E Pluribus Unum - Out of Many, One

An important aspect of a SAFE is that it does not create or reflect any debt between the parties. In practice, a SAFE is an agreement that can be used between a company and an investor. The investor invests money in the business with a safe. In exchange for the money, the investor will have the right to acquire shares in a future share round (if one of the shares is ahead of schedule), subject to certain parameters set out in the SAFE. 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. Our updated safes are post-money safes. By “post-money” we say that the safe owner is measured by post, all the safe money is accounted for – which is now his own trick – but before (before) the new money in the price cycle that transforms and dilutes the coffers (normally series A, but sometimes the Seed series). The post-money safe has what we think is a great advantage for founders and investors – the ability to calculate immediately and exactly how much property the company has been sold. For the founders, it is essential to understand how much dilution is caused by each chest they sell, just as it is fair for investors to know how much they have bought ownership of the business.

A “SAFE” is an agreement between an investor and an entity that grants the investor rights to the company`s future equity, which are similar to a share warrant, unless a certain price per share is set at the time of the initial investment. The SAFE investor receives future shares in the event of an investment price cycle or liquidity event. SAFEs are supposed to offer start-ups a simpler mechanism to apply for upfront financing than convertible bonds. 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. The new safe doesn`t change two basic functions that we consider important to startups: there are four versions of the new post-money safe and an optional page letter.

 

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