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What are examples of good startup term sheets?

A simple one. If a term sheet is simple, the only thing that should really matter in it is price, and to some extent, control. How much control you are giving up. And control really is just board seats, who has how many. Most of the rest doesn’t really matter — if the term sheet is simple. Get a good lawyer, and make sure even if you haven’t done it before that the term sheet seems fairly concise. If it is, that’s a good sign. If it’s 5+ pages, has weird terms that no one has heard of before, tranches, weird covenants … well not only is it “bad”, but more importantly, the more complex the term sheet, the less likely the deal is to close. The worst term sheet is one that isn’t real. Because it won’t really close. Here’s the term sheet you can see from my first investment (of 3) into a pretty strong emerging start-up, Gorgias. I just blacked out the price. You can see the rest is … simple.

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Here’s the term sheet and I don’t want to give away any of the details. And you know what? I think this is a really powerful form of term sheet. And it gives you the control over your terms in the future. How would you describe this? I know it might sound a little scary and scary in the context of investing, but it's actually a really simple term sheet. And it doesn’t even make sense to do it the traditional way. If you are a CPA or attorney just learning to manage deals as either lawyer or managing partner, the typical approach you are presented with is a simple terms sheet (also known as a non-binding agreement, or NDAs). And I was a lawyer before I bought Gorgias. And I was presented with these terms sheet from Gorgias, and I was like … “Really? Really? Is this a thing?” The terms sheet just.