Name: Julie Meyer
Companies run: First Tuesday, Ariadne Capital
An American by birth and a European in spirit, Julie Meyer came to Europe in September 1988 and has been working with technology entrepreneurs ever since. She set up Ariadne Capital in December 2000 to invest and advise the leading game-changers out of Europe.
Ariadne has 50 founding Investor Members and Ariadne shareholders who are the founders of Alphamosaic, BetFair, Element 14 [now Broadcom], Giga [now Intel], Hotmail, SES Astra, SpinVox, SportingBet, Worldpay and others.
Ariadne's early clients included Espotting, Kashya [now EMC], and Skype. Their current hits are Monitise and SpinVox. They have 20 equity stakes in high-growth private companies and 10 active client mandates at any one time. The team of 15 work in media, communications, net development and life services [consumer financial services, e-health, digital home].
Julie is well-known for founding First Tuesday. It was sold for $50 million in cash in and shares in July 2000. She has raised hundreds of millions of capital for start-ups. From 1998 to 1999, Julie was part of the team at NewMedia Investors [now Spark Ventures] where she helped several companies, including lastminute.com, WGSN and Arc Cores build their teams and raise significant venture capital financing and internationalise.
Each of these businesses has had successful exits for their investors. She is a World Economic Forum Global Leader for Tomorrow, an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and a regular speaker on Entrepreneurship and a columnist for CityAM.
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