“First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.” Mahatma Gandhi
I hesitate to use a quote from one of the greatest people ever to grace planet earth, and certainly the question of how to structure early stage investment is a laughable cause as compared to the rights that Ghandi (also a lawyer) fought to advance. That said, I think this quote accurately captures the life-cycle of creating a simple set of documents for early stage investment.
I’ve attached version 2.0 of the Series Seed Documents as well as a red-line showing the changes I’ve made from the original set. If you peruse the red-line, you will see that there are not many changes. That’s because there are not that many issues to negotiate in a simple equity financing. Of course, one could argue, that I’m just not taking comments I disagree with (or that nobody cares enough to comment), but I am of the opinion that these documents represent the 95% consensus of what should be in a very basic set of equity financing documents. Based on the comments received, both on the blog and in the many deals in which these documents have been used, I am convinced that the terms of a simple set of equity documents are really not an issue. I don’t mean to say that the Series Seed are infallible, but there are no major objections to their content.
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