Author Archives: Mike Butcher

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

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 Northern Ireland” (to … Continue reading

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How To Deal With Tech Media

Below 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 personal perspective, … Continue reading

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I met Steve Jobs once

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 been a frenzy … Continue reading

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

[Following this] (From 2009)

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Reuters TV asked me about Berlin

When 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 (embedded below). … Continue reading

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Lessons Unlearned: The Lame Startup

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

I 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 the obvious … Continue reading

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Number 10 Downing Tweet

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Wordle cloud of Twitter lists I am listed on

How did I do it? I took all of the names of the Twitter lists I am on and ran those phrases through Wordle. Simples. It’s produced a reasonably accurate portrayal of the kinds of things I do and am … Continue reading

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What MIT thinks Mike Butcher is

What MIT Personas think “mikebutcher” and “Mike Butcher” is: “Personas is a component of the Metropath(ologies) exhibit, currently on display at the MIT Museum by the Sociable Media Group from the MIT Media Lab. It uses sophisticated natural language processing … Continue reading

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