Mike Butcher

Mike Butcher

Editor At Large

Mike Butcher (M.B.E.) is Editor-at-large of TechCrunch. He has written for UK national newspapers and magazines and been named one of the most influential people in European technology by Wired UK. He has spoken at the World Economic Forum, Web Summit, and DLD. He has interviewed Tony Blair, Dmitry Medvedev, Kevin Spacey, Lily Cole, Pavel Durov, Jimmy Wales, and many other tech leaders and celebrities. Mike is a regular broadcaster, appearing on BBC News, Sky News, CNBC, Channel 4, Al Jazeera and Bloomberg. He has also advised UK Prime Ministers and the Mayor of London on tech startup policy, as well as being a judge on The Apprentice UK. GQ magazine named him one of the 100 Most Connected Men in the UK. He is the co-founder ThePathfounder.com newsletter; TheEuropas.com (the Annual European Tech Startup Conference & Awards for 12 years); and the non-profits Techfugees.com, TechVets.co, and Coadec.com. He was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2016 for services to the UK technology industry and journalism.

The Latest from Mike Butcher

Patchwork Health raises £3.5M to fix the staff scheduling disaster inside stressed hospitals

The tyranny of the Excel spreadsheet continues, especially in rostering staff. Nowhere is this more acutely felt in today’s COVID-pressured hospital wards, which are now depleted not just by the dis

Colvin raises €45M Series C led by Eurazeo to disrupt the cosy flowers industry

Something very interesting is going on with supply chains and has been for a while. But it’s clear the pandemic has accelerated the trend. Tech startups are once again cutting out the middle man, bu

Blossom Capital lures Alex Lim from Silicon Valley to join the European tech boom

Alex Lim, a British-born VC based in the Bay Area who invested in Hopin, UiPath, Discord, and many other unicorns has decided to up stakes and leave Sand Hill Road behind for Blossom Capital in London

German startup Aleph Alpha raises $27M Series A round to build ‘Europe’s OpenAI’

With Microsoft now being an investor in OpenAI the field is more open for new insurgents into the open-source AI arena. Now a German company hopes to take on the next AI mantle and produce something a

Peppy, a B2B health platform for menopause, fertility, raises $10M Series A led by Felix Capital

When it comes to health issues like menopause, fertility, pregnancy, and even early parenthood, the data tells us that people typically turn to search engines and social media for advice to ask about

UK’s Mindtech raises $3.25M from In-Q-Tel, among others, to train CCTV cameras on synthetic humans

Imagine a world where no one’s privacy is breached, no faces are scanned into a gargantuan database and no privacy laws are broken. This is a world that is fast approaching. Could companies simp

Untitled Ventures joins the scramble for Russian & Eastern European startups with a $118M warchest

Sorry Mr. Putin, but there’s a race on for Russian and Eastern European founders. And right now, those awful capitalists in the corrupt West are starting to out-gun the opposition! But seriously…

B2B social management platform Oktopost raises $20M growth round with Expedition

With the pandemic forcing people online, social media use exploded, for obvious reasons. And with that, the opportunity to reach audiences and push messaging. More brand-oriented platforms such as Spr

WhenThen’s no-code payments platform attracts $6M from European VCs Stride and Cavalry

Pink Floyd drummer invests in Disciple Media, a platform aimed at the creator economy

Much has been made of the rise of the “creator economy” in the last year. With the pandemic biting, millions flooded online, looking for a way to make money or promote themselves. The podcasting w

Employee mental health platform Oliva raises $2.2M pre-seed round led by Moonfire Ventures

Just as many other employee services have gone digital, so too is mental health. In the consumer space there are growing startups like Equoo, but the race is now on for the employee. And since telemed

Percent raises $5M, aiming to become the ‘Stripe for donations’ to good causes

What with the planet collapsing and democracy under constant attack from all quarters — you know, just the usual — one or two members of the global population have, idly or not, wondered i

Brokrete wants to be the ‘Shopify of construction’, raises $3M seed led by Xploration Capital

With the pandemic affecting every aspect of life and industry, it’s no surprise that digitization is coming to construction fast. Construction suppliers are increasingly under the same pressure

Powered by local stores, JOKR joins the 15-min grocery race with a $170M Series A

“We are true believers in the fact that the world needs a new Amazon, a better one, a more sustainable one, one that appreciates local areas and products.” It’s quite one thing to claim you are

Capchase raises $280M to scale its financing platform for subscription businesses

Almost overnight, platforms that offer non-dilutive capital for recurring revenue businesses have become white-hot. It was only in March that Pipe — which aims to be the “Nasdaq for revenue” —

Speedinvest launches second $70.8M fund aimed at specialist marketplaces and consumer startups

Pan-European early-stage VC Speedinvest has reached the final close for its second fund aimed at specialist marketplaces and consumer startups. Aside from institutional LPs, the €60 million / $70.8

Norway’s electric car subscription service imove closes $22.3M Series A led by AutoScout24

The “subscribe to your car” movement has been taking off in recent years, with the appearance of Fleks in the U.K., Cazoo (after its acquisition of Drover) and Care by Volvo Hertz, to name just a

Collectiv Food raises $16M Series A to connect food producers directly with kitchens

In the modern world, we tend to like to know where our food comes from, and this has massively influenced professional kitchens. For decades, food suppliers have sat on one side and distribution chann

Bielefeld survey highlights an emerging B2B, crypto, deep tech ecosystem

Welcome to the city survey of Bielefeld, Germany, part of our ongoing survey into European cities.

Leap, a ‘social learning’ platform aimed at over 55s, raises a $3.1M seed round

Leap, a platform for people over 55 to learn via social interaction, has raised $3.1 million in a seed round led by European early-stage investor Creandum and SF-based South Park Commons. Also partici
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