Matthew C. Le Merle

Matthew C. Le Merle

Faculty

Corporate Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Blockchain

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Areas of Expertise

Corporate Innovation  •  Blockchain  •  Entrepreneurship

About Matthew

Matthew Le Merle is co-founder and Managing Partner of Fifth Era and of Keiretsu Capital – the most active US venture investors and world’s largest angel investor network.

Matthew is an expert on corporate growth, innovation, digitization and technology transformations having advised leading companies including Amazon, Cisco, eBay, Google, HP, Microsoft, PayPal and many others on growth and innovation-related issues.

Matthew’s career has spanned being a global strategy advisor, professional services firm leader, corporate operating executive, private equity and venture capital investor, and board director for high growth public and private companies. His board work has included Chairman or Non-Executive Director roles in 14 companies and active Advisory Board roles in a further 9. Matthew’s board experience includes a broad range of industries including Business Services, Consumer and Retail, Digital Entertainment, eCommerce, and Fintech.

Matthew has advised sovereign and regional economic entities on issues of innovation, entrepreneurialism and cluster growth. Clients have covered the globe from China, the EU, and the UK to the US including in his home state of California and the Bay Area/Silicon Valley.

Earlier in his career, Matthew spent 21 years as a strategy consultant and advisor to Fortune 500 CEOs, boards and executive teams with McKinsey & Company, and as a practice leader with A.T. Kearney and Monitor Group where he led both firms’ West Coast practices and at Booz & Company. He was also a corporate executive at Gap Inc. where he was SVP strategy and corporate development and SVP global marketing.

Matthew received a B.A. (Double First) and Master’s from Christ Church, Oxford, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He was born in London, UK, and is now a dual US/UK citizen and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and London, UK with his wife, Alison Davis, and their five children.

Build Your Fortune Overview

Kew Forum 2017, The Root Code: Toward a Green Economy, Matthew Le Merle

Investment Strategies for Cryptocurrencies & Blockchain

Blockchain & Crypto - Investment Strategies | SingularityU London Chapter (Pt. 1)

Blockchain & Crypto - Investment Strategies | SingularityU London Chapter (Pt. 2)

Speaking Topics

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

    – 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

  • EXPLOITING THE WORLD'S INNOVATION TO YOUR OWN ADVANTAGE

    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
    This talk is based on the best selling book Corporate Innovation in the Fifth Era

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

    – 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
    This talk is based on the best selling book Corporate Innovation in the Fifth Era.

  • INVESTMENT STRATEGIES FOR BLOCKCHAIN AND CRYPTOASSETS

    This session in targeted at investors who are watching the emerging blockchain and cryptoasset sectors but are not sure whether or how to participate. The speakers profile the sectors, explain what they are and the promise they hold with examples, and then dive into the various ways to invest and the pros and cons of each – direct investing in the equity of blockchain companies, being a LP in blockchain venture funds, using fund of funds, exploring ICO’s, and cryptoasset hedge funds, fund of funds and so on.
    The speakers are Managing Partner of the Keiretsu Capital Blockchain Fund of Funds, Chair the Advisory Board at Blockchain Capital Partners and at BitBull which are respectively the leading dedicated Venture Capital firm and first cryptocurrency fund of funds, and are advisors at Bitwise, the first cryptocurrency index fund. This gives them a unique perspective on this space.
    The audience will leave with:
    An overview of why the world is talking about blockchain
    Examples of specific applications that are live or in development
    An overview of cryptocurrencies and crypto-assets.
    Discussion of ICO’s – what are they and why do they matter.
    A profiling of the various investment approaches with the pros and cons of each
    Direct introductions, should they want them, to leaders in the field

  • THE SECRETS OF SILICON VALLEY

    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

  • THE TRUTH ABOUT ANGEL INVESTING

    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

  • WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP

    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

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