A SAFE (Simple Future Equity Agreement) is an agreement between an investor and an entity that grants the investor rights for future capital to the company similar to a warrant, unless, without determining a specific price per share at the time of the initial investment. The SAFE investor receives the futures shares in the event of an evaluated investment cycle or liquidity event. SafThe aim is to offer start-ups a simpler mechanism to seek start-up financing as convertible bonds. Our updated safes are therefore post-money safes. By “post-money” we take the measure of the ownership of safe holders after (post) all the safe money has been charged – which is now its own turn – but always before (before) the new money in the price cycle that transforms and dilutes the safes (usually the A series, but sometimes Series Seed). Post-money-safe has what we consider to be a great advantage for founders and investors – the ability to immediately and accurately calculate the amount of ownership of the company sold. For founders, it`s essential to understand the dilution of each vault they sell, just as it`s fair for investors to know how many properties they`ve bought. 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. We stick to this belief because we have seen hundreds of companies first-hand every year and helped them raise funds, as well as based on the thoughtful feedback we received from founders, investors, lawyers and accountants with whom we shared the first designs of the post-money vault.
Some issuers have offered a new type of collateral as part of some crowdfunding offerings – which they have called safe. The acronym stands for Simple Agreement for Future Equity. These securities carry risk and are very different from traditional common shares. As the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) states in a new Investor Bulletin, a SAFE offering, whatever its name, cannot be “simple” or “safe.” There are four versions of the new post-money safe as well as an optional page letter. An important aspect of a SAFE is that it does not generate or reflect any debt between the parties.