Meet the Team

Julie Meyer

Chairman and Chief Executive - Ariadne Capital; Managing Partner – Ariadne Fund; Founder – EntrepreneurCountry Global; MBE for Services to Entrepreneurship

The daughter of an entrepreneur, Julie Meyer never had a chance to escape the same fate. Going to Paris, France at age 21 to ‘faire fortune’ and to escape being the baby of the family, she soon realised that she found herself in a moment of transformational change in Europe in the late 1980’s. With German grandparents, a failure to learn French at school (un echec total), and fascinated by the coming together of the European market and the spread of freedom and free enterprise, she stayed, getting an MBA in 1997 at INSEAD, the leading European business school where she now sits on the Board of Directors and was named one of their top 50 alumni, and building the first social network for Internet entrepreneurs in 1998-2000, First Tuesday, which she sold for $50 million in July 2000, and many credited with igniting the Internet generation in Europe.

She was instrumental in the early stages of leading European Internet businesses: lastminute.com, WGSN, Espotting, Skype, Zopa, SpinVox and Monitise. She and her team have sold businesses to Google (BeatThatQuote – March 2011), EMI, and private equity.

Julie believes that society works best when it’s organised around the entrepreneur. She works tirelessly to bring that vision of an ‘expanding pie’ of wealth creation for all of society to the world. She has been fortunate to carry the bags for a number of the world’s best entrepreneurs as they built their companies, sometimes becoming their confidants, sometimes slaying the dragons with and for them, and sometimes just being an early believer with and in them, before it became obvious that they would be successful. She shares her vision with other entrepreneurs each year at the www.follow-the-entrepreneur.com Investor Summit.

With some amazing women and men, she has built Ariadne Capital since 2000 on the back of a couple of core principles: back men and women of steel who are pursuing the inevitable and re-imagining their industries as ecosystems, and aggregate the right talent and capital to enable their success. She is someone who wants to build new systems for the inclusion of all, and to help smart people win. She is a huge believer in the human spirit, and believes we are all on the planet to deliver a unique contribution to the world. She is resolutely ‘glass full’ not even ‘half full’.

She manages the Ariadne Capital Entrepreneurs Fund with her partners, and has developed the Ecosystem Economics™ Investment Methodology of the firm.

She created EntrepreneurCountry Global because she felt that the world should go where entrepreneurs go everyday, and issued a global invitation to become a citizen in September 2013. Her book, Welcome to EntrepreneurCountry, has been published in 2012 in many countries, and she writes regularly for Forbes, BA High Life, LinkedIn and the Financial Times.

She’s on the Board of Vestergaard Frandsen (another family business), the for-profit humanitarian development firm, several of her portfolio companies (Taggstar, Quill, Bitx), on the Advisory Boards of Economia publication, Group Silverline (another family business), and loves being a permanent resident of the UK in the world’s best city: London. She was honoured in 2011 with an MBE for Services to Entrepreneurship, which she thought was a hoax at first as she didn’t believe Americans could be given such an honour. She is incredibly grateful to her friends in the UK for the warm welcome and support they have always given her. The UK has been very good to her.

Julie is a Christian in the Lutheran tradition, and believes that Martin Luther was roughly 500 years ahead of his time in his belief that we are individually accountable for what we believe. She was given an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Warwick in 2014. She tries hard to live down all of the stereotypes of American women (take themselves too seriously, famously ambitious and driven, competitive, workaholic etc), but alas, they are probably true.

She’s very involved in carrying on the family traditions of her family, is setting up a foundation for Dads and Daughters, and is a fitness fanatic once again.

She may have made her fortune in Europe, but she’s still the baby of her family.

To schedule a call or an appointment, contact Julie Beadle on +44 203 021 1641 or julie.beadle@ariadnecapital.com

If you are interested in booking Julie as a speaker, contact claire.langmead@ariadnecapital.com

Chairman & CEO – in our 14th year
Managing Partner – Ariadne Capital Entrepreneurs Fund
EntrepreneurCountry Global – Founder
+44 203 021 1641
@juliemariemeyer
http://www.ariadnecapital.com
Linkedin
http://juliemariemeyer.typepad.com/
http://www.follow-the-entrepreneur.com
http://www.entrepreneurcountryglobal.com

Amit Pau

Managing Director Ariadne Capital & EC, Partner of Ariadne Capital fund

Amit is deeply passionate about helping companies exploit disruption (business models and technology) to transform their business. His 20+ years experience in the TMT industry has given a robust platform to launch numerous market leading solutions in areas such as enterprise mobility, mobile entertainment, managed data services, digital marketing and electronic commerce. Whether it is in a corporate leadership role or an entrepreneurial environment Amit consistently drives innovative ‘go to’ market strategies in order to deliver quantum growth.

In his previous high profile corporate positions at Vodafone, as Group MD for International Accounts and Business Markets, Amit was instrumental in creating strategic OEM partnerships with Dell, IBM and HP. Additionally, he led the Divisional Units of AT&T and GTS where he launched their e-commerce products and delivered significant scale.

Amit has transformed multiple entrepreneurial companies; whether it be as an investor driving the IPO’s or NED working with the Executive team in refining their business models, mentoring them with scaling their operations in order for successful exits. This vastly enriching experience has enhanced his experience in commercialising innovation with a combination of business models and disruptive technologies.

Over the years Amit has served on a number of listed and private boards such as Vodafone Spain, Radamec Plc, IOS Plc and Goldnet, to name a few.

Email: amit.pau@ariadnecapital.com

Dennis Plomp

Director of Corporate Finance & M&A Advisory

Dennis Plomp joined Ariadne Capital in March 2015 as Director, Corporate Finance and M&A Advisory.

He has 15 years of experience in cross-border M&A and private equity and VC investments in Continental Europe, the UK and Asia.

During his time at the partner firms of M&A International in the Netherlands and Hong Kong, Dennis advised on over 40 corporate finance transactions in a wide range of industries. At Gimv Private Equity, he was the lead manager in the execution of 7 buy-out and growth capital investments and exits.

Dennis is a co-founder of Get in the Ring UK. Get in the Ring is the world’s largest pitching competition for start-ups.

Email: dennis.plomp@ariadnecapital.com
LinkedIn: inkedin.com/dennis-plomp

Travis Baxter

Operating Partner

Travis Baxter

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.

Email: travis.baxter@ariadnecapital.com

Julie Meyer

Chairman and Chief Executive - Ariadne Capital; Managing Partner – Ariadne Fund; Founder – EntrepreneurCountry Global; MBE

The daughter of an entrepreneur, Julie Meyer never had a chance to escape the same fate. Going to Paris, France at age 21 to ‘faire fortune’ and to escape being the baby of the family, she soon realised that she found herself in a moment of transformational change in Europe in the late 1980’s. With German grandparents, a failure to learn French at school (un echec total), and fascinated by the coming together of the European market and the spread of freedom and free enterprise, she stayed, getting an MBA in 1997 at INSEAD, the leading European business school where she now sits on the Board of Directors and was named one of their top 50 alumni, and building the first social network for Internet entrepreneurs in 1998-2000, First Tuesday, which she sold for $50 million in July 2000, and many credited with igniting the Internet generation in Europe.

She was instrumental in the early stages of leading European Internet businesses: lastminute.com, WGSN, Espotting, Skype, Zopa, SpinVox and Monitise. She and her team have sold businesses to Google (BeatThatQuote – March 2011 – quadrupling the founder’s own expectations for exit valuation), EMI, and private equity.

Julie believes that society works best when it’s organised around the entrepreneur. She works tirelessly to bring that vision of an ‘expanding pie’ of wealth creation for all of society to the world. She has been fortunate to carry the bags for a number of the world’s best entrepreneurs as they built their companies, sometimes becoming their confidants, sometimes slaying the dragons with and for them, and sometimes just being an early believer with and in them, before it became obvious that they would be successful. She shares her vision with other entrepreneurs each year at the www.follow-the-entrepreneur.com Investor Summit.

With some amazing women and men, she has built Ariadne Capital since 2000 on the back of a couple of core principles: back men and women of steel who are pursuing the inevitable and re-imagining their industries as ecosystems, and aggregate the right talent and capital to enable their success. She is someone who wants to build new systems for the inclusion of all, and to help smart people win. She is a huge believer in the human spirit, and believes we are all on the planet to deliver a unique contribution to the world. She is resolutely ‘glass full’ not even ‘half full’.

She manages the Ariadne Capital Entrepreneurs Fund with her partners, and has developed the Ecosystem Economics™ Investment Methodology of the firm.

She created EntrepreneurCountry Global because she felt that the world should go where entrepreneurs go everyday, and issued a global invitation to become a citizen in September 2013. Her book, Welcome to EntrepreneurCountry, has been published in 2012 in many countries, and she writes regularly for Forbes, BA High Life, LinkedIn and the Financial Times.

She’s on the Board of Vestergaard Frandsen (another family business), the for-profit humanitarian development firm, several of her portfolio companies (Taggstar, Quill, Bitx), on the Advisory Boards of Economia publication, Group Silverline (another family business), and loves being a permanent resident of the UK in the world’s best city: London. She was honoured in 2011 with an MBE for Services to Entrepreneurship, which she thought was a hoax at first as she didn’t believe Americans could be given such an honour. She is incredibly grateful to her friends in the UK for the warm welcome and support they have always given her. The UK has been very good to her.

Julie is a Christian in the Lutheran tradition, and believes that Martin Luther was roughly 500 years ahead of his time in his belief that we are individually accountable for what we believe. She was given an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Warwick in 2014. She tries hard to live down all of the stereotypes of American women (take themselves too seriously, famously ambitious and driven, competitive, workaholic etc), but alas, they are probably true.

She’s very involved in carrying on the family traditions of her family, is setting up a foundation for Dads and Daughters, and is a fitness fanatic once again.

She may have made her fortune in Europe, but she’s still the baby of her family.

To schedule a call or an appointment, or secure Julie as a speaker, contact Victoria Fenton on +44 203 021 1641 or victoria.fenton@ariadnecapital.com.

Chairman & CEO – in our 14th year
Managing Partner – Ariadne Capital Entrepreneurs Fund
EntrepreneurCountry Global – Founder
+44 203 021 1641
@juliemariemeyer
http://www.ariadnecapital.com
Linkedin
http://juliemariemeyer.typepad.com/
http://www.follow-the-entrepreneur.com
http://www.entrepreneurcountryglobal.com/

Alex O’Cinneide

Investment Committee Member & Senior Advisor

Alex O’Cinneide has over 15 years of Venture Capital and Private Equity experience and was until November 2012 the Head of Investments of Masdar, a US$15 billion Government of Abu Dhabi renewable investment platform.

Since January 2006, he was also the General Manager of Masdar Capital, the private equity arm of Masdar. Mr. O’Cinneide was responsible for over $750 million invested capital from tier 1 international institutions.

Prior to joining Masdar, he was a Managing Partner at Quorum European Partners, an energy and technology-focused venture capital firm. Alex has also 15 years of high-tech start-up and entrepreneurship experience and began his career in two venture capital-backed technology companies.

He holds a Masters in Finance degree from the London Business School and a Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics.

Dimitris Livanas

Dimitris Livanas has a diverse background with experience in Financial Technology, Investment Banking & Management Consulting with over 15 years international experience in large multinational organizations.

He is Managing Director at 3Epsilon, a management & technology consulting firm and partner at AH&I Capital Partners a private syndicate investment fund. He was Director at Lehman Brothers and subsequently through his Consulting practice has consulted to Price Waterhouse Coopers, Barclays Wealth Management, Jefferies International, Rolls Royce and CS Technology to name a few.

Educated in UK and US in 3 of the ”top 20” world Universities, Dimitri is holder of two Master degrees and further education from Imperial College London, University College London & Harvard University. He is a holder of an Executive MBA and has won the runner-up price at “launching new ventures” competition at Harvard Business School.

His expertise include business and technology innovations in Financial Technology & Capital Markets Trading, Service Outsourcing/Insourcing, technology supply & value chain due diligence, technology transfer & commercialization, management & strategic leadership of transformation programs & Information Technology Departments as well as Real Estate Syndication & investments.

Dimitri is an active angel investor and entrepreneur having either setup or invested and served as advisor in businesses in UK, Greece & Eastern Europe in Technology, Food & Health and Real Estate sectors

Dimitri has lived and worked in UK, USA & Greece. He is a full IoD member and an Ivy League Alumni.

Dimitri is practicing Chinese & Western martial arts and is a keen skier & diver and a formula-1 enthusiast.

Email: dimitris.livanas@ariadnecapital.com

Charlie Weaver

Lead Analyst – Ariadne Capital

Charlie joined Ariadne Capital in 2014 into the Corporate Finance team after graduating Exeter University with a degree in Mathematics. He has a particular focus on bringing best-in-class Corporate Finance advice to Entrepreneurs and connecting Corporates and Investors to exciting companies in sectors being transformed by disruption to their business models.

In his spare time Charlie is an enthusiastic traveller and avid sports fan, particularly Rugby Union.

Email: charlie.weaver@ariadnecapital.com




Nikhil Patwardhan

Head of Product, EntrepreneurCountry Global

Nikhil has 10 years of experience in marketing and product development. Having worked with Bwin.Party across digital and broadcast marketing, running his own business advising on domain management and digital marketing, he has developed his skills across both B2B and B2C sectors.

Developing cross functional teams, building new products and generating new revenue opportunities are his specialties. He now manages the product and marketing for Entrepreneur Country and advises startups on their commercial and marketing strategies.

Email: nikhil.patwardhan@ariadnecapital.com

Simon Bradley

Business Development Manager, EntrepreneurCountry Global

Simon Bradley is the Business Development Manager of EntrepreneurCountry Global, focusing on Business Development and Management. Simon has a keen interest in emerging technologies and exploring the opportunities that they provide for enhancing and/or disrupting established industries.

Simon has spent the majority of his career in the currency supply industry, selling circulation coins and banknotes, in both semi-finished and finished state, to Central Banks and State Mints across the globe. Since the introduction of the Euro in 2002, he has become one of the world’s leading experts in the secure recovery of legacy currency denominations, working with over 25 Central Banks worldwide transitioning to new denominations, providing logistical; security and recycling solutions. Such exposure to complex scenarios has given Simon the impetus to embrace how the digital world interacts with the analogue world, and how the role of the Institution will be shaped in a changing ecosystem.

Simon has also gained significant experience in project management within a consultancy setting. He has developed strong organisational and operational skills to handle multiple high-value projects, ensuring that clients receive expected deliverables on time and to the required standards through excellent planning and strong execution.

Simon holds a BA (Hons.) in Political Science from the University of Birmingham. He is a fluent French speaker. In his spare time, he is a keen photographer, and enjoys spending time with his young family.

Email: simon.bradley@ariadnecapital.com

Amit Khanna

Amit KhannaInvestment Manager, Ariadne Capital Fund

Amit Khanna joined Ariadne in February 2015 and is an Investment Manager in the Ariadne Capital Entrepreneur Fund.

Amit worked for over 8 years as a corporate lawyer at international law firms Baker & McKenzie and Charles Russell, and as legal counsel at Aureos Capital. During this time he worked on numerous corporate finance engagements, advising corporates, investment managers and entrepreneurs. He recently completed his MBA at London Business School graduating in 2013. Since graduation Amit has worked as a consultant to an international venture builder, working on projects including the establishment of a London tech co – working space and a fintech accelerator programme.

Email: amit.khanna@ariadnecapital.com

Kevin Telford

Senior Advisor, Ariadne Capital

Kevin is an innovative, award winning Business Development, Strategy Director with specialist skills in Smart (Big) Data, Analytics, Intelligence, Digital and Technology. He has a depth of capability, knowledge in market modelling and strategic development.

He possesses strong leadership qualities delivering success through people. He has strategic knowledge in sales, planning, execution, consumer engagement, business development and creatively delivering value from data. His experience has been in leading new solutions for companies across retail, financial services, insurance, automotive, utilities, telecoms, publishing, automotive travel and leisure. He is client, customer focused with the consumer at the heart, delivers commercial returns for stakeholders and creates long term value.

He has international development expertise, innovation success, consultancy projects, product, proposition development, web technologies delivery with start- up’s and corporate enterprise. He has vast marketing solutions experience, is a passionate consumer champion and believes the direction of travel for innovative personal data solutions is here, now. His experience across credit marketing, Identity and the "Trust" platforms is in demand with a high value being placed on such knowledge by many organisations.

Kevin’s career covers a number of senior positions operating, communicating, engaging at Board Level internally and externally including VeriSign, Acxiom, Dixons Store Group International, Sainsbury’s and Callcredit. Kevin is also actively involved with the Government (BIS) and will be leading a commercial initiative in data transparency and advocacy.

Email: kevin.telford@ariadnecapital.com

Jimmy Nguyen

Senior Advisor, Ariadne Capital

In his law life, Jimmy has a "360 degree" practice - handling litigation, transactions, and counselling involving IP, digital media, entertainment, advertising, privacy, and technology. He focuses on online, social media, mobile, and other digital technologies. Jimmy is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional/US.

In 2008, Lawdragon named Jimmy (at only age 36) to its list of "500 Leading Lawyers in America;" describing him as a "dynamo talent [who] is a one-stop shop for companies in entertainment, technology, advertising, sports and other industries seeking IP, litigation and transactional advice." He was also named to Lawdragon's 3000 Leading Lawyers in America in 2010. In 2011, the Century City Bar Association honored Jimmy as its IP Lawyer of the Year.

Email: jimmy.nguyen@ariadnecapital.com

Juan Carlos Sanchez Madrigal

Investment Manager, Ariadne Capital Fund

Juan Carlos joined Ariadne Capital in October 2013 and is an Investment Manager in the Ariadne Capital Entrepreneur Fund.

He has worked at a number of institutions such as the Newton Centre for Endowment Asset Management of the University of Cambridge, Neopost and the Mexican Ministry of the Economy.

Juan Carlos completed a Masters of Philosophy (M.Phil.) in Finance at the University of Cambridge after graduating with a First Class Honours degree in Economics from the University of Manchester, where he was top of his class and received various awards based on academic performance.

Juan Carlos speaks both Spanish and English fluently. He has a passion for sports, particularly football and tennis and he is an avid Formula 1 and Moto GP enthusiast.

Email: juancarlos.sanchez@ariadnecapital.com

Steve Piper

Steve Piper

Financial Controller

Previously employed by Sea Containers Ltd for 29 years reaching the position of Group Chief Accountant responsible for producing and filing the consolidated accounts of both Sea Containers and Orient Express Hotels Ltd . A hard working individual with experience within the leisure activities (hotels & train), publishing, travel industry, container leasing, manufacturing, shipping and property development.

Email: steve.piper@ariadnecapital.com

Peter Hale

Finance Manager

Peter graduated in 2012 with a BA (Hons) in Business Management and Accounting & Finance degree from Nottingham Business School, and whilst at University was actively involved in the 1stXV Rugby team and Business and Finance Society.

He is currently undertaking his Professional Accountancy qualifications (ACCA) and before working at Ariadne gained experience working at a Chartered Accountancy Firm.

A keen sportsman and traveller, Peter enjoys playing everything from Rugby through to Croquet and has spent time in places such as Southern Africa, Australia & New Zealand, South East Asia and Europe.

Claire Langmead

Claire Langmead

Executive Office Assistant

Claire joined Ariadne Capital in October 2010 as Executive Assistant to the CEO, but since returning to work from maternity leave in September 2012, Claire is now the Executive Office Assistant

Prior to joining Ariadne Capital Claire was Team Secretary at Prudential Property Investment Managers, the property investment arm of M&G Investments, where she provided support to two Fund Managers & six Investment Managers.

Claire also previously worked with the event management industry, and has several years experience as part of an events team working on many promotional marketing campaigns for large companies such as Lexus, Toyota, O2, & T-Mobile. She also has many years experience within the entertainment industry as a dancer and singer. Claire has peformed in several theatre shows and spent 7 years touring theatres around the UK as, she has also appeared as a Background Artiste in TV & films.

claire.langmead@ariadnecapital.com

Steve Lazarus

Senior Advisor and Venture Partner, Ariadne Capital

Steve is an experienced, commercially focused and well-connected business professional with extensive multiplatform experience across various media, digital & entertainment industries.

Steve is an expert in maximising revenues from IP rights with over 20 years of deal negotiation experience, having first trained as a commercial lawyer.

He has held senior roles in a major record company, a TV producer, a TV distributor, a social network, a leading portal and a major global publisher. Companies he has worked for incl: Warner Music International; ITV; Yahoo; News Corp. and; Sony.

Steve launched and managed a successful media business consultancy called Lazarus Media Ltd.

Email: steve.lazarus@ariadnecapital.com

David Barrie

Senior Advisor, EntrepreneurCountry Global

David enjoys driving prosperity all the way through society.

Since 2002, he has founded and led several multiple award-winning urban renewal projects and programmes that have brought £500m+ new development into cities and their communities, involved the active participation of thousands of citizens, the construction of new bridges, buildings, parks and workspace, and the creation of many new jobs.

As an advisor to real estate companies and an entrepreneur working in urban renewal, David’s projects include supporting large-scale development in London, Berkshire, Sheffield, Glasgow, Moscow and FortMcMurray (Canada). He has supported civic and social entrepreneurship in Moscow, Warsaw, Chongqing (China) and Hong Kong. Projects including co-founding The People’s Supermarket – a pioneering retail co-operative in Central London – Wild Blue Cohort – a business angel investment network in Kensington & Chelsea – the Castleford Regeneration and Middlesbrough Urban Farming Projects. He has raised £20m+ to deliver this work.

David’s passion for creating new public experience, innovation and change stems from a 25+ yr career in broadcast media, as a producer, director and showrunner of landmark network documentary and factual programmes. Credits include programmes presented by Andrew Marr, David Starkey, Jonathan Dimbleby and Andrew Roberts, films featuring Alexander McQueen, Victoria Beckham and Jean Luc Godard, and the development and delivery of several social projects that have been the subject of reality TV series.

David has been a guest speaker on urban innovation, entrepreneurship and development at conferences in Moscow, Beijing, Philadelphia and Hong Kong; and he has sat on the Boards of several for-profit and non-profit organisations.

Email: david.barrie@ariadnecapital.com

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