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Guide: KISS Equity

To keep convertible equity financings quick and simple, 500 Startups created the KISS legal docs. The KISS docs are short and sweet “open source” documents drafted after multiple discussions with a number of Silicon Valley law firms and early-stage investors. They are designed to be flexible without being overly customizable, simple while still including all of the necessary features, and balanced from both a company and investor standpoint.

We have provided two flavors of KISS to address the most common convertible financing structures we see today, along with a summary of the key terms: