Build your fortune in the fifth era




The Internet didn’t even exist 30 years ago, and now billions of people are connected to the web every day, and remarkable new technologies have been invented that will dramatically change the way humans exist on our planet. This emerging playing field is not well understood and not everyone who was successful in the past will be able to benefit from this momentous shift. In “Build Your Fortune in the Fifth Era,” Silicon Valley insiders Matthew C. Le Merle and Alison Davis provide insights, based on 30 years of leading, investing in and advising new technology companies, on the rules of this game, and outline options for how readers can participate and prosper in the coming Fifth Era.

In these pages, through plain language and inspiring stories, you’ll:

  • Understand this Age of Unprecedented Change. A time of transition to a new age unlike anything we have experienced before

  • Discover the Greatest Wealth Creation Opportunity Ever. Every industry is being transformed and wealth is shifting to new disruptive players and those who back them

  • Explore 9 Options to Build Your Fortune. The nine options to build your fortune and prosper in an age of unprecedented innovation


Co-Authors Alison Davis and Matthew C. Le Merle have launched their new book, Build Your Fortune in the Fifth Era—How to Prosper in an Age of Unprecedented Innovation, available now on


Available at today! Build Your Fortune in the Fifth Era by Alison Davis and Matthew C. Le Merle. The book explores the nine options to build your fortune and prosper in an age of unprecedented innovation.


“The authors have been focused on innovation for most of their working careers. This book shares the lessons they have learned as investors, advisors and board directors.”

Tony Hsieh, NY Times Bestselling Author of “Delivering Happiness,” CEO

“Investing in young companies is a hazardous undertaking where most participants lose. This book suggests ways to avoid that fate.”

Mike Moritz, Partner Sequoia Capital

“This inspirational ‘must read’ gives you a lens into the world of start-ups and the critical and seminal role angels play. Dive in...It will change your life. It has mine...”

Randy Williams, Founder/CEO/Partner Keiretsu Forum/Capital

Author Quotes:

“97% of those that could, are not participating in the greatest wealth-creation opportunity the world has ever seen.” 

Matthew C. Le Merle

“For most people, this most important of times is passing them by. The world is transitioning between two eras—from the Industrial Era that we have grown up in, into the Fifth Era of digital and biotechnology disruption and change—and most people are not sure how to participate.” 

Matthew C. Le Merle

“Imagine what could humankind achieve if 10 or 100 or 1,000 times as many people were able to bring their full potential to bear on our most pressing issues through the power of virtual learning, collaboration, and problem-solving platforms.”

 Alison Davis

“Humankind holds its own destiny in its hands, and some critical choices are upon us regarding our collective future. In particular, governments can kill our future of innovation and transformation by choosing a world of economic balkanization, government-sponsored cybersecurity attacks, and excessive and suffocating regulation.” 

Matthew C. Le Merle

“The wealth being built by the transition to the Fifth Era is being captured in the early phases of business formation. Entrepreneurs are changing the world, and angels perch on their shoulders.”

 Matthew C. Le Merle

“The women of the world are our most valuable underutilized resource as we enter the Fifth Era.”  

Alison Davis

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