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Julie Meyer

Founder and CEO
Ariadne Capital
London, UK
Julie Meyer
Founder and CEO
Ariadne Capital
London, UK
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1. What does it mean to you to have been selected as a "Global Leader for Tomorrow"?

Leadership is lonely. I've always been counter-cyclical, and therefore there are huge swaths of my life where there was no external validation for what I was doing, and I had to simply believe in what my vision was. I'm convinced that if you "run with the pack", you never get out ahead when the market returns, and the real opportunity is gone by the time that everyone is doing it

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So having been selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow is indeed an honor as it is that rare external validation that perhaps the time that I spend imagining how the world should be and the the time that I spend building companies, networks, relationships, is in fact worth it. I also have this conviction that personal integrity and professional integrity go hand in hand, and that real success stems in fact from remaining true to yourself, and never sacrificing your "abundance mentality." I believe that one should always invest in the success of others, and for me, living this has meant that the positive returns to my life have been 10,000 fold.

2. You have been selected by the World Economic Forum for what you have already done in your life, "holding positions of considerable power, influence and responsability". What are the 3-5 things you are most proud of?

1) Having voted against the sale of First Tuesday to Yazam to protect the interests of the network of city leaders when the rest of the management team and the other inactive founders were only looking out how to make money off of their backs
2) Having the balls to go out in the worst market in 30 years, and launch Ariadne Capital; if you felt as I did, that I knew what needed all along to build First Tuesday into a very valuable business, then - what's the saying - don't confuse brains and a bull market - get out there, and prove that my success and ability to create success is market neutral.
3) I never give up, I never say no, and I never ever go away
4) I check my ego at the door every morning, and I get on with the work of the work, and remember to build the institution of Ariadne Capital, and the portfolio which is our investment and client base.

3. The World Economic Forum is "committed to improving improve the state of the world". You will participate in shaping tomorrow's world. What impact would you like to have?

I am passionately committed to helping smart people win. I believe that the individual is the agent of change in history, and what is lacking today as 500 years ago, is a sense of accountability that what one does makes one's life - not the government, not the family, not the state. The sooner we all realise that we are responsible for our lives - the good the bad and the ugly - the better. As a Christian, I can't help but hope that others respond to the love story which is Christianity. As a business person, I feel that I have an important role to create a rising tide effect, and to extend my abundance mentality as far and wide as possible.

4. The World Economic Forum is also a forum to discuss the present state of the world economy. What is the analysis you would give?

I would give a very similar analysis to what probably Ayn Rand would give; read Atlas Shrugged and ask yourself Who is John Galt?
Julie Meyer
Founder and CEO
Ariadne Capital
London, UK

Nationality: United Kingdom

Org Profile: Ariadne Capital is the pan-European advisory and investment services firm

Pers Profile: Julie Meyer, serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist is the founder and chief executive office of Ariadne Capital, the pan-European advisory and investment services firm. Meyer has founded 3 companies, including First Tuesday, where she secured the early stage offers to invest in First Tuesday, and managed the international launch of First Tuesday in 17 cities on September 7th 1999. She was an Assistant Director at NewMedia Investors (1998-9), where she assisted lastminute.com, WGSN.com and ARCCores in raising expansion and development capital.

Previously, Meyer worked with Cunningham Communication where she managed the Motorola PC marketing communication programme in 1994-6 and consulted to Hewlett Packard, 3Com, the OECD and other technology companies in Paris from 1988-93. Julie Meyer has an MBA from INSEAD and an Honors Humanities and English B.A. with a French minor from Valparaiso University

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