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How to Raise a Series A

Building an IP Fortress

Pillar VC’s A to Z Guide on All Matters Intellectual Property for Start-Up CEOs.

Building an IP Fortress
How to Raise a Series A

How To: Navigate CFIUS

Tips for Entrepreneurs Coping with FIRRMA, CFIUS, and Export Control.

Read How To: Navigate CFIUS
How to Raise a Series A

SaaS Tools for Startups

Blissfully created a wonderful guide to help you better understand the most commonly used tools in today’s startup SaaS stack.

Read on Medium
How to Raise a Series A

How To: Manage Your Board of Directors

Serial CEO, Emily Green, shares tips to help you recruit, communicate with, and remain aligned with your board

Read How To: Manage Your Board of Directors
How to Raise a Series A

How To: Board Updates

A healthy sense of alignment starts with open communication — getting on the same page with your Board of Directors.

Read How To: Board Updates
How to Raise a Series A

How To: Build a Personal Board of Advisors

The right group of advisors will provide you with guidance, advice, coaching, and emotional support during your founder journey.

Read How To: Build a Personal Board of Advisors
How to Raise a Series A

How To: Use Communication to Manage Change

Leading a company is marked by constant change. As a leader, you have an opportunity to create clarity and alignment through purposeful and consistent communication.

Read How To: Use Communication to Manage Change
How to Raise a Series A

How To: Choose a CEO Coach

No matter how experienced you are in your career, a strong coach can be a game changer for every executive.

Read How To: Choose a CEO Coach
How to Raise a Series A

Anti-Racism Guide for Founders

This guide is intended as a resource to help support founders as you consider how to create an anti-racist culture in your companies, backed by open discussion and action. This guide is in no way comprehensive, rather, it reflects just a few of the resources our own team has found helpful.

Read Anti-Racism Guide for Founders
How to Raise a Series A

How To: Diversity & Inclusion for Lost and Confused Startups

We don’t need to tell you why building a diverse and inclusive company benefit is good business and leads to better financial performance – now it’s time to build a game plan.

Read How To: Diversity & Inclusion for Lost and Confused Startups
How to Raise a Series A

How to: Choose the Right VP of Engineering

No matter whether you’re just starting to build a business, growing a company, leading a major corporation, or anything in between, technical leadership will be one of the most important decisions and hires you make.

Read How to: Choose the Right VP of Engineering
How to Raise a Series A

How to: Build an Engineering SaaS Stack

So, you have a business idea. Before you can start writing any code, you’ll first need to figure out what software tools and programming languages you’ll use to power your business.

Read How to: Build an Engineering SaaS Stack
How to Raise a Series A

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.

Read on Medium
How to Raise a Series A

Women Angel Investors in the US

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

Read on Medium
How to Raise a Series A

How to Find a Co-Founder or Early Startup Team Member

Looking to find your co-founder or hire your early team?

Read How to Find a Co-Founder or Early Startup Team Member
How to Raise a Series A

How To: Hire Your Leadership Team

When it comes to hiring, the are high — your company will succeed or fail by the team you build around you.

 

Read How To: Hire Your Leadership Team
How to Raise a Series A

How To: Choose a Startup Lawyer

For many first-time founders, hiring a lawyer might seem like a necessary evil to navigating financings. The reality is that when you choose right, your lawyer is a true partner, helping you navigate unforeseen challenges.

Read How To: Choose a Startup Lawyer
How to Raise a Series A

How To: Invest in Your Mental Health

Being a Founder and CEO can feel lonely. Make sure to take time for yourself when you need it, and invest in your mental health.

Read How To: Invest in Your Mental Health
How to Raise a Series A

How To: Assess Product-Market Fit

Finding your way to product-market fit starts with getting close to customers, listening and learning.

Read How To: Assess Product-Market Fit
How to Raise a Series A

How To: User Interviews

Just like laundry day, it’s all too easy to push off these crucial conversations with customers, leaning on assumption and gut instinct…until you find yourself down to your last pair of socks.

Read How To: User Interviews
How to Raise a Series A

How To Navigate a Term Sheet in the COVID-19 Era

Winners in the new world—as well as smaller startups or those leveraging existing relationships—will still close deals during this period. But be wary of investors who use this environment to propose term sheets full of red flags.

Read How To Navigate a Term Sheet in the COVID-19 Era
How to Raise a Series A

You Owe Your Team Prompt Layoffs and a New Plan

This post explains why sometimes you should embrace layoffs as a difficult but necessary step, how you should implement a layoff, and what you can do to rebuild morale down the road.

Read You Owe Your Team Prompt Layoffs and a New Plan
How to Raise a Series A

How To: Strategic Planning

Every founder needs a simple framework for prioritization to help you create clarity and stay aligned with your team.

Read How To: Strategic Planning
How to Raise a Series A

Can I Negotiate my VC 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.

Can I Negotiate my VC Term Sheet?
How to Raise a Series A

How To: Navigate CFIUS

Tips for Entrepreneurs Coping with FIRRMA, CFIUS, and Export Control.

Read How To: Navigate CFIUS
How to Raise a Series A

SaaS Tools for Startups

Blissfully created a wonderful guide to help you better understand the most commonly used tools in today’s startup SaaS stack.

Read on Medium
How to Raise a Series A

How To: Manage Your Board of Directors

Serial CEO, Emily Green, shares tips to help you recruit, communicate with, and remain aligned with your board

Read How To: Manage Your Board of Directors
How to Raise a Series A

How To: Board Updates

A healthy sense of alignment starts with open communication — getting on the same page with your Board of Directors.

Read How To: Board Updates
How to Raise a Series A

How To: Build a Personal Board of Advisors

The right group of advisors will provide you with guidance, advice, coaching, and emotional support during your founder journey.

Read How To: Build a Personal Board of Advisors
How to Raise a Series A

How To: Use Communication to Manage Change

Leading a company is marked by constant change. As a leader, you have an opportunity to create clarity and alignment through purposeful and consistent communication.

Read How To: Use Communication to Manage Change
How to Raise a Series A

How To: Choose a CEO Coach

No matter how experienced you are in your career, a strong coach can be a game changer for every executive.

Read How To: Choose a CEO Coach
How to Raise a Series A

Anti-Racism Guide for Founders

This guide is intended as a resource to help support founders as you consider how to create an anti-racist culture in your companies, backed by open discussion and action. This guide is in no way comprehensive, rather, it reflects just a few of the resources our own team has found helpful.

Read Anti-Racism Guide for Founders
How to Raise a Series A

How To: Diversity & Inclusion for Lost and Confused Startups

We don’t need to tell you why building a diverse and inclusive company benefit is good business and leads to better financial performance – now it’s time to build a game plan.

Read How To: Diversity & Inclusion for Lost and Confused Startups
How to Raise a Series A

How to: Choose the Right VP of Engineering

No matter whether you’re just starting to build a business, growing a company, leading a major corporation, or anything in between, technical leadership will be one of the most important decisions and hires you make.

Read How to: Choose the Right VP of Engineering
How to Raise a Series A

How to: Build an Engineering SaaS Stack

So, you have a business idea. Before you can start writing any code, you’ll first need to figure out what software tools and programming languages you’ll use to power your business.

Read How to: Build an Engineering SaaS Stack
How to Raise a Series A

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.

Read on Medium
How to Raise a Series A

Women Angel Investors in the US

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

Read on Medium
How to Raise a Series A

How to Find a Co-Founder or Early Startup Team Member

Looking to find your co-founder or hire your early team?

Read How to Find a Co-Founder or Early Startup Team Member
How to Raise a Series A

How To: Hire Your Leadership Team

When it comes to hiring, the are high — your company will succeed or fail by the team you build around you.

 

Read How To: Hire Your Leadership Team
How to Raise a Series A

How To: Choose a Startup Lawyer

For many first-time founders, hiring a lawyer might seem like a necessary evil to navigating financings. The reality is that when you choose right, your lawyer is a true partner, helping you navigate unforeseen challenges.

Read How To: Choose a Startup Lawyer
How to Raise a Series A

How To: Invest in Your Mental Health

Being a Founder and CEO can feel lonely. Make sure to take time for yourself when you need it, and invest in your mental health.

Read How To: Invest in Your Mental Health
How to Raise a Series A

How To: Assess Product-Market Fit

Finding your way to product-market fit starts with getting close to customers, listening and learning.

Read How To: Assess Product-Market Fit
How to Raise a Series A

How To: User Interviews

Just like laundry day, it’s all too easy to push off these crucial conversations with customers, leaning on assumption and gut instinct…until you find yourself down to your last pair of socks.

Read How To: User Interviews
How to Raise a Series A

How To Navigate a Term Sheet in the COVID-19 Era

Winners in the new world—as well as smaller startups or those leveraging existing relationships—will still close deals during this period. But be wary of investors who use this environment to propose term sheets full of red flags.

Read How To Navigate a Term Sheet in the COVID-19 Era
How to Raise a Series A

You Owe Your Team Prompt Layoffs and a New Plan

This post explains why sometimes you should embrace layoffs as a difficult but necessary step, how you should implement a layoff, and what you can do to rebuild morale down the road.

Read You Owe Your Team Prompt Layoffs and a New Plan
How to Raise a Series A

How To: Strategic Planning

Every founder needs a simple framework for prioritization to help you create clarity and stay aligned with your team.

Read How To: Strategic Planning
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
How to Raise a Series A

How To: Navigate CFIUS

Tips for Entrepreneurs Coping with FIRRMA, CFIUS, and Export Control.

Read How To: Navigate CFIUS
How to Raise a Series A

SaaS Tools for Startups

Blissfully created a wonderful guide to help you better understand the most commonly used tools in today’s startup SaaS stack.

Read on Medium
How to Raise a Series A

How To: Manage Your Board of Directors

Serial CEO, Emily Green, shares tips to help you recruit, communicate with, and remain aligned with your board

Read How To: Manage Your Board of Directors
How to Raise a Series A

How To: Board Updates

A healthy sense of alignment starts with open communication — getting on the same page with your Board of Directors.

Read How To: Board Updates
How to Raise a Series A

How To: Build a Personal Board of Advisors

The right group of advisors will provide you with guidance, advice, coaching, and emotional support during your founder journey.

Read How To: Build a Personal Board of Advisors
How to Raise a Series A

How To: Use Communication to Manage Change

Leading a company is marked by constant change. As a leader, you have an opportunity to create clarity and alignment through purposeful and consistent communication.

Read How To: Use Communication to Manage Change
How to Raise a Series A

How To: Choose a CEO Coach

No matter how experienced you are in your career, a strong coach can be a game changer for every executive.

Read How To: Choose a CEO Coach
How to Raise a Series A

Anti-Racism Guide for Founders

This guide is intended as a resource to help support founders as you consider how to create an anti-racist culture in your companies, backed by open discussion and action. This guide is in no way comprehensive, rather, it reflects just a few of the resources our own team has found helpful.

Read Anti-Racism Guide for Founders
How to Raise a Series A

How To: Diversity & Inclusion for Lost and Confused Startups

We don’t need to tell you why building a diverse and inclusive company benefit is good business and leads to better financial performance – now it’s time to build a game plan.

Read How To: Diversity & Inclusion for Lost and Confused Startups
How to Raise a Series A

How to: Choose the Right VP of Engineering

No matter whether you’re just starting to build a business, growing a company, leading a major corporation, or anything in between, technical leadership will be one of the most important decisions and hires you make.

Read How to: Choose the Right VP of Engineering
How to Raise a Series A

How to: Build an Engineering SaaS Stack

So, you have a business idea. Before you can start writing any code, you’ll first need to figure out what software tools and programming languages you’ll use to power your business.

Read How to: Build an Engineering SaaS Stack
How to Raise a Series A

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.

Read on Medium
How to Raise a Series A

Women Angel Investors in the US

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

Read on Medium
How to Raise a Series A

How to Find a Co-Founder or Early Startup Team Member

Looking to find your co-founder or hire your early team?

Read How to Find a Co-Founder or Early Startup Team Member
How to Raise a Series A

How To: Hire Your Leadership Team

When it comes to hiring, the are high — your company will succeed or fail by the team you build around you.

 

Read How To: Hire Your Leadership Team
How to Raise a Series A

How To: Choose a Startup Lawyer

For many first-time founders, hiring a lawyer might seem like a necessary evil to navigating financings. The reality is that when you choose right, your lawyer is a true partner, helping you navigate unforeseen challenges.

Read How To: Choose a Startup Lawyer
How to Raise a Series A

How To: Invest in Your Mental Health

Being a Founder and CEO can feel lonely. Make sure to take time for yourself when you need it, and invest in your mental health.

Read How To: Invest in Your Mental Health
How to Raise a Series A

How To: Assess Product-Market Fit

Finding your way to product-market fit starts with getting close to customers, listening and learning.

Read How To: Assess Product-Market Fit
How to Raise a Series A

How To: User Interviews

Just like laundry day, it’s all too easy to push off these crucial conversations with customers, leaning on assumption and gut instinct…until you find yourself down to your last pair of socks.

Read How To: User Interviews
How to Raise a Series A

How To Navigate a Term Sheet in the COVID-19 Era

Winners in the new world—as well as smaller startups or those leveraging existing relationships—will still close deals during this period. But be wary of investors who use this environment to propose term sheets full of red flags.

Read How To Navigate a Term Sheet in the COVID-19 Era
How to Raise a Series A

You Owe Your Team Prompt Layoffs and a New Plan

This post explains why sometimes you should embrace layoffs as a difficult but necessary step, how you should implement a layoff, and what you can do to rebuild morale down the road.

Read You Owe Your Team Prompt Layoffs and a New Plan
How to Raise a Series A

How To: Strategic Planning

Every founder needs a simple framework for prioritization to help you create clarity and stay aligned with your team.

Read How To: Strategic Planning