Investor Connect Podcast

Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

Many startups use SAFE notes and Convertible Notes for their early-stage investments.

So what’s the difference?

A convertible note is a debt instrument that converts into equity later upon an event such as raising an equity round or reaching a maturity date.

A SAFE is a Simple Agreement for Future Equity which is a warrant to purchase stock in a future priced round.

The SAFE can convert when you raise any amount of equity investment and does not give the entrepreneur control of when to convert.

Convertible notes are considered to be legal debt, while SAFEs are warrants.

Neither a SAFE nor a Convertible Note set the valuation, but rather takes the valuation from the equity round.

Convertible Notes include an interest rate while SAFE’s do not. 

Most convertible notes have a maturity date while SAFEs do not. 

Convertible notes contain a discount rate which provides additional shares to the investor for investing early. SAFEs have no discount rate.

SAFEs are often considered the simpler option compared to a convertible note, but as you can see the convertible note provides more options.

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