Matthew Le Merle
|Matthew C. Le Merle|
|Nationality||USA and UK|
|Alma mater||Oxford University (MA, Double First)
Stanford University Graduate School of Business (MBA)
|Title||Managing Partner of Fifth Era Investments|
Matthew Le Merle (born January 18, 1962) is a leading angel investor and Managing Partner at Fifth Era Investments based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Le Merle is Chairman of the US advisory boards of Shanshan Group and Yurun Group, two of China's largest companies and is a Board Director at the UK public company Zattikka PLC and at private companies including Qube Learning, Perkville, Soudwave and SuperTales. He is an advisory board member at Cloud 9, EarnStatus and Les Concierges. He was formerly Chairman of Telltale Games and Concept Art House. He is an active angel investor and a member of The Band of Angels and Keiretsu Forum.
Le Merle's first job was as a paper delivery boy in South East London. Early summer jobs included soldering printed circuit boards, selling mens suits and mattresses at Harrods of London and working as a silver service waiter across the banqueting halls and five star hotels of London.
In 1980 he was made a management trainee at National Westminster Bank. On graduation from Oxford, he was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, Inc. in New York and London. While with McKinsey, he was a member of the Firm's Consumer, Retail, Corporate Finance and Salesforce Effectiveness practices.
In 1986 McKinsey sponsored Le Merle to attend Stanford Graduate School of Business where he graduated with an MBA. While at Stanford, Le Merle acquired his pilot's license and worked with BT Capital (leveraged buyouts) in New York, and Bankers Trust Venture Capital in London.
From 1992 to 1999 Le Merle was a consultant at AT Kearney a global management consulting firm. Beginning as a founding member of the firm's Financial Institutions Group in New York, he joined the San Francisco office in 1994 where he served as Western U.S. Practice Leader until his departure from the firm in 1999. As consultant Le Merle advised several of the largest companies in the world on issues of strategy, operations, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, alliances and turnarounds.
Between 1999 and 2000 Le Merle was a senior executive at Gap, Inc. with responsibilities that included worldwide strategy, and corporate development for each of Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic. He was also SVP Gap Global Marketing.
Between 2002 and 2006 Le Merle served as a General Partner and Monitor Venture Partner of Monitor Group, a global consulting firm and merchant bank located in San Francisco. During this period he was an advisor to the State of California on the future development of the Biotechnology Industry in the state and in each of the four biotechnology clusters in the State: San Diego, Southern California, Sacramento and the Bay Area  and to Shanghai Municipality as the city developed its new Life Sciences Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park.
Between 2006 and 2008 Le Merle was Co-President of Keiretsu Forum SF/NB (the world's largest angel investor network)  in which capacity he was invited in 2007 to speak to representatives of the provinces of China in the Great Hall of the People at Tiananmen Square on the topics of innovation and angel investing. Le Merle is also a frequent speaker on interactive media and entertainment and has been a top ranked speaker at GDC in San Francisco  and China. He is also a member of The Band of Angels.
In November 2010, Matthew was elected a Partner at Booz & Company. He is broadly viewed as an expert on digitization and has been widely published in the press and journals.
A native of England, Le Merle attended Christ Church, Oxford University as an Open Scholar and earned his Master of Arts in Geography graduating with a Double First. He moved to the United States in 1986 to obtain a Masters in Business Administration from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Today he is a dual citizen of the USA and UK living in California.
Non Profit Appointments
Le Merle is a Director of the Bay Area Council, a Trustee of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute and Co-Chairman of Beta. He was appointed to the Governor of California's delegation to China in 2010 and to the State's Life Sciences CEO Council in 2005. Le Merle is a member of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, an Advisory Board member of BayBio  and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
- triplepoint (2009-03-18). "TriplePoint Speaker Series: Matthew Le Merle, Chairman of Mindfuse on Vimeo". Vimeo.com. Retrieved 2010-01-23.
- "California Life Sciences". Retrieved 2010-01-23.
- Tansey, Bernadette (2002-12-04). "Blueprint for biotech / Bay Area leaders ponder ways to keep, grow industry here". Sfgate.com. Retrieved 2010-01-23.
- Tameka Kee (2009-03-26). "@ GDC: Indie Game Studios Can Still Attract Early Stage Funding". CBS News. Retrieved 2010-01-23.
- "GDC 07". GDC Vault. Retrieved 2010-01-23.
- "BayBio_IMPACT_05_final" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-01-23.