Additional Checks for the ISO 100k Limit

Carta now automatically checks for the ISO 100k limit in additional workflows and features across the app.

For companies issuing incentive stock options (ISOs), the IRS states that an employee cannot receive more than $100,000 USD worth of ISOs that become first exercisable in a given calendar year. 

Based on some inputs (FMV, number of options granted, etc.), Carta automatically detects whether or not any grants for a given stakeholder are in violation of the ISO 100k limit. If any ISO grants are in violation of this rule, Carta will automatically change the award type from ISO to ISO/NSO:

Carta already runs this automated check any time a new award is issued. We've added this automated check in a few more places, so companies will no longer need to work with Carta staff to manually run the check when making common types of award modifications.

Lastly, we're also working on a new feature that will help companies better manage their ISO/NSO split grants.

Stay tuned!

Post Exercise Experience on Mobile

We are excited to announce the release of the Exercise History screen, and an update to the Exercise Status Indicator on both iOS and Android mobile apps.

The Exercise History Screen

Holding an objective to provide more humble, human, and helpful experiences; we have decided to take this opportunity to redesign the post-exercise submission process. Within the Option Details screen, we now allow shareholders to view a full history of their past and ongoing exercise submissions. Providing an exercise history empowers shareholders to easily maintain the organization of their equity within Carta.

How do I use it? 

In order to access the Exercise History screen on mobile, install the latest version of the Carta app. Once installed, you can navigate to your securities and tap one to find yourself inside of the Option Details screen. 


From here you will see an interactive card titled “View Exercise History”. Tap the card to see all of your past and present exercises. You will see all of your exercises organized from top to bottom by date. The states of your exercise will be dependent on your exercising activity in Carta. 

From the Exercise History screen, tap a list item to view the Exercise Status Indicator, and Exercise Overview screen.

The Exercise Status Indicator

Our newest iteration the Exercise Status Indicator primarily focuses on how we contextually use effective language. We are doing this by properly breaking down each step with clear actions and concise information regarding both ACH and Wire payment processes. Beyond contextual updates, we have also taken this opportunity to redesign the Exercise Status experience. In order to narrow the disparity between both mobile and web products, we have taken inspiration from the web and reimagined the experience to fit within the confines of your mobile devices.

How do I use it? 

Once you’ve navigated to find the details of your security, tap on the Exercise History card. From the list of past and present exercises, tap one to reveal the Exercise Status Indicator. The Exercise Status is a five-step indicator that can track the ongoing status of your exercise request. We’ll also send you regular updates on the status of your exercise by email.

The new indication of Payment Status provides more context into the common support question “Where is my money?” by displaying a three substep process.

These substeps also provide more detailed information on ACH failures and error cases. The new alerts (R01-R33) are universal codes used by banks internationally. By using these universal codes we can provide better context into why there is an issue, and how it can be resolved. In cases where it is absolutely necessary, we will direct users into the Payment Information screen, or prompt users to call Carta Support.

For Non-US shareholders, we provide context into Wire Transfer. This substep will enable users to view their wire instructions or submit a wire confirmation from the Exercise Status Indicator.

Bulk Add Stakeholders

Carta now supports adding multiple stakeholders in bulk.

Previously, adding new stakeholders to Carta was done on an individual basis within the Stakeholder ledger -- Manage Stakeholders > Add stakeholder. While this works perfectly well for a single stakeholder, it becomes time consuming for multiple stakeholders. For this reason, we’ve released a new Bulk Add Stakeholders feature. Here’s how to use it --

  1. Go to the Stakeholder ledger - Manage Stakeholders > Bulk Add Stakeholders. You will see something that looks like this -

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  1. Use the “Download spreadsheet” button to download a blank xlsx file where you can input all your new stakeholder information
  2. Fill in the xslx spreadsheet with your new stakeholder data. These will typically consist of recent employees who have joined your company
  3. Go back to the Carta app to upload the spreadsheet containing the changes
  4. Click the “Submit updates” button, and if there are no errors found with the data, you’re done! If there are errors, you will see a screen similar to what’s shown below. Click the “Download errors spreadsheet” button to download an annotated spreadsheet that calls out the errors.

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  1. Correct the errors in the resulting spreadsheet, re-upload the updated sheet, and submit the changes again. That should be it! The new stakeholders contained in your file will now be added as new stakeholders in Carta.

Announcing (new and improved) Release Notes

Over the last few months, we’ve been listening to your feedback on our changelog and identified usability and customization as two areas for improvement. Today, we are announcing our new and improved Release Notes in order to provide you with up-to-date information and news on Carta product changes. 


Key features of our Release Notes include:

Filter by label

You can now filter out notes to only include the ones you care about most. You will be able to filter by Carta product area (Corporations, Investor Services, Platform, and CartaX), customer type (Employee, Equity Administrator, Board Member, etc. ), or release stage (General Audience, Preview, etc.)

You can filter by label on the right hand side of the screen by selecting the label you’d like to see notes on.




Subscribe for recurring product updates

Curious to know about all the great things we’re releasing on a regular basis? Subscribe to our Release Notes. You will get an email to your inbox whenever we post a new update. You can find the subscribe button at the top of the Release Notes page.



Voiding fully approved board consents

Legal admins can now mark a previously approved board consent as “Void”. Voided board consents will no longer be visible to the company’s admins or board members; however, for data integrity purposes, the data will be preserved in Carta’s audit logs.

Note that board consents approving 409A reports or new option grants cannot be voided, as those cap events are linked to the consent itself. If an admin requires assistance with a consent of this nature, they should work with Carta Support.

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Wire Instructions Request Email

Fund admins can now trigger an email to request that Limited Partners update their wire instructions ahead of a distribution. The primary on the LP account and any users who have been granted wire instruction permission will receive an email letting them know its time to update.

The link on the email will bring them directly to the wire instructions tab for that fund, where they can confirm or update their instructions.

To request wire instruction permission, contact our support team at investorservices@carta.com.

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PWERM Valuations, In-app

We’ve released a new feature that helps our staff value late stage private companies. The feature allows staff to conduct a “PWERM” valuation in-app, eliminating the need for them to rely on excel spreadsheets and saving them time on your 409A or ASC 820 valuation.

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PWERM stands for Probability Weighted Expected Return Method. This methodology is often relied upon in the valuation community when there is a possibility of several future outcomes for the Company being valued. For example, Airbnb has said its resuming plans to IPO. However, real world events could come up, such as a global pandemic, that could stall these plans. Due to this uncertainty, a PWERM valuation methodology could better simulate real world outcomes where companies could either continue business as usual or could reach an exit event.

Exercise Status Snapshot

After an equity holder has submitted an exercise, they can now easily see the status of an exercise request from their Portfolio Holdings page.

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To see additional details about the exercise, equity holders can click ‘View details’ to see relevant information about their exercise request.

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In-app Wire Instructions for Limited Partners

Limited partners with fund investments on Carta can now securely update their wire instructions through our portal.

When a limited partner logs into Carta, they’ll see a Wire Instructions tab within each of their fund investments. There, limited partners can see any wire instructions that have been previously added and make updates.

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Wire instructions are visible for the primary user on any fund investment. Please reach out to your fund administrator to give updates to any additional users.

Updated stakeholder termination reminder for repurchases

The repurchase workflow will no longer remind users to terminate the stakeholder if the stakeholder’s already been terminated in Carta.

Unvested shares from equity grants are typically repurchased from stakeholders once they’ve been terminated in Carta. The recently released repurchase workflow was reminding users to terminate the stakeholder even if the stakeholder was already terminated in Carta. We’ve updated the workflow so that the blue reminder text and “Terminate stakeholder” button only appear if the stakeholder to which the certificate belongs hasn’t yet been terminated in Carta.

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Thank you to the Carta admin users who reached out and provided this product feedback. Please continue reaching out and letting us know how we can make the product better for our corporate customers.

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