PWERM Valuations, In-app

We've released a new feature that helps our staff value late stage private companies. The feature allows staff to conduct a "PWERM" valuation in-app, eliminating the need for them to rely on excel spreadsheets and saving them time on your 409A or ASC 820 valuation.

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PWERM stands for Probability Weighted Expected Return Method. This methodology is often relied upon in the valuation community when there is a possibility of several future outcomes for the Company being valued. For example, Airbnb has said its resuming plans to IPO. However, real world events could come up, such as a global pandemic, that could stall these plans. Due to this uncertainty, a PWERM valuation methodology could better simulate real world outcomes where companies could either continue business as usual or could reach an exit event.

Exercise Status Snapshot

After an equity holder has submitted an exercise, they can now easily see the status of an exercise request from their Portfolio Holdings page.

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To see additional details about the exercise, equity holders can click ‘View details’ to see relevant information about their exercise request.

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In-app Wire Instructions for Limited Partners

Limited partners with fund investments on Carta can now securely update their wire instructions through our portal.

When a limited partner logs into Carta, they'll see a Wire Instructions tab within each of their fund investments. There, limited partners can see any wire instructions that have been previously added and make updates.

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Wire instructions are visible for the primary user on any fund investment. Please reach out to your fund administrator to give updates to any additional users.

Updated stakeholder termination reminder for repurchases

The repurchase workflow will no longer remind users to terminate the stakeholder if the stakeholder's already been terminated in Carta.

Unvested shares from equity grants are typically repurchased from stakeholders once they've been terminated in Carta. The recently released repurchase workflow was reminding users to terminate the stakeholder even if the stakeholder was already terminated in Carta. We've updated the workflow so that the blue reminder text and "Terminate stakeholder" button only appear if the stakeholder to which the certificate belongs hasn't yet been terminated in Carta.

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Thank you to the Carta admin users who reached out and provided this product feedback. Please continue reaching out and letting us know how we can make the product better for our corporate customers.

Public Company Exercise Ledger

Carta public company administrators can now view and approve exercises through our public company exercise ledger.

Carta's public company exercise ledger and public company RSU settlement tool can now be found under Transactions.

While administrators will still be able to approve exercises via Tasks, this new ledger gives a consolidated view of pending and approved exercises.

Start by clicking on Transactions and select Exercises:

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The administrator is led to a ledger containing exercises to be approved. These include cashless type exercises as well as cash exercises.

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Clicking the righthand caret will bring up the approval and tax review flow:

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From here, the admin is able to review/update taxes if necessary, and approve the exercise.

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!

Improved payment experience for private option exercise companies and employees

Goal: Create a cohesive, consistent, and transparent payment experience for US private company admins and employees

Audience: Private company admins and employees

What’s new:

Increased transparency on money movement status:

You can access the new Payment Information page two ways:

Employees:  Account -->Payment Information

Company: Company--> Settings--> Payment information

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One place for all cash balances:

Cash Balance shows net funds in your Carta Cash balance account. It accounts for pending deposit and pending withdrawal.

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Increased flexibility when adding bank accounts:

You can now add multiple bank accounts to your payment accounts page.You can access payment accounts from both the payments information page and from the option exercise flow in the web experience.

You can also connect your bank account instantly via Plaid. If you do not see your bank account listed in Plaid, you can still connect bank accounts manually.

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Better payment tracking and record keeping:

You can now see payment history for your payments made for an exercise. For each payment received at Carta, we provide two legs of the transaction: Funds received from source account to your Carta cash balance account and funds sent from your Carta cash balance account to the destination account. We also provide the status of those funds along with estimated timelines.

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International Exercising on Mobile

We're releasing an update to the iOS and Android apps to support Options Exercising via Wire transfer! International option holders of private US companies can exercise through Carta via wire transfer. When a company enables this feature, option holders can initiate and track their exercises within Carta and pay for their exercise via wire transfer.

To begin, you will need:

  • An ISO, NSO, or ISO/NSO split option grant

Once you've installed the latest version of the Carta app, you can head to the option grant that you intend to exercise. If exercising is available, you can tap on the “Exercise” button to begin.

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Confirm your country of residence to help guide you through the appropriate exercising steps. It is recommended that you consult with a tax professional or personal financial advisor before exercising to help determine if exercising is right for you.

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Once you confirm your country of residence, you’ll now be able to:

  • Choose the number of option grants you want to exercise
  • View the payment information required for your exercise
  • Ensure that your portfolio profile information is up to date

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Once you’ve fulfilled all of the requirements needed for exercising, ensure that you read the terms of your exercise. You can do this by reviewing all linked documents before submission. Once you’re ready to submit an exercise request, tap the “Exercise” button.

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After you submit your request, the issuing company will approve your exercise. Your company’s approval will then allow you to access wire instructions within Carta via the ‘Wire funds’ task in-app, or through your email.

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Once payment has been confirmed by the company, a certificate will be created. This certificate will be signed by the officers and sent for you to accept. You'll receive email updates from us as your option exercise progresses.

Note: Carta does not wire funds. A wire transfer must be completed outside of Carta, and through your banking provider.

New Limited Partner Onboarding

Limited Partners (LPs) on Carta have a brand new onboarding experience.

Our investor clients depend on Carta to communicate with their LPs. Over the past few months, we've made big improvements to the ways LPs use Carta with a new navigation system, updates to make documents easier to find, and our Fund Investment overview page, which combines data across Carta so that LPs can understand all of their fund investments at once.

Today, we're continuing to improve the LP experience by making their first experience on the portal simple and delightful. The biggest change is that LPs no longer need to accept their fund commitments and their fund investments are shown automatically inside their portfolio.

Here's what it looks like:

First, LPs are welcomed to Carta with an email letting them know that they have a new investment on the portal and asking them to create an account. For LPs that already have an account, we'll automatically put this investment in their portfolio.

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Once an LP creates their account, they'll go directly to that portfolio. There they can see any existing investments in funds or companies as well as their new investment. For new investments, they'll see an overview of the investment so far, and be asked to agree to electronic communication for each fund investment.

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When an LP agrees to electronic communication, we'll celebrate with them!

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Their account is now fully active. They can see any documents or fund information that has been shared with them.

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.