Cheaper, easier seed-round documents

There seems to be a lot of discussion among VC’s and lawyers on the coasts about the proper legal vehicle for seed-stage deals (e.g., here, here and here) and ways to streamline the legal documents (and thereby to minimize the legal fees) . As the founder of a legal practice devoted to serving startups at a reasonable cost, I am keenly interested in these subjects.

One really interesting set of documents is called “Series Seed,” an open-source legal project being curated by a Bay-Area venture capital attorney. His premise is that “there are not that many issues to negotiate in a simple equity financing” and that the Series Seed documents “represent the 95% consensus of what should be in a very basic set of equity financing documents.”
The set of documents assumes that the round uses a C Corporation structure, which works fine for some startups though others may have reasons to prefer a “flow-through entity” such as a LLC. It would certainly be possible, of course, to create an equivalent set of documents for a LLC.

I’m digging into the Series Seed documents now. I would be interested to know what others think. It’s time for the Midwest to weigh in with some opinions here.


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