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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  • Zemanta launches its alpha for blogging on acid

    Launching in Alpha today is Zemanta, the London-based startup which has developed a facility for WordPress blogs to suggest contextually relevant links, pictures, related content and tags using an internally developed semantic analysis engine. Eventually they will also integrate tabs for third parties who provide vertical-specific suggestions (tech or SEO, for instance). The upshot? Start… Read More

  • Yahoo! loses head of its developer network to UK paper

    How many newspapers can you think of that are looking to build a platform for developers? I’ll wager not many. Which is why it’s significant that The Guardian newspaper in London has just made a major hire direct out of Yahoo! to build a development platform to engage with developers and startups. Matt McAlister, currently the director of Yahoo’s developer network in San… Read More

  • A content suggestion engine for blogging? That could work…

    Launching in Alpha today is Zemanta, the European startup which has developed a facility for WordPress blogs to suggest contextually relevant links, pictures, related content and tags using an internally developed semantic analysis engine. Eventually they will also integrate tabs for third parties who provide vertical-specific suggestions (tech or SEO, for instance). The upshot? Start writing… Read More

  • Brits go online while watching TV. Duh.

    I don’t know about you but if I ever watch TV I really just can’t sit there without having a laptop open. It would just be so boring otherwise. I love reading plots for films on Wikipedia instead of having to sit through the whole thing. Yes, I’m odd like that. So I am not surprised that the image of passive TV viewer is fading fast, with much of the population going online… Read More

  • Roll up, get your Olympic Torch Facebook app

    Assuming you can get over China’s appalling treatment of democracy protesters in Tibet, you’re about to get the chance to win two tickets to the Olympics in Beijing this year just by adding a Facebook application. Yay. The Samsung Virtual Torch Relay app allows users to pass their own torch to other users, hence creating their own little bit of Olympic history. Samsung are one… Read More

  • Facebook's not dead. It was just resting

    A few weeks ago I said the recent drop in UK traffic to Facebook was not significant as it had happened over the Christmas break. According to 95% of the British media this view was wrong and the fall heralded the end of the social networking roller-coaster as we know it. Today Hitwise reports that Facebook’s market share of UK Internet visits last week (w/e 22 March 2008) was equal to… Read More

  • 3i repeats its exit from early stage, now to the FT

    Nice to see the Financial Times catching up on a story I first broke in January and confirmed in February, namely that private equity house 3i is abandoning early-stage investing in start-up companies. It’s a hard fall. In early 2000 it managed 750 technology investments valued at £2.4bn ($4.8bn) – half its portfolio – and was seeking to compete with the top venture… Read More

  • Startup comp has a £1m prize

    The London Technology Fund is running a competition for tech startups. Prizes include a share of up to £1m in investment funding and over £100,000 worth of training and advice. The deadline for submission of entries is 30th June 2008. Winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held on 29th October 2008. The London Technology Fund is funded by the London Development Agency and the… Read More

  • IBM starts Cloud Computing Centre in Dublin

    IBM is to establish what appears to be Europe’s first Cloud Computing Centre at the IBM Innovation Campus at Mulhuddart, West Dublin. Some 21 people will work in the Centre which will serve as a European hub to provide research and services to a number of satellite facilities to be built in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Read More

  • OpenX – those 2008 priorities in full

    Not long after London-based advertising software startup OpenAds spent some of its $20.5 million in VC funding on changing its name for the for the sixth time, its confusing the hell out of its customers. Again. This week well meaning company blogger/marketer Scott Switzer posted about OpenX’s priorities in 2008. These include stability, simplicity, integration and efficiency. Hold on a… Read More

  • Intruders TV – videoing startups so you don't have to

    I really like the guys from Intruders TV. They are, to some extent, Europe’s answer to (first) PodTech and latterly FastCompany TV. I really hope they are successful because creating original video interviews is not for the faint-hearted. For those of you who don’t know them, Intruders.tv is a global network of video blogs covering the web 2.0 and technology ecosystem. What they… Read More

  • BlinkBox inks deal with FreemantleMedia

    BlinkBox, the UK start-up we reviewed in October last year, has signed a deal with FremantleMedia to bring a bunch of old TV shows including Baywatch, Danger Mouse and Count Duckula to the service. Fremantle has a big library and has licensed 18 of its properties for use on BlinkBox, which join content from Warner Bros, Universal, Paramount, Aardman and Discovery Networks. BlinkBox users… Read More

  • Wikio walks out to a sticky wicket

    Wikio – which has launched a UK version – is a news portal featuring a search engine scouring press sites, the blogoshere and product listings. Think Google News meets Kelkoo meets Digg. But before I go on, at this point some disclosure is necessary: Ouriel Ohayon, editor of TechCrunch France [Update, Feb 2008: Ohayon is no longer editing TCF] and also a VC himself, is a… Read More

  • EU startups get plugged at Plugg

    This week there was a new conference on the Web 2.0 block in Europe. Plugg saw investors and startups from across Europe come together to discuss the market and some 20 startups pitched their companies at the event, attended by about 300 people. Although much smaller than Le Web 3 in Paris (which gets about 1,500 attendees), Plugg had the makings of a more intimate atmosphere amongst… Read More

  • Myrl launches Web-based virtual world

    Virtual worlds are all very well but they are usually closed systems which don’t integrate well with the Web, and since the Web won the platform wars a while back it makes sense to integrate the two a little better. Despite this, virtual worlds are still adding users. There are now more than 200 virtual worlds and Gartner Research estimates that 50 to 60 million people will participate… Read More

  • Euro startups plugged at Plugg

    This week there was a new conference on the Web 2.0 block in Europe. Plugg saw investors and startups from across Europe come together to discuss the market and some 20 startups pitched their companies at the event, attended by about 300 people. Although much smaller than Le Web 3 in Paris (which gets about 1,500 attendees), Plugg had the makings of a more intimate atmosphere amongst… Read More

  • It looks like Spinvox has raised £50m

    Update: Reuters just confirmed the below story (which I wrote this morning, about 5 hours before Reuters), as Spinvox has now clearly put it out on the wire to stop any further speculation. It’s raised funding from a “Goldman Sachs Group Inc unit” and GLG Partners, Blue Mountain Capital Management and Toscafund Asset Management. It doubles the amount raised so far to $200… Read More

  • Blogging Plugg.eu – notes from panels

    For a first time conference for investors and startups, Plugg, held in the rather nice ambience of an old theatre in Brussels, is going very well. It’s down to the hard work of Web 2.0 blogger and consultant Robin Wauters. Plenty of people turned up for breakfast which was a sure sign the conference was heading in the right direction. Rebecca Jennings from Forrester Research gave us… Read More

  • First-time startups start to feel a chill wind

    “Funding business plans from first time entrepreneurs just won’t happen anymore!”
    So says Robin Klein of The Accelerator Group, the investment vehicle he heads which has invested in (deep breath) Astley Clarke, Buildersite, Daylife, DH Gate, Digivate, Dopplr, Extate, Fizzback, Glasses Direct, Imagini, Kindo, Koodos, Kublax, Lookery, LoveFilm, Mashery, Mind Candy, Moo… Read More

  • Isango raises $8 million for its 'travel experiences'

    UK travel startup Isango has raised $8 million led by Spark Ventures. Beringea contributed US$2.5m and the remaining US$1.5 million came from existing shareholders. Ranjan Singh, former MD of eBookers, is founder/CEO. Isango is aiming to build the largest repository of travel experiences and currently offers around 4,000 activities in nearly 60 countries. It works alongside travel… Read More