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Founder Friendly Standard is a checklist for helping entrepreneurs determine if a so-called “standard” term sheet or investment contract is founder-friendly. It can help founders and investors avoid disputes around voting rights, stock vesting, non-competes, and other issues that can be initially overlooked.

  • Click here to download the Founder Friendly Standard term sheet as a Woodpecker template.

  • Click here to read more about the Founder Friendly Standard.

  • Click here for a side-by-side comparison of Founder-Friendly Standard to 500 Startups KISS, Y Combinator Safes, NVCA Model Legal Docs, Gust Series seed term Sheet, Sam Altman “Founder-Friendly” Term Sheet, and Y Combinator Series A term sheet.

Special thanks to attorney Chris Harvey from the venture capital law firm, Harvey Esquire in Los Angeles, for converting our Founder Friendly Standard term sheet into a Woodpecker template. I appreciate your contributions of legal thought leadership to startups, venture capitalists, and solo capitalists on sites like Quora and across the web.


Welcome, Eisaiah! Thank you for the template share.

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