Public Cash Exercising Redesign

Users: Option holders of public companies
Platform: Web (iOS and Android coming soon)


With an objective to unify the cash exercising experience between private and public companies, we've enhanced the Public "Cash" Exercising flow on Web to make the steps more seamless, intuitive and easy to follow. Implementing these changes to the exercising workflow allows users to review all the important details relating to their option grant exercise in a step-by-step manner, eliminating confusion about tax withholdings and allows them to better understand the stages of their exercise.

While our previous Cash Exercising workflow for public companies got us some great mileage, our processes and their caveats have evolved, which called for a cleaner, simpler and an overall better user experience. Below are some of the highlights that the new Cash Exercising workflow will introduce:

  1. Step-by-step procedure: Intuitive and easy to follow, allowing the user to fully understand the process
  2. Improved tax estimation/information: Targeted tax withholdings information provided to user with respect to the option grant type being exercised
  3. Cleaner UI: Revamped headings, body text, call to action, helpful support links and more!

ISO 100K Dashboard

Get the transparency you need to manage ISO/NSO splits with the new ISO 100K dashboard in Carta.

Who this affects

All Carta customers can now access the dashboard under Compliance > ISO 100K.

What's new

The 100K rule for ISOs has been a historically opaque concept in Carta - customers and their legal counsel have often found it difficult to understand how the application of the rule results in the specific bifurcation of ISO vs NSO shares in a particular option grant.

The new ISO 100K dashboard brings a new level of transparency to the way in which ISO options are bifurcated according to Carta's automatic application of the 100K rules. For specific transactions and amendments that fall outside the purview of Carta's automatic bifurcation estimates, customers and their legal counsel can request access to the dashboard's grant editor feature, which allows legal administrators to change the ISO/NSO split estimated by Carta.

Last thing to mention: we worked closely with Orrick (one of Carta's law firm partners) to make sure we were solving this problem in a way that allowed our law firm partners to better support our customers. You can read more about that here on Carta's blog.

Timing

Available now to all Carta customers.

Vesting & Exercise Status Bars

Users viewing the "Vesting schedule" tab in the security details modal will now see a new column in the "Progress" section labeled "Status" under which progress bars appear next to each vesting tranche that indicate the vesting and/or exercise status for each vesting tranche.

Who this affects

All users in all companies with securities that have vesting schedules

What's new

For security holders and administrators viewing individual security details, click on the "Vesting schedule" tab to see the new status bars (see red boxes below):

Depending on the status of a security's vesting and exercise status, you'll see the following colors:

  • Gray: unvested tranche
  • Light blue: vested tranche
  • Dark blue: exercised tranche

Previously, if there was an exercise for part of a vesting tranche, you'd either see the row colored in gray if the tranche was unvested, or you'd see the row colored in blue if the tranche was vested - this was confusing since neither of these results were technically accurate.

Now, if a vested tranche is partially exercised, you'll see the dark blue exercise color overlaid on the light blue vested color (show below). If an unvested tranche is partially exercised in the case of an early exercisable option grant, you'll see the dark blue exercise color overlaid on the gray unvested color.

Timing

Live now!

Exercise History - Shareholders can now centrally view their complete exercise history

Users can now access their exercise history across their entire portfolio in one spot. This makes it easy to review their activities over a defined time frame - like a tax year! 

Who this affects:

  • Shareholders who have exercised a private company option grant

What's new:

  • Find all exercise details in one location - Within Exercise History you can see a report of all your exercises across your entire portfolio. This makes it easier to get an at-a-glance view of your exercises activity.
     
  • Filter for specific companies or date range - Narrow your report by company or date range to customize your report.

  • Customize your report - Choose which fields are relevant for a given report.

  • Export your report - Download and view your report in a portable CSV format.

Timing:

  • Released March 2021
  • Support for all public company exercises coming Q2 2021

Where to find Exercise History

  • When viewing your portfolio, select the Account drop down menu to find Exercise History



Biometrics Login on Mobile

To provide safe and easy access to our mobile users, we are introducing biometrics login on the Carta iOS and Android apps.

This update will make it easy for users to log in to the Carta app through the use of Touch ID or Face ID on supported iOS devices, and Facial or Fingerprint recognition on supported Android devices.


Note: Only biometrics login for a single account is supported at this time.

Fund Administration Experience on Mobile

Carta Fund Administration clients can now access both company investments and fund overview information on the Carta iOS and Android apps. This will help investors get information on the go.

Who this affects

Fund administration clients 

What’s new

Fund administration clients can now view both company investments and an overview of their fund entities on Carta.  

  • General partners can view and search through the company investments
  • The new fund overview page provides a summary into the fund investments and also the top five investments, which can be filtered based on Gross IRR, Cost, Value, Gain/Loss, and Multiple.


Tax Documents on Mobile

At Carta, we want to make complex things simple and easy to understand. To that end, we’re excited to release Tax Documents on Mobile.

This update will allow Carta users to access Tax Forms 3921 and 1099-B from the dedicated Tax Documents section within their Account.

To access Tax Documents, users can navigate to their account and select Tax Documents under portfolio information. If a user has multiple portfolios, they can choose a desired portfolio to view the documents.

Users will now be able to view, download and share tax documents from the mobile app.

International exercising - submit and settle your exercise with Carta

Non-US optionholders at US private companies will now be able to initiate and pay for option exercises through Carta.

Who this affects:

  • 🌐 Non-US optionholders at US private companies that have enabled this feature

Supported platforms:


What's new: 

  • Submit exercises on Carta - When enabled by your company, option exercises can be initiated within Carta.
  • Submit payment to Carta - After admin approval, pay for your exercise with a wire transfer to Carta. Once Carta receives the full cost of the exercise, funds are transferred to the issuing company.

  • Exercise and payment status - Track exercise and payment status within Carta. Be notified of any issues with your payment.
  • Immediate certificate generation - After receiving the funds for your exercise, a stock certificate is immediately generated for company officers to sign.

Timing:

  • This feature is being made available to US private companies gradually throughout 2021.

Resources:

 

 

Exercise flow improvements

Optionholders at private companies will now see an improved exercising experience where they can clearly see fair market value (FMV), exercise spread, and option income. 


Who this affects:

  • Optionholders exercising option grants from private companies


What's new: 

  • Current fair market value (FMV) - Optionholders can see the current fair market value the issuing company has on file, which determines the tax implications of their exercise.

  • Exercise spread on option grant - Optionholders can see the per-grant spread when selecting a grant to exercise. This shows the difference between exercise price and fair market value.

  • Overall gain/loss - When selecting the quantity of shares to exercise, optionholders can see the overall gain/loss for their exercise. This is useful for understanding tax implications of an exercise.
  • Tax implications - Optionholders will be able to see tax implications more clearly. If the exercise is taxable and the issuing company has provided tax rates for the jurisdiction of the holder, the holder will see a table of the relevant taxes for their exercise. 





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.

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