Lucy Marcus

Founder and CEO of Marcus Venture Consulting Ltd.

Lucy is the Founder and CEO of Marcus Venture Consulting, Ltd. Committed to fostering sustainable success for funding organisations, Marcus Venture Consulting works with clients from around the world in venture capital and private equity funds, institutions and corporations to help them create robust businesses with strong foundations for their funding efforts, and to ensure that they are recognised as smart and good money in what is a competitive and challenging funding environment. She is also a Fellow at the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School, teaching and researching on leadership & innovation, and exploring the changing landscape in funding in biotech, pharma, and cleantech.

Lucy serves as non-executive chair of the Mobius Life Sciences Fund, chair of the Mobius Life Sciences Fund Investment Panel, non-executive director and chair of the board audit committee of BioCity Nottingham, and as an independent non-executive director and treasurer on the board of the International Step-by-Step Association (ISSA). She is co-founder, judge and chair of the board of the Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Awards, a member of the international advisory board of the Instituto de Empresa Business School in Madrid, is also on the board of the Wellesley College Business Leadership Council. She recently completed two consecutive terms on the advisory board of the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School, and was a non-executive director and board treasurer and fellow of the British-American Project. With financial support from the BMW Foundation, she recently co-founded and Chairs the “Leadership in Conflict” project which is developing leaders in conflict and post-conflict zones. Lucy is also the Chair of The Global Task Force on Building Women Leaders, and the Founder of HighTech Women. She was featured as “Director of the Month” in Director Magazine for December 2009.

Bringing a 360 degree perspective, Lucy has worked in a numbers of sectors from software and the internet to government and financial services. Prior to founding Marcus Venture Consulting, Lucy was co-founder and VP of Marketing and Sales of an enterprise management software company, she was in charge of Marketing and Business Development for EMEA at Infinity Financial Technologies, ran the EMEA operations of a communications consulting company, and worked at Price Waterhouse in the East European Services Division and at the US Treasury Department’s Economic Policy Division.

Selected as a World Economic Forum Global Leader for Tomorrow, Lucy is also a fellow of the Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellowship Program and a fellow of the British-American Project, and was selected to take part in the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt Transatlantic Forums, and the Council of the United States and Italy’s Young Leaders Forum. Lucy has been listed as a “face to watch” in Management Today Magazine’s list of Britain’s 50 Most Powerful Women and in Business Age Magazine’s “10 Women Changing the Direction of British Business”. Lucy also served on the jury to select The Wall Street Journal Europe’s Most Successful Businesswomen in Europe, and on the “Digital Democracy” steering group of the John Smith Memorial Trust.

A regular speaker on global economic trends and best practices for investment, private equity, venture capital, entrepreneurship, technology, corporate governance, and women in business, Lucy is frequently quoted in the press, including the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the International Herald Tribune, Newsweek, Reuters, Investment Dealers’ Digest, Les Echos, the Guardian, Globes, Financial News, Venture Capital Journal, Infoconomy, and Red Herring. She has been profiled in the Financial Times, Tornado-Insider Magazine, and Lynne Franks’ Seedfusion. Lucy has appeared on CNBC, Sky Business Report, and BBC World Service; her articles have been published in Management Today Magazine, Tornado-Insider Magazine, netimperative, and Business 2.0. She was also profiled in the book “Powerful Women: Dancing on the Glass Ceiling” (Wiley 2001), and contributed to “Women in the New Economy: A Regional Perspective” (The Smith Institute 2001).

A dual American and British citizen, Lucy holds a B.A. from Wellesley College (Wellesley, Massachusetts) and an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge (Cambridge, England).

Opinion Pieces and Articles (Selection)

“Foreword” in Felicia Jackson, Conquering Carbon, New Holland Publishers, 2009
“Doing Good and Doing Well”, netimperative.com.
“What does President Bush Mean for Us?”, Business 2.0.
“Lucy Marcus’s Diary”, Management Today Magazine.
“Building Better Business Plans”, Tornado-Insider Magazine.
“Building Better Beta Sites”, Tornado-Insider Magazine.

Economic Trends, VC & Private Equity Strategies, Corporate Governance, Innovation, Leadership, & Entrepreneurship

The Future of Blue Skies Research: Challenges and Opportunities in Pharma, MedTech, and Biotech

Disruptive Innovation in Energy and the Environment

The Current State of the Global Venture Capital Market

Doing Business in Challenging Times: The Role of Leadership & Boards

Doing Business in Difficult Times: a 360˚ Perspective

The Impact of the (2008) US Election Result on the City of London

What World After the Global Financial Crisis?

More Than Just Statistics: How to encourage creativity, innovation and risk-taking in Europe

Crisis Management and Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Investment: the challenges and opportunities

European Venture Capital: How far still to go to catch up with the U.S.?

How Can Europe Face the China - India Challenge?

New Trends in Technology

Only Connect: Has the communications revolution transformed our lives?

Competing Effectively in Tough Economic Times

Winning Private Equity & Venture Capital Strategies in Uncertain Times: Predicting Market Changes, & Using Them to Build a Strong Business in an Ever Changing Economic Landscape

Bridging Europe through Entrepreneurship

Bank on Your Future

A Changed World

Building Businesses in Uncertain Times

Leadership in Fragile Times

Return on Investment with e-strategy

Managing the Downturn

Building Strong Businesses in Times of Uncertainty

The Age of the Maverick

An Industry in Flux – Trends in Private Equity and Innovative Thinking to Address the Uncertainty

Competing in the New Capital Markets

What is Left of the New Economy?

The Shifting Global Landscape of Venture Capital and Private Equity

An Insight into (Limited Partner) Investor Expectations – What are they looking for?

European Silicon Valleys

The Implications of Developments in Information Technology for Democracy in the UK and Wider World

A New Beginning, Again

Seed Investing in the Day of the Billion Dollar Fund

Name Your Valuation

Assessing the Current and Future Internet, High-Tech, and Venture Capital Markets

Building Foundations for Robust and Enduring Ventures

An eCommerce Sanity Check

Doing Business in the New Economy

Where to Next for the Technology Sector?

Best Practice in the New Media Business: Funding, Innovation and Growth

Financing HighTech Companies - a 360 Degree Perspective: financing from the perspective of the entrepreneur seeking financing & the venture capitalist investing in the technology marketplace

Ethics: Leadership and Accountability

The Current State of the Market

Competing in the New Capital Markets

Where to Tomorrow for Welsh Dot Coms?

The State of Entrepreneurship in Technology

Valuation – What’s it All About?

Building Better Business Plans and Preparing to Venture

Planning for Growth

Reaching Out to International Investors

From Research to Market - Building a Financial Bridge

Women in Business

Maximising Your Potential

Enterprise/career: What women want

Women Leaders: Global Leadership

Building Women Leaders

Inspiration & Aspiration – Building Women Leaders

The Global Task Force on Building Women Leaders: An Inside View and Preview

Global Leadership

Women in Leadership

Managing Your Own Career

Digital People, Lessons Learned: Successful Women Entrepreneurs

Women in European New Media and IT

Globalisation and Consolidation in Europe

Working Smarter with Knowledge Based Industries

Developing Global Relationships

BackOffice Women in IT”

The Implications of New Technology for Women

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