Fifth Era's managing partners are sought after speakers on all aspects of innovation, strategy, and entrepreneurialism.

They are also authors who have published best selling books and perspectives on innovation and investing.

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ALISON DAVIS

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SILICON VALLEY, CALIFORNIA

Alison Davis is co-founder of Fifth Era. She is a global strategist, finance professional, public company board director and active investor in growth companies. She was CFO at BGI (Blackrock), GP at Belvedere Capital, and a strategy consultant at McKinsey and A.T. Kearney. Alison has degrees from Cambridge (MA/BA) and Stanford (MBA).  She was born in Sheffield, UK and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Matthew C. Le Merle, and their five children.

    EXPERT ON:

    • Innovation
    • Strategy
    • Financial Services/FinTech
    • Women in Leadership
    • Corporate Governance
    • Corporate Sustainability
    • Social Enterprise

    MATTHEW C. LE MERLE

    SILICON VALLEY, CALIFORNIA

    Matthew Le Merle is co-founder of Fifth Era and managing partner of Keiretsu Capital, the world’s largest angel network and most active US venture investor. Matthew is a sought-after speaker and innovation consultant having worked at McKinsey, A.T. Kearney, Monitor, Booz and Gap. Matthew has degrees from Christ Church, Oxford (MA/BA) and Stanford (MBA). He was born in London, UK and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Alison Davis, and their five children.

    EXPERT ON

    • Innovation
    • Strategy
    • Business Growth
    • Digital Revolution
    • Angel and VC Investing
    • Silicon Valley Myths and Realities
    • Clusters of Innovation

    FEE RANGE $10,000 - $25,000

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    SELECTED RECENT SPEAKER TOPICS

     

    BUILD YOUR FORTUNE IN The Fifth ERa - AN AGE OF UNPRECEDENTED INNOVATION

    BUILD YOUR FORTUNE IN THE FIFTH ERA - AN AGE OF UNPRECEDENTED INNOVATION

    Format: 30-90 minute keynote

    This program is targeted at any audience that knows we are in the midst of an exceptional period of change, but is not sure how to interpret or prosper in it.  

    Matthew C. Le Merle, managing partner at Fifth Era and at Keiretsu, the most active venture investor in the US will reveal the truths and secrets of the world of angel investing including examples of companies he and his angels have backed which have been acquired by companies like Google, PayPal, PerfectWorld, Spotify and Yahoo for hundreds of millions of dollars.

    The audience will leave with:

    • Introduction to the disruptive innovations that are changing the world around us
    • The new mindset they need to master regarding the assumptions about how things work and why
    • Understanding of the greatest value creation opportunity the world has ever seen
    • Insights into how others are taking advantage to become the world's richest people
    • The nine options for participating in this enormous opportunity and how to decide between them
    • A signed copy of Alison and Matthew's best seller, Build Your Fortune in the Fifth Era

    This talk is based on the best selling book Build Your Fortune in the Fifth Era, and usually includes a book signing, photo session, and extensive question & answer session with the audience.


    THE TRUTH ABOUT ANGEL INVESTING

    THE TRUTH ABOUT ANGEL INVESTING

    Format: 30-90 minute keynote

    This program is targeted at the more than 12 million US households who are accredited investors but who are not currently investing in early stage technology companies - the highest returning asset class in America. Matthew C. Le Merle, managing partner at Fifth Era and at Keiretsu, the most active venture investor in the US will reveal the truths and secrets of the world of angel investing including examples of companies he and his angels have backed which have been acquired by companies like Google, PayPal, PerfectWorld, Spotify and Yahoo for hundreds of millions of dollars.

    The audience will leave with:

    • A clear understanding of what opportunities exist to invest in early stage technology startups
    • Starting steps to take if they do decide that they want to be active angel investors
    • Overview of the tools and approaches they will need to master
    • Alternative options if they decide this is not a good fit
    • A signed copy of Alison and Matthew's best seller, Build Your Fortune in the Fifth Era

    This talk is based on the best selling book Build Your Fortune in the Fifth Era, and usually includes a book signing, photo session, and extensive question & answer session with the audience.


    INNOVATION LESSONS FROM ALPHABET, AMAZON, APPLE, FACEBOOK AND MICROSOFT 

    INNOVATION LESSONS FROM ALPHABET, AMAZON, APPLE, FACEBOOK AND MICROSOFT

    Format: 60-90 minute keynote to two day offsite

    This program is targeted at corporate leadership teams including boards of directors. The co-authors of Corporate Innovation in the Fifth Era reveal the lessons to be learned from the most innovative companies including Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft 

    The audience will leave with:

    • Introduction to the disruptive innovations that are changing the world around us
    • Understanding of how the most innovative companies are building enormous economic value by tapping into these innovations
    • Deep insights into the new corporate innovation approach that is needed to do so
    • Next steps for beginning to move their own companies towards this new approach
    • A signed copy of Alison and Matthew's best seller, Corporate Innovation in the Fifth Era

    This talk is based on the best selling book Corporate Innovation in the Fifth Era, and usually includes a book signing, photo session, and extensive question & answer session with the audience.


    EXPLOITING THE WORLDS INNOVATION TO YOUR OWN ADVANTAGE

    EXPLOITING THE WORLD'S INNOVATION TO YOUR OWN ADVANTAGE

    Format: 30-90 minute keynote to full day offsite

    This program is targeted at corporate leadership teams including boards of directors. The co-authors of Corporate Innovation in the Fifth Era reveal the 17 ways to exploit external innovation to your own advantage as well as the way to implement them in a large corporate setting. After decades of focusing on innovation as corporate executives, board directors, investors and advisors, and working with innovative companies like Alphabet/Google, Amgen, Genentech, Microsoft, PayPal, and many more, the speakers are able to succinctly and simply explain this new world and how to prosper in it.

    The audience will leave with:

    • Overview of the way external innovation fits into the new corporate innovation approach
    • Understanding of the 17 tools in the external innovation toolkit with their pros and cons
    • Initial steps towards deciding how best to apply each in their own company
    • A signed copy of Alison and Matthew's best seller, Corporate Innovation in the Fifth Era

    This talk is based on the best selling book Corporate Innovation in the Fifth Era, and usually includes a book signing, photo session, and extensive question & answer session with the audience.


    THE SECRETS OF SILICON VALLEY

    THE SECRETS OF SILICON VALLEY

    Format: 30-90 minute keynote

    This program is targeted at corporate leadership teams including boards of directors, those responsible for innovation in large companies and governments wanting to develop clusters of innovation. The co-authors of Corporate Innovation in the Fifth Era reveal the inside secrets of Silicon Valley and how it has become the world's leading innovation cluster.

    The audience will leave with:

    • Overview of Silicon Valley and how it works, and does not work
    • The truth behind who backs start-ups and the reasons why this is so misunderstood
    • The best ways for companies and governments to tap into innovation
    • The ways for companies and governments to collaborate with Silicon Valley
    • A signed copy of Alison and Matthew's best seller, Corporate Innovation in the Fifth Era
    • This talk can include a book signing, photo session, and extensive question & answer session with the audience


    WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP

    WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP

    Format: 30-90 minute keynote

    This program is targeted at corporate leadership teams including boards of directors who want to better exploit diversity in their businesses as well as up and coming audiences of women executives who want help to navigate their own paths to success. Alison Davis, one of the world's leading female board directors (currently director of Fiserv, Ooma, RBS and Unisys and previously CFO BGI/Blackrock and director of City National Bank, Diamond Foods, First Data, LECG) describes the mindset that best leads to success for women in senior leadership roles and provides examples and case studies of what has worked, and what has failed over her 30 years in positions of leadership. This is a highly personal and motivating keynote that is consistently well received by audiences - female and male.

    The audience will leave with:

    • A deep understanding of why diversity matters in the leadership of companies
    • The mindset that is best tailored to becoming a female business leader
    • The traps to avoid - intellectually, emotionally and spiritually
    • Practical steps to take everyday beginning now
    • A signed copy of Alison best seller, Corporate Innovation in the Fifth Era

    This talk can include a book signing, photo session, and extensive question & answer session with the audience.