Our first safe was a “pre-money” safe, because at the time of its launch, startups collected smaller sums of money before collecting a funding cycle (typically a Preferred Stock Round Series). The safe was a quick and simple way to get the first money into the business, and the concept was that safe owners were only early investors in this future price cycle. But fundraising, staged early on, grew in the years following the introduction of the initial safe, and now startups are raising far more money than the first “seeds” funding cycle. While safes are used for these seed rounds, these towers are really better regarded as totally separate financing, instead of turning “bridges” into subsequent price cycles. A “SAFE” is an agreement between an investor and an entity that grants the investor rights to the company`s future equity, which are similar to a share warrant, unless a certain price per share is set at the time of the initial investment. The SAFE investor receives future shares in the event of an investment price cycle or liquidity event. SAFEs are supposed to offer start-ups a simpler mechanism to apply for upfront financing than convertible bonds. The new safe does not change two basic functions that we believe are important for start-ups: some issuers offer a new type of security in some crowdfunding offers that they have called safe. The acronym means Simple Agreement for Future Equity. These securities are risky and very different from traditional common shares. As the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) states in a new investor newsletter, despite its name, a SAFE offer cannot be “simple” or “safe.” As the security of a single flexible document without many trading conditions, start-ups and investors save money in legal fees and reduce the time spent negotiating investment terms.
Startups and investors generally have only one point to negotiate: the valuation cap. Since a safe does not have an expiry date or maturity date, no time or money should be spent on extending maturities, reviewing interest rates or otherwise. A safe can be used as a financial instrument on several terms by Venture Capital Limited Partnerships and Early Stage Venture Capital Partnerships. First, although SAFE is a term that has gained traction in describing a financial instrument with the characteristics described above, it cannot be considered a legally recognized term or a term that defines only an instrument of this type. It is therefore important to be careful to describe the instrument rather than relying on the term, particularly in external documentation and reporting. In addition, the Venture Capital Act 2002 and the Income Tax Assessment Act of 1997 mean that a “SAFE” is an eligible venture capital investment for a convertible loan that is not a debt interest. Overall, a financial instrument is a debt interest when the sum of the amount the issuer must pay to the investor is equal to or greater than the amount the issuer receives from the investor. The value of the shares issued to the investor is not considered a payment to the investor. There are four versions of the new post-money safe as well as an optional letter of receipt.
Y Combinator, a well-known technology accelerator, created the SAFE rating in 2013 (simple agreement on future capital) and uses it to finance most start-ups participating in three-month development meetings. Since 2005, Y Combinator has funded more than 1,000 startups, including Dropbox, Reddit, WePay, Airbnb and Instacart. An important aspect of a SAFE is that it does not create or reflect any debt between the parties. In practice, a SAFE is an agreement that can be used between a company and an investor. The investor invests money in the business with a safe.