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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  • Major questions arise over Craig Wright’s claim to be Satoshi Nakamoto

    Major questions arise over Craig Wright’s claim to be Satoshi Nakamoto

    The tech community is currently pouring scorn on the news that Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright has revealed himself to be Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto. They say the story does not add up, given that his ‘proof’ could simply be an old signature signed by Satoshi and what was previously known about how the Bitcoin inventor operated in the past. Wright has previously been… Read More

  • TechCrunch Pitch-Off Stockholm applications are open right now!

    TechCrunch Pitch-Off Stockholm applications are open right now!

    TechCrunch is hitting the road for the Summer and checking out some key global tech hubs to spread our Crunchie love all over you guys. Our world-famous TechCrunch Pitch-Off is a two-piece event. We invite a panel of investor judges to check out the very best startups in each city we visit. Each company has exactly 2 minutes to pitch their startup with no demos allowed. If you want to pitch… Read More

  • StoryStream Secures $2.6M from MMC for its smart content platform

    Marketers have a complicated time of it. They have to combine user-generated content with branded content in a way that doesn’t leave the brand looking utterly foolish. StoryStream has a platform for figuring this out, and has now raised a $2.6M (£1.8M)Series A funding to address the content marketing industry with its real-time search, curation and content publishing technology. The… Read More

  • Clarkson, Hammond and May to launch DriveTribe motoring content platform

    Clarkson, Hammond and May to launch DriveTribe motoring content platform

    In an age when completely driverless cars (probably electric) seem to be just around the corner, the idea of starting a brand new online community aimed at petrolheads seems like an ill-timed one. But that’s not about to stop Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, best known as the former presenters of the globally famous Top Gear TV show. After leaving the BBC last year… Read More

  • BioBeats raises $2.28M for its platform to replace human stress therapists

    BioBeats raises $2.28M for its platform to replace human stress therapists

    BioBeats takes the data from wearables that monitor the health of employees and patients and puts it into a biometric machine-learning platform that delivers insights to healthcare providers or employers. It’s now raised $2.28 million led by White Cloud Capital, with participation from AXA Strategic Ventures and IQ Capital. Read More

  • Over 10 billion shirts and shoes will soon talk back to you via your phone

    Over 10 billion shirts and shoes will soon talk back to you via your phone

    Fortune 500 company Avery Dennison and IoT startup EVRYTHNG have done a big deal to ‘switch on’ the apparel industry. This will enable a minimum of 10 billion apparel and footwear products to be created with unique digital identities and data profiles in the cloud over the next three years. Read More

  • CareerFoundry raises $5M to make learning tech skills more social

    CareerFoundry raises $5M to make learning tech skills more social

    Most online learning platforms – especially those associated with learning tech skills – can be pretty lonely experiences. Some major players with online platforms include Udacity, General Assembly and Bloc.io. A startup from Berlin plans to change that with an approach that lets you learn with a community. Read More

  • TechCrunch is going to Tel Aviv on June 22

    TechCrunch is going to Tel Aviv on June 22

    We’re announcing our very first formal Meetup + Pitch-off in Tel Aviv, presented by Leumi Tech. Israel remains one of the world’s key producers of startups and cutting edge technology, so it would be remiss of us not to get the TechCrunch community together there. The event will be on June 22, at Trask, between 6-10pm. Read More

  • Announcing our very first Meetup + Pitch-offs in Stockholm and Berlin

    Announcing our very first Meetup + Pitch-offs in Stockholm and Berlin

    Announcing our very first Meetup + Pitch-off in Stockholm and Berlin! We’ll be doing some amazing drinking, some amazing pitching, and some amazing networking. We’ll all have a blast. Tickets will be on sale soon. Sign up for our newsletter via the links below to be notified when ticket sales open. The details: Techcrunch Stockholm Meetup + Pitch-off
    Stockholm
    June 7
    6-10pm
    Venue… Read More

  • Citymapper launches seamless routing between Cabs and Public Transit

    Citymapper launches seamless routing between Cabs and Public Transit

    Citymapper is making a significant change to its routing app with the news that it has added what it is calling a “SuperRouter” capability. This effectively combines public transit with cabs to create completely new integrated routes. In simple terms, it means you could ask Citymapper’s app to come up with a route, and it would give you options both a cab service like Uber and… Read More

  • Tinder acquihires Humin to go beyond dating, and get an SF office too

    Tinder acquihires Humin to go beyond dating, and get an SF office too

    Dating app Tinder is acquiring Humin the San Francisco startup which took a high-wire approach to contact management, trying to merge lots of disparate information into one contact app. Terms were undisclosed by TechCrunch understands from multiple sources that this roughly equates to an acqui-hire scenario. Tinder says it is acquiring Humin’s technology and IP, while the founders… Read More

  • Tapstack App is a Snapchat for Grown-Ups, boosting long distance friendship

    Tapstack App is a Snapchat for Grown-Ups, boosting long distance friendship

    Back in 2013 I came across an intriguing startup in Berlin which had a genuinely original take on social networking (hard, even then). Sharing your mood intimately with someone had been confined largely to Snapchat. But the startup that became TapTalk wanted to mine that idea even further, with an ultra simple interface which was immediately engaging and addictive, and lent itself to long… Read More

  • Refugees and Tech — Our live stream from a camp in Lebanon

    Refugees and Tech — Our live stream from a camp in Lebanon

    The Syrian war has been raging for over 5 years now, and Lebanon — with which it shares a long border — has borne the brunt of over a million Syrian refugees flooding into the country. Tomorrow TechCrunch will bring together experts from UNICEF, and local NGOs, to discuss how technology can play a role in meeting the needs of both refugees and the NGOs trying to help them. Read More

  • Employee health startup Yomp is acquired by Reward Gateway

    London-based health startup Yomp, which raised $315,000 (£200,000) from five angel investors last year, set out to be a heath and wellness platform which ‘gamified’ company employees into healthy habits, thus increasing productivity, reducing absenteeism, you know the drill. It’s now been acquired for an undisclosed sum by Reward Gateway, the ’employee… Read More

  • Entrepreneur First bags the Moonfruit founders as GPs in its new $56M fund

    Entrepreneur First bags the Moonfruit founders as GPs in its new $56M fund

    As well as its biggest ever Demo Day, Entrepreneur First, the UK accelerator which has designs on becoming the ‘Y Combinator of Europe’ today added former serial entrepreneurs Wendy Tan White and Joe White as General Partners. It’s understood that the husband and wife team — who co-founded the website builder Moonfruit which was sold to Yell in 2012 for $37m in cash… Read More

  • World first: Watch the live stream of pitches from inside a Royal Palace today

    World first: Watch the live stream of pitches from inside a Royal Palace today

    A couple of years ago The Duke Of York in England launched his Pitch@Palace events which have become a regular and respected fixture in the London startup scene. Today, for the first time ever, anyone will be able to watch their Startup Pitch event being broadcast live from St James’s Palace in London. Here’s the itinerary: 17.45 London Time / 09.45am EST Speeches &… Read More

  • Video: The father and son VCs behind the new LocalGlobe seed fund

    Robin and Saul Klein are the ‘father and son’ VCs behind the new LocalGlobe seed fund (website, twitter, Medium). Just recently they led a £1.1 million investment in online mortgage advisor Trussle. It’s likely to be among the first of many. Saul has been actively involved founding and investing in over 100 tech companies in London since at least 1994, Robin for, well, a… Read More

  • Tune In To The Duke Of York’s #PitchAtPalace On Monday

    Tune In To The Duke Of York’s #PitchAtPalace On Monday

    In Merrie Olde England, even The Duke Of York has been bitten by the Startup Bug these past few years, and his Pitch@Palace events have not only become a fixture in the London startup scene, but have also hosted some very decent companies. In fact, his team has expanded to take in areas other than pure tech, and the latest Pitch@Palace5.0 will feature many entrepreneurs from BioTech. Now… Read More

  • Nominations For The 2016 Europas Awards Now Open, TechCrunch Partners

    Nominations For The 2016 Europas Awards Now Open, TechCrunch Partners

    Nominations are now open for The Europas Awards 2016, the European Tech Startup Awards. The Europas will be held on June 14, 2016, in London. You can nominate an individual (founder, investor etc) or startup that you think in the last year deserves to be recognized RIGHT HERE. The deadline for nominations is 18 March. TechCrunch is the Official Media Partner and attendees of The Europas… Read More

  • These Are The Startups Pitching At Our TechCrunch MWC Meetup

    These Are The Startups Pitching At Our TechCrunch MWC Meetup

    TechCrunch is holding a Meetup and Pitch Off during Mobile World Congress, on the evening of Wednesday, Feb 24. The event is now SOLD OUT. Attendees will see around 8 startups pitch to win tickets to TechCrunch Disrupt NY. These will be 2 minute pitches, with no slides. We’ll be joined on stage by our judges, Natasha Lomas (Writer, TechCrunch), Ingrid Lunden (News Editor, TechCrunch)… Read More

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