What is the experience if we want to close, dissolve and erase the company?
You can email us and we’ll introduce you to a lawyer who can assist you with winding down the company. In the simplest case this costs $500.
Speaking generally, the complexity depends on what you’ve done with the company. Dissolving a company which has had a paper existence but never done anything is straightforward; shutting down a company with material operations, payroll, legal commitments, etc requires materially more work. The supermajority of that is figuring out to do about the commitments rather than the entity per se.
Even though there's a caveat ...
>Not legal advice: companies don’t have an Undo button and you probably shouldn’t make one on any given Tuesday for the heck of it... but you totally could form a real, honest-to-Delaware company on any given Tuesday, and there are a lot of things that company could then do. 
... somehow I think that the button to create a Delaware C-corp should come with agree-to check-boxes something like this:
∙ I have read Paul Graham's essay on playing house  and I'm not just creating a company because that's something startups do.
∙ I understand that there are more lightweight incorporated entities that offer limited-liability and other benefits that might better suit my use-case and that are easier to wind down than a Delaware C-corp.
See also my comment elsewhere in this story. 
Agreed - the text of the leojkwan's blog post is more balanced though.
>It sounds like you and your accountant feel you'd have been better off with an LLC. That's very likely! We're a growing company with employees, payroll, equity ownership, vesting, and significant revenue and we're still an LLC and will be for the foreseeable future.
Stripe Atlas is a great product for it's intended use case, but this bit needs to be written in bold.
If you're doing startup school, for example, but planning on bootstrapping, then you're better served with an LLC.
The choice of Delaware is to protect the investment of YC and the other investors. You agree to Delaware as a condition of them investing in you.
As pointed out elsewhere in this thread by AlchemistCamp, if you're a U.S. citizen, non-Californian resident & bootstrapping consider locating in Wyoming or Nevada. The case for Wyoming is made by HN#flagtheory here .
flagtheory.com is a competitor of Stripe Atlas and they outline their, obviously self-interested, case against Stripe Atlas here . (I am not affiliated with Flag Theory and, don't generally endorse them. Thinking of launching your ICO from Nevis  ..? Err ... a shady business rarely leads to a sunny life.)
If you're a boostrapping Californian resident, then again from AlchemistCamp, consider locating an LLC in California.
>California, for example, is very aggressive in classifying every business owned by its residents as doing business in California, so many California residents either form a California LLC or leave the state to start their businesses.
If you're bootstrapping and a non-U.S. citizen, non-U.S. resident then consider other business-friendly jurisdictions: Singapore, Hong Kong, Estonia, the U.K. Also, if at all viable, consider your country of residence and/or country of citizenship of course.
"Startup school" is not Y-Combinator's main program. You have phrased it in a way to make the reader think you've been accepted to the "main" incubator. I suggest you make your wording clearer.
Dissolving cleanly depends ALSO on how proactive and organized you are. The folks who run into messes first find themselves suspended then try to dissolve. If you are proactive it isn't too bad usually.
Can anyone explain why, or point to a blog post that compares forming LLC's in Wyoming/Nevada vs. Delaware?
Wyoming has a well-developed body of law dealing with LLCs, since they originated in the state.
I've never heard of Nevada being a particularly good location for incorporation any sort of business entity that wasn't physically located in Nevada...
Generally, you should incorporate/organize in the state in which you are physically located. Organizing in another state (like Delaware) just means that you are subjecting yourself to an additional state's laws and compliance requirements.
You can go to a UPS Store and get an mailbox.
You don't file an annual report, and in most states that dissolves the corporation/llc.
If you're in the US, then it's different. In particular, I don't think Delaware is a good choice for most bootstrappers. Creating an LLC in Nevada, Wyoming or another low-cost, low-hassle state.
It also depends on the state you live in. California, for example, is very aggressive in classifying every business owned by its residents as doing business in California, so many California residents either form a California LLC or leave the state to start their businesses.
Standard disclaimer: I'm not a lawyer, I'm not in the US and if you make business decisions solely on the basis of what you see on a forum, it likely won't end well.
I can see the convenience, but also a delaware corporation may have some negative downsides. - Foreign in other states and where you may be - and additional taxes and paperwork.
Plus it'd be hard to deal business in any state outside Delaware for renting or bank accounts. Yes, I see that Silicon Valley Bank is there and opened upon being accepted but - you're putting all your eggs/liabilities into the Stripe Basket.
FEIN - anyone can do that, not an issue.
"Free Templates" from Stripe - I'd be 100% careful using templates for any sort of business w/o having a lawyer you've personally hired overlook it. I've defeated and found loopholes in many off the internet templates for contracts and business formations - this is critical because you can give your opponents leverage (pierce corporate veil) if something isn't accurate or applicable where YOU are residing/taken to court.
It's cool - I can see it as a feature for tying in the credit card processing/merchant account/business formation and letting people host SAAS/Cloud services - but having Stripe as your Registered Agent just, is, too much?