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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  • Dopplr adds hotel and travel content

    Dopplr has quietly added content from Mr & Mrs Smith, the boutique and luxury hotel guide, to help users find hotels as they travel. As users create trips on the site they’ll see content from Mr & Mrs Smith’s site on high-quality lodging and “quirky city boutique hotels”. It looks like it’ll be right up the Dopplrati’s street. Here’s the… Read More

  • Who should be the next Web guru of the BBC? Vote now!

    Following the heated debate surrounding my post about how the BBC should now pick a head who can open up the corporation’s massive platform to outside developers and startups, I’ve decided to run a poll listing a very wide field of internal candidates (since we don’t know who will apply from outside as yet). So get voting! Who should be the next director of future media… Read More

  • TheFilter adds video recommendations

    As per its long-term game-plan, TheFilter, a music recommendation service backed by Genesis founder Peter Gabriel, is adding film and web video recommendations via a private beta for existing users of the service (get an invite via TechCrunch). The existing Filter application works on Mac, PC and Nokia mobiles. TheFilter currently operates most in Europe as a music discovery service and is run… Read More

  • Scotland confirmed as UK's gaming hub as Realtime Worlds pulls $50m

    Scotland-based games company Realtime Worlds has raised $50 million in a Series B round led by Maverick Capital and existing investors New Enterprise Associates and WPP also participated. TechCrunch broke the story in March. That’s a lot for a games company. Admittedly Realtime has an exclusive partnership with Microsoft Game Studios and its first title, Crackdown for Xbox 360 in early… Read More

  • Realtime Worlds confirms $50m Series B

    Games company Realtime Worlds has raised $50 million in a Series B round led by Maverick Capital, reports TechCrunch UK, news which confirms Michael Arington’s story in March. Existing investors New Enterprise Associates and WPP also participated to back the Scotland and Colorado based firm which previously raised nearly $33 million. Realtime has an exclusive partnership with Microsoft… Read More

  • RecommendBox secures angel round

    RecommendBox, the new UK startups built around recommendations instead of reviews, has secured angel funding from Brendan McLoughin, the co-founder and CEO of Fubra, who joins the team as a non-executive director. The amount was not disclosed but is believed to be in the five-figure range. McLoughin, according to his blog, considers his stake a “conservative” investment compared… Read More

  • With Highfield gone, the BBC must now open up

    As Ashley Highfield leaves the post of the BBC’s director of future media and technology to head up Project Kangaroo (the joint online video platform for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4) one wonders what a startup – or even several startups – could do with the £400m budget he controlled at the BBC. Highfield had a £131 million to digitise the BBC’s production and… Read More

  • Howard/Baines launches FriendFeed application

    AlertThingy, the Adobe AIR desktop application for FriendFeed that TechCrunch previewed last month, has just launched. It was created by UK strategy/development house Howard/Baines, better known for building the platform for the ill-fated BlogNation, and corporate sites for the likes of Faber Music and Reuters. TechCrunch US has the story on AlertThingy, one of the first applications built on… Read More

  • Microsoft's Live Map users revolt as it switches on Multimap

    Microsoft has switched its UK mapping from it’s in-house Live Maps product to Multimap, the 11-year-old UK online mapping company it bought last December for a rumoured $50 million. However, the switch is not going down well with users. On the Virtual Earth blog, former Live Map users are expressing themselves somewhat… well… shall we say… forcefully? Here are some of… Read More

  • What is the future for tech VCs in Europe?

    At TechCrunch we’re usually at least as interested in the financial environment for funding startups as we are in the startups themselves. And we know it’s something of keen interest to any new internet or mobile company. So it is worth indulging for a moment to discuss what might be happening at the moment inside Europe’s venture scene. I am prompted to raise this issue… Read More

  • WorldTV partners with Qik for live video

    Ireland-based WorldTV, an online TV startup which lets users mix clips from video sharing sites and their webcam, is adding interoperability with US-based mobile video broadcast service Qik, which itself just raised a $3 million Series B round. Qik users will be able to stream live video to WorldTV channels – adding a live element to its existing integration with LiveVideo –… Read More

  • WorldTV partners with Qik for live video

    WorldTV, an online TV startup which lets users mix clips from video sharing sites and their webcam, is adding interoperability with mobile video broadcast service Qik, which itself just raised a $3 million Series B round. Qik users will be able to stream live video to WorldTV channels and WorldTV users can now broadcast live video from their mobile phones simultaneously on Qik and their… Read More

  • Launching CrunchBase in Europe

    The keen-eyed reader will have noticed that we are now adding database-style information to the ends of posts about companies. This is a widget taken from CrunchBase, the global database of startups from TechCrunch. Today we are launching CrunchBase in the UK and Ireland, and, by extension, across Europe. We’d like to encourage startups to submit their details to the database for… Read More

  • Nsyght launches public beta for social search

    Now in public Beta, I covered Nsyght back in October when it was still in early Alpha. This tiny boostrapped startup from West London wants to take your bookmarks and social network and use that to create more relevant search results. The idea is that, over time,a user will have a totally custom-built search index specific to them and their tastes. Notional competitors in this space might… Read More

  • OpenX ups sticks for LA

    London-based open-source ad server startup OpenX is biting the bullet and moving to Los Angeles. In addition former Yahoo senior vice president Tim Cadogan will take the CEO job at the startup by Index Ventures, Accel Partners and others, reports Kara Swisher. OpenX has about 30 employees, including 10 developers in Poland, but not all will head to the US. This is probably a necessary… Read More

  • Nsyght tries to crack the social search nut

    The trend of searching your social network for information is going to be with us for a while. Facebook is clearly interested in improving its own search engine to provide a relevant social graph for each individual. And others in this space include Search Wikia, Rollyo (search sites you trust) and Eureskster (customize a search a topic, and share and distribute the social search widget). In… Read More

  • SellaBand wins further funding

    Social music service SellaBand has won EUR3.5 million in further backing from Prime Technology Ventures, also a Dutch company. How SellaBand works is that fans of bands invest 10 dollars in the band they want to back. If the band gets to 5,000 ‘believers’ they get 50,000 dollars and then SellaBand steps in to record an album with a real studio. So far they’ve released albums… Read More

  • Lacy does London

    Business Week columnist Sarah Lacy, best known for her book on the ‘new’ Silicon Valley and a recent interview with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerburg, has been in London this week interviewing startups for her various outlets as well as sending video back to the Tech Ticker show on Yahoo! Finance. Lacy is a smart reporter and a keen observer of startups and the entrepreneurial… Read More

  • SellaBand wins $5 million in Series A

    Social music service SellaBand has won $5 million (Euros 3.5 million) in a Series A round from Prime Technology Ventures, also a Dutch company, reports TechCrunch UK. (SellaBand operates across Europe but is registered in Germany). Music fans on SellaBand invest 10 dollars in an artist they want to back. If the artist gets to 5,000 ‘believers’ they get 50,000 dollars and then… Read More

  • aka-aki to launch English MoSo app

    aka-aki, the Berlin-based mobile social network, has launched its public beta for Germany and a localised English version of the service will launch “soon”. About 2,000 people in Berlin have been using the software during its private beta since since August 2007. The company previously raised a small seed round from FoundersLink. With aka-aki you create a profile on the site and… Read More