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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  • i-Together closes BlogFriends, mothballs Buzzspotr

    UK startup i-Together last night said it was closing its Facebook application BlogFriends, an RSS feed sharing app which had attracted upwards of 27,000 users and was growing. i-Together failed to attract a second-round of seed funding for the project which was designed to give greater exposure to non-A-List, “long-tail’ bloggers – funding which was required to improve… Read More

  • Webjam gaining users

    I hear UK startup Webjam is bringing in some deals. Yamaha music group is using the web community platform to spearhead grassroot music eduation. And the UK Conservative Party think tank CPS is using it to launch an e-democraty initiative. (Oh, and and UK university student newspaper Sanctuary is using it). I also gather they are getting an increasing amount of traffic from the US. The… Read More

  • Last.fm expands in Germany; Plans to scrobble TV

    Last.fm has apointed F. Scott Woods senior vice president and managing director for Germany. He joins Last.fm from Google where he served as Head of Strategic Partnerships and Business Development, Northern & Central Europe, will oversee the expansion of the Last.fm presence in Germany, the country with the second largest Last.fm userbase after the US. (Not surprising as Last.fm started… Read More

  • XING hits its numbers, keeps growing

    XING, the German-born social network for professionals which has spread across Europe and Asia and now competes with Silicon Valley’s LinkedIn, has released its annual report and the numbers look pretty good. It’s met its annual guidance for 2007 with revenues of €19.61 million ( about $30.98 million) and the member base increased by over 3 million members (through acquisitions… Read More

  • European news roundup

    As European startups prepare to march en masse to The Next Web conference in Amsterdam next week, the European tech scene is still feeling buoyant, whatever the global economic outlook. Certainly that was the feeling at Plugg in Brussels last week, a conference I chaired, and where the startups presenting were all now showing an increasing quality, in contrast with perhaps a few years ago. Read More

  • European startups set out their pitches

    The TheNextWeb conference happens in Amsterdam next week, and they’ve announced the startups that will be pitching in the startup competition (below). Some 22 companies get to pitch and the last 2 will be chosen by the crowd. A few other notables are turning up including TechCrunch’s Eric Schonfeld, Kevin Rose of Diggnation (which will be recorded at the event) Robert Scoble… Read More

  • Guardian hires Yahoo! developer head to build platform

    It’s highly significant that The Guardian newspaper has just made a major hire direct out of Yahoo! in the US to begin building some kind of development platform. Matt McAlister, currently the director of Yahoo’s developer network in San Francisco, is to become head of the Guardian’s development network from the end of April. He’ll be reporting in to Mike Bracken… Read More

  • Top tech startups in Europe?

    The Red Herring has released it list of top 100 Tech startups in Europe and they include a number of UK firms. Among the list (and I may have missed some) is blinkBox, Bragster, Miomi, mydeco, Mydeo, Refresh Mobile, Rummble, Silobreaker, SportsDo, StrategyEye, T5M, Taptu, Webjam, Wonga, Zebtab, Zemanta, DisplayLink, Trampoline Systems and Zygo Communications. The 2008 companies will present at… Read More

  • 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