Over the last 30 years a host of new technologies have begun to change every industry driving us into a new era of human existence. The companies who have been most able to tap into these new innovations have become the most highly valued companies in the world. To do so, they have created a new approach to corporate innovation. Silicon Valley insiders Matthew C. Le Merle and Alison Davis share the lessons they have learned from two decades of interaction with Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft as well as other leading companies. Discussion draws on themes from their recent book: “Corporate Innovation in the Fifth Era”.
Matthew Le Merle is a Managing Partner of Fifth Era and of Keiretsu Capital. Fifth Era advises the boards and management of companies, conducts economic development initiatives, and invests in innovative start-ups. Keiretsu Capital is the co-investment fund of the world’s largest angel investor network and is the most active venture investor in the US. Matthew is an expert on digitization having advised leading technology companies including eBay, Google, HP, Microsoft and PayPal on how to drive and benefit from emerging digital value propositions. Matthew’s career has spanned being a global strategy advisor, a professional services firm leader, a corporate operating executive, a private equity investor, and board director for high growth public and private digital economy companies.
Alison Davis, co-founder and Advisor of Fifth Era. Strategist, operating executive, investor and governance expert with deep expertise in the financial services sector. Alison’s career has spanned being a global strategy consultant, a professional services firm leader, a corporate operating executive, a private equity GP, and a public company board chair and director. She is currently a director of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Fiserv (FISV), Unisys (UIS), Diamond Foods (DMND) and Ooma (OOMA). Former director of First Data Corporation (FDC), City National Bank (CYN), Xoom (XOOM) and Chairman of LECG (XPRT). Audit, compensation and governance committee chair and frequent speaker and panelist on corporate governance.