Changes to Watermark Styling

We've listened to your feedback on watermark styling obstructing the readability of the documents and we've made a few changes to address those concerns. We'll continue to iterate on our watermarking capabilities and tools in the coming months and we are starting with the following changes.

Here's a sample document with the old watermark styling


Here's the same sample document with the new watermark styling


Specifically, we've made the following changes with this iteration:

  • Reduced opacity of the watermark text
  • Updated alignment between the rows
  • Fewer repetition

Who these changes affect?
All Carta users who choose to apply watermark on their documents. These changes will be rolling out to all users today.

Improvements to our login screen

What’s coming: We've made a few changes to our login screen to help users get access to their Carta account. We want to make sure your first interaction with Carta is clear, simple, and secure.

Who this affects: 

What’s new:

  • Added a new link to help troubleshoot log in issues and contact support.
  • Updated the show password toggle to an icon to simplify the page layout. This is consistent with our designs also on our registration page.


New log in page

Previous log in page


Additional checks for the ISO 100k limit

What's coming: Carta will automatically check for the ISO 100k limit in additional workflows and features across the app

Who this affects: Companies issuing ISOs

What's better: 

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.

Timing: Live for all customers on September 15th

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.



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.

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.

Auto-populating the Rule 144 date for certificates

Carta now automatically populates the Rule 144 date for certificates issued as a result of an exercise.

For Carta’s corporate customers domiciled in the United States, Carta will automatically set the Rule 144 date for certificates issued as a result of an exercise to be the recorded date of the exercise.

For more information about the Rule 144 date, check out the Rule 144 date support article in the Carta Support Center.

This is a simple improvement that will save time for Carta users and applies to exercises completed on Carta using our online exercising feature as well as any off-platform exercises reflected using our offline exercise workflow.

A special thank you from Carta’s product teams goes out to Carta’s law firm users for recommending this improvement.

Keep them coming!

New Limited Partner Onboarding

Limited Partners (LPs) on Carta have a brand new onboarding experience.

Our investor clients depend on Carta to communicate with their LPs. Over the past few months, we’ve made big improvements to the ways LPs use Carta with a new navigation system, updates to make documents easier to find, and our Fund Investment overview page, which combines data across Carta so that LPs can understand all of their fund investments at once.

Today, we’re continuing to improve the LP experience by making their first experience on the portal simple and delightful. The biggest change is that LPs no longer need to accept their fund commitments and their fund investments are shown automatically inside their portfolio.

Here’s what it looks like:

First, LPs are welcomed to Carta with an email letting them know that they have a new investment on the portal and asking them to create an account. For LPs that already have an account, we’ll automatically put this investment in their portfolio.

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Once an LP creates their account, they’ll go directly to that portfolio. There they can see any existing investments in funds or companies as well as their new investment. For new investments, they’ll see an overview of the investment so far, and be asked to agree to electronic communication for each fund investment.

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When an LP agrees to electronic communication, we’ll celebrate with them!

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Their account is now fully active. They can see any documents or fund information that has been shared with them.

Updating our Browser Security Protocols

Customer security and data protection is always a priority at Carta - this is why we are deprecating our support of TLS 1.1. TLS 1.1 is a HTTP security protocol for your internet browser that was released in 2006 and has known security vulnerabilities.

On July 7th, 2020, Carta will no longer be supporting, or allowing, our customers to access Carta with TLS 1.1.

You may be impacted if you are using a very old browser but can easily resolve the issue by updating your browser to the most up to date version.

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