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New York

Asked on Mar 30, 2021

What is the difference between a SAFE Note and Convertible Note?

I am considering raising money and have been advised to look at these two instruments to raise money on.

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New York

Answered 543 days ago

Ramsey T.

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Both SAFES (Simple Agreements for Equity) and Convertible Notes "convert" into equity. The fundamental difference between the two is that SAFES have no built-in interest rate and have no "end date." Convertible Notes are debt so they have an interest rate and after a certain period of time (perhaps two years in most cases) they can be "cashed in" by the holder who can force the start-up to pay back the investor (principal plus interest). SAFES have become very accepted in the investing community at this time and I always recommend that a start-up issue SAFES (and conversely I always recommend that an investor get a convertible note).

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