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How to Raise a Series A

Raising a Series A

Not intimidated by 80 page how-to guides? Of course you aren’t. You’re a Pillar company getting ready to raise your Series A.

Raising a Series A

VC 1.01

VC1.01 covers the following topics: The Business of VC – How Venture Firms Work; Stock and VC Investment Structures; and Key Considerations for Founders & Employees.

Advice for Founders During Uncertain Times

Advice for Founders During Uncertain Times

During economic downturns, every company faces a different situation, and what’s right for yours could depend on stage, funding history, cash balance, and space. What to do falls into three buckets: fundraising, operational focus, and reducing burn rate.

How VCs Really Evaluate Potential Seed Investments

How VCs Really Evaluate Potential Seed Investments

The VC’s decision to invest comes down to four core elements: scope, chemistry, unicorn potential and financial match.

How to: Protect Yourself in a Fire Sale

How to: Protect Yourself in a Fire Sale

Innovation is hard, and not all startups succeed. Get your carve-out in writing.

How to: Pitch a VC Successfully (Even Over Zoom)

How to: Pitch a VC Successfully (Even Over Zoom)

Your pitch deck should be aligned with your audience. Here’s how you can do that, even over Zoom.

Term Sheet Grader

Term Sheet Grader

We developed the term-sheet grader, a simple way to compare different term sheets or help characterize whether a term sheet is good or evil.

2019 US Micro-VC Firms

2019 US Micro-VC Firms

Samir Kaji from First Republic created an Airtable of over 900 micro-VCs (funds less than $100M) across the country.

Women Angel Investors in the US

Women Angel Investors in the US

Lolita Taub pulled together an Airtable of 500+ women angel investors in the US.

How To: Negotiate a Term Sheet

How To: Negotiate a Term Sheet

Just got a term sheet from a VC firm? Congratulations — that’s no small feat. Now we’ll help you navigate how to negotiate your term sheet.