Updated Form 3921 Dashboard with Consolidated 3921 Statements (Company Tax & Compliance)

What's new?

After reviewing customer feedback, Carta made several user experience enhancements in the Form 3921 dashboard.

Carta now aggregates individual Form 3921’s for ISO exercises into consolidated statements for ease of use. Individual Copy B’s are still available to download if required. These statements will be available in participant portfolios when companies generate their 3921’s. 

The enhanced user experience also allows company stock administrators to download the Manage Stakeholder Details report to review all stakeholder records at once instead of in a paginated view within the Administrator Experience. Companies with 50+ stakeholders now have enhanced filter and sorting capabilities (e.g, select one or multiple years to download the Stakeholder details ledger) to better analyze historical data.

There is a new tab for “Exclude Transactions” for further flexibility if company administrators need to suppress reporting on individual option exercises. 

How does it work?

The new Form 3921 Dashboard is available now to all companies subscribed to this feature.

Reach out to Carta to get the process started

Reach out to your CSM to enable Form 3921 reporting if you are interested in upgrading your subscription. Public Market companies will have this enabled by default.


 

Valuation Updates for SAFEs and Convertible Notes In-App

What's new?

Valuation Updates: Easily mark up or down SAFEs or convertible notes!

What’s important or valuable about this change? 

We've expanded the capabilities of our valuation update flows to enable clients, where appropriate, to mark up or down SAFEs or convertible notes. We created an addition to the flow which highlights audit and other considerations clients should have when marking up or down convertible assets, and given them the ability to complete this when applicable for their use case.

What do I need to do?

Check out a step by step guide on updating your valuations in-app here.

Here is a summary of how it works: 

  1. Login to Carta, navigate to investments, and click “Update Valuation”
  2. Add a new share price or holding value (the full value of your investment in the asset) for each investment you want to mark up/down
    1. Optional: submit any supporting documents like cap tables/purchase agreements
  3. Carta will check your input for accuracy and automatically post successful changes to your SOI, IRR, and financials. Otherwise, we will review the update first and reach out as needed.

As a reminder, here is a walkthrough of in-app valuation updates:

  1. Log into Carta and navigate to the fund with the investment that you want to update. 
  2. Go to the Investments tab on the top navigation bar and select the Update Valuation option in the top right side of the page. 
  3. Select the portfolio company (or companies) for which you want to update the asset values.

Note: Convertible assets are not able to be selected for marking up or down. For common questions about types of valuation updates, see this FAQ in the Valuations 101 support article, highlighted below,

  1. For each investment, specify the new price per share. For assets without shares, specify the new total holding value. You can observe the change in gain or loss based on the new value. 
    1. Value per share vs total holdings value: Assets that have shares can be marked up or down by share price, or by total value of the asset. These include preferred and common equity.
      Assets that do not have shares and change in value can be marked up by total holdings value. These include Partnership interest and membership interest. Reach out to your fund administrator if you have a specialty asset type and need assistance.
    2. Document support: Supporting documentation is strongly encouraged, but may be added later by emailing your fund administrator. Stock Purchase Agreement is preferred, however any documentation from the company that indicates the new value/value per share and is credible should be included otherwise for your FA to review. For unaudited funds, a screenshot of an email from the founder, for example, can also be provided for review, in absence of other documentation.
  2. Next, confirm which funds you want to apply this valuation update to. All funds in your firm that hold the portfolio company will be listed. In most cases, all funds should be selected. 
  3. You will repeat steps 4 and 5 for each portfolio investment you selected to update. 
  4. On the final review screen, confirm all the updates you made for each investment. Click Back to revise, or Submit if everything looks correct.
  5. After submitting, Carta will automatically check that the update is within reasonable range. If it passes, the changes will show immediately on the investment tab. If further review is required, a task will be generated for your fund administration team. If they need more information, they will reach out directly within 3-4 business days.  

Additional Resources:

FAQs for Updating Valuations


Carta Closings

What’s New

We revamped the entire limited partner (LP) experience of our closings product. Built with the feedback of the 20,000 LPs who have already closed on Carta, we’re excited to release Carta Closings, providing LPs the quickest and easiest way to subscribe to a Fund or SPV. 

How it Works

Carta Closings guides LPs through the subscription process and ensures that all LPs, from first-time investors to experienced institutions, have a smooth experience.

Improvements include:

A Shorter & Smarter Questionnaire

A typical investor questionnaire contains dozens of questions, most of which are irrelevant to a majority of LPs. We reduced the time your LPs will spend on subscription documents by building a smarter workflow that adds or subtracts questions based on LPs responses to previous questions.

Guided Support

Investor questionnaires can contain legal and industry terms that are confusing to some LPs. Now, LPs will see a dynamic in-app sidebar that defines these terms and provides answers to frequently asked questions throughout the questionnaire. 

Pre-Filled Investor Questionnaire

Once an LP fills out Carta’s Investor Questionnaire, their information is saved and will be auto-populated for all subsequent entities they subscribe to. This allows returning LPs to subscribe to new entities in seconds. 

Additional improvements: 

  • Forwarding subscription agreements: LPs can easily forward the documents to another individual to complete on their behalf, like a wealth manager or assistant. LPs will be notified when the documents are ready for their final review and signature.
  • Integrated data room: Carta Closings allows you to share fundraising documents with LPs at any time during the subscription process through our secure data room. Plus, LPs will be able to access their data room at any point during the subscription process. 
  • Wiring instructions & capital calls: Display wiring and initial payment instructions to LPs (optional) as soon as they submit their documents, and have your initial capital call automatically shared once the LP has been admitted to the entity. 
  • Instant KYC: Built directly into Carta Closings, receive instant KYC/AML compliance checks for your LPs (optional). 
  • Pre-filled W-9s: For U.S.-based LPs subscribing as individuals, Carta can now pre-fill a W-9 for them to review and e-sign. The W-9 is pre-filled based on the information the LP already provided as part of their subscription.

See how it works:

Who this affects

Carta Closings is an optional, free product available to all fund administration clients raising new funds or SPVs. 

More Resources

Support Article for LPs
Support Article for Fund Managers
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Cash Balances in App

Whats new?

Plaid, SVB, FRB, & Brex Cash Balances are now available in app!

We are now pulling in daily cash balances for Direct Connect (SVB, FRB), Brex, and Plaid users!

Who this affects

All customers that have relationships with Plaid, SVB, FRB, and Brex.

What's important about this change?

Cash balances help our clients answer critical questions like “Do I have enough cash on hand to invest $1M into Solana today?”

They will also be used across our application to power health checks and workflows. In the near term, we’re working on automating invoice collection and creating treasury tickets. Using cash balance, we can get ahead of problems where the fund might be unaware they don’t have enough cash on hand to pay the expense.

What do I need to do?

Ready to check your cash balances in app? It is automatically updated in your General Ledger

 

 


Insights for Carta Total Compensation

What’s new?

In order to communicate more information about the benchmark data in Carta Total Compensation, we are now providing several metrics to provide greater clarity around both our peer groups and individual benchmarks. This new information includes aggregate sample size data, benchmark confidence indicators, and more information about each job area/level (including details like complexity, autonomy, and scope).

Aggregate sample sizes in Total Comp

The Bands page now highlights the aggregate sample size to give you insight into the data that contribute to Total Comp’s benchmarks for a particular peer group.

How do I locate the aggregate sample size for a particular peer group?

  1. Navigate to the Bands page.
  2. Select your peer group.
  3. The aggregate sample size for said peer group will be listed under the selected peer group.
  4. This includes both the number of records as well as the number of companies which factored into the benchmarks for the specified peer group.

Benchmark Confidence 

Carta provides confidence metrics for sample size, recency, and goodness of fit to understand Carta’s stated confidence in the benchmark for a particular band. Confidence metrics are calculated for the band (job area x level) across all peer groups. 

  • Sample size: The number of datapoints included in this benchmark.
  • Recency: The relative proportion of newly effective datapoints underlying the benchmark.
  • Goodness of fit: The accuracy of the model to predict benchmarks based on trends in the underlying data. 

How do I find the benchmark confidence for a particular band?

You can find the benchmark confidence for a particular band either by:

  1. Navigating to the Bands page and hovering over the band to view the band level confidence tool tip.
  2. Navigating to the Bands page and selecting a role within the bands table to launch the Job Breakdown Modal.

Band Level Details

Band level details provide complete benchmark information all in one place. This includes percentile data for salary and equity, benchmark confidence metrics, and additional details about each job area/level.

  1. Band overview: High-level details for the selected band (area x level).
  2. Compensation breakdown: Visual breakdown of the salary + equity compensation for the selected band across all target percentiles.
  3. Benchmark Confidence: Visualization of Carta’s confidence in the underlying sample size, recency, and goodness of fit for a given benchmark.
  4. Band level details: Explainers covering the roles and responsibilities for the currently selected band (job area x level).

How do I enable Insights for Carta Total Compensation?

In order to access the new Insights functionality in Carta Total Compensation, you must first ensure your account is updated to the 2022-07-12 benchmarks. You can update your compensation plan to use the latest benchmark versions either by:

  1. Visiting the Plan page and clicking on the "Update available" link in the Active Plan window.

  1. Navigating to the Bands page and clicking on the "Update" bubble in the top left.

You will have the opportunity to preview the new plan with the updated benchmarks version and assess their impact on your scorecard before accepting the new plan.

What's next?

Carta Total Compensation will add the ability to define variable compensation programs and assign them to employees

Mass Issuance Report

What's new?

Upon going public, issuers must communicate the share positions held on their former cap table to their new public Transfer Agent. Carta’s Mass Issuance report captures the key information that Transfer Agents need to reflect public share ownership following an IPO. 

The Mass Issuance report aggregates pertinent cap table and tax-related (e.g, cost basis) information, typically found in multiple reports, into one export file containing information required by the Transfer Agent. Now issuers can easily export ownership information for communication to their Transfer Agent in one step.  

The Mass Issuance report includes additional information on the company’s stock program shares to make it easier for the company to move the eligible portion of their stock ledger back to an equity management provider - such as Carta - from the Transfer Agent. This helps preserve critical tax information while facilitating the delivery of public shares to the stakeholder's Carta portfolio for trading.

How does it work?

Experience a secure and smooth data transition as you move your private equity records to a public Transfer Agent. 

The Mass Issuance report:

  • allows for the easy communication of ownership data to a public Transfer Agent in one file ahead of an IPO, SPAC or direct listing; and
  • includes additional fields needed for when you permission your Transfer Agent to send your public stock ledger to a public equity management provider of choice - such as Carta.

Reach out to Carta to get the process started

Are you preparing to go public? Reach out to Carta’s public markets team (carta.public@carta.com) to begin planning your IPO journey.

The Mass Issuance report can be found under your Reports section in Carta.   

Early Lockup Release Feature (Public Markets)

What's new?

Customers wishing to allow their shareholders to sell a portion of their holdings prior to a traditional 180-day lockup expiration can now control early lockup release programs through Carta. With Carta’s early lockup release functionality, your company can specify the quantity of shares each shareholder can sell during a specified period. 

Carta’s Public Market Equity Management Services team will work with companies to determine: 

  1. shareholder eligibility for the early lock-up release period
  2. the start and end date of the liquidity period
  3. how many shares each individual may sell during the period

After gathering this information, Carta will then work with the customer to complete an import template, which will be uploaded to Carta's public platform. Eligible shareholders will now be able to see the quantity of shares they can trade, what they’ve already traded, and what portion of shares is still remaining. 

Allow your employees to begin trading company shares Day 1 post-IPO

The early lockup release feature:

  • allows your employees to sell prior to the standard 180-day lockup period while enforcing the terms of your company’s early lockup release program; and
  • makes it easy to instruct participation eligibility and quantity limits for all shareholders.

Figure 1: Shareholders can monitor the number of shares they can sell during the early lockup release.

Figure 2: Shareholders are limited to the quantity of shares that they are allowed to sell per the rules of the early lockup release. Quantities can be set specific to an individual.

Trade limits apply across asset types. The sale of long stock, in addition to cashless option transactions, will count against the shareholder’s total allowed quantity to trade, ensuring that the stakeholder won’t oversell per the terms of the early lockup release.

Reach out to Carta to get the process started

Reach out to Carta’s Public Markets team (carta.public@carta.com) to begin customizing an early lockup release benefit for your employees ahead of an exit.

409A Ledger Redesign

What’s new?

We have redesigned the 409A Ledger Page where you come to request and review the 409A Valuations of your company and enter the Fair Market Value (FMV) of your company’s options. The goal of this refresh is to help you navigate the valuation process with ease and access resources quickly whenever you need assistance. 

With this updated design you will quickly and easily identify where you are in the valuation process and what to expect next. Carta is here to help you along the way with curated support articles and a variety of options to get in touch with us if you have questions not covered within the articles.

How it Works

Under Compliance > 409A you will find a number of new features designed to help you navigate the Carta Valuation process with confidence.

Valuation Status Tracker

The Valuation Status Tracker at the top of the page clearly indicates where your company is in the valuation request process. Whether you are in the middle of completing your request, if your draft is ready for review or if you are anywhere in between, the tracker will let you know what your next step is as soon as you land on the 409A Ledger page. Also included are tools and support articles to help answer common questions that you may have based on where you are in the valuation process.



Review and accept your valuation

Once you have received your valuation, you can download it for review directly from the Valuation Tracker on the 409A Ledger page. After you have had a chance to review the report and are ready to accept, you will be directed to the final step in The Valuation Tracker, the acceptance workflow. 



Get in touch with our team

Have a question? Navigate to our Support Module on the page and select the contact method that works best for you, our team of experts will follow up with a response typically within 1 business day.



Viewing your 409A Valuations

Now that you have completed the valuation process, your most recent valuation will be displayed at the top of the table at the bottom of the page along with any previous valuations saved to your Carta account. If you have any questions for our Valuation team in between valuations, simply navigate to the new 409A Ledger Page to access our Support model to get in touch with our team of Valuation Experts.




Improvements to Engineering Specializations

Benchmarks 2022-06-16

What changes can I expect from these benchmarks?

This version resolves an issue with level progression in the benchmark version released on 2022-06-09. If you did not update to the 2022-06-09 benchmarks you were not impacted by this bug. There are no other changes to benchmarks or specializations in this release.

Carta will now provide salary + equity benchmarks for the following engineering specializations:

  • AI and Machine Learning
  • Hardware
  • Mobile
  • Web Engineering

In addition, benchmarks data has been refreshed for the following existing engineering specializations:

  • DevOps and Site Reliability
  • Quality Assurance
  • UX/Frontend

Note that for all of our specializations the sample size is smaller than job area benchmarks which could result in data volatility as we continue to update the data and grow our overall sample size.

What were the largest areas of movement from these benchmarks?

For existing specializations, salaries increased an average of approximately 3% compared to the previous version of the benchmarks. The largest increases are generally concentrated at more senior levels and in higher valuation peer groups. We also observed some decreases in the salary benchmarks, mostly at levels 1 and 2 at valuations below $50 million. While some of these changes are driven by market dynamics, some of the change is driven by the limited sample size for these roles. Equity benchmarks also reflect a mix of increases and decreases compared to the last benchmark version which are also being driven by a combination of market dynamics and sample size.

How do I update my plan to use the new benchmarks version?

You can update your compensation plan to use the latest benchmark versions either by:

  1. Visiting the Plan page and clicking on the "Update available" link in the Active Plan window.
  2. Navigating to the Bands page and clicking on the "Update" bubble in the top left.

You will have the opportunity to preview the new plan with the updated benchmarks version and assess their impact on your scorecard before accepting the new plan.

How can I assign an employee to a specialization?

You can assign an employee to an engineering specialization by: 

  1. Visiting the Employee Scorecard page for a particular employee and selecting “Edit” next to the employee’s role and then selecting “Job area and level” on the Update details page.

  1. Select the “Specialization” dropdown to assign an employee to one of the listed specializations.

Note: specialization benchmarks are currently limited to AI and Machine Learning. DevOps + Site Reliability, Hardware, Mobile, Quality Assurance, UX/Frontend, and Web Engineering for the engineering job area.

How do I see benchmarks for engineering specializations?

You can view benchmarks for engineering specializations by:

  1. Visiting the Bands page and selecting “Engineering” under Area. Once the engineering job area is selected, you can change the engineering specializations by selecting the Specialization dropdown.


How do engineering specializations affect the Employee Scorecard?

The compa-ratio is a quick way to compare an employee's compensation to your plan's target rate for a given job area, level, and location. The compa-ratios for an employee assigned to the AI and Machine Learning, Hardware, Mobile, and Web Engineering specializations will now be calculated using the target compensation for the specializations.

What’s next?

Additional functionality around data transparency that will provide users insight into the underlying data used to generate benchmarks in Carta Total Compensation.

New Employee Scorecard & Engineering Specializations

What’s new?

New Employee Scorecard

We’ve restructured the Employee Scorecard to increase legibility and improve comprehension of your employee’s role information and compensation details. 

The updated Employee Scorecard is broken down into logical groupings of information to help you quickly identify important information.

  1. Employee Overview
  2. Annual Compensation Breakdown
  3. Equity Breakdown

Engineering Specializations Benchmarks 2022-06-09

What changes can I expect from these benchmarks?

Carta will now provide salary + equity benchmarks for the following engineering specializations:

  • AI and Machine Learning
  • Hardware
  • Mobile
  • Web Engineering

In addition, benchmarks data has been refreshed for the following existing engineering specializations:

  • DevOps and Site Reliability
  • Quality Assurance
  • UX/Frontend

Note that for all of our specializations the sample size is smaller than job area benchmarks which could result in data volatility as we continue to update the data and grow our overall sample size.

What were the largest areas of movement from these benchmarks?

For existing specializations, salaries increased an average of approximately 3% compared to the previous version of the benchmarks. The largest increases are generally concentrated at more senior levels and in higher valuation peer groups. We also observed some decreases in the salary benchmarks, mostly at levels 1 and 2 at valuations below $50 million. While some of these changes are driven by market dynamics, some of the change is driven by the limited sample size for these roles. Equity benchmarks also reflect a mix of increases and decreases compared to the last benchmark version which are also being driven by a combination of market dynamics and sample size.

How do I update my plan to use the new benchmarks version?

You can update your compensation plan to use the latest benchmark versions either by:

  1. Visiting the Plan page and clicking on the "Update available" link in the Active Plan window.
  2. Navigating to the Bands page and clicking on the "Update" bubble in the top left.

You will have the opportunity to preview the new plan with the updated benchmarks version and assess their impact on your scorecard before accepting the new plan.

How can I assign an employee to a specialization?

You can assign an employee to an engineering specialization by: 

  1. Visiting the Employee Scorecard page for a particular employee and selecting “Edit” next to the employee’s role and then selecting “Job area and level” on the Update details page.

  1. Select the “Specialization” dropdown to assign an employee to one of the listed specializations.

Note: specialization benchmarks are currently limited to AI and Machine Learning. DevOps + Site Reliability, Hardware, Mobile, Quality Assurance, UX/Frontend, and Web Engineering for the engineering job area.

How do I see benchmarks for engineering specializations?

You can view benchmarks for engineering specializations by:

  1. Visiting the Bands page and selecting “Engineering” under Area. Once the engineering job area is selected, you can change the engineering specializations by selecting the Specialization dropdown.


How do engineering specializations affect the Employee Scorecard?

The compa-ratio is a quick way to compare an employee's compensation to your plan's target rate for a given job area, level, and location. The compa-ratios for an employee assigned to the AI and Machine Learning, Hardware, Mobile, and Web Engineering specializations will now be calculated using the target compensation for the specializations.

What’s next?

Additional functionality around data transparency that will provide users insight into the underlying data used to generate benchmarks in Carta Total Compensation.

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