Certificates of exercised option grants are now generated and issued after funds are confirmed

For private companies, Carta will now generate the resulting certificate after the option exercise funds are sent to the company and have succeeded (may take 1-2 business days).

Who this affects:


Private companies: Admins and shareholders

What was the problem:

Previously, resulting certificates were generated after Carta confirmed the funds from stakeholder, but before the funds were sent to the Company. This created reconciliation issues for the company as they could not verify if funds were sent to the company before issuing the certificate.

What’s new: 


We have now updated the flow to generate the certificate after funds are sent to the company, which may take 1-2 business days for the company to receive the funds.


This will help Company admins to reconcile exercise funds received during the exercise workflow.

Option exercise settings for exercises initiated and settled on Carta

Managing option exercising is now easier than ever. 

All exercises are now settled through Carta—US optionholders pay via ACH, Non-US optionholders pay via a wire transfer. Carta conveniently manages payment reconciliation and payment issues such as insufficient funds or overpayments. US private companies can centrally adjust exercising via the Transaction Settings page. 

Who this affects:

  • 🇺🇸  US private companies 

What's new:

  • 💸 All exercises are settled with Carta - No matter where your optionholders are located, Carta will receive all funding for on-platform exercises. US holders pay for their exercise via ACH and non-US holders pay for their exercise via a wire transfer to Carta. Company admins will no longer need to mark exercises as paid. 
  • ✉️Communication with optionholders - Carta communicates directly with optionholders to resolve payment issues, letting them know of an outstanding balance for an exercise or facilitating a refund for overpayment. 
  •  Auto-cancel unpaid exercises - If a wire exercise is unfunded or underfunded for 30 days after admin approval, the exercise will automatically be canceled. 
  • ⚙️ Clear transaction settings - Control option grant exercisability easily in one central location

Timing:

  • To be rolled out to all customers by the end of February 2021

Action required: 

  • Visit Company > Settings > Transaction Settings to opt in
  • Once your company has access to this feature, you must opt in within 30 days otherwise online exercising will be disabled
  • If you do not yet have access, reach out to your Customer Support Manager to get immediate access

Resources: 

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


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.



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.

Email Kit Redesign

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Today we’re releasing our redesigned email kit. Emails are often the first touch points we have with our users. They should be a clear and helpful experience: users understand the information being communicated, understand who the information is being communicated from, and know what steps to take next via a clear call to action.

While we got some great mileage out of our previous email design kit, our site and its complexity have changed. And it was time for our emails to get with the times. Here are some highlights that our release today will change:

Better compatibility

  • Mobile optimized across all screen sizes
  • Improved compatibility with Outlook and other email clients

Clearer branding

  • Upgraded our co-branding support to display logos of some investor senders using the platform
  • Added the Carta logo and simple branded accents that match carta.com

Cleaner UI

  • Revamped headings, body text, call to action, etc. Pretty much everything got an upgrade
  • Higher contrast to improve readability

Confetti

  • Oh yeah, it’s still there 😊🎉

Updated Email Design - Coming in One Week

An email from Carta is often the first interaction we have with our users—and we aim to make this first impression a great one. That doesn’t mean we need to be splashy. Rather, it means we want to provide clear information to our users that helps them understand what Carta is and how we can help them manage their assets and equity. For users who’ve been with us a while, we hope these emails continue to reflect the high quality or our software and services.

Carta last updated its emails in November 2017. We’ve changed a lot since then, and we’ve learned a lot, too. In one week, we will release a revamped version of our emails that we hope solve some problems that our users and data helped us identify as well as better reflect our brand today. Today, we’re giving you a preview of what those changes will look like:

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We’ve said hello to many employees, companies, investors, board members, law firms, and others around the world the past few years. We think these emails will help us say hello even better going forward.

A new feature to bulk modify stakeholder data on Carta

If you are an equity administrator who needs to keep stakeholder data 100% accurate and up-to-date, we’ve released a new feature that allows you to update email addresses, payroll IDs, employee IDs, and other fields on Carta for more than 1 stakeholder at a time. Maintaining accurate stakeholder data is critical for a number of reasons:

  • Employee & Payroll ID: A stakeholder’s employee and payroll ID serve as unique identifiers for you to easily run HRIS and Payroll reports for your company.
  • Addresses: Stakeholder addresses are used for payroll, tax mobility, and contacting stakeholders when necessary.
  • Email Addresses: Email addresses make sure that the correct stakeholders have electronic access to their equity in your company. It is also the primary means for holders to receive notices about company events and equity events.

To bulk update stakeholder data on Carta:

  1. Navigate to Stakeholders --> All Stakeholders --> Manage stakeholders --> Update Stakeholders

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  1. Select the data fields you would like to update and hit Download. This will produce a custom spreadsheet for you to edit in excel.

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  1. Edit data directly on the spreadsheet and save. Please do not move columns around.

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  1. Return to Carta to upload the spreadsheet you had just edited and saved. Hit Submit updates and confirm the changes you are making on Carta. Carta will run a set of checks to make sure everything looks correct. We only run checks on the stakeholders you have modified. Once the checks have passed you will see a confirmation page and you’re all set!

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Resolving Errors

If we detect some errors in the data you edited, we want to help you resolve them before making the changes on Carta.

  1. When you hit Submit updates and you have outstanding errors to resolve, hit Download Errors Spreadsheet. Clicking this button will download a spreadsheet of the errors we found with instructions on how you can resolve them.

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  1. When you open the spreadsheet, you will see the associated stakeholder with an error highlighted in red. Hover your mouse over to the first column to read a brief description on how you can resolve the error. Make the changes directly on Excel once again and hit save.

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  1. Return to Carta to upload the edited spreadsheet and submit again.

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Coming soon: updating stakeholder properties in bulk.

If you have any questions or feedback for this new tool, please send a note to angela.jo@carta.com

Technical improvements to navigation

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

With this change, we will be able to support future design and navigation improvements planned for 2020.

There will be minor visual changes. We’ve increased contrast and legibility with white dropdown menus, and you might notice a few different colors here and there. Functionality remains the same.

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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