Simple Equity Agreement Pdf

Our first vault was a “pre-money” vault, because at the time of its launch, startups raised small amounts of money before launching a cheap funding round (typically a round of Serie A preferred shares). The safe was an easy and quick way to get the first money in the business, and the concept was that safe owners were just early investors in this future price cycle. But fundraising at the beginning developed in the years following the launch of the original vault, and now startups are raising much larger sums of money than the first round of “Seed” funding. While safes are used for these seed towers, these cycles are really better regarded as totally separate financing rather than “bridges” in subsequent price cycles. While the vault may not be suitable for all funding situations, the conditions must be balanced, taking into account both the interests of the startup and investors. As with the original vault, there are still trade-offs between simplicity and completeness, so not all marginal cases are addressed, but we think the vault covers the most relevant and common issues. Both parties are encouraged to have their lawyers check the vault if they wish, but we believe it offers a starting point that can be used in most situations without change. While this concept fits the original vault concept, it made less sense in a world where vaults have become independent funding cycles.