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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  • Matterfund aims to be AngelList-meets-CrunchBase for education development

    Matterfund aims to be AngelList-meets-CrunchBase for education development

    At the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, one of the big topics of conversation was education. Despite billions poured into programmes in developing countries to educate booming populations, the budgets are just scratching the surface. UNESCO estimates that the world would have to increase education development spending to $39 billion a year, or about three times current levels, if it was… Read More

  • Smart SMB bank Tide comes out of the gate with bags of features

    Many startups in FinTech are attempting to disrupt the banking world with consumer-focused apps, but the real prize and the most lucrative is going to be in the small business space. Especially since Main Street / High Street banks don’t really care enough about small businesses as they are small fries compared to much of the rest of the business. UK startups Tide, out of the UK, is… Read More

  • Berlin’s Jobspotting acquired by SF’s SmartRecruiters for undisclosed sum

    Berlin’s Jobspotting acquired by SF’s SmartRecruiters for undisclosed sum

    A couple of years ago Jobspotting, out of Berlin, decided job sites were dull and pretty useless (right?) so they put a modern search interface on top of results from third-party recruitment sites, woven into your social accounts and applied an algorithm to give users better results. But although they raised $1.5M, they entered a tough market where similar players like Adzuna in the UK had… Read More

  • AirTree, Australia’s largest VC, lures two new tech players from overseas

    AirTree, Australia’s largest VC, lures two new tech players from overseas

    After a spending while on a sort of technological ‘walkabout’, Australia is experiencing something of a mini-tech boom. For a long time the biggest thing you could name out of the country was Atlassian. Now other startups are joining the roster, and VC investment is ticking up. The latest sign of this is the news that local VC AirTree Ventures has added UK-based VC James… Read More

  • Apple has allegedly begun removing Iranian iOS apps from the App store

    Apple has allegedly begun removing Iranian iOS apps from the App store

    Reports coming out of Iran suggest that Apple has allegedly started removing iOS apps originating from the country’s startups and developers. Prior to this, Apple had, in a limited manner, opened up its App Store to Iranians in September 2016 and appeared to be gradually lifting some of the limitations, periodically, since then. According to credible tech news site Techrasa, the… Read More

  • Lighthouse secures $1.25M seed round to capitalise on boom in workplace IoT

    Lighthouse secures $1.25M seed round to capitalise on boom in workplace IoT

    We tend to think of robots disrupting the world of work by looking like us. In fact it’s rarely the case. The combination of sensors and IoT are going to have a far-reaching impact in our workplaces and will happen much faster than The Terminator. Thus, it’s interesting to note the news today that Australian startup Lighthouse.io has closed AUS$1.25 million in a seed funding led… Read More

  • SentinelOne raises a $70M C round to tackle multiple-vector cyber attacks

    SentinelOne raises a $70M C round to tackle multiple-vector cyber attacks

    As workforces become increasingly mobile with laptops, smartphones and other handheld devices, the potential for vulnerability increases massively. The sophistication of cyber threats and targeted attacks is constantly evolving. SentinelOne is a cyber security player that has concentrated on this new, multiple-vector, attack method, among others. Today it announced a $70 million… Read More

  • Berlin’s Careship raises $4M from Spark Capital to address elderly care

    Berlin’s Careship raises $4M from Spark Capital to address elderly care

    Careship is a Berlin-based startup aiming to tackle the growing problem of how we care for our elderly. It’s a big problem in Europe in particular, where people are living much longer than they used to. Careship helps families find a home-based caregiver for their loved ones. It uses as matchmaking algorithm to find qualified personnel, while advising on insurance benefits and… Read More

  • Paris FinTech Startups! Meet TechCrunch this week

    Paris FinTech Startups! Meet TechCrunch this week

    In this strange “Age of Brexit” suddenly the chips are all up in the air. And while London remains the financial capital of Europe, that crown is now up for grabs. One of London’s biggest sectors, in terms of its financial sector, is its position as the multi-national clearing house of the European economy. It’s estimated that stripping the euro clearing from London as… Read More

  • Neufund raises €2M for its blockchain-based venture fund

    Neufund raises €2M for its blockchain-based venture fund

    Berlin-based Neufund has raised €2 million from Christoph Maire’s Atlantic Labs, Klaas Kersting and a group of superangels. Neufund will use the funding to build an open platform for investors to acquire startup equity in the form of tradable crypto tokens. Read More

  • Meet TechCrunch at Davos

    Meet TechCrunch at Davos

    The World Economic Forum — held in the mountain village of Davos, Switzerland every year — is increasingly attended by technology companies. And this year the theme of ‘responsible governance’ for the WEF conference is clearly going to be high on the agenda, especially in the era of ‘fake news’ and Brexit. Software might be ‘eating the world’… Read More

  • Deekit closes seed round for its ‘infinite whiteboard’ platform for remote teams

    Deekit closes seed round for its ‘infinite whiteboard’ platform for remote teams

    Estonia-based Deekit has now closed a seed round of €400,000 in angel investment from investors around Europe, with Spring Capital from Estonia being the lead investor. Among the angel investors are Mark Gillett (former Skype CTO), Copenhagen Business Angel network represented by Ole Andresen (a regional managing director at Apple) and the Estonian Business Angel network members. Founded by… Read More

  • Fabby grabs $2M in seed funding for its app, which can put any background behind you

    Fabby grabs $2M in seed funding for its app, which can put any background behind you

    What is it about Belarus that keeps producing image filter startups? MSQRD was famously acquired by Facebook last year for instance and it also produce the PRISM imaging app. Now new startup Fabby has managed to pull in a $2m funding round – which will go a long way in Belarus, I can tell you. The seed round of funding was led by Haxus Venture Fund. Haxus knows what it is doing in terms… Read More

  • Scandit, which replaces barcode scanners with phones, closes $7.5M from Atomico

    Scandit, which replaces barcode scanners with phones, closes $7.5M from Atomico

    For some reason Swiss startups have gained a good reputation in enterprise, SAAS, fintech and logistics — and nowhere is this better represented than in Scandit which emerged from Zurich a few years ago. Their idea was simple enough. Use a smartphone camera to capture barcodes instead of an expensive proprietary scanner, and wrap a suite of hardware and software around it. Here they… Read More

  • Fitbit acquires the Vector smartwatch startup, as the wearable giant continues its roll-up

    Fitbit acquires the Vector smartwatch startup, as the wearable giant continues its roll-up

    Well this is a relatively fast exit. In March last year a brand new smartwatch brand appeared, hoping to offer something different. Combining the incredible engineering talent in Central Europe’s Romania with the business smarts of London and former executives from Citizen watches, the Vector startup carved out a very credible slot in the “affordable luxury” smartwatch… Read More

  • Salesforce’s Marc Benioff joins Valley notables backing Gaza’s first ever coding academy

    Salesforce’s Marc Benioff joins Valley notables backing Gaza’s first ever coding academy

    Salesforce founder and CEO Marc Benioff today joined an increasing number of Silicon Valley luminaries who are backing the first ever coding academy to be created in Gaza, Palestine. In doing so they are putting their stamp of approval on a wider initiative to develop Palestine’s technology sector, which lags behind Israel’s highly developed startup and VC ecosystem. Benioff joins… Read More

  • UK’s Nutmeg pulls in an extra £12m for its Series D from Taipei’s Fubon bank

    UK’s Nutmeg pulls in an extra £12m for its Series D from Taipei’s Fubon bank

    Hit UK FinTech startup Nutmeg has raked in another $14.6m (£12m) for its Series D round, bringing the total to $51m (£42m). The £12m comes from the Taipei Fubon Bank, a subsidiary of Taiwan’s second largest financial services firm. Last month it announced a £30m raise led by Convoy, Hong Kong’s largest listed independent financial advice firm and existing backers including… Read More

  • Brain-training app Peak sells majority stake to French publisher Hachette

    Brain-training app Peak sells majority stake to French publisher Hachette

    Something of a sleeper hit, the makers of Peak — a subscription-based service specifically designed to entertain a user while simultaneously exercising their cognitive skills — have sold a majority stake to French publisher Hachette Livre. Created by London-based app company Brainbow, Peak has been downloaded over 15 million times and was named Best App in 2014 by Apple, while… Read More

  • Bringing Europe together at The Europas, London, 13 June, 2017

    Bringing Europe together at The Europas, London, 13 June, 2017

    It’s time to mark your diaries for June 13, 2017 for The Europas Tech Conference & Awards TechCrunch is the exclusive media partner for the one-day event which takes a different approach to the usual events (tickets). As well as main stage speakers and panels, the ‘special sauce’ of The Europas is the small, intimate breakout sessions where delegates can deep-dive… Read More

  • Disrupt London was the biggest yet: 2,300 people, 3.5M video views, 150 press

    Disrupt London was the biggest yet: 2,300 people, 3.5M video views, 150 press

    There are few reasons why TechCrunch Disrupt (sign up here to get news about the next one) is so effective for startups. The combination of breaking news on stage and brand new companies in the Battlefield competition draws in the media and investors. And investors can easily walk a curated hall of new startups in Startup Alley, knowing that we have worked hard to bring the best and the brightest. Read More

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