Building a business can be daunting. DLA Piper can ease the process with a variety of tools and tips.


DRAFT enables you to generate various documents that a typical startup company would find useful. You choose which document to create, and DRAFT. will automatically generate a customized document based on your responses to an online questionnaire.

Please be aware that these forms of documents are intended only as a starting point for documenting the intended business relationship and that before you use any document created using DRAFT, you should review it carefully and discuss its terms with a qualified lawyer. Using any of the documents generated with DRAFT inappropriately or without understanding its terms may have detrimental and unintended consequences.

Please direct any questions about completing the form or other legal issues related to DRAFT to your DLA Piper relationship attorney.

For technical issues, please contact the DLA Piper Help Desk at or 866.270.4114.


This Starter Kit will enable you to generate basic agreements that a typical startup company would find useful:

- An Employee Offer Letter
- An Employee Proprietary Information and Inventions Agreement
- Various forms of nondisclosure agreements
- A Consulting Services Agreement


The Launching Pad will allow you to create formation documents for a simple and basic Delaware corporation, including:

- Certificate of Incorporation
- Bylaws
- Action of incorporator
- Founder stock purchase agreement
-  Initial board action


DLA Piper and Shoobx are partnering to bring you the tools and information you need to form and grow your business. Shoobx is the only comprehensive platform for startups to manage their corporate legal activity, from incorporation to exit. With Shoobx, you can incorporate a new Delaware C corporation using DLA Piper sample documents, which will be electronically signed and filed, and then stored in the Shoobx data room. Shoobx can also help you manage your cap table, hire employees, create a stock incentive plan, and complete a financing, all while facilitating collaboration with your attorneys, investors, board members and employees. 

What is Carta?

Carta allows private companies – from formation to IPO – to manage their equity electronically with the participation of their shareholders, employees, auditors, and legal counsel. With Carta, your company legally issues electronic stock option grants, and other securities. From collecting signatures to transferring funds, Carta creates a single source of truth for all things related to your company's equity.

What is included?

Features Carta for Founders* Carta**
Electronic Issuing X X
Cap Table Summary X X
ACH Exercise X X
409A Valuation   X
Form 3921   X
Full Reporting Suite   X
Onboarding Manager   X

*Only available for up to 25 stakeholders
**25% first year discount will be applied to base cost for new Carta customers per DLA Piper partnership

How is Carta different?

Not just record
keeping software
All-in-one solution The #1 cap table platform
Consolidate and execute all equity documents and transactions. Every security is linked to the transaction that created it. Issue equity electronically, automate cap table management, process ACH exercises, close financings, and run liquidity programs Trusted by over 7,500 leading venture backed companies, their investors, and their employees
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Carta for founders

Sign up through the DLA Piper referral link or ask your DLA Piper contact to add your company to the platform.


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