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股权管理服务商Carta获8000万美元D轮融资

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股权管理服务商Carta获8000万美元D轮融资

最近,不少帮助别人创业的创企都获得了风险投资者的支持。

2018年,包括公共办公空间The Wing、The Riveter以及创企信用卡公司Brex在内的多家平台都获得了融资。

而近日,Carta宣布获8000万美元D轮融资,估值达到了8亿美元。这家公司能帮助创企管理股权结构表、估值、投资对象和股权计划等。之前这家公司的名字叫eShares,本轮融资的投资方包括Meritech和Tribe Capital等。

本轮融资后,Carta的融资总额达到了1.478亿美元,公司的现有投资人包括Spark Capital、Menlo Ventures、Union Square Ventures和Social Capital。

位于帕罗奥拓的Carta由Henry Ward创立于2012年,这家公司计划利用这笔资金来发展转账代理和股权管理产品,从而更好地帮助创企上市。另外它还会推出产品帮助投资人搜集投资对象的数据,以及更好地管理交易。

Ward表示:“目前,我们通过推广电子证券和股权结构软件,改变了私营企业股权管理的方式。但我们的目标不仅限于此。”

Robinhood、Slack、Wealthfront、Squarespace和Coinbase等公司都是Carta的客户,目前它管理着5000亿美元的股权。今年Carta的员工数量从310人增加到了450人,并发布了董事会管理和投资对象分析产品。

另外它还和#Angels合作完成了一份报告,该报告指出了女性员工在股权方面受到的不平等待遇。这份报告于九月发布。报告显示,尽管受调查企业的女性员工及创始人的比例达35%,但她们只获得了9%的股权。除此之外,女性创始人的比例占13%,但在创始人中,女性持有的股权却只有6%。

Startups supporting startups are blazing a new trail with support from venture capitalists.

Co-working spaces like The Wing and The Riveter raked in funding rounds this year, as did Brex, the provider of a corporate card built specifically for startups. Now Carta, which helps companies manage their cap tables, valuations, portfolio investments and equity plans, has announced an $80 million Series D at a valuation of $800 million. The company, formerly known as eShares, raised the capital from lead investors Meritech and Tribe Capital, with support from existing investors.

The round brings Carta’s total funding to $147.8 million. Its existing investors include Spark Capital, Menlo Ventures, Union Square Ventures and Social Capital, though the latter didn’t participate in the Series D funding. Tribe Capital, however, is a new venture capital firm launched by Arjun Sethi,  who previously led Social Capital’s investment in Carta, Jonathan Hsu and Ted Maidenberg, a trio of former Social Capital partners who exited the VC firm amid its transition from a traditional VC fund to a technology holding company. Tribe is said to be in the process of raising its own $200 million debut fund.

Founded in 2012 by Henry Ward  (pictured), the Palo Alto-based company plans to use the latest investment to develop their transfer agent and equity administration products and services to better support startups transitioning into public companies. It also will launch additional products for investors to collect data from their portfolio companies and to manage their back office.

“We’ve come this far by changing how ownership management works for private companies—popularizing electronic securities and cap table software, combined with audit-ready 409As,” Ward wrote in an announcement. “But our ambitions go far beyond supporting privately-held, venture-backed companies.”

Carta, which counts Robinhood, Slack, Wealthfront,  Squarespace, Coinbase and more as customers, currently manages $500 billion in equity. This year, Carta expanded its headcount from 310 employees to 450 employees, launched board management and portfolio insights products and completed a study in partnership with #Angels that highlighted the major equity gap female startup employees are victim to.

The study, released in September, revealed that women own just 9 percent of founder and employee startup equity, despite making up 35 percent of startup equity-holding employees. On top of that, women account for 13 percent of startup founders, but just 6 percent of founder equity — or $0.39 on the dollar.

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