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It's my impression that everything he says, if true, can also be applied to YC safe. Is that correct?


Yes. All of that applies to SAFEs as well, which are basically convertible notes that aren't "debt."

Basically convertible notes were kind of a financial hack that let you take money without setting a price by calling it "debt," even though no one really regarded it as debt. That brought along a couple small negative side effects, but the good outweighed the bad and let you close rounds quickly without $10-25k in legal fees and seemingly endless negotiation.

A SAFE is the same thing, but it jumps through the hoops necessary to not be called "debt" and gets rid of those side effects.

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