Exercisability settings for non-US companies

Non-US, private companies in supported regions now have the ability to enable exercising workflows for their optionholders. Optionholders can access wire payment instructions within Carta after exercise approval to send funds directly to the company.


Who this affects:

  • 🇰🇾   private Cayman Island companies
  • 🇨🇦   private Canadian companies
  • 🌐   + more locations in the future! 

What's new: 

  • Supported non-US, private companies can enable offline wire exercising, allowing their optionholders to initiate and track an exercise request within the Carta platform. 
  • Company admins can manage payment instructions that are provided to optionholders after an exercise is approved. 
  • Company admins can toggle exercisability on and off, as well as select which grant types are exercisable.

Action required: 

  • Company admins must visit the Transaction Settings page to enable exercising
  • Companies must have a valid fair market value (FMV)

Resources: 



Using Custom Spreadsheets When Adding New Stakeholders in Bulk

What’s coming: Admins can now upload new stakeholder information using data stored in custom spreadsheets/reports 

Who this affects: All companies 

What’s better:

For companies that use HR Providers to store their stakeholder/employee information, their company admins can now upload new hire information into Carta in bulk using the HR Provider's report (xls, or xlsx) with minimal modifications.

This workflow is an enhancement to the existing Bulk Add Stakeholders flow, with a new step for users to map the columns in the report to Carta data fields.


Timing: Live for all customers Oct 20.

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 the exercise approval screen

What's coming: 

Make more informed decisions when reviewing and approving option exercise requests with key information at your fingertips

Who this affects:

Users with the "Option exercise approver" role in companies issuing stock options with online exercising enabled

What's better: 

  • The ability to approve or reject exercise requests
  • Information about the option grant and stakeholder is readily available
  • Clearer presentation of information

New exercise approval screen:

Previous exercise approval screen:

Timing: 

  • Rolling out to 10% of customers on September 28, 2020
  • Release percentage will slowly increase to 100%

Safe & Convertible Note Calculator

What’s coming: 

  • This scenario modeling tool helps founders predict the future impact of Safe and Note ownership when converted at a future priced round. 

Who this affects: 

  • Users: Equity administrators, Law firm partners
  • Packages: All packages (Launch, Starter, Growth, Scale, and IPO-Ready will receive this calculator)

What’s new: 

  • View pre and post-money dilution before and after a future priced round, visualizing your ownership at multiple future valuations.
  • Model multiple Notes or Safes and a priced round to account for all anticipated fundraising activity between now and the completion of a future priced round.
  • Assess the potential impact of different types of convertibles, including pre-money Safes vs. post-money Safes.

Timing: In September, all companies received access to this calculator.


Calculation Definitions For Reference:

Option Pool Increase
(Target Available Pool % *  Post-Money Fully Diluted Shares) - Available Options

Post-Money Valuation
Preferred Price Per Share * Post-Money Fully Diluted Shares

Preferred Price Per Share
Pre-Money Valuation / (Current Fully Diluted Shares + Option Pool Increase+ Converted Shares)

New Fully Diluted Shares
Current Fully Diluted Shares + New Money Preferred Shares + Option Pool Increase + Converted Shares

Conversion Price Per Share (Convertible Notes and Pre-Money Safe)
Lower of:

  • (1 - Conversion Discount) * Preferred Price Per Share
  • Valuation Cap / (Outstanding Shares + Outstanding Options +Available Options + Option Pool Increase)

 Conversion Price Per Share (Post-Money Safe)
Lower of:

  • (1 - Conversion Discount) * Preferred Price Per Share
  • Valuation Cap / (Outstanding Shares + Outstanding Options + Available Options + Converted Shares)

Safe/Notes Ownership:

  • Convertible Note Converted Shares / New Fully Diluted Shares
  • Safe Converted Shares / New Fully Diluted Shares 

Safe/Note holders post-priced round

Converted Shares / New Fully Diluted Shares

New investors post-priced round

New Money Preferred Shares / New Fully Diluted Shares

Your post-priced round ownership

Founder Shares / New Fully Diluted Shares

Dilution of Founder Shares

(% change in Founder Ownership / Current Fully Diluted Shares) * 100

Value of your shares post-priced round

Founder Shares * Preferred Price Per Share

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


Drafts V2 - Early Access

What’s coming: 

  • Drafting securities enhancements: in-app spreadsheet and data validations.
  • Option grant and RSU drafting available now. Certificate drafting coming soon.

Who this affects: 

  • Users: Equity administrators, Law firm partners
  • Packages: All packages (Launch, Starter, Growth, Scale, and IPO-Ready will receive this new drafting flow)

What’s better: 

  • In-app bulk actions for large data sets: This new and improved drafting and issuance workflow includes an in-app spreadsheet. 
  • Built-in data validation: We’ve built advanced validations into the product to improve data accuracy and completeness of your entire cap table.

Timing: So far in 2020, about 12,000 customers have received access to Drafts V2.  All remaining clients will be enabled in Q4 2020.  If you'd like to learn more or to request access sooner, email us at draftsfeedback@carta.com

Material event making your 409a stale?

What’s coming: Let your employees know your 409a is out of date and their taxes may be impacted if exercising.

Who this affects: 

  • Users: Equity administrators and option holders
  • Packages: Starter, Growth, Scale, and IPO-Ready will receive this functionality.  Any customer with 409a in their subscription.

What’s better: 

Proactive, in-app communication: When enabling this functionality, all option holders, upon exercising, are shown a disclaimer that the FMV is stale and this could impact their taxes. See the full disclaimer below in “Option Holder view”.

Equity Administrator view:

Option Holder view:

Timing: Rolling out to all 409a customers on September 30th.

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

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 -

Bulk-Add-Stakeholders-1.png

  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.

Bulk-Add-Stakeholders-2.png

  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.
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