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Y Combinator Safe Agreements

Our first safe was a “pre-money” safe, because at the time of its launch, startups collected smaller sums of money before collecting a funding cycle (typically a Preferred Stock Round Series). The safe was a quick and simple way to get the first money into the business, and the concept was that safe owners were only early investors in this future price cycle. But fundraising, staged early on, grew in the years following the introduction of the initial safe, and now startups are raising far more money than the first “seeds” funding cycle. While safes are used for these seed rounds, these towers are really better regarded as totally separate financing, instead of turning “bridges” into subsequent price cycles. Although the safe may not be suitable for all financing situations, conditions must be balanced with the interests of the start-up and investors in mind. As with the original safe, there are always trade-offs between simplicity and completeness, so that while not all Edge cases are addressed, we believe that the safe covers the most relevant and common issues. Both parties are encouraged to have their lawyers` safes checked if they wish, but we believe it provides a starting point that can be used in most situations without change. We believe in our first-hand experience, seeing and helping hundreds of companies raise funds each year, as well as the thoughtful feedback we received from founders, investors, lawyers and accountants with whom we shared the first designs of the post-money safe. SAFE is synonymous with Simple Agreement for Future Equity. It`s a smart way for startups to raise debt-free seed funds.

Startups are now entering into agreements with investors to obtain a certain amount of money in exchange for shares that the investor will receive at a later date. The next date in post-money-SAFEs is usually the date on which the start-up cancels a price-action cycle, usually their A-series. Safe standard agreements also provide for other major events, such as the founders who sell the business or close the store. Whether you`re using the safe for the first time or are already familiar with safes, we recommend reading our Safe User Guide. The Safe User Guide explains how the safe converts with sample calculations, as well as other details on the secondary letter pro-rata, explanations of other technical changes we made to the new safe (for example. B the language of tax processing) and suggestions for optimal use. Another new function of the safe concerns a “prorgula” right. The original safe required the company to allow holders of safes to participate in the financing round after the financing round in which the safe was converted (for example. B if the safe is converted into series group preferred actuators, a secure holder – now holder of a Series A preferred share subseries – is allowed to acquire a proportionate portion of the Series B preferred share).

While this concept is consistent with the original concept of safe, it made no sense in a world where safes were becoming independent funding cycles. Thus, the “old” pro-rata right is removed from the new safe, but we have a new model letter (optional) that offers the investor a proportional right in the preferential financing of Series A on the basis of the converted safe property of the investor, which is now much more transparent. Whether a start-up and an investor enter the letter with a safe will now be a choice that the parties will choose, and this may depend on a large number of factors. Factors to consider can (among other things) the amount of the purchase of the safe and the amount of future dilution that the proportional right can cause to the founders – an amount that can now be predicted with much more precision if d