Meet the Team

Julie Meyer MBE

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

Julie Meyer is an American who has lived in Europe (Paris and London) since September 1988, investing in global leading technology-enabled firms, shaping the financing of entrepreneurship and helping founders to build and define their industries. She founded Ariadne Capital in August 2000 to bring the "Entrepreneurs Backing Entrepreneurs" model from her native California to Europe as no one was doing this in Europe at the institutional level at that time.

Julie is known for tackling system-level problems and backing entrepreneurs who do so as well. In 1998, she saw the need for a people and investor network across Europe, and built First Tuesday for the market, selling in July 2000 for 20 X her seed investment. She is an advisor to and shareholder in Matternet, the much loved and inspiring drones/UAV firm, as well as a Board Director to Vestergaard, the for-profit humanitarian development firm, Bitx, the emerging market bitcoin exchange. She advised Monitise, a global leader in mobile money, from 2004 through 2012. She has backed explosive growth companies like Espotting in 2002, Zopa in 2005, SpinVox in 2006, BeatThatQuote in 2009 (sold to Google), and Quill in 2012.

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, and WGSN.

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 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.

In 2011, she was asked to be on the Secretary of State's Entrepreneurs 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. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Warwick in 2014.

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James McClurg

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.

Anjarova Ramandimbiarison

Investment manager

Anjarova joined Ariadne Capital in December 2013 and is an Investment manager on the Ariadne Capital Fund. Before joining Ariadne, Anjarova had worked for seven years at Ernst & Young in their Transaction Services practice, in Paris and London, where she has advised Private Equity firms and Corporates on M&A/LBO deals and financing transactions in various sectors. Prior to this, Anjarova has also worked for BNP Paribas and the World Bank. She has strong interest in Entrepreneurship and has spent the past year advising an e-commerce start-up on its financial and strategic plan.

Anjarova completed a Master of Science in Management at HEC Paris and a Bachelor of Commerce at McGill University. She is also a CFA charterholder.

Paul Burniston

Partner – Fund, Chief Compliance Officer

Paul has 25 years experience in corporate strategy, visioning and driving strategic change, innovation and performance improvement throughout an organisation be that organically or through transactions. Extensive experience building businesses in retail financial services and online media sectors. At Interactive Investor as Head of Corporate Strategy and Development, Paul led the development of the online brokerage proposition, growing it from start-up to one of the leading online brokers in UK, managed the finances leading the business into profit, and led capital raisings and acquisitions.

Prior to Interactive Investor, Paul worked for 5 years at AMP, setting up an online fund supermarket business from concept to implementation, and developing and executing their European entry strategy.

Paul started his career with 10 years in management consultancy at OASiS and Ernst & Young delivering large scale business transformation programmes across people, process and systems.

Nicolas Perard

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.