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This document is intended only for US companies.

Startup accelerator Y Combinator (commonly referred to simply as “YC”)  released a set of financing documents (referred to as “Safe”, or “Simple Agreement for Future Equity”). They come in a few different flavors, all of which we present. You should review the User Guide available on YC’s website to familiarize yourself with the features of each document and other terms.

Note that we were not involved in the preparation of these forms and are not necessarily endorsing any form, or the use of those forms either generally or in any specific instance, since all have their pros and cons, and are just one organization’s opinion of what is, or what should be, a “market” standard document. We recommend that you get advice from a lawyer to help you understand the meaning of the documents, how they may impact you, which forms are appropriate for your company, etc.  But if you know what you want to do, we think you and your attorney should have a simple way of generating the documents.

Also note that the documents were designed for companies incorporated in Delaware.

Looking for a Singapore version? Check out our Y Combinator SAFE Financing Documents for Singapore companies.

YC includes the following disclaimer to accompany its Safe documents: “Needless to say, YC does not assume responsibility for the consequence of using any version of the safe or any other document found on our website.”


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