Julie Meyer is a world-famous speaker with a wealth of global audiences who have been inspired to innovate, transform and engage with technological evolution after listening to her empowering story and passionate lessons about investing, technology, leadership, economics and the digital age. Julie Meyer 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.
Julie Meyers has driven many initiatives for creating wealth and growth in the European economy. In 1998 Julie founded First Tuesday, the network of entrepreneurs which many credit for igniting the internet generation in Europe.
First Tuesday was sold in July 2000 for $50 million in cash and shares after which Julie founded Ariadne Capital to create a new model for the financing of entrepreneurship in Europe and the UK: that of “Entrepreneurs Backing Entrepreneurs”. Bringing together 62 leading entrepreneurs and business builders who became core shareholders, Julie also started an Ariadne Capital Entrepreneurs Fund and promoted, worldwide, the model of ‘Ecosystem Economics™’. Julie is a world expert in advising large corporates, family businesses and high net worth investors on how to engage and interact with the vast, global, entrepreneurial networks she helped to amass.
In its first 13 years, Ariadne Capital has backed at least 7 explosive growth companies, including Skype, Monitise, BeatThatQuote, Espotting, SpinVox, Zopa, and SoundOut. At Ariadne Capital Julie has led investments and/or transactions with Medikidz, Quill, Taggstar, BeatThatQuote, Espotting, Monitise, SpinVox, and Zopa.
Julie was personally involved with the development of these companies and uses her experience in this evolving market to enthuse, encourage, caution and engage the entrepreneurs and leading businessmen of today. On the basis of this outstanding track record, Julie has been awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) by the British Government for Services to Entrepreneurship.
Moreover, Julie is one of the world’s leading businesswomen (one of INSEAD’s Top 50 Alumni, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, a World Economic Forum Global Leader of Tomorrow, one of TIME Magazine’s Digital 50, WIRED’s 100, London’s 1000 Most Influential People 2010 & 2011 (Evening Standard) and in the Top 30 Most Influential Women in Europe in the Wall Street Journal, Europe. She speaks worldwide on the nature of leadership in the Feminine Age and is on the board of Directors at Vestergaard Frandsen, INSEAD (her business school) and Medikidz, which educates children about health problems through child-friendly media. Julie’s first book ‘Welcome to Entrepreneur Country’ was published in June 2012.