What are the best incorporation (and related) document resources? Are the YCombinator incorporation docs available?
There are a number of 'model' or 'open source' documents for a startup's first fundraising (and beyond), but what about when a startup first goes legit?
Angel/Series A/AA document sets:
- YCombinator Series AA docs are well known and much discussed
- TechStars Model Seed Funding Documents
- And others such at Orrick and SeriesSeed
The above resources provide a starting point for a startup raising early capital. The wide ranging discussion makes the documents all the more valuable.
The first Cert of Incorporation, Founders' Stock Purchase Agreements and related documents almost seems more necessary: - You're broke and if you have money to spend on legal fees, it's better to go in informed - If you DIY it, you're really likely to make mistakes at this stage, and you'd be better off if there was as rich a discussion as with the YCombinator docs - The personal personnel issues (among founders) are sticky and set the precedent for how these issues are handled in the future
I was going to review the Orrick & TheFunded docs, and compare those with what the YCombinator incorporation docs would be (by taking the Series AA docs and backing out what seemed only to be there for purposes of investment - e.g., preferred stock).
But before I do that, I thought I'd try to find a copy of the YC incorporation docs (they do exist, as I understand many YC startups haven't yet incorporated, as is the case at many incubators). Anyone?
There was discussion of this on hackernews but it's years old.