Retract Board Consents

We’re excited to announce that we have introduced the ability to retract a board consent on Carta!

Retracting a board consent is easy. Simply click on the “Actions” dropdown on the details page and select “retract consent”:

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You can also retract a consent from the board dashboard by clicking on the grey dropdown and selecting “retract”:

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Once you retract a consent, it will move the consent back into “draft status”. A consent can only be retracted if no board members have approved it.

We hope this helps make drafting board consents easier and more intuitive!

Add board members to company account during onboarding

If you are a company or legal administrator, you will now be asked to add a board member to the company’s account during onboarding.

Why add board members during onboarding?

Board members are one of the most important stakeholders of a company. At Carta, we’ve built some features around board management and governance that make it easier for board members to streamline all their processes on Carta. For example, Carta makes equity grants even more efficient for board members by allowing board consents to be drafted and approved so that you can issue option grants to stakeholders without waiting for the next board meeting.

There is a new task in the Onboarding Setup Guide that requires companies with less than 25 stakeholders to add a board member to their account before going live.

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If you’re a law firm user onboarding a company to the free Carta Launch Plan, you will see the same task in step 3 of the Launch Setup Guide.

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When the company’s board members are added to the account, they will immediately be sent an email asking them to create their account and login. By default, board members will be added to Account Users but will not have access to view the company’s cap table unless you modify their level of access by visiting Account Users.

We believe it is valuable for companies to add their board members during their initial implementation. Capturing data and information early on will ensure the company is set up for success when utilizing Carta and realize the full benefits of our platform.

If you have any questions about Carta’s board management and governance features, please send a note to growthproduct@carta.com

Learn more about creating board resolutions on Carta >

Add Multiple Resolution Templates to a Board Consent

We’ve made it easier to add multiple resolutions into one board consent document. Going forward, you can add as many resolution templates into the consent editor as you need.

To add a new resolution template to a consent, open a draft consent and click on the “X” icon. Choose “resolution template”:

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From here, you can drop in any template that you have saved:

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Once a template is selected, it will populate into the consent document:

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We hope this helps make drafting board consents easier and more intuitive!

Technical improvements to navigation

The Design Technology team at Carta is updating the top level navigation of our app, to benefit from the latest Ink Design System improvements.

With this architectural change, user experience will be more consistent, future design improvements will be easier, and we will be able to better support our future product roadmap.

There will be minor changes to visuals and interaction. On the visual side, the text is now bolder and more legible. On the interaction side, menu items will now open on click, instead of on hover.

Note: there is no change to menu items or to the way you get to different corners of the app. This update is unrelated to the navigational structure of our site.

For feedback, please reach out to design-technology@carta.com.

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New and Improved Exercising Flow

We’re excited to announce our enhanced exercising flow coming early next week!

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The updated in-product experience aims to help employees feel more confident throughout the process and reduce the finance and HR team’s burden of managing (and answering questions about) option exercises.

To begin, your company must have online transactions turned on in Carta. Once they do, all you need is:

  • A US bank account
  • ISO, NSO, or ISO/NSO split grants that are vested

As part of the update, we’ve added an Exercise button directly on the Holdings page, under the new vesting chart. Click on the button to begin.

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Once you’re ready, Carta will guide you through a step-by-step process that includes:

  • The ability to select which grant and how many shares to exercise
  • Estimated tax breakdowns to help you understand your obligations at the time of exercise and the end of the fiscal year
  • In-flow profile and payment management to streamline the exercising experience without friction
  • Autofilled 83(b) election form for employees who early exercise
  • A clear timeline of next steps you should look out for before the shares are in your portfolio

Have more questions about your equity? Click here to learn more >

Custom messages in Board Consents

We’ve made some improvements to notifications in the Board product. Now, when you publish a consent, you can write a custom message that will be included in the email notification that goes out to your board members.

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You can also preview what the email notification will look like to board members by clicking the “preview email notification” link:

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Design update

We are retiring our ancient “Your session has expired” dialog in favor of a more modern approach, similar to other financial platforms.

Customers will now be taken to the login screen once their session becomes inactive for too long. Logging back in will take customers to the same page they were previously at.

For design feedback, reach out to design@carta.com.

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Document sharing from iOS app

We’re listened to your feedback and added the ability to share and export documents for later viewing or printing. You can access these capabilities on any document viewing screen, by tapping the share button at the top right.

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Don’t have the app yet? Get it now!

Board Resolution Approval on iOS

We’ve released a new feature today, which allows board members to approve resolutions right from the iOS app.

You’ll be able to see the full resolution documents, the board members who are able to approve the resolution, as well as approval status and progress.

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We’ve also included updates to improve your app experience including:

  • A native password reset flow
  • Automatically filling in your email address during the registration process

Don’t have the app yet? Get it now!

Investor Updates

Carta Investor Updates allows you to send communications from the Carta platform to investors, employees, and other stakeholders on the cap-table easily through the Carta platform. We give you the tools you compose a mixed media update and attach all relevant files. Our financials templates are great for companies who are looking for guidance on what is important to investors. Recipients of the update will receive a notification and they will be able to access the update from their Carta portfolio. Companies sending update can also keep track who has viewed updates.

Investor Updates is now available to companies in the Growth and Enterprise plans. You can access more help content for this feature here.

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