Ycombinator Safe Agreements

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. 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 safe purchase and the amount of future dilution that proportional duty can cause to the founders – an amount that can now be predicted with much greater accuracy if post-money safes are used. The new safe doesn`t change the two basic functions we always find important to startups: whether you`re using the safe for the first time or you`re already familiar with safes, we recommend you read 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.

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.