Fifth Era Capital invests in and incubates early stage technology enabled companies. We back teams that understand internet, mobile, social, local, commerce and payments technologies and who are putting them together in new and ambitious ways. The founders are Alison Davis and Matthew C. Le Merle.
Fifth Era Capital Fund 1 was formed in 2005 and has invested in 42 companies and exited 11 investments to date. The Fifth Era Digital Future Fund is currently in formation.
- DMSC - IPO
- LesConcierges (Exit to Accor Hotel Group)
- Ooma (IPO - Board)
- Soundwave (Exit to Spotify in 2016)
- Telltale Games (Partial liquidity)
- Xoom (Exit to PayPal - Board)
- Zattikka - IPO
Alison Davis 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. For more information go to www.alisondavis.com.
Matthew C. 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 worked at McKinsey, A.T. Kearney, Monitor, Booz and Gap, and 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. For more information go to www.matthewlemerle.com.In their best selling book "Build your Fortune in the Fifth Era"" Matthew and Alison discuss the disruptive innovations they back, and the types of entrepreneurs they look for. They also explain why diversification is so important - make sure you bias towards making a lot of small investments rather than a few big ones.
DETAILSAccess: This AngelList syndicate allows angels and investors from across the world to back every great deal we do on the same terms as our fund. Fifth Era intends to share every deal with the AngelList platform, whenever possible. Risk: Investors considering an investment in Fifth Era should understand that these investments represent absolute risk and there is a meaningful risk that you can lose all of your investments. There is no guarantee of a "soft landing" or acquisition if things do not go as planned. In addition, there is no guarantee that, even in a successful company, there will be opportunity for liquidity for the shares represented and an investor should be prepared to have their capital committed for ten years or more, without liquidity.
Amount: When you back our syndicate, you have to select an "Amount" to back our deals. Remember, this is a zero-commitment reservation, meaning you can invest less than this amount or nothing at all. You may not be able to write a check larger than your commitment when a great deal comes along. Deals can become oversubscribed quickly and, if your reservation is low, that will be the maximum amount we can let you invest. The best strategy is to enter an amount that represents the largest check you might write in any one deal. There's no risk, as you will have to approve every deal we send to you.
Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions.
- Matthew C. Le Merle and Alison Davis
We will syndicate all companies that we back which are in need of additional capital. We typically invest $50,000 to $250,000 per deal under the same terms offered to the syndicate.