Tim Jackson (businessman)

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A former student at City of London School and Merton College, Oxford, Tim Jackson (born 1965) founded QXL.com,[1] an online auction service, which went public in 1999 at a valuation of around $400m. The company merged with its largest German rival, Ricardo, was renamed Tradus, and was sold to African media group Naspers for around $2 billion in December 2007.

Between 1999 and 2001, Jackson was managing director of Carlyle Internet Partners Europe, a $700m fund that invests in European technology businesses. He remains a senior advisor to Carlyle and is in demand as a speaker and writer.

At the World Economic Forum in Davos 2001, Jackson was selected as one of the 100 "Global Leaders of Tomorrow".[citation needed] In a survey by Business 2.0 magazine amongst new economy business people, he was judged the second most important person they would like to have in their contact book.[citation needed]

He currently (2014) leads Walking Ventures[2] a seed fund which invests in early-stage Internet and other technology startups based in Europe.

Jackson has also written a number of books.


  • Inside Intel: Andy Grove and the Rise of the World's Most Powerful Chip Company. Dutton Adult. 1997
  • Richard Branson, Virgin King: Inside Richard Branson's Business Empire. Prima Lifestyles. 1998. (a biography of Richard Branson)
  • Turning Japanese: The Fight for Industrial Control of the New Europe. HarperCollins. 1993[3]


  1. ^ Yardley, David (1 May 2001). Getting a top job in-- IT. Kogan Page Publishers. pp. 138–. ISBN 978-0-7494-3556-1. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Walking Ventures: London-based early-stage VC and seed fund". Walking Ventures. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  3. ^ Jackson, Tim. (1993). Turning Japanese : the fight for industrial control of the new Europe. London: HarperCollins. ISBN 0-00-255017-2. OCLC 27644823.