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Carta data from more than 6,000 primary financing rounds raised by 4,500 U.S.-based, venture-backed companies over the last four years show that more money was raised per round in 2018 than in 2017. Valuations increased at all stages of a company’s lifecycle, and Series D valuations (which are given to later-stage companies) increased by a whopping 128 percent. Moreover, when these later-stage companies raised money in 2018, they gave away less of the company despite receiving record-high valuations.
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Formerly known as eShares, Carta offers software that aims to help businesses of various sizes--from venture-backed startups to public companies--manage their equity and employee ownership. While its three-year revenue growth slowed from its 2018 showing--when it landed at No. 125 on the Inc. 5000--its success is hard to deny. In May 2019, it reached a $1.7 billion valuation, after raising $300 million in a Series E round led by Andreessen Horowitz.
Carta, an equity management platform, crunched data from over 300,000 employees at more than 10,000 companies, and found four out of five paper millionaires are men.
The jobs that land the biggest equity packages tend to be held by men in C-suite roles, said Emily Kramer, Carta’s vice president of marketing. “As wealth goes up, the percentage of millionaires who are women go down because they are not CEOs, CFOs or founders,” she said. Chief marketing officers, the most common executive role held by women, have the lowest median equity award, 39% less than that of CFOs, which tend to get the most generous packages after CEOs.