The exact conditions of a SAFE vary. However, the basic mechanics are that the investor makes available to the company a certain amount of financing at the time of signing. In return, the investor will later receive shares in the company in connection with specific contractual liquidity events. The main trigger is usually the sale of preferred shares by the company, usually as part of a future fundraising cycle. Unlike direct equity acquisition, shares are not valued at the time of SAFE signing. Instead, investors and the company negotiate the mechanism with which future shares will be issued and defer actual valuation. These conditions generally include an entity valuation cap and/or a discount on the valuation of the shares at the time of triggering. In this way, the SAFE investor participates above the company between the signing of safe (and the financing provided) and the triggering event. Apart from Y Combinator, SAFE is tested and used by startups in the crowdfunding markets.
In 2020, the number of non-convertible notes (for example. B SAFE and kiss notes) used by pre-financing companies is just as widespread (58%) The number of convertible bonds issued. If companies become more well known to SAFE from the beginning, this rather young security may have found its ideal niche in the offers of Title III, also known as crowdinvesting for all investors. If you are considering finding money through a safe or other investment tool, you should contact a lawyer directly. As a start-up, you come in agreement with other companies, suppliers, contractors, investors and many others. A lesser-known agreement is the Simple Agreement for Future Equity (SAFE). These agreements can be important for the success of a startup, but not all SAFE agreements are equal. At Dorm Room Fund, we invest with unlimited SAFEs at no discounts, but with an MFN clause. This means that when converted into equity, founders end up having more of the business than if there was a cap or discount. If new investors buy shares for $1.00, it`s also Dorm Room Fund. Engel`s experienced investors are skeptical about whether issuers want to offer generous enough discounts. Given the much greater risk seed-stage investors take compared to later investors, a 10% or 15% discount for investors of discerning angels may not seem much like a reward.
Try 50%, which would represent a 2x jump in cf-round valuation to the liquidity event, reasonable enough if the time between events is unlimited. In addition to the absence of an valuation requirement, such as convertible bonds, safe deal terms may include valuation caps and share price discounts to give equity investors (CFs) a lower price per share than subsequent investors or venture capitalists in this liquidity event. This is fair, because previous investors take more risks than subsequent investors to pursue the same equity. SAFE agreements have a lot to offer. But what benefits the startup, such as the lack of standardization, can also hurt the startup if the contract is not developed and negotiated in a professional and strategic manner. If you are a start-up and looking for alternative and creative ways to find investors, contact Mohsen Parsa today.