Author Archives: Mike Butcher

#Tech4Europe joins #Marchforeurope

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Share this post#Tech4Europe joins #March4europe Facebook event page You’re in tech / tech startups and you want to #MarchForEurope? Then march with us! We’ll be meeting in Hyde park opposite The Dorchester Hotel. I’ll be be wearing a TechCrunch T-Shirt! … Continue reading

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Two years ago today I found myself on Newsnight talking about WhatsApp

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Share this post Two years ago today I found myself on BBC’s Newsnight sitting in front of Jeremy Paxman at 11.10pm. Twenty minutes earlier I’d been in a pub in Shoreditch, relaxing after work on a Friday night. Two pints … Continue reading

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The Press Release Is Dead — Use This Instead

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Share this postI’m UTTERLY SICK and TIRED of dealing with MILLIONS of tech entrepreneurs (these days there are a HELL of a lot of you) and (some) PR people who have ZERO clue how to pitch me/TechCrunch/the media. Their pitches … Continue reading

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The Olympics has inspired #TeamGB — Maybe now it’s time for #TechGB

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Share this post This is an unashamedly personal post which I thought sat better on my (slightly neglected) personal blog than on TechCrunch. Up until The Olympics in London it’s fair to say “The United Kindom of Great Britain and … Continue reading

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How To Deal With Tech Media

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Share this postBelow is a talk I’ve given dozens of times on how to deal with the tech media, especially when you are a tech startup – usually the ‘blogging’ type media these days. It’s not definitive, it’s just my … Continue reading

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I met Steve Jobs once

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Share this post I met Steve Jobs once. It was at the launch of the iPhone in the UK in September 2007 (here are my pictures from that day). It was a busy day. A few weeks before there had … Continue reading

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BREAKING: Ye Daily Mail 1381 – Peasants use "printing press" to spread revolt SHOCK [Pictures]

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Reuters TV asked me about Berlin

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Share this postWhen a TV crew rings you up and asks you to appear in a report you generally say yes, though one doesn’t normally know how it’ll turn out. In this case I think Reuters got the story right … Continue reading

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Lessons Unlearned: The Lame Startup

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Some of the following examples are the kinds of things all bad startups do. But a few of them are particular to European startups. Let’s see…

I come across a lot of immaturity in the startup market in Europe. Some of it is accidental. Some wilful ignorance, created because people simple won’t inform themselves.

So here, dear reader, is your cut out and keep guide to how not to do a startup in Europe.

Let’s start off with money.

Stay really dumb about money. Don’t read anything. Subscribe to no blogs about how venture capital works. Next up, confuse venture capital with startups and assume you simply must have an Angel round. Avoid working out a business model which may actually bring in revenue. Cashflow always beats taking investment — but you’ll ignore that. Continue reading

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Joining the Digital Advisory Board to the Mayor of London

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Share this postI am just out of the first ever meeting of the brand new Digital Advisory Board to the Mayor of London (a pro-bono post). I am absolutely delighted to have been invited to join the Board for all … Continue reading

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