Investor Connect Podcast

In this episode, Hall welcomes back Matthew Le Merle, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Fifth Era and Keiretsu Capital to discuss early-stage investing and “The Intelligent Investor: Silicon Valley”,  a book Matthew and his wife Alison Davis have just authored.

Matthew is a manager of Blockchain Coinvestors, the world’s leading blockchain venture fund of funds and Chairman of CAH and Securitize (Europe) and Vice Chairman of SFOX. Blockchain Coinvestors has a strategy of being an investor in the leading Blockchain venture firms including 1Confirmation, 1kx, Ventures, Blockchain Capital, Castle Island, DGH, Digital Currency Group, Fabric, Future\Perfect, Hashkey, IDEO and Pantera among others. 

He is a bestselling author and keynote speaker and received a B.A. (Double First) and Master’s from Christ Church, Oxford, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He lives in San Francisco and London, UK with his wife, Alison Davis. They have five adult children.

You can purchase Matthew’s book on Amazon Apple Books, or Smashwords, as well as other online book companies.

Matthew can be contacted at and

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Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

I talk with entrepreneurs every day about their fundraise. The most common question from the early-stage startup is, “Am I fundable?”

The first question to ask is, “Do you have a growth story?” Are things clicking forward on sales, team, and product development?

I believe the prospective customer should be involved at every step and not just the last one in buying the product. 

The customer should be in there talking about the problem they need solved. They should be guiding the product development at some level.

In every investor discussion, you should talk about the customers you are engaging and their interactions with your idea or product - even in the beta phase.

You should also have a core team. In the very early stages, someone is building it and someone is selling it. No fair, you’re both building it and no one is selling it.

If you can answer those questions with substance, then you are in the game to consider funding. 

It doesn’t matter where you are on the journey, you just need to show you are making consistent and meaningful progress.

Thank you for joining us for the Startup Funding Espresso where we help startups and investors connect for funding.

Let’s go startup something today.

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