Meet the Team
Julie Meyer MBE
Chairman and Chief Executive - Ariadne Capital; Managing Partner – Ariadne Fund; Founder – Entrepreneur Country; MBE
Julie Meyer founded Ariadne Capital in August 2000 to create a new model for the
financing of entrepreneurship in Europe and the UK - "Entrepreneurs
Backing Entrepreneurs". She created the founding Investor Partnership of
60 leading entrepreneurs and business builders who are Ariadne's core shareholders.
She has led or co-led the investments and/or advisory mandates with BeatThatQuote, Espotting, Monitise, SpinVox, and Zopa. She manages the Ariadne fund, sitting on the Boards of Clickslide, Taggstar and itrigga.
Julie was part of the early team at Tom Teichman's NewMedia Investors in 1998, which became early stage investment firm Spark Ventures in October 1999. At NewMedia Investors, she co-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.
She has been 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 (Evening Standard) and one of
the Top 30 Most Influential Women in Europe.
Julie is 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 father's as
children and young adults.
She is on the Board of Directors of Medikidz, Vestergaard Frandsen, a for profit humanitarian development firm, and INSEAD, her business school. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities and English Literature from Valparaiso University, near Chicago, US in 1988, having spent her junior year in Cambridge, UK in 1986.
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.
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Julie Meyer, MBE
Ariadne Capital – CEO – in our 13th year
Managing Partner – Ariadne Fund
Entrepreneur Country – Founder
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Assistant Director, Ariadne Capital & Investment Manager Ariadne Fund
Before joining Ariadne Capital James was a consultant in the Strategy practice at Deloitte London. During this period James worked with both large corporates and entrepreneurial businesses on pure strategy projects and transaction based projects.
James has a BA (Hons) in Business Economics and MSc Management with Distinction. Whilst at university and since leaving university, as a personal pursuit, James has started and assisted in the creation of a number of small businesses.
CTO in Residence
Kit is a board experienced CTO and CIO with a skill-set across software development, IT systems and company operations.
The majority of his career has been spent growing start-ups or turning around SMEs that may otherwise have been regarded as 'end-of-life'.
Having mostly worked for private-equity or VC backed organisations, Kit's skills have been regularly used by investors to evaluate companies they may have an interest in, perform due-diligence activities, or assist with growth or turnaround strategies.
With an exceptional ability to rapidly understand a new product or service, the business model around it and whether the technology and operations are helping or hindering the company vision, Kit is as comfortable operating within experienced boards as he is probing lines of source-code with the developers and engineers.
Extremely innovative, Kit rapidly finds solutions to any technical or operational challenge; and as well as having patents to his own name is also excellent at identifying the unique product features or methods in others' intellectual property and then making the most of them from a business perspective.
Kit's network and access to skills is very broad, having worked with experts across virtually every technological discipline, using development and BPO organisations across most continents, peering with 'deep' contacts (i.e. true technology owners, not evangelists) inside organisations like Microsoft, and negotiating products, services and partnerships from the largest name-brand companies down to the smallest specialist suppliers.
Kit is a Chartered IT Professional and has voluntarily assisted the British Computer Society, the National Computer Centre, the DTI, the Learning and Skills Council and the government e-Skills programme on a range of topics from Professionalism in IT initiatives to defining skills frameworks for CIOs through to IT end-users.
Travis Baxter has thirty years experience of consumer media with specific expertise in content development, consumer change and business strategy. He spent the first 5 years of his career at the BBC and since then his experience includes working at divisional MD level for RTL group and the FTSE 100 company EMAP and working as an operating partner with Advent International. Travis is currently media advisor to the Turkish private equity firm Actera, a non-executive director of South West Screen and of Slicethepie, and is Content and External Affairs Director of Bauer Media in the UK. He also sits on the board of a number of UK radio trade bodies.
Analyst, Ariadne Fund
Nicolas Perard joined Ariadne Capital in July 2012 and focuses on supporting the Ariadne Capital Entrepreneur (ACE) fund. Before joining Ariadne, Nicolas had previous experiences in Venture Capital at DN Capital and Management Consulting at Fiserv.
Passionate about early and growth stage tech investments and entrepreneurship Nicolas completed a Master Degree in Technology and Management from École Centrale Paris after graduating from Paris Dauphine University with a Master Degree in Finance.