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Home Q&A Forum Convertible note vs. KISS agreement?

Securities

Convertible Note

Ohio

Asked on Jun 24, 2023

Convertible note vs. KISS agreement?

I am an early-stage startup founder looking to raise capital. I am exploring different financing options and am trying to decide between a Convertible Note and a KISS agreement. I want to understand the differences between these two financing options, and the advantages and disadvantages of each, in order to make an informed decision.

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Securities

Ohio

Answered 345 days ago

Paul S.

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Probably the primary difference is that a convertible note is debt, with interest and a maturity date. I do a lot of work with startups, and I rarely see convertible notes used anymore, and never see KISS agreements used. SAFEs are much more prevalent. That being said, there are a lot of different variables in all these instruments, and you should never just download a template and use it without customizing to your needs and discussing it with an experienced startup attorney. There are also securities law considerations. Raising financing from investors is not a good DIY project.

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