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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    Tattoodo Raises $2.5M For Content And Commerce Tattoo Lifestyle Hub

    Tattoo culture is by now very well established and of course with it has come ways of expressing that culture online. Thus, Tattoodo has styled itself as a “digital lifestyle hub for all things tattoo-related.” In English, that means it publishes content, has community and a marketplace. The Copenhagen-based startup has now raised $2.5 million from a number of high-profile… Read More

  • NextGenVest Uses Snapchat To Send Money Tips To Millennial Students

    NextGenVest Uses Snapchat To Send Money Tips To Millennial Students

    NextGenVest, a startup out of New York, is setting out to become a new kind of trustworthy financial entity. And to do that, it’s tackling a big problem. Every year in the US a staggering $2.9 billion goes unclaimed in students grants because the financial aid process has become tortuously complex. Furthermore, the ratio of guidance counselors to students is 500 to 1 nationally, with 20%… Read More

  • Seedcamp’s New Portfolio Analysis Maps Europe’s Flourishing Tech Scene

    Seedcamp’s New Portfolio Analysis Maps Europe’s Flourishing Tech Scene

    Back in September 2007 I attended a startup pitch event held in a London university lecture theatre. The surroundings weren’t plush. The slightly musty lecture theatre didn’t hint at the ambitions of the people present. But when Niklas Zennstrom, co-founder of Skype walked in, and joined in a panel of other seasoned tech entrepreneurs, everyone knew something important was… Read More

  • At Davos, Kevin Spacey Predicts That Tech Firms Will Follow Netflix Into Media

    Kevin Spacey dropped into the TechCrunch studio at Davos, event today and we asked him about his engagement with the tech world. It’s his first year at the World Economic Forum and he’s partly here because he’s become an investor in cyber security firm Wisekey, which is working the halls talking to big corporate about their solutions. I asked him if cyber security was a… Read More

  • Second Home Raises $10.7M From Yuri Milner, Martin Lau, Index And Plans Lisbon Home

    Second Home Raises $10.7M From Yuri Milner, Martin Lau, Index And Plans Lisbon Home

    Co-working spaces and membership clubs with a heavy tech bent have proliferated across the planet in recent years as the industry itself has exploded, and startups look to find flexible spaces to work. But not many have gone for such an eclectic mix of fashion, designers, startups and investors (among others) as Second Home, the club and work space created by Rohan Silva (former adviser to the… Read More

  • Like A Snapchat For Events, Upshot Is An App For Those Wild Nights Out

    Like A Snapchat For Events, Upshot Is An App For Those Wild Nights Out

    You’re out on the town, you don’t really know the contact details of everyone you’re hanging out with but you’re all having fun taking photos. It’s a familiar scenario. What now? Share them all on Facebook? Remember, those photos don’t die. Share on Snapchat? Maybe you’re not all using an app aimed mainly at teenagers, and it doesn’t work so well… Read More

  • TechCrunch Davos Live: Speakers For Our Wed, Jan 20 Interview Series

    TechCrunch Davos Live: Speakers For Our Wed, Jan 20 Interview Series

    TechCrunch is attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland to look at how technology is affecting the world’s economies. Handily, WEF has themed this year’s event “The 4th Industrial revolution” which is right in our TechCrunch ballpark. Plus, we’ll be holding a tech reception there, details below. You can register here to keep up to date with what… Read More

  • Import.io Raises $13 Million Series A For Its Data Extraction Platform

    Import.io Raises $13 Million Series A For Its Data Extraction Platform

    We’ve been tracking Import.io since it launched on our TechCrunch Disrupt Europe stage in Berlin in 2013, and they’ve come a long way. This startup, which effectively turns business web sites into data and APIs, raised a ‘seed-plus’ round of $4.5m back in 2014. But today it announces a significant upgrade, completing a $13 million Series A round of funding. It’s… Read More

  • Lifesum Launches Movesum, A Step Tracker To Shock You About Calories

    Lifesum Launches Movesum, A Step Tracker To Shock You About Calories

    After raising a $6.7M Series A round to bolster its position, health tracking startup Lifesum has added another arrow to its quiver in the form of a new app called Movesum. You can download it here. After studying the health category, Lifesum tells me that they decide the classic pedometers and step counters (such as Pacer) have become too bloated with features and gone beyond what most… Read More

  • TechCrunch At Davos: Slovakia’s President Talks Technology And Startups

    TechCrunch is going to the World Economic Forum in Switzerland to unpack how technology is affecting the world’s economies. We’ll be speaking to heads of states and captains of industry about what many refer to as the next industrial revolution. Indeed, WEF has themed this year’s event : “The 4th Industrial revolution”. You can register here to keep up to date… Read More

  • Kano Releases Screen Kit For The Holiday Season

    The Kano Computer Kit does not normally come with a screen but it works with almost any TV or Monitor with an HDMI connection. But they have just released The Screen Kit – a portable, HD display you build yourself. This demystifies how a display works and makes the Kano truly portable. They have also optimized their Kano OS for the Raspberry Pie Zero. I sat down with Co-Founder and CEO… Read More

  • TechCrunch Is Going To Davos

    TechCrunch Is Going To Davos

    The World Economic Forum — held in the mountain village of Davos, Switzerland every year — has increasingly become a place where its usual attendees (the captains of the world’s biggest industries) have been joined by the biggest and hottest technology firms. As software famously ‘eats the world’ so too do the most influential people in tech now eat the… Read More

  • Tech Will Save Us Raises $1.8M To Take Hardware/Software Hacking Mainstream

    Tech Will Save Us Raises $1.8M To Take Hardware/Software Hacking Mainstream

    After finding a fully functional laptop discarded in a rubbish skip near their home, Bethany Koby and Daniel Hirschmann realized this was the spark they were looking for to create a new kind of technology education startup. The wife and husband team created ‘Technology Will Save Us’ (TWSU) in 2012 to put together hardware and software ‘making’ in a way that… Read More

  • LoopMe Closes $7M For AI-driven Video Ad Optimisation Platform

    Way back in 2013 LoopMe attempted to solve the problem of intrusive ads on a mobile screen by consolidating them into an “ad inbox” that the user would access through a small button. They raised a seed round to do it. Then in 2014 they raised a $3M round after dumping the ad-inbox model to become a mobile video ad business, that uses AI in automatic, real-time retargeting of ad… Read More

  • Enki Launches Snackable Mobile Learning App For Developers

    Enki Launches Snackable Mobile Learning App For Developers

    So-called ‘professional learning’ has come a long way since the days of the densest of textbooks. It eventually gravitated towards online courses and we’ve seen businesses arise to take enormous advantage of this trend. Some figures suggest that north of $500B is spent on improving employees globally (this covers books, video, Twitter, blogs, you name it). Products like… Read More

  • Announcing The Judges For Next Week’s Disrupt London 2015 Startup Battlefield

    Announcing The Judges For Next Week’s Disrupt London 2015 Startup Battlefield

    TechCrunch Disrupt London is next week! (December 7th-8th, Agenda, Tickets). The conference will see our now traditional set-up of a single stage and a Startup Alley. TechCrunch is excited to announce the judges of the next round of Startup Battlefield. They pick the finalists and winner of the startup competition held at Disrupt London. The judges come from all walks of life. Some are… Read More

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    TechCrunch Disrupt London Is Next Week — Here Are Our Battlefield Finals Judges

    TechCrunch Disrupt London is next week! (December 7th-8th, Agenda, Tickets). The conference will include our traditional set-up of a single stage and a Startup Alley. We like to keep things simple! We’ll start each day with panels and one-on-one discussions featuring TechCrunch writers and editors, special guest speakers, leading venture capitalists and entrepreneurs addressing the issues… Read More

  • Not A Hobby — Disrupt London Lets Loose The Drones Of Awe

    Not A Hobby — Disrupt London Lets Loose The Drones Of Awe

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    Chris Blackford
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  • Fashion Startups On Show At Disrupt London, Dec 7-8

    Fashion Startups On Show At Disrupt London, Dec 7-8

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    Filipa Neto (Chic by Choice)
    Filipa Neto is co-founder and… Read More

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    Transceivers and optical splitters are part of the crucial plumbing of the internet as services scale up into streaming HD video, virtual reality, cloud computing, and IoT. Data-centers are literally groaning under the weight of all this traffic. So it’s no surprise that companies which make this kind of infrastructure are able to raise large rounds of funding. While TechCrunch… Read More

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