A better offer letter


At Carta we spend a lot of time thinking about how to better educate employees on startup equity. Even new hires at Carta often don’t understand the equity compensation component of their offer letter. So we decided to create a new offer letter.

I have included highlights of our offer letter with captions below. We are making available a full example of our offer letter, that you can find here. I have also included some highlights below with captions. I hope this will encourage transparency in more companies and help candidates who are currently interviewing at startups. All numbers are accurate for Carta as of 5/18/17.

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Cover Page

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Welcome letter

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Summary of offer

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Simplified graph of our capital structure and breakpoints

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Formula for calculating option payouts for exit values greater than $77M

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Tranche-by-tranche table of employee’s vesting schedule

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Brief advice on how we encourage employees to think about their equity

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Overview of benefits

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Home office address and weekly commute schedule (only for California offices)

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Introduction to first week’s schedule and 1-on-1s

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Required legal language regarding option details and pending board approval

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Signature page

Talk to an equity expert to learn how Carta can help you be more transparent about employee equity.


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