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Named one of Europe’s most influential women, Julie Meyer is the founder and CEO of Ariadne Capital. An expert on digital business models, she has backed companies like Skype and Monitise, taking them from fledgling start-ups to multi-million and billion dollar values.

Meyer believes that entrepreneurs are instrumental to growing prosperity and solving the world’s problems. After graduating with an MBA from INSEAD, Europe’s top-ranked business school, she set off a wave of digital startups by building First Tuesday, the first social network for Internet entrepreneurs. After just 2 years, Meyer sold the company for $50 million.

Since establishing Ariadne Capital in 2000, Meyer and her firm have held a solid record of fomenting talent and fostering success stories such as lastminute.com, WGSN, Espotting, Skype, Zopa, SpinVox and Monitise. In 2008, she founded the EntrepreneurCountry Global platform to spur partnerships between investors, giant corporations, and entrepreneurs. The initiative - which has reached a membership of over 280,000 – is tied to her book, Welcome to EntrepreneurCountry, which provides an in-depth look at how digital business models have revolutionized the old industrial paradigm and what investors, business owners, and entrepreneurs can do to take advantage of this transformation.

Meyer has received the prestigious title of MBE from the British Empire in recognition of her outstanding contributions to nourishing entrepreneurship within the U.K.

Full Profile

Julie Meyer is a leading investor and entrepreneur in digital, high-growth, early stage businesses around the world. She has driven many continent-wide initiatives for creating wealth and growth in the European economy. Julie believes that ‘Individual Capitalism’ is the force of the 21st century. She trusts people’s ingenuity to solve the world’s problems at both the macro and micro levels—and to expand prosperity.

In 1998, Julie founded First Tuesday, the network of entrepreneurs which many credit for igniting the internet generation in Europe. It was sold in July 2000 for $50 million in cash and shares.

Julie then founded Ariadne Capital in August 2000 to create a new model for the financing of entrepreneurship in Europe and the UK: that of “Entrepreneurs Backing Entrepreneurs”. She created the founding Investor Partnership of 62 leading entrepreneurs and business builders who are Ariadne Capital’s core shareholders and is the Managing Partner of the Ariadne Capital Entrepreneurs Fund.

Ariadne Capital has backed 7 explosive growth companies in its first 13 years: Espotting, Skype, Monitise, SpinVox, Zopa, BeatThatQuote and SoundOut. At Ariadne Capital, Julie has led investments and/or transactions with Medikidz, Quill, Taggstar, BeatThatQuote, Espotting, Monitise, SpinVox, and Zopa.

Julie has been awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) by the British Government for Services to Entrepreneurship. She has been named one of INSEAD’s Top 50 Alumni, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, World Economic Forum Global Leader of Tomorrow, Time magazine’s Digital 50, Wired’s 100, London’s 1000 Most Influential People 2010 and 2011 (Evening Standard), the Top 30 Most Influential Women in Europe by The Wall Street Journal, Europe, and one of Brummell magazine’s 30 Inspirational Women 2014.

She is on the Board of Directors of Vestergaard Frandsen, a for-profit humanitarian development firm, and INSEAD, her former business school, as well as Medikidz, a business which educates children about health problems through child-friendly media.

Julie’s first book is entitled Welcome to Entrepreneur Country.


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Julie Meyer debunks the idea that there is no room left to launch a company. While many people think giants like Google and Facebook have made a “clean sweep” of every industry, she remarks that in her experience, companies change quickly. For example, within a single year, she witnessed Skype go from a small start-up with 5 people to an internationally known brand that was acquired for $2 billion.

History, she claims, has shown that every 60 to 80 years a disruptive technology launches “a new common sense” that results in “Goliaths” like Google and Facebook, but ultimately these Goliaths do not end up squashing every “David” nor do they necessary get slain by the Davids. Rather they “dance.”

“Entrepreneurs occasionally win, because Goliath consistently and systematically underestimates him,” Meyer points out, explaining that entrepreneurs will always continue to advance, bringing new operating systems and revenue to the market as they do so.

Julie Meyer - Interview - Entrepreneurial Insights


Julie Meyer: Keynote - Oxford Inspires


Julie Meyer: Keynote - CUTEC



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Longtime investor and entrepreneur, Julie Meyer is ideally positioned to advise investors, start-ups, and Internet-based companies who are experiencing significant transformation. Well-versed in developing digital business models, backing whip-smart talent, and propelling explosive growth, Meyer delivers an optimistic outlook for entrepreneurs, basing her belief on historical cycles and the inner workings of economic ecosystems.

Meyer also speaks worldwide on leveraging the unique traits women bring to entrepreneurship and business as well as ways to overcome the unique challenges they face within a world that has traditionally been male-dominated.

Speaking Topics Include:

    • The Digital Transformation of Corporates
    • Corporate Innovation
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Individual Capitalism
    • Technology and Innovation
    • Leadership
    • Women in Business
    • Investment/Funding
    • Venture Capital


Julie Meyer Speaker Testimonials Back to top

"You have the power to transform."
    Christina Domecq, CEO, SpinVox

"The cofounder of FirstTuesday is bringing the spirit of American venture capitalism to Europe's new breed of Internet startups."
    Forbes

"For too long, we British have been a bit sniffy about entrepreneurialism, regarding individual capitalism as something rather vulgar. Well, personal enterprise and innovation among small companies is the only dynamic that will propel us into a prosperous future. Whether at First Tuesday, Ariadne Capital or through Entrepreneur Country, Julie Meyer has long been a charismatic champion of entrepreneurialism in Britain. She’s shown us the way through her own endeavours and by broadcasting the achievements of others. Julie knows—Britain’s got entrepreneurial talent. She’s a superstar."
    Matthew Rock, Co-founder and Communications Director, Caspian Publishing

"I just wanted to thank you for your time, energy and intellect last night. You pitched perfectly providing inspirational words without ever patronising. We have received many complimentary emails today and that’s down to your significant contribution. I thoroughly enjoyed dinner and enjoyed your company immensely."
    Steven Smith, Liverpool Vision

"I just wanted to thank you on behalf of TiE President, Charter Members and general members and guests for speaking on Monday evening. We have had fantastic response to your talk—everyone found it fascinating to hear the real people behind the ‘VC’ tag which sends shivers down most people’s backs. I think most people are quite daunted with the thought of approaching one!"
    Jean Drinkwater, TiE Manchester

"On behalf of Crimson, I wanted to thank you so much for your contribution to the Startups Awards—not only as a judge but as an award presenter on the afternoon. All the winners’ interviews show you what your judging decisions meant to the winners. Quite touching! We were delighted that you could take part and hope you enjoyed the afternoon. Looking forward to hopefully involving you in our events in the future."
    Heather Olhausen, Crimson Business

"It was refreshing to see someone with so much passion and belief in what they do. Have a great day and don't forget to relax occasionally, stay positive."
    Andrew Britton, W R Evans

"Thank you so much for your speech and attendance at our Women in Structured Finance event yesterday. I have received so many fantastic comments for the people who attended including 'inspirational,' 'uplifting,' 'simply brilliant' are just a few."
    Mia Drennan, MD, SquareMile Connectons

"We are most grateful for to you for sparing your time to participate in the conference and for giving such an interesting and thought provoking address."
    Mark Gough, Head of Editorial, Financial Times

"I found Julie Meyer to be a particularly inspiring speaker and it was a great experience to see someone obviously [at] the very top levels, yet still being able to find the time to come along and encourage the rest of us at the workshop."
    Delegate, Equalitech: Advancing Women in ITEC

Past Speaking Engagements Include:

    • Chairman's Network event, London
    • mWomen Programme at GSMA Mobile World Congress 2011, Barcelona
    • Monaco Private Equity & Venture Capital Association event, Monaco
    • bigfish Business Club event, London
    • Financial Times Intermediary Forum 2011, London
    • The Economist's The Big Rethink, London
    • Digital City/Girl Geeks event, Middlesbrough
    • Internet Retailing Insights Conference, Birmingham
    • Siemens Enterprise Communications Partner Conference- GoForwardLive!
    • Comment Conference: Enterprise, London
    • Entrepreneurs' Summit, London
    • Business Boot Camp, London Metropolitan University, London
    • NOIA Annual Conference, Canada
    • INSEAD MBA Opening Ceremony 2011
    • Spears Insight Forum, London
    • Mindtrek 2011, Finland
    • CompTIA, London
    • Goldman Sachs, Leadership Academy
    • Green Strategy, London




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"You have the power to transform."
    Christina Domecq, CEO, SpinVox

"The cofounder of FirstTuesday is bringing the spirit of American venture capitalism to Europe's new breed of Internet startups."
    Forbes

"For too long, we British have been a bit sniffy about entrepreneurialism, regarding individual capitalism as something rather vulgar. Well, personal enterprise and innovation among small companies is the only dynamic that will propel us into a prosperous future. Whether at First Tuesday, Ariadne Capital or through Entrepreneur Country, Julie Meyer has long been a charismatic champion of entrepreneurialism in Britain. She’s shown us the way through her own endeavours and by broadcasting the achievements of others. Julie knows—Britain’s got entrepreneurial talent. She’s a superstar."
    Matthew Rock, Co-founder and Communications Director, Caspian Publishing

"I just wanted to thank you for your time, energy and intellect last night. You pitched perfectly providing inspirational words without ever patronising. We have received many complimentary emails today and that’s down to your significant contribution. I thoroughly enjoyed dinner and enjoyed your company immensely."
    Steven Smith, Liverpool Vision

"I just wanted to thank you on behalf of TiE President, Charter Members and general members and guests for speaking on Monday evening. We have had fantastic response to your talk—everyone found it fascinating to hear the real people behind the ‘VC’ tag which sends shivers down most people’s backs. I think most people are quite daunted with the thought of approaching one!"
    Jean Drinkwater, TiE Manchester

"On behalf of Crimson, I wanted to thank you so much for your contribution to the Startups Awards—not only as a judge but as an award presenter on the afternoon. All the winners’ interviews show you what your judging decisions meant to the winners. Quite touching! We were delighted that you could take part and hope you enjoyed the afternoon. Looking forward to hopefully involving you in our events in the future."
    Heather Olhausen, Crimson Business

"It was refreshing to see someone with so much passion and belief in what they do. Have a great day and don't forget to relax occasionally, stay positive."
    Andrew Britton, W R Evans

"Thank you so much for your speech and attendance at our Women in Structured Finance event yesterday. I have received so many fantastic comments for the people who attended including 'inspirational,' 'uplifting,' 'simply brilliant' are just a few."
    Mia Drennan, MD, SquareMile Connectons

"We are most grateful for to you for sparing your time to participate in the conference and for giving such an interesting and thought provoking address."
    Mark Gough, Head of Editorial, Financial Times

"I found Julie Meyer to be a particularly inspiring speaker and it was a great experience to see someone obviously [at] the very top levels, yet still being able to find the time to come along and encourage the rest of us at the workshop."
    Delegate, Equalitech: Advancing Women in ITEC

Past Speaking Engagements Include:

    • Chairman's Network event, London
    • mWomen Programme at GSMA Mobile World Congress 2011, Barcelona
    • Monaco Private Equity & Venture Capital Association event, Monaco
    • bigfish Business Club event, London
    • Financial Times Intermediary Forum 2011, London
    • The Economist's The Big Rethink, London
    • Digital City/Girl Geeks event, Middlesbrough
    • Internet Retailing Insights Conference, Birmingham
    • Siemens Enterprise Communications Partner Conference- GoForwardLive!
    • Comment Conference: Enterprise, London
    • Entrepreneurs' Summit, London
    • Business Boot Camp, London Metropolitan University, London
    • NOIA Annual Conference, Canada
    • INSEAD MBA Opening Ceremony 2011
    • Spears Insight Forum, London
    • Mindtrek 2011, Finland
    • CompTIA, London
    • Goldman Sachs, Leadership Academy
    • Green Strategy, London


Welcome to Entrepreneur Country
The social contract has changed for ever: whether between government and individual capitalists, start-ups and corporates, or men and women. Many young people want to work for themselves. Feminine strength in the workplace, both in men and women, is in the ascendancy. Government must justify its role within society. Digital and software is replacing manufacturing as the dominant industrial paradigm. Corporates with their cash reserves will be the new venture capitalists.

In Welcome to Entrepreneur Country, Julie Meyer, who has worked closely with many of the biggest technology entrepreneurs over the past fifteen years, explains how society is re-organising itself. She offers a guide to Entrepreneur Country and shows how everyone can embrace the change. Moreover, she shares her own experiences, as well as those gleaned from working alongside some of the world's biggest success stories in the technology world. In this fascinating new book, every entrepreneur and business owner, however large or small, will recognise their own journey and learn how the digital future will affect them.


Speaking Topics Include:

    • The Digital Transformation of Corporates
    • Corporate Innovation
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Individual Capitalism
    • Technology and Innovation
    • Leadership
    • Women in Business
    • Investment/Funding
    • Venture Capital


Speech


Julie Meyer debunks the idea that there is no room left to launch a company. While many people think giants like Google and Facebook have made a “clean sweep” of every industry, she remarks that in her experience, companies change quickly. For example, within a single year, she witnessed Skype go from a small start-up with 5 people to an internationally known brand that was acquired for $2 billion.

History, she claims, has shown that every 60 to 80 years a disruptive technology launches “a new common sense” that results in “Goliaths” like Google and Facebook, but ultimately these Goliaths do not end up squashing every “David” nor do they necessary get slain by the Davids. Rather they “dance.”

“Entrepreneurs occasionally win, because Goliath consistently and systematically underestimates him,” Meyer points out, explaining that entrepreneurs will always continue to advance, bringing new operating systems and revenue to the market as they do so.

Julie Meyer - Interview - Entrepreneurial Insights


Julie Meyer: Keynote - Oxford Inspires


Julie Meyer: Keynote - CUTEC