Our mission is to create more owners

We live in a world where everything is owned by a person, or more commonly, a group of people. Startups, the office buildings those startups work in, the patents they create; farmland, the machines used to till the soil, the wheat that comes from it—everything has an owner. But very few people own what they’re building.

Ownership is important because capital is permanent and compounds. An hourly wage or a salary is a debt product (“I owe you money”) with a bi-weekly coupon (“I’ll pay you every other week”). By definition, debt grows linearly. But equity can grow exponentially. As long as there is a divide between those who own and those who do not, there will be an accelerating divide in wealth.

Ownership also creates alignment. A company of owners moves together toward the long-term outcomes of the business. It is a company that solves problems together, grows together, and reaps the rewards of all that hard work together. And the more people that benefit from the outcomes of a business, the more people have the financial freedom to start their own. Democratizing access to ownership also democratizes opportunity for innovation.

We see an opportunity to expand the global ownership graph so that everyone has the opportunity to own a portion of what they build. That’s why we built the infrastructure to make it as cheap and easy to issue equity as it is to run payroll. It’s why we’re lowering the barriers to start investing through software. And it’s why we will always provide the education and tools necessary for owners everywhere. We believe that by providing the infrastructure that fuels innovation, we lower the barriers to entry and move the world forward into an era of ownership.

Equity owners

Increasing the pace of innovation

First digital stock certificate issued on eShares

By moving stock certificates from paper to the cloud, we take the first step in mapping and expanding the global ownership graph and lowering the cost of ownership. Stock certificate “CS-1” was issued on April 26, 2013.

First international customer

Ownership is global. The first international customer joins eShares from the UK a year after we incorporate.

First 409A valuation delivered

Traditional 409A valuations can be costly and frustrating. In 2014, we launch 409A-as-a-service to provide our customers with cost-effective, audit-ready, fast valuations on the same platform where they already manage their cap tables.

First liquidity transaction on eShares

We have always dreamed of a world where private markets are as transparent and liquid as public ones. In 2015, we launch our first secondary offering and a platform where private companies can easily administer liquidity programs.

eShares becomes Carta

With automated valuations, secondary transactions, and support for public companies, we are more than issuing electronic shares. In November 2017, we change our name to reflect our evolved offering.

Fund administration product line launches

Investors want to focus on their deals, not dealing with their back office. We launch our fund administration product line with the robust software and expert services that allow them to spend more time investing.

First Annual Equity Summit and Report

With 800K users on Carta in 2018, we are able to analyze how equity ownership is distributed by gender, race, and ethnicity. We release the first report of its kind on the state of equity ownership and have published an annual report every year since.

Rollout of Carta Launch and SAFE fundraising tool

It has never been easier to start a company—and we believe it should be just as easy to raise a SAFE and build your cap table. Carta Launch offers early-stage founders a free program to get started on Carta.

Carta Ventures makes its first fund investment

Our Carta Ventures arm helps us seed the next generation of venture investors who will back the next generation of founders.

Carta releases Equity 101

Equity is complicated—but it doesn’t need to be. We build our Equity 101 program to provide free, interactive financial education that helps people understand the value of equity and become more confident managing it.

Supporting owners across the globe

With offices and experts from the US to Brazil to Singapore, we empower innovators everywhere to bring their big ideas to the world.

San Francisco, USA
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San Francisco, USA
333 Bush Street
Suite 2300
San Francisco, CA 94104
New York, USA
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New York, USA
One World Trade Center
81st Fl
New York, NY 10007
Seattle, USA
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Seattle, USA
821 2nd Ave
Suite 700
Seattle, WA 98104
Utah, USA
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Utah, USA
9800 Monroe St,
Floor 6
Sandy, UT 84070
Santa Clara, USA
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Santa Clara, USA
2445 Augustine Dr.
Suite 460
Santa Clara, CA 95054
New Jersey, USA
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New Jersey, USA
200 American Metro Blvd.
Suite 123
Hamilton Township, NJ 08619
Washington, DC
Washington, DC
650 Massachusetts Ave NW
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20001
Rio de Janeiro, BR
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Rio de Janeiro, BR
Praia do Flamengo
200, 16th Floor
Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro
RJ, Brazil 22210-065
Kitchener-Waterloo, CA
Kitchener-Waterloo, CA
137 Glasgow St.
Unit 525
Kitchener, ON N2G 4X8
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158 Cecil Street, #10-01 Singapore 069545
London, UK
London, UK
186 Shoreditch High Street,
Fora – Montacute Yards,
London, E1 6HU
Copenhagen, DK
Copenhagen, DK
Nannasgade 28
DK-2200 Copenhagen N
We can’t wait to see what you build