Founded in 2018, StreetMetrics provides planning, measurement, and attribution solutions for moving out-of-home ad campaigns, such as on buses, trains, taxis, and bikes.
“We want every employee to feel like they own a piece of the business,” says Matthew Garben, head of operations. StreetMetrics issues equity compensation to all 12 of the startup’s full-time employees. “We’re a small company, so everyone here is really making an impact and we want them to be able to grow with us.”
But, many of its employees had never received equity as a form of compensation and weren’t aware of the taxes involved or the decisions they needed to make around their equity.
“We wanted to provide our employees with every resource we could to help them understand exactly what type of equity they have and what that means for them,” says Matthew.
StreetMetrics wanted a way to proactively educate its employees and to provide personalized support from experts in startup equity.
Many of StreetMetrics’ employees who received equity for the first time looked to the CEO and COO for help, which wouldn’t be sustainable as the company scaled. StreetMetrics issues both restricted stock awards (RSAs) and incentive stock options (ISOs), which have different rules and tax implications, making educating its employees more complicated.
“We were either getting questions from employees that were better suited for a CPA, like ‘What do I owe in taxes when I exercise?’, or employees weren’t asking any questions,” says Matthew.
“Honestly, I was more worried when employees didn’t ask questions because I knew for many this was their first time being issued stock options and I knew they had them,” says Matthew.
Matthew Garben, Head of Operations
To be able to point our employees to an equity and tax expert for all their questions has been such a relief.
StreetMetrics partnered with Carta Equity Advisory, a service that offers equity education and unlimited one-on-one tax advisory sessions to employees.
Carta’s equity advisors helped StreetMetrics employees understand their grants, learn equity basics, evaluate decisions around their equity, and create personalized tax strategies.
“To be able to point our employees to an equity and tax expert for all their questions has been such a relief,” says Matthew. “We want to do right by our employees and not worry we’re giving incomplete information that could come back to bite them.”
StreetMetrics hosted a company-wide equity education webinar to launch its partnership with Carta Equity Advisory. As a result, 35% of its employees have booked a one-on-one session with a tax advisor. These sessions received a customer satisfaction score of five out of five.
According to Matthew, StreetMetrics’ employees feel more confident they understand their equity grants and empowered to make smart decisions around their equity, bolstering their sense of ownership in the company.
“For all of our employees to have access to a tax advisor’s calendar where they can set up a meeting to get all their questions answered is incredible,” says Matthew. “It feels good knowing we can provide personalized equity and tax advice to all employees as we scale.”
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