Julie went to Paris, France in 1988 as soon as she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities and English Literature from Valparaiso University, near Chicago, US, having spent her junior year in Cambridge, UK in 1986.
She then moved to London and was part of the early team at NewMedia Investors in 1998, which became early stage investment firm Spark Ventures in October 1999. At NewMedia Investors, she managed deals in key technology companies including ArcCores, lastminute.com and WGSN. Also, in 1998, she 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 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 60 leading entrepreneurs and business builders who are Ariadne's core shareholders and she is the Managing Partner of the Ariadne Capital Entrepreneurs Fund. At Ariadne Capital, she has led investments and/or transactions with Quill, Clickslide, Taggstar, BeatThatQuote, Espotting, Global Dawn, Monitise, SpinVox, and Zopa.
In 2009 and 2010, Julie was also one of the BBC's Online Dragons in the award-winning Dragon's Den Online, and is also currently setting up a "Dads and Daughters" foundation to support and extend her thesis that women's identities are shaped - for good or bad - by the messages they receive from their fathers as children and young adults.
She has been widely recognized for her work and has won many awards. These include being named one of INSEAD's Top 50 Alumni, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, World Economic Forum Global Leader of Tomorrow, TIME Magazine Digital 50, one of WIRED's 100, one of London's 1000 Most Influential People 2010 & 2011 (Evening Standard) and one of the Top 30 Most Influential Women in Europe by the Wall Street Journal Europe.
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.
In 2011, she was asked to be on the Secretary of State's Entrepreneurs Panel and the Secretary of Health's Innovation Panel. In 2012, Julie was honoured to receive an honorary MBE, for her ‘services to entrepreneurship’. Julie’s first book ‘Welcome to Entrepreneur Country’ was published in June 2012.
You have the power to transform.
Christina Domecq, CEO SpinVox
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 & 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
The cofounder of FirstTuesday is bringing the spirit of American venture capitalism to Europe's new breed of Internet startups.
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
• Individual Capitalism
• Technology and Innovation
• Women in Business
• Venture Capital
Capitalism Seduced the Globe
· The Innovator’s Dilemma – Why Difficult Times
Make for Better Businesses
· Entrepreneur Country – a History of the First
10 Years of Commercial Development of the Internet
· What’s a Nice Chick Like You Doing in Business
Women and Leadership
· Redefining the Financing of Entrepreneurship –
What Venture Capital Needs to Do