbul Meetup

    As I have said previously, I’m on a tour around Europe, looking for Europe’s best and brightest startups, and I’m happy to say, it’s going very well. I already have a stack of content to write up in between plane journeys and queuing for passport control, and to that end, today I’m in Turkey. TechCrunch and Turkish Web 2.0 blog Webrazzi teamed up to do a meetup… Read More

  • Dublin TechCrunch Meetup!

    I flew into Dublin today for our first TechCrunch meetup in Ireland (yay!), and as previously blogged, TechCrunch is hooking up with networking event TechLudd to create a real-world mashup we like to call CrunchLudd (see what we did there?) This morning I rocked up to Dublin’s The Digital Media Hub to meet with a bunch of interesting startups here. I took a few pictures and shot some… Read More

  • Live Blog: The TechCrunch BBC Debate

    I’ll be live blogging the debate, and posting picture here. Stay tuned Currently handing out name tags on the door. A long-held ambition…. [Update: Post event, Steve Bowbrick wrote it up here as well] The start…. I did a quick intro to why this debate happened I won’t bore you here, you’ve heard it, suffice it to say that Steve Bowbrick, chair, came up with… Read More

  • Faceparty tells critics to F*** Off, suspends entire site

    Owners of the somewhat idiosyncratic FaceParty, one of the UK’s oldest social networks, appear to have had an altercation – with almost their entire user-base. On Tuesday night the normal home page was replaced with a diatribe against users who had complained about a fancy dress competition the site was holding. The site was cut off for several hours, blocking all users from… Read More

  • BBC Mashed winners

    Alas, I couldn’t make Mashed, the BBC hacker event over the weekend (largely due to wanting to see my wife and children in the breaks between my TechCrunch Euro Tour of European startups). However, the Guardian has done a great round-up of the projects presented during the competition. Alas, not many URLs are yet available to point to as yet. But the projects that won prizes and which… Read More

  • The TechCrunch BBC debate – Are you coming?

    If you are coming to the “The TechCrunch BBC Debate: A Common Platform” this Wednesday night (June 25) then please take note of these important details. Attendees should report to Broadcasting House reception for a prompt start by 7.00pm sharp.
    BBC Broadcasting House is in Portland Place, London W1A 1AA. Because this is a highly sensitive security area then only people who… Read More

  • TechCrunch Dublin Meetup this Thursday night

    Ireland gets a startup shot in the arm this Thursday, June 26, when three (count’em 3) startup events happen in Dublin on the same day: OpenCoffee Dublin, Silicon Ireland and the TechCrunch / TechLudd meetup, which we have humourously named “CrunchLudd”. So head over to OpenCoffee Dublin first for a morning coffee, then go to the day-long event at the City North Hotel to… Read More

  • Nokia kicks off the scramble for location

    Nokia’s acquisition of Plazes today, the Germany location startup, will do one or both of two things. It will mean other mobile startups with location as a feature will be looked at in a more favourable light. The main startup in the UK in this arena – currently – is Rummble, but there are an increasing number of others, such as WeGlu, Moblog and Buddyping. It may also mean… Read More

  • TechCrunch Europe events listings are now crowd-sourced

    I have been attempting, usually in vain, to post the many relevant events for readers to keep track of. This is obviously a tricky task, given that there are an increasing number of these. However, I have managed to re-gain control of the old TechCrunch UK group on Upcoming. Now, event organisers who post their events to Upcoming will be able to add the group “TechCrunch UK &… Read More

  • 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
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  • 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