Mike Butcher

Mike Butcher (FRSA) is an ‘Editor At Large’ at TechCrunch, the biggest breaking news site about the world’s hottest tech companies. Mike has been named one of the Top 50 most influential Britons in technology by The Daily Telegraph.

As well as being a long-time Writer, Broadcaster and Editor Mike is also co-founder of TechHub (@TechHub), a project to merge a thriving community with office space for fast-moving startups. Mike has written for UK national newspapers and magazines including The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The New Statesman.

Mike 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 Mike 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 Mike 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 Mike 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 Mike was named one of the Top 10 bloggers on Twitter in the UK. In October 2009 Mike was named one of the Top 50 most influential Britons in technology by The Daily Telegraph. In April 2010 Mike was in Wired UK’s Top 100 influencer list, again in 2011, in 2012 and in 2014. In April 2010 TechCrunch Europe was shortlisted in the Specialist Digital Publisher category of the prestigious UK-based Association of Online Publishers’ Digital Publishing Awards. In November 2010 Mike was named as one of London’s most influential people in New Media and “king of dotcom commentators ” by The Evening Standard Newspaper. Mike has been listed as one of the Top 100 most influential people on Twitter in the UK. Mike has spoken at the prestigious Monaco Media Forum, Le Web, Web Summit and DLD among many other conferences. Mike is a regular commentator on the technology business, appearing on BBC News, Sky News, CNBC, Channel 4 and Bloomberg. Mike has advised the UK Prime Minister on tech startups, served on the Mayor of London’s Digital Advisory Board, the ‘Smart London’ Board and been a Technology Ambassador for London.

Mike arned his B.A. degree in History and English Literature from Australian National University.

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  • Our Pick Of 21 Interesting Startups From Web Summit

    Our Pick Of 21 Interesting Startups From Web Summit

    As Web Summit in Dublin wraps up another gang-busting year of packing out the pubs and bars, and bringing the traffic to a halt (some 30,000 people attended this year), TechCrunch took a turn around some of the stages to hunt down any interesting startups we could find. It’s a little tough to take in the hundreds of startups that exhibit very day, but we thought we might have a little… Read More

  • Skype Co-Founders Launch The Starship ‘Ground Drone’ For Deliveries

    To date most of the talk around drones has been about how flying drones will disrupt the delivery industry. But for some bizarre reason the whole idea of a ‘ground drone’ which could address the ‘last mile’ of deliveries tended to be missed. Well, no more. Now, two former co-founders of Skype, Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, have created Starship Technologies, an… Read More

  • TechCrunch Tallinn, Meetup And Pitch-Off, November 18

    TechCrunch Tallinn, Meetup And Pitch-Off, November 18

    TechCrunch Disrupt London, our stupendous European conference, is coming to London, December 5-8. In the lead-up to this we’re holding a Meetup and Pitch-off in Tallinn, Estonia, on November 18 and we want you there! Sign up for tickets here. We’ll be doing some amazing drinking, some amazing pitching, and some amazing networking. We’ll all have a blast. As well as… Read More

  • Codeanywhere Supercharges Its Cloud Development Platform

    Of late the code development area has seen Atlassian heading for and IPO and GitHub becoming a Unicorn. But more specifically Koding, Nitrous.io and others have rubbed shoulders with the likes of Microsoft, SAP and even Oracle because just about every segment of software development. But one of the biggest problems of cloud-based IDEs is speed. So to fix this problem, Codeanywhere, which we… Read More

  • Uniplaces Raises $24M In Series A Funding From Atomico And Angels

    Uniplaces Raises $24M In Series A Funding From Atomico And Angels

    Last year Uniplaces, startup founded back in 2012 which runs an online booking platform focused on student accommodation, pulled in £2.2 million ($3.5 million) in Series A funding led by Octopus Investments. Today it’s announced that it has raised a $24 million Series A funding led by Atomico. The startup, launched in 2012 by three ex-university classmates, aims to be a trusted… Read More

  • New $250M Pitango Growth Fund Will Boost Israeli Scale-Ups

    New $250M Pitango Growth Fund Will Boost Israeli Scale-Ups

    Pitango Venture Capital — which has invested in companies such as AppsFlyer and Taboola — today announces the first closing of its new Pitango Growth Fund, which will aim for a $250 million fund size. As with all Growth funds, it’ll be about scaling companies that want to increase their revenues and cement their position. Read More

  • Spacio Pro Plans To Supercharge Open House Showings With A Smart App

    Spacio Pro Plans To Supercharge Open House Showings With A Smart App

    If software is eating the world, it’s also eating our houses. The real estate market changed radically when companies like Zillow unpacked the data around house sales. In theory you’d think there wasn’t much to do on house sales, but there remains a relatively untapped area. One of the next areas of change could be be in the ‘open house’ market, where houses… Read More

  • Social Intelligence Startup Brandwatch Raises $33M Series C To Grow In US

    Social Intelligence Startup Brandwatch Raises $33M Series C To Grow In US

    Social media is officially eating Internet, and where the people go with their eyeballs, so do the brands. But the brands are – largely – all at sea, still trying to figure all this stuff out. One of the startups that has figured this out is Brandwatch — a social media monitoring firm that crawls over 80 million sites, including Facebook and Twitter, and then turns that… Read More

  • 230 Entrepreneurs Rebuke UK Gov Plans To Curb Migration For Tech Talent

    230 Entrepreneurs Rebuke UK Gov Plans To Curb Migration For Tech Talent

    Plans by the UK government to curtail the number of skilled tech workers allowed into the country have received a stinging rebuke from over 200 of the UK’s most successful technology entrepreneurs. The founders of Lastminute.com, TransferWise, Zopa, Unruly, Crowdcube, Nutmeg and Shazam, amongst 230 other tech start-ups and investors, today sent an open letter, to UK Prime Minister… Read More

  • Here Are The MEPs You Should Tweet About Net Neutrality This Morning

    Here Are The MEPs You Should Tweet About Net Neutrality This Morning

    Today at 1.30pm Members of the European Parliament vote on legislation which — according to independent observers and over 50 of the tech industries biggest players — could threaten net neutrality if key amendments are not pushed forward and added to the new laws. Parliament will hear debate 8:30am-10am CET, then break and vote at 1:30pm CET. The proposal before the Parliament… Read More

  • Disrupt London In December Will Feature Many of Europe’s EU-nicorns…

    Disrupt London In December Will Feature Many of Europe’s EU-nicorns…

    We have some incredible speakers coming to the TechCrunch Disrupt London conference on December 7-8. And they include several of Europe’s new Unicorns. Or should we say EUnicorns?
    Marco Jansen is Founder and CTO of Catawiki, Europe’s fastest growing online auction house. With over 40 weekly auctions and close to 200,000 registered users, Catawiki is the number one site for buying… Read More

  • Tech Giants Sign Letter Against EU Laws To Hand Huge New Powers To ISPs

    Tech Giants Sign Letter Against EU Laws To Hand Huge New Powers To ISPs

    New European legislation which threatens net neutrality is set to go before the EU Parliament Tuesday. The EU is planning new rules it claims will ‘protect’ Net neutrality, but a leading legal expert says it will in fact do the exact opposite. Stanford Law Professor Barbara van Schewick, also Director of the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, has collated signatures from… Read More

  • Tech Firms Rally Against Harmful EU Net Neutrality Laws As Deadline Looms

    Tech Firms Rally Against Harmful EU Net Neutrality Laws As Deadline Looms

    Net neutrality is widely accepted as being key to innovation, and therefore tech startups. When it operates, there is no ‘fast lane’ controlled by larger companies. Net neutrality is, in fact, why startups have been able to create so much value in the modern world – value not just in economic terms but in social terms as well, affording access to information and democratic tools. Read More

  • Angaza Raises $4M To Make Clean Energy Affordable For World’s Poorest

    Angaza Raises $4M To Make Clean Energy Affordable For World’s Poorest

    Often, off-grid rural villages in places like Africa have their electricity generated by energy devices, like solar panels and batteries, donated by non-profit organizations and charities. The problem, however is that model is not sustainable and relies of yet more charitable hand-outs. What’s required is to make clean energy scale in self-supporting way. Luckily the rise of the mobile… Read More

  • Lisbon’s Startup Scene Heats Up At Our TechCrunch Meetup

    Lisbon’s Startup Scene Heats Up At Our TechCrunch Meetup

    This week we held the first ever TechCrunch Lisbon Meetup and Pitch-off at a rooftop bar over-looking this beautiful, ancient city which in the last few years has been coming to life as a vibrant startup hub in this part of southern Europe. Thanks to the good offices of local accelerator Beta-i and a bar stacked by Android market startup Aptoide, around 200 people turned up to hear the pitches… Read More

  • The inviita iOS App Builds You A City Tour Automagically

    The inviita iOS App Builds You A City Tour Automagically

    As someone who travels a lot I’ve been trying out apps that can build tours around a city. CreateTrips is a social trip planner that offers travelers and locals travel guides, maps, reviews and a few more things. It’s raised $2.18 million in two rounds from five investors. But unfortunately it literally leaves me to do all the heavy lifting. And in this space, you pretty much only… Read More

  • TechCrunch Disrupt London Brings The Best Of Europe Together

    TechCrunch Disrupt London Brings The Best Of Europe Together

    We have some incredible speakers coming to the TechCrunch Disrupt London conference on December 7-8. We’re not just talking global sporting superstar Thierry Henry, by the way. We’re talking about a roster of Europe’s most influential people in technology today. And as we speak, TechCrunch’s journalists are sifting through the entries for the Battlefield where we… Read More

  • Codacy Raises $1.1M To Kill Off Unnecessary Code Reviews

    Codacy Raises $1.1M To Kill Off Unnecessary Code Reviews

    Developers spend a lot of time reviewing code (between 20%-50%), even today, when code reviewing can in fact be automated much of the time. Code reviews are described as “technical debt” and some say this ‘debt’ amounts to a trillion dollars globally. Lisbon-based startup Codacy wants to kill unnecessary code reviews. And to that end it’s now raised €1… Read More

  • Moscow Startups Build Their Own Ecosystem In An Old Telegraph Station

    Moscow Startups Build Their Own Ecosystem In An Old Telegraph Station

    Aside from Russia’s somewhat grandiose “Skolkovo” project to replicate a Silicon Valley-style startup campus just outside of Moscow, entrepreneurs who have preferred to stay outside any governmental overtures have resolutely stuck to the city, just as Startups in the Bay Area, post 2001, gravitated towards San Fransisco. The early pioneer in this was (Digital October), carved… Read More

  • Customer Service Startup Service Raises $3.1M Led By Founders Fund

    Customer Service Startup Service Raises $3.1M Led By Founders Fund

    Khosla Ventures famously backed Gripe.io, a startup which allowed disappointed customers to complain loudly on social media about service providers that had failed them (restaurants, hotels, airlines etc). After this barrage of criticism, the brand owner was supposed give in to this assault and settle with compensation. Unsurprisingly it didn’t work and Gripe closed. A number of… Read More

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