BUILD YOUR FORTUNE
IN THE FIFTH ERA
HOW TO PROSPER IN AN AGE OF UNPRECEDENTED INNOVATION
  •  Disruptive innovations that are changing the world around us
  •  The new mindset you need to master regarding the assumptions about how things work and why
  •  The greatest value creation opportunity the world has ever seen
  •  How others are taking advantage to become the world's richest people
  •  The reality that most people are sitting on the sidelines letting this opportunity pass them by
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 English and Inspiring Stories, You’ll Discover… 

Disruption

Disruptive innovations that are changing the world around us

New Mindset

The new mindset you need to master regarding the assumptions about how things work and why

Value Creation

The greatest value creation opportunity the world has ever seen

Advantage

How others are taking advantage to become the world's richest people

Lost Opportunities

The reality that most people are sitting on the sidelines letting this opportunity pass them by. Don't let this time pass you by just because you did not take the time to consider your options

The Truth

The truth behind who backs startups in this period of incredible opportunity

The Secret

The secret of the returns that early stage technology venture and angel investors are earning

The Nine Options

The nine options for you to chose between to participate in this enormous opportunity

The Right Questions

The questions you will need to answer for yourself to make your decision and get started

Prosper

How this will enable you to prosper in an age of unprecedented innovation
What the Greatest Leaders are Saying About this Book...
"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 Zappos.com 
Build Your Fortune in the Fifth Era is a practical and informative toolkit straight from the heart of Silicon Valley… a must read for anyone looking to make it in today’s world!”

Linda Jenkinson

Co-Founder John Paul Group, Director Air New Zealand/Massey Foundation
“Investing in young companies is a hazardous undertaking where most participants lose. This book suggests ways to avoid that fate.”

Michael Moritz

Partner Sequoia Capital
"People are constantly asking me questions about angel investing and venture capital. Read this book if you want to understand the capital that fuels the entrepreneurs and technology innovation changing the world."

Keith Rabois

General Partner Khosla Ventures
Build Your Fortune in the Fifth Era provides an eye-awakening description of how technology today is changing our lives and creating new opportunities for wealth creation. No one can read this book and not be left struck by the uniqueness of our time, the potential for wealth creation, and the importance of embracing change.”

Eric Stang

Chairman/CEO Ooma
"We are in the Fifth Era where there are exciting new ways of raising capital, and building wealth by accessing investment opportunities in new asset classes that are uncorrelated with existing choices. Fintech is transforming everything between the consumers of capital and those who seek alternative investments. This book provides a roadmap to navigate and prosper in the Fifth Era."

Denise Thomas

Founder/CEO ApplePie Capital
  “The authors clearly and simply outline ways to engage in this new ‘Fifth Era,’ from active investing and entrepreneurship to crowdfunding and passive investing.”

Allan Thygesen

President Americas Google, Lecturer Stanford Graduate School of Business
Build Your Fortune in the Fifth Era is a timely and important read. Alison and Matthew share their deep and broad experience to encourage broader participation in the investment opportunity that is one of the most unique, and potentially rewarding, of our lifetime.”

Tracey Warson

North America Private Banking Head
“This inspirational ‘must read’ gives you a lens into the world of start-ups and the critical and seminal role angels play. There is great risk...and greater opportunity ahead for you if you challenge yourself to learn and grow from the knowledge and expertise of the authors. Dive in...It will change your life. It has mine...”

Randy Williams

Founder/CEO/Partner Keiretsu Forum/Capital
About the Authors...
 
Matthew C. Merle
Matthew Le Merle is co-founder of Fifth Era (www.fifthera.com) and managing partner of Keiretsu Capital, the world’s largest angel network and most active US early stage venture investor backing more than 175 companies a year. Matthew is an adjunct professor at Singularity University, best selling author and keynote speaker. He has degrees from Christ Church, Oxford (MA/BA) and Stanford (MBA). For more information go to www.matthewlemerle.com.
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Alison Davis is co-founder of Fifth Era (www.fifthera.com). 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. For more information go to www.alisondavis.com
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Alison Davis
Read Our Other Best-Selling Book
Corporate Innovation in the 
Fifth Era
The co-authors of Corporate Innovation in the Fifth Era reveal the lessons to be learned from the most innovative companies:

• 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 your company toward this new approach

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