The managing partners of Fifth Era have decades of combined experience as investors, advisors, corporate executives and board directors




Alison Davis is co-founder of Fifth Era. She is an experienced corporate executive, public company board director, an active investor in growth companies and a best selling author on the topics of technology and innovation. Currently she serves on the boards of Fiserv, Ooma and RBS and Chairs the Advisory Board of Blockchain Capital. She was CFO at BGI (Blackrock), Managing Partner 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, England and has lived for the last 25 years in the San Francisco Bay Area where she raised her family with her husband, Matthew C. Le Merle.

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Matthew Le Merle is co-founder and Managing Partner of Fifth Era and Keiretsu Capital - the most active early stage venture investors backing almost 200 companies a year.

Matthew grew up in England before living most of his life in Silicon Valley where he raised his five children with his wife Alison Davis. Today he splits his time between the US and UK. By day he is an investor in technology companies and a bestselling author and speaker on innovation, investing and the future having worked at McKinsey, A.T. Kearney, Monitor, Booz and Gap. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, writing and photography. He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford and Stanford and is an adjunct professor at Singularity U.

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Investing in digital futures and blockchain in the US, Europe and Asia.


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James zhang - PARTNER

James is an experienced executive and advisor in the gaming and tech sector.  With over 20 years of experience in games and tech, James has held positions as board member, advisory board member, public company officer, and CEO where he led his company, Concept Art House, from seed financing to a rollup IPO in the UK stock exchange in 2012. 

In addition to setting the vision and tone for both Concept Art House and Spellgun, James also serves on several Advisory Boards both domestic and international including: Keiretsu Capital Blockchain, the fund of the World’s leading angel network; 1World Online, a Blockchain-powered data and advertising platform; Redemption games, a leading casual game developer; 3VEO, a mobile publishing platform for interactive mobile content; and Wistla, a social activities mobile app

Alex Fedosseev - PARTNER

Alex Fedosseev has expertise in combining great technology with great content and is an expert in big data, artificial intelligence, real-time research and insights gathering. He is currently CEO of 1world Online, a partner of Fifth Era, enabling the collection of real-time insights from any where in the world.

Alex holds a Masters degree in Computer Science with a specialty in Big Data and Artificial Intelligence from Lomonosov Moscow State University

Alex is based in Silicon Valley, and maintains an active investor and entrepreneurial network in Europe including Russia and in Asia. 

Felix O. Le Merle - ASSOCIATE

Felix is an associate with Fifth Era based in Berkeley, USA.  Felix works on Fifth Era project teams focused on regional economic development, regulation, technology, and innovation and is responsible for assisting in data gathering and analysis; industry research; interviewing key stakeholders including clients, customers, and suppliers; and working to structure and deliver recommendations and reports. 

Felix is graduate from the University of California, Berkeley, where he majored in Geography and International Development.  He is based in Silicon Valley.



Jenny Chen - PARTNER

Jenny graduated in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1999. While studying, she developed a B2B e-marketing platform, influencing her future direction. In 2003, Jenny began work in the emerging media industry at Everest Media. She then moved into computer games art outsourcing at Massive Black to build the initial Shanghai operations, attracting blue chip clients and more than 40 staff. From here she moved to Electronic Arts, Shanghai, as an operations director of an in-house art outsourcing group. Jenny returned to media as the head of the Shanghai office of Walk-On Advertising before co-founding and becoming CEO of advertising agency iMedia China Holdings in Beijing.

Jenny is based in Shanghai but works extensively across Asia including in Japan, Korea and Taiwan.


Klark Xia - PARTNER

Klark joined Fifth Era as a Blockchain specialist working primarily in China including Hong Kong. Klark understands how to assist clients in developing blockchain businesses and go-to-market strategies that will gain positive support in the Asian context. He maintains a number of relationships with thought leaders and investors involved in leading edge technologies within the region. His prior work experience includes managing the portfolio of videogames for Talkweb games ($1.8B Market cap publicly traded company headquartered in PRC) as their Director of Publishing.

Klark splits his time between Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong as well as frequent business visits to Silicon Valley.

The title “Partner” is used in accordance with customary business practice in the venture capital industry and does not indicate a legal status in a partnership.

Advisory board

Fifth Era Capital has formed an outstanding Board of Advisors with deep expertise in our areas of focus.

Philip Goodeve

Philip is a proven strategic finance leader in the financial services industry.  With 25 years experience in financial services, globally, he has been a president of a public company, a five time CFO, a Bain strategy consultant, a Global co- head of FIG investment banking at CIBC, and co-head of Canada’s 2nd largest private equity fund.

Philip has completed more than 100 acquisitions, 10 IPOs, 15 turnarounds, and has raised more than $30 billion.

Philip is a Harvard MBA and accounting undergraduate. 


LInda Jenkinson

Linda is a seasoned entrepreneur who has built two multimillion-dollar companies as a professional focused on chaos-based service businesses. She built her first global company, Dispatch Management Services, from ground up to $250m with 6,500 employees and 80 call centers around the world, before being the first woman from New Zealand to take a company public on the NASDAQ.  Since then Linda was co-founder, chairman and CEO of LesConcierges which she successfully sold in 2016.  She is currently a board director of Air New Zealand.


Arthur Kaneko

Arthur is currently at RealScout where he is focused on developing the next breakthrough in real estate technology.  Prior to RealScout, Arthur was an Investment VP at DCM responsible for analyzing and sourcing investment opportunities, driving fundraising for new and existing portfolio companies, and advising portfolio companies on M&A and strategic matters. Arthur focused on start-ups with a consumer-facing component (C2C, B2C, B2B2C), and had an added interest in mobile-first services. He also played an integral role in the mobile ecosystem focused DCM A-Fund. Working on deals such as: RealScout, CMUNE, Loki Studios (Acquired by Yahoo!), Slice, Zenbanx, SigFig, SoFi, CrowdTilt, PlayStudios, Tonchidot, Happy Elements, and KakaoTalk.

Denise Thomas

Denise founded ApplePie Capital to create a new, more efficient source of capital for franchise businesses. As CEO and chairman, she oversees all aspects of the company.  Denise has more than 20 years of executive leadership experience in business and market strategy development. Her public and private company expertise spans the financial services, technology, healthcare, hospitality and online services industries, and she has led companies backed by leading venture capital firms, including Kleiner Perkins, Mohr Davidow and Sequoia Capital.  Denise has founded three other companies, and held executive and management positions with SharesPost, Healthiest You, Navigenics, LesConcierges, OffRoad Capital, Onyx Microcomputer, Post Communications, Kao Infosystems, and National Semiconductor.  She has been a guest lecturer at both the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.

Michael Witz

Michael Witz is successful technology founder and investor focused on innovative consumer products and platforms.  He was the founder and CEO of Mob Science which was acquired by Jam City, where he led the development of Cookie Jam, a $100M mobile game.   As an investor, Michael has made private investments in Facebook (100x Return), Cruise, OpenDoor, Shyp, Postmates, Tradesy, Teachable and several others.

Michael is a Y Combinator Alumni and holds a BA in History from UC Santa Barbara.