Julie Meyer

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Julie Meyer
Julie Meyer, CEO, Ariadne Capital
Born Julie Marie Meyer
(1966-08-28) August 28, 1966 (age 51)
Dearborn, Michigan U.S.
Residence London, United Kingdom
Nationality American
Education Valparaiso University
Occupation Entrepreneur
Backer of Entrepreneurs
Years active 1998–present
Known for First Tuesday
Ariadne Capital
Dragons' Den: Online Online UK
Strong Jules
Website ariadnecapital.com

Julie Marie Meyer MBE (born August 28, 1966)[1][2] is an American businesswoman, entrepreneur and author. She is the founder and CEO of Ariadne Capital, a venture capital firm, is a Managing Partner at the Ariadne Capital Entrepreneurs (ACE) Fund, Ariadne Ecosystem Economics™ Fund,[3] and is founder of EntrepreneurCountry.[4][5] Meyer was the co-founder of the networking club First Tuesday (1998-2000).[6][7] In 2009, she appeared as a Dragon on the online version of BBC's Dragons' Den.[8]

Early life and education[edit]

Meyer was born in Dearborn, Michigan.[9] She grew up in the Sacramento, California area[10] to father, Delbert "Del" Meyer, a pulmonologist who had a practice in Carmichael, California,[11][12][13] and mother Lorna Starck.[14] Meyer's father was also an entrepreneur who created and served as CEO of the largest organized pulmonary group in the U.S.[15]

In 1988, Meyer graduated from Valparaiso University with a B.A. degree in English Literature and the Humanities.[16][17] In 1997, she received an M.B.A. from INSEAD (Institut Européen d'Administration des Affaires).[18][19][20]


In 1988, when she was 21 years old, Meyer moved to Paris.[21] Initially, she taught English to French executives in the tech industry.[22] From 1993 to 1996, she worked at Cunningham Communication in marketing.[23]

After completing her M.B.A. Meyer joined NewMedia Investors (later known as NewMedia Spark/Spark Ventures) from 1998 to 1999.[4]

First Tuesday[edit]

In 1998, Meyer co-founded First Tuesday, a networking forum in an effort to build an online tech community that connected entrepreneurs and investors.[24][25] First Tuesday was initially made up of informal social get-togethers in London but developed into a popular, early-internet networking entity with locations across 17 cities in Europe.[4][26][27]

Meyer invested £35,000 and held a 22.5% shareholding stake when First Tuesday incorporated in February 2000.[24] A short while later, in July 2000, along with co-founders investment banker Adam Gold, Mark Davies, journalists John Browning and Nick Denton, Meyer sold the networking forum First Tuesday to an Israeli company called Yazam for approximately £33 million, who later sold the company for a large loss.[21][24][27][28][29]

Ariadne Capital - including Ariadne Capital Limited (In Administration)[edit]

In August 2000, Meyer founded the investment firm Ariadne Capital.[4] She named the company Ariadne after the Greek princess Ariadne who was known for helping Theseus make his way through a labyrinth.[30]

In September 2009, Meyer launched the Ariadne Capital Entrepreneurs (ACE) Fund.[31] Shortly thereafter she became a guest on the online edition of the Dragons' Den TV series.[21]

In 2010, Meyer was selected as one of 26 business people tasked with advising the British government on its business policies to encourage entrepreneurship in the United Kingdom.[32]

In 2010 and 2011, she was listed as one of the "1000 Most Influential People in London" by the London Evening Standard. She had early-stage involvement in the startup companies Lastminute.com, Zopa and Skype.[10] In 2011 Meyer appeared on ComputerWeekly's "50 most influential people in UK IT" list[33] and was given Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) status for her contributions to entrepreneurship in England.[9]

In 2012, Meyer was part of an advisory committee led by entrepreneur James Caan called StartUp Loans that was funded with £82.5 million, aimed at reaching young people interested in creating UK startups.[34]

Meyer has participated in many roundtable discussions about women in business and encouraging more participation by women on boards of companies.[35] She was opposed to Lord Davies' 25% quota threshold for women on the boards of FTSE 100 companies.[36]

Her articles have appeared in The Daily Telegraph,[37][38] Forbes, and The Independent.[20] She was a weekly contributor for the London newspaper City A.M.[4] and has appeared as a business commentator on several TV programs including the BBC Breakfast and Newsnight. Meyers writes a regular column on LinkedIn as part of the LinkedIn Influencer Program.[39] Meyer writes a monthly column for British Airways' magazine, Business Life, where she visits a different city each month and reports on startup and business activity there.[40]

Meyers serves on the board of directors of INSEAD (Institut Européen d'Administration des Affaires),[18][41] the for-profit humanitarian development firm Vestergaard Frandsen,[42] Quill Content.

In 2017 Meyer was pursued by former suppliers and advisors over unpaid bills.[43]

On 29 January 2018, the Administrator, Leonard Curtis, reported that Ariadne Capital Limited: [44]

  1. As at 31 December 2016 is set to report a deficiency of £6,762,604
  2. At the time of writing, there was not sufficient money available to pay for the administration
  3. That the administrator had received a large number of complaints against the director (Julie Meyer)

EntrepreneurCountry Global[edit]

In 2012, Meyer published the book, Welcome to Entrepreneur Country.[10] In September 2008, she founded the business networking company EntrepreneurCountry Global as a subsidiary of Ariadne Capital: "a community of entrepreneurs, investors, corporate partners and media" which provides methodology and a marketplace where large, traditional enterprise businesses connect to exchange information for innovation in Europe and the UK.[45][46]


In March 2016, Meyer's Wikipedia page became the subject of news articles focused on paid editing when a publicity firm named Lansons Communications that Meyer's company had hired in 2014 allowed an intern to post on their behalf to the entry's Talk page. The intern had written to request advice on how to update her page. Ariadne filed a £100,000 lawsuit over the issue.[47][48]

Personal life[edit]

Meyer has lived in the United Kingdom since July 1998, and is a permanent resident. She lives in Earls Court, London. She is a Lutheran, but attends Holy Trinity Brompton.[49] She founded the non-profit, Dads and Daughters foundation, in honor of her father with the goal of highlighting the importance of fathers to women in business.[30]

Awards and honours[edit]

Works and publications[edit]



Selected articles[edit]


  1. ^ "Julie Marie Meyer - United States Public Records". FamilySearch. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Julie Marie MEYER". Companies House. GOV UK. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Burn-Callander, Rebecca (24 January 2016). "Ariadne Capital launches new fund to battle 'subprime unicorn' trend". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Megas 2011: Julie Meyer". The Guardian. 23 September 2010. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "Megas 2011: An interview with... Julie Meyer". The Guardian. 22 October 2010. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  6. ^ Sorkin, Andrew Ross (16 July 2000). "Red Dot, Meet Green: If It's Tuesday, Network!". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  7. ^ Solon, Olivia (24 November 2011). "Wired 2011 video interview: Julie Meyer from Ariadne Capital". Wired. Archived from the original on 21 April 2016. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  8. ^ Smith, Patrick (6 April 2009). "The dragon roars again: Julie Meyer, chief executive of Ariadne Capital". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  9. ^ a b Lynch, Russell (24 February 2016). "Julie Meyer - 'entrepreneur's champion' who delayed paying up for three years". Evening Standard. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  10. ^ a b c Guttman, Amy (22 August 2015). "'Don't Chase The Money': Startup Advice From One Of Europe's Most Influential Women And VCs". Forbes. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  11. ^ "About Dr. Meyer - Profile". Del Meyer, M.D. Archived from the original on 17 March 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  12. ^ Skinner, Susan Maxwell (22 January 2016). "Real Care Says Goodbye" (PDF). Carmichael Times (Volume 36, Issue 04). Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  13. ^ Meyer, Julie (5 December 2014). "Strong Jules in Heels". EntrepreneurCountry. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  14. ^ "Delbert H Meyer - California Divorce Index". FamilySearch. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  15. ^ "About Dr. Del Meyer". Medical Tuesday. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  16. ^ "Distinguished Alumni". Valparaiso University. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  17. ^ "Julie Meyer '88". Valparaiso University. Archived from the original on 31 March 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  18. ^ a b "About INSEAD. Board of Directors: Julie Meyer, MBA'97D". INSEAD. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  19. ^ "INSEAD: An MBA Alumni Profile". QS Top MBA. 15 April 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  20. ^ a b Meyer, Julie (23 November 2009). "Julie Meyer: what the UK can learn from the US attitude towards entrepreneurialism". The Independent. Archived from the original on 13 March 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  21. ^ a b c "Dragon's Den: Online Dragon - Julie Meyer". BBC. 2014. 
  22. ^ Delevett, Peter (17 March 2014). "Silicon Beat. Elevator Pitch: Julie Meyer of Ariadne Capital on how to crush it in Europe". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  23. ^ Meyer, Julie (2012). "Chapter 5". Welcome to Entrepreneur Country. New York: Constable & Robinson. ISBN 978-1-780-33896-5. OCLC 795120035. [page needed]
  24. ^ a b c "First Tuesday: Julie Meyer (1 of 2)". Growing Business. 3 January 2006. Archived from the original on 27 December 2010. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  25. ^ "First Tuesday: Julie Meyer (2 of 2)". Growing Business. 3 January 2006. Archived from the original on 26 September 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  26. ^ Gruner, Stephanie (7 September 1999). "London Networking Club Is Hot Ticket for E-Business". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 15 March 2016.  (subscription required)
  27. ^ a b Islam, Faisal (27 April 2002). "Net's queen bee still buzzes". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  28. ^ Nisenholtz, Martin (14 March 2013). "Interview Subjects: Nick Denton". Riptide. Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  29. ^ Byrne, Dominic (23 March 2009). "Dragons' Den Online - Dominic Byrne Interviews Julie Meyer - BBC Two". BBC. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  30. ^ a b "Julie Meyer – An American Entrepreneur in London". Womenetics. 29 January 2013. Archived from the original on 12 April 2016. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  31. ^ "Julie Meyer launches £20m fund: Ariadne founder raises debut venture capital fund". Startups. 7 September 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2016. 
  32. ^ Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street (4 May 2011). "Second meeting of Cable's Entrepreneurs' Forum". UK Government Digital Service. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  33. ^ "UKtech50: Meet the 50 most influential people in UK IT". ComputerWeekly. December 2011. 
  34. ^ Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street (28 May 2012). "£80 million start-up loans for new businesses". UK Government Digital Service. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  35. ^ Groom, Brian; Ford, Anna; Templeman, Miles; Meyer, Julie; Budd, Julia; Carnwath, Alison (22 February 2011). "Transcript: Women in the boardroom discussion". Financial Times. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  36. ^ Groom, Brian; Rigby, Elizabeth (23 February 2011). "Davies steers middle path in quota debate". Financial Times. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  37. ^ Meyer, Julie (1 Jun 2015). "Dot com entrepreneur Julie Meyer: 'Business is becoming more feminine'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  38. ^ Meyer, Julie (7 August 2010). "Individual capitalism is the way of the new world". The Daily Telegraph. 
  39. ^ Meyer, Julie. "Julie Meyer: Influencer Founder at EntrepreneurCountry Global". LinkedIn. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 
  40. ^ Meyer, Julie. "Various Articles". British Airways - Business Life. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  41. ^ Meyer, Julie (19 December 2014). "What INSEAD Taught Me". LinkedIn. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 
  42. ^ "Board of Directors: Julie Meyer". Vestergaard Frandsen. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 
  43. ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/12/02/ex-dragon-julie-meyer-pursued-string-alleged-unpaid-bills/
  44. ^ https://www.shareprophets.com/file_download/912/Joint+Administrators%27+Report+and+Proposals.pdf
  45. ^ "Julie Meyer: this is the era of design, not disruption". Red Herring. 2 September 2015. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  46. ^ "About EntrepreneurCountry Global". EntrepreneurCountry Global. Retrieved December 9, 2017. 
  47. ^ Smith, Matthew Nitch (15 March 2016). "A PR firm is being sued for 'botching up' an investment fund's Wikipedia page". Business Insider. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  48. ^ Chellel, Kit (14 March 2016). "How a Venture Capitalist's Bid to Edit Wikipedia Page Backfired". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  49. ^ Meyer, Julie (29 June 2015). "My Weekend: Julie Meyer". Newsweek (Europe). Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  50. ^ "EY Entrepreneur Of The Year: 2000 Award recipients. UK winners - Julie Meyer, First Tuesday" (PDF). Ernst & Young. 2000. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  51. ^ "50 Alumni Who Changed the World". INSEAD. 14 May 2010. Archived from the original on 19 November 2009. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  52. ^ "2nd annual Wired 100: Positions 79-50. 69: Julie Meyer. Founder and CEO, Ariadne Capital". Wired. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  53. ^ "Warwick honorary degrees for leading environmental lawyer, UN adviser and award winning US playwright, and Monash University's Vice-Chancellor: ulie Meyer MBE Hon LLD (Honorary Doctor of Laws)". University of Warwick. 14 July 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 

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