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Founder IP Assignment (Taylor Vinters)

This Founder IP Assignment is intended to be used to assign IP rights created by a founder for the company to the company itself. It will often be required to assign IP created by the founder prior to the founder entering into a formal services agreement with the company, which would otherwise continue to subsist in the founder. This Founder IP Assignment is drafted broadly and is not appropriate for more general IP assignments (see IP Assignment Templates).

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Term Sheet (Atlassian)

This comprehensive term sheet, drafted by Atlassian and customisable on the Genie AI platform, aims to remove confusion surrounding the M&A process, particularly for founders who are selling a company for the first time. It contains explanations of key terms to aid transparency and a fair agreement.

By moving away from one-sided, buyer-favourable terms, this term sheet may reduce friction and avoid lengthy negotiations.

Some of the major terms to pay attention to are: purchase price, founders’ roles, stock vs. cash consideration, retention equity, indemnification, escrow and risk allocation.

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Atlassian

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Term Sheet (Founder friendly) (MBM Commercial)

This is a lightweight but typical term sheet that a venture capital investor would give to a company or founder when investing in their company. This term sheet is typical of a pre-seed or seed investment round, and also includes a draft cap table in the schedule. The template is drafted to be founder friendly.

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Pro Rata Side Letter (YC)

This pro rata side letter is an optional companion to YC's Postmoney Safe (Seed) Share Subscription with a valuation cap. The letter gives the investor the right to purchase its pro rata share of Standard Preferred Stock being sold in the Equity Financing.

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Postmoney Safe (Seed) Share Subscription - Valuation Cap and Discount

This postmoney SAFE (Simple Agreement for Future Equity) can be used by startups as a tool for early-stage fundraising. YC's SAFE allows for high resolution fundraising and can reduced legal fees for both startups and investors by reducing the amount of time spent on the negotiation of terms. This is a SAFE with a valuation cap and a discount rate.

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Postmoney Safe (Seed) Share Subscription - MFN Only

This postmoney SAFE (Simple Agreement for Future Equity) can be used by startups as a tool for early-stage fundraising. YC's SAFE allows for high resolution fundraising and can reduced legal fees for both startups and investors by reducing the amount of time spent on the negotiation of terms. This is an uncapped SAFE with an MFN (Most Favored Nation) provision.

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Model Shareholders and Subscription Agreement (BVCA)

This shareholders and subscription agreement has been drafted by BVCA for signature as a contract under hand which means it is executed by one person who can be authorised by the company's directors. This sort of agreement can avoid the execution formalities that are usually required for deeds. This agreement has been revised and re-launched by BVCA following a review involving their Venture Capital and Legal committees.

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Postmoney Safe (Seed) Share Subscription - Valuation Cap Only

This postmoney SAFE (Simple Agreement for Future Equity) can be used by startups as a tool for early-stage fundraising. YC's SAFE allows for high resolution fundraising and can reduce legal fees for both startups and investors by reducing the amount of time spent on the negotiation of terms. This is a SAFE with a valuation cap only.

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Standard Series A Term Sheet (YC)

This is a standard, easy and fast term sheet, drafted by YC and customisable live on the Genie AI platform. Series A documents set the precedent for the terms of future rounds. For this reason you want to keep things simple early on, as complexity can creep in with each round. If you begin with complex terms, you will invariably make future rounds more complicated which might result in some investors dropping out.

Y Combinator have seen hundreds of term sheets and they therefore know what 'good' looks like. Founders, especially if it is their first company, do not. YC created this term sheet as an attempt to standardise terms and use plain english rather than legalese to alleviate this common disadvantage faced by founders.

The clauses and legal terms around company structure, board composition and operational control are particularly important to keep balanced and standardised.

Investors might manifest their desire to reduce downside risk or boost upside potential through the use of dirty terms, pushing you to sell against your wishes or controlling how much risk you take on in pursuit of a new potential strategy or pivot.

This template is intended to be customised with your own requirements, so you can cover the specifics of your standard needs. It will also allow you to fully customise it to your own specifications as you deem fit.

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Seed Investment Term Sheet (Genie AI)

This is our (Genie AI)'s seed investment term sheet. Ultimately it is a very standard term sheet, so we hope you find it useful!

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Postmoney Safe (Seed) Share Subscription - Discount Only

This postmoney SAFE (Simple Agreement for Future Equity) can be used by startups as a tool for early-stage fundraising. YC's SAFE allows for high resolution fundraising and can reduced legal fees for both startups and investors by reducing the amount of time spent on the negotiation of terms. This is an uncapped SAFE with a discount rate.

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Model Term Sheet for a Series A Round (BVCA)

This model term sheet for Series A round has been drafted by BVCA for companies anticipating a significant investment made either in part or whole by fund investors.

The term sheet, for early stage venture capital investment, has been revised and re-launched by BVCA following a review involving their Venture Capital and Legal committees. The aim is to provide industry-standard legal documentation to allow entrepreneurs and investors to save time and money when negotiating a deal.

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