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Message to Investor
Message to Inventor

Message to Investor

Investment in Maetrika is indeed lucrative. Investment in Maetrika is about translating novel game-changing, products or ideas into a commercial success. However, it is advised that you get some insights of what we offer before starting your investment.

There is an inherent risk associated with the investment. Nevertheless, we do not believe that early seed stage investment is inherently more risky than later stage investment.

Fred Wilson, a prominent VC and principal at Union Square Ventures in New York, suggests, based on his experience, that investing in a later stage company exposes you to more risk than investing in an early stage company. Wilson highlights three reasons that support his statement: 

  1. You can't play the poker game. Wilson explains his basic point that in seed/early stage investment, you ante (pay up) a little, see your cards, decide if you want to invest more in  your hand, see some and more cards, etc. You get to stage your risk capital as the investment shows itself to you over a number of years. This way, you can manage all types of risk, from management risk and valuation risk, to technology risk and market risk. Classic later stage investors want to be in the last venture round. In that scenario, you are putting all your chips on the table before you’ve really seen your cards.

  2. Later stage investors can't impact the development of the company. They have to accept the direction that has been put in place before they get in. Wilson’s firm typically invests in pre-revenue companies. Usually they have the technology platform in place and in most cases, they have launched something with some success. But getting the business model and market entry strategy (the angle of attack) right is the key. Is this going to  be an enterpise software model, an advertising model, a commerce model, or something else? That's as important a decision as any company can make. Later stage investors have to accept the direction of the company. It's very unlikely that they can change it after their investment, and if they find themselves doing that, something has gone wrong with their investment.

  3. Later stage investors take "past sins" risk. When you invest at or near the formation of the company, you are involved in all those decisions that can come back to bite you later on. You can impact the choice of the other investors, how the securities are structured, how the technology is protected, how the employees are compensated, how employees are let go, how the contracts with customers are made, and so on. You can insure that people are treated fairly and equitably so that nobody comes back to bite you in the rear end later on. When you invest in a later stage company, you can be diligent, you can get indemnified, and you can try to protect yourself. But Wilson’s experience is that when something comes back to bite a company, it bites everyone including the people who were not at the table when the mistakes were made.

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Citing from Wilson’s reasons, it is very important that as an incubator, we (Maetrika) build a strong and mutually beneficial relationship between investors and inventors from the beginning. Again, we are here to ensure that you have the opportunities to invest only in innovative businesses with high return potential. We offer our investors not only a lucrative investment, but also the opportunities to make a difference in our community where they can play their part in transforming our society.