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
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