Carta (formerly eShares): helping startups share the wealth with employees
Carta CEO Henry Ward
Valuation: $516 million
Total raised to date: $84 million
Year founded: 2012
HQ: Palo Alto, CA
What it does: Carta provides equity-management software that helps companies manage their employee-owned shares and options.
Why it’s hot: Earlier this month, Carta raised $80 million for an $800 million valuation. With a mission to help companies share their wealth with employees through equity, Carta is benefiting from the wave of startups that go public and offer their employees stock.
Botkeeper: a robot that keeps the books
Botkeeper CEO Enrico Palmerino
Valuation: $59 million
Total raised to date: $22.5 million
Year founded: 2015
What it does: Botkeeper automates bookkeeping and accounting using artificial intelligence.
Why it’s hot: This year, Botkeeper raised $18 million from Gradient Ventures, Google’s artificial intelligence investment firm. In the coming year, Botkeeper will continue working on its AI technology, as well as hiring more engineers.