Julie Meyer

Julie Meyer

First Tuesday founder

Julie Meyer has 18 years of investment and advisory experience, helping start-up businesses and industry standards to emerge and establish themselves. As Chief Executive of Ariadne Capital, she has overall general and financial management responsibility for the group which she founded in August 2000. Ariadne is an investment and advisory firm focused on

the Digital Media, Music and Entertainment, Communications, Net Development and Life Services [consumer financial services, e-Health, Digital Home] sectors.


Julie is well-known for founding First Tuesday, the largest global network of entrepreneurs, which many credit for igniting the Internet generation in Europe. It was sold for $50 million in cash in and shares in July 2000. Julie has raised hundreds of millions of capital for start-ups in addition to overseeing another $150 million of seed capital found for start-ups through First Tuesday. From 1998 to 1999, Julie was part of the team at NewMedia Investors [which became Spark Ventures, an early stage investment firm, in October 1999] where she helped several companies, including lastminute.com, WGSN and Arc Cores raise significant venture

capital financing and internationalise. Each of these businesses has had successful exits for their investors.

Ariadne is backed by 45 Entrepreneurs who became founding investors in order to build the market leading companies of the new Millennium. They include the founders of lastminute.com, betfair, worldpay, hotmail and SES Astra. Headquartered in London, our network of Executives, Investors and Partners extends from Asia to North America to Europe, giving Ariadne global reach.

Ariadne Capital was an early advisor to Skype [Ebay] and Espotting [MIVA], two of Europe’s biggest VC-backed successes in the early 21st century. Julie advises leading corporates such as British Telecom, CarPhone Warehouse, EMAP, Morse, as well as a portfolio of start-ups

including Intamac, Monitise, SpinVox and Zopa.

Named a "Global Leader of Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum and one of the top 30 most powerful women in Europe according to the Wall Street Journal, Julie's mission is to back the best entrepreneurs in Europe with global ambitions. She was awarded "Entrepreneur of the Year" Award in October 2000 by Ernst & Young U.K.

The works of Ayn Rand, in particular Atlas Shrugged has profoundly impacted Julie and Ariadne Capital. Julie is setting up a foundation for girls in their teens to help them find their unique contribution to the world.