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.

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.




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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!

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.

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.

CCL Compliance Certificates

CCL borrowers and Fund Admin can now submit compliance certificates in-app.

On a quarterly and annual basis, CCL borrowers must certify that they are in compliance with all required covenants in their Loan & Security Agreement by submitting a compliance certificate.

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A Fund Admin (Operator) can complete the certificate and submit to the Borrower (Signer) for signature. A Borrower can either sign these submitted forms or fill one out, sign, and submit directly. Both an Operator and a Signer can retract unsigned compliance certificates (e.g. certificate was filled out in error or is no longer applicable).

Exercises Ledger & Managing 83(b) Elections

Today, all of Carta’s private, corporate customers have access to the Exercises ledger with 83(b) administration features.

Awhile back, Carta introduced the Exercises ledger. The ledger provided a view of all exercise requests across the company, along with simple filtering by exercise status and date range. We’ve spent some time gathering and incorporating feedback from our customers to provide an improved Exercises ledger with additional features. A few highlights are illustrated below:

Admins are now given a tab that filters for early exercises:

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From there, admins can mark whether or not a shareholder chose to make an 83(b) election, and even send notifications reminding the shareholder to upload their 83(b) election form in Carta:

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Additionally, admins can reject a submitted exercise request when reviewing the request from within the Exercises ledger:

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Filtering by payment type is now possible - this should be especially useful for companies needing to process and accept wire transfers for exercise payment:

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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

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