Meet the Team

Julie Meyer MBE

Chairman and Chief Executive - Ariadne Capital; Managing Partner – Ariadne Fund; Founder – Entrepreneur Country; MBE

Julie Meyer is an American who has lived in Europe (Paris and London) since September 1988, building global leading technology-enabled firms, shaping the financing of entrepreneurship and helping founders to build & 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 & 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. 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), Taggstar & 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.

To schedule a call or an appointment, or secure Julie as a speaker, contact Victoria Fenton on +44 203 021 1641 or

Chairman & CEO – in our 14th year
Managing Partner – Ariadne Capital Entrepreneurs Fund
Entrepreneur Country – Founder
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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.

Kit Ruparel

CTO in Residence

Kit Ruparel

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

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.

Nicolas Perard

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.