Welcome to the 22nd episode of Inc.'s weekly Founders Project with Alexa von Tobel podcast. This new podcast brings you the stories of the entrepreneurs building the future. Listen to the tales of guts, inspiration, and drive behind the people and companies at the forefront of technology. Each weekly conversation digs into each founder's professional playbook--and starts to uncover what makes them tick as people.

And for the 22nd episode:

Why Equity Matters, with Henry Ward of Carta

What if there were a stock market for private companies? Carta is well on its way to realizing that vision. Henry Ward launched the company in 2012 under the name eShares. Fast-forward 7 years and Carta now manages over $575 billion in equity for over 11,000 companies and has a sky-high valuation of its own at $1.7 billion. Henry shares his vision for closing the wealth inequality gap, how he's hiring 50 new employees each month, and how his previous startup's failure led to Carta's success.

Check out the full episode in the player below or in iTunes, and see a full list of other episodes here.