We're excited to announce a new partnership with Pulley, one of the most popular equity management solutions for startups. Thousands of startups use Pulley to create cap tables, secure 409A valuations, and access essential tools for equity management. Pulley is the top-rated cap table solution on G2 and is used by more than 70% of each Y Combinator batch.
Starting today, you'll be able to automatically create a cap table for your startup on Pulley using information from Clerky. Your cap table on Pulley will also automatically update as you issue more shares, stock options, safes, or convertible notes on Clerky.
As a startup attorney, I’ve seen firsthand the challenges startups have with cap table management. Pulley is one of the most popular cap table services with our startups, so we're thrilled to be making it easier for them to get set up on Pulley.
In 2011, I was in the same Y Combinator group as Clerky. The founders personally helped me set up my company quickly, saving me thousands on legal fees. I've used Clerky for every company I've started. It's not surprising that Clerky has become the default for so many companies today. I'm excited for Pulley to partner with Clerky and make it easier for more founders to start and scale.
To get started, go to the Integrations page for your startup's team on Clerky. Then just go to the Pulley integration and click Install. Once you've connected your Clerky account, Pulley takes care of the rest, syncing your data and setting up your cap table.
That's not all! If you don’t already use Pulley, you'll get 15% off your first year when you sign up through this integration.
We’re excited to work with Pulley to make life even easier for startup founders. This new integration means that Clerky startups will be able to use Pulley's advanced equity management tools without the repetitive data entry. We hope you'll enjoy using it!
We're excited to announce an enhancement to our partnership with Mercury (plus a limited-time offer) that will significantly reduce stress for non-US startup founders — and even some US founders!
If you're a new founder and someone agrees to invest in your startup, you may need to quickly set up a new corporation and open a bank account. Naturally, you want to close the investment as soon as possible. Or maybe you're in a little less of a rush but still need to accept payments or pay employees soon.
Clerky has always made it easy to set up a corporation so you can get the first step done quickly. We've also long partnered with Mercury and others to make that second step, opening a bank account1, as easy as possible. Trusted by more than 100,000 companies, Mercury lays the groundwork for ambitious companies to operate at their highest level with banking and credit cards engineered for the startup journey. With an intelligent banking platform powering their operations, founders and finance teams can efficiently store, manage, and move their funds while driving smarter business decisions. And with access to notable investors, operators, founders, and resources, startups can better navigate the obstacles of company building.
But sometimes startups encounter a roadblock when trying to take this second step. In order to open a US bank account, you generally need to get an EIN from the IRS. If you have a US taxpayer ID, you can probably get an EIN online in just a few minutes. But if you don't have a US taxpayer ID, you'll need to apply by fax. Sometimes you'll need to apply by fax even if you do have a US taxpayer ID. The problem is that the IRS can take months to assign EINs via fax, which means it could take months to open a bank account. That's bad news if you have an investor waiting.
To fix this, we're teaming up with Mercury so you can open a Mercury account while waiting for the IRS to assign your EIN. Clerky startups can now start applying to Mercury through Clerky right after applying for an EIN! This means you can potentially start banking within days of incorporating. No more stressing about when the IRS is going to get back to you. You can now start closing investors, accepting payments, and hiring people in days, not weeks or months.
One more thing — for a limited time, Mercury is helping cover a portion of incorporation costs by offering $1,000 in cash to Clerky startups that open accounts and meet a minimum balance requirement!2 This offer won't last forever, so if you're interested, get started today on Clerky.
Starting today, non-U.S. founders incorporating on Clerky will be able to apply for an EIN completely online — and for free.
In most cases, U.S.-based startup founders can get an EIN from the IRS website in minutes. Startup founders outside of the U.S. usually can't do this though, because the online application requires an SSN or ITIN. If you incorporate in the U.S. but don't have a personal U.S. taxpayer ID, your only option aside from snail mail is to fax an application to the IRS and wait to receive the EIN back by fax.
Obviously, this is a huge pain. Where do you even find a fax machine these days?
Clerky startups in this situation can now avoid this hassle entirely. Answer a few easy questions to generate the EIN paperwork and have Clerky fax it to the IRS. When we get the EIN back, we'll upload it and notify you immediately. Please keep in mind that the IRS can be very slow to process EIN applications by fax. It can easily take months in some cases. Unfortunately, there's no way to speed this up (believe us, we've looked).
We're especially proud of our new EIN functionality because it's 100% in-house, not outsourced. Even though it's very common to outsource handling EIN applications, we decided to do the work ourselves in order to minimize the risk of delays or data breaches. We've also worked hard to make sure that you can fully comply with IRS instructions when you submit an EIN application through Clerky. Surprisingly, this isn't the case with a lot of other services that help startups with EINs.
If you're incorporating a startup and don't have an SSN or ITIN, we hope you'll enjoy this new feature. We look forward to making your life easier!
We've given your perks directory a whole new look. It's now easier than ever to see all your perks and find the ones you want for your startup.
You now have more fine-grained control over who reviews and gets cc'd on paperwork. Now, when you set someone to always review or observe paperwork, you can set whether that should be for everything or only some kinds of paperwork. No more manually removing people each time!
Plus, we've added some new perks:
Microsoft – Up to $150,000 in Microsoft Azure credits, plus $2,500 in OpenAI credits
Segment – $50,000 in credits lasting up to 2 years
Ramp – $500 virtual card after your first balance payment of $1,000 within 30 days of account opening
If you're incorporating a new startup soon, you might be able to save around $400. How? By avoiding the 2023 Delaware franchise tax.
Delaware franchise taxes aren't pro-rated, which means that a Delaware corporation incorporating on December 31, 2023 will have to pay the same franchise tax for 2023 as one that incorporated on January 1, 2023. If you have investors ready to wire funds, this probably isn’t a big deal. But if you're not in a rush, it could be a waste of money.
To avoid this, we can help you take advantage of a little-known feature of Delaware law that allows you to specify the effective date of an incorporation. If you specify January 1, 2024, your corporation won't exist until then, which means it won't need to pay the 2023 franchise tax. This feature is available to all our customers at no extra charge.
Of course, you won't be able to do other legal paperwork or open bank accounts until the incorporation is effective. So why not just wait until January 1 to submit your incorporation paperwork? Two reasons:
You want to make sure no one else takes your startup's name.
It can feel like a minor miracle to find a name you like that isn't already taken. By filing your incorporation paperwork, you can secure the name you want when the filing is accepted, even if the incorporation won’t be effective until later. You could reserve the name instead, but that adds unnecessary expense and complexity to the process.
You want to hit the ground running in 2024.
Maybe you’ve decided to wait until after the end-of-year holidays to focus on your new startup. Filing your incorporation paperwork before you ring in the new year can help save you some time in 2024.
In addition, the start of a new year can be busy for the Delaware Division of Corporations, which can lead to delays in processing new incorporations. Filing ahead of time can help you beat the crowds and avoid those delays.
We've made January 1 effective date incorporations available to startup founders for many years, and are excited to bring them back again. From now until the end of the year, you'll be able to have your incorporation take effect on January 1, 2024 when you incorporate a new startup on Clerky.
Of course, if you prefer, you can still choose to have it take effect immediately when the Delaware Division of Corporation files it.
More attorneys than ever are using Clerky to help their clients. We realized there was a need for a dedicated space where attorneys and their staff could find answers to their questions. With our new help center, it's now easier than ever for attorneys and paralegals to learn how to use our software.
So what's inside the help center? We've provided detailed answers to common attorney questions, with step-by-step instructions, screenshots, example scenarios, and video tutorials. You can peruse articles by category – for example, "Teams" or "New Clients" – or you can search the help center for your particular question. Many articles also include how-to videos that will guide you through our UI.
If you're a startup founder, this new help center is great news for you, too! You now have a place to direct your legal team when they have questions about Clerky. Help them get up to speed faster than ever, so you can get back to building your startup.