Julie Meyer famously helped found the business network First Tuesday, the grouping of entrepreneurs that many credit for igniting the internet generation in London during the dotcom boom.
A few months after selling the firm for $50m (£32m) in 2000, she was in the market again, setting up investment firm Ariadne Capital with 60 leading entrepreneurs as founding investors to create a new model for the financing of entrepreneurship in Europe and the UK.
She has since put together investment rounds worth £300m, helping companies including Skype, Monitise and Zopa go to market and be bought. She has been named as one of the top 50 alumni of Insead, the Paris business school, and has featured in Time magazine’s “Digital 50” and Wired magazine’s “Top 100” lists as well as ranking among Europe’s 30 most influential women.
Given such an illustrious background, her debut book on entrepreneurship, entitled Welcome to Entrepreneur Country, was always likely to be interesting reading and she does not disappoint, arguing that Britain’s attitudes to entrepreneurs are dated and risk stranding the nation in a future where the traditional employer and employee culture is on the wane.
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