Akeo is a team of multidisciplinary digital product experts specialized in branding, UI/UX design, mobile, and web development.
Verbatim is a content studio helping early-stage teams launch and scale their editorial engines to unlock organic acquisition.
UserEvidence is a SaaS platform that arms B2B vendors with verified customer evidence, proof points, and success stories to prove the value of their products. UserEvidence clients proactively capture feedback from customers, and then transform the positive feedback into an array of elegant marketing content assets (e.g. testimonials, reviews, case studies, statistical evidence, charts).
Han Springett is a London based, creative strategist who loves solving problems, inspiring teams, streamlining processes, designing beautiful experiences and most importantly, always driving creative excellence. They have a team of over 15 talented and passionate creatives that offer a full service package crossing over creative direction, digital strategy, design & development.
Recent of UCBerkeley in CS/Bio. Very talented and kind individual. Understands biology and works very fast.
Brand and communications for science companies. Your design team should understand science (almost) as well as you do. You won’t have to dumb it down for us. Bunsen is well-versed in the research, technologies, challenges, and opportunities facing frontier science startups and scale-ups.
Jeff Merrick is a multidisciplinary product designer and frontend developer based in Chicago. He helps his clients boost their design bandwidth, bring UX help into their dev teams and execute solutions quickly.
Elena Potter works with mission-oriented founders to create brands that cast a vision for a better future. She focuses on brand design for high-powered, purpose-driven startups and DTC companies.
FRINGE22 thrives on maintaining our mission of “Projects with Purpose”. Our focus on aligning ourselves along clients with vision, made way for our life’s works to be on a path of fulfillment. We embrace our cultural diversities while pursuing a deeper understanding of the world.
Artstak is a UX/UI, branding, web and motion design agency. Their capabilities include Strategy (Research, UI/UX audit, Product strategy, Innovation consulting, Positioning and messaging), Design (UI/UX design, Brand identity, Packaging, Websites and mobile apps, Visual design, Prototyping and testing) and Development (HTML/CSS/JS, Webflow, WordPress, iOS/Android native apps, Rapid prototyping).
ICR / Westwicke
ICR partners with companies to develop and execute strategic communications programs that achieve business goals, build credibility, and enhance the long-term value of the enterprise. The firm’s highly differentiated service model, which pairs capital markets veterans with senior communications professionals, brings deep sector knowledge and relationships to clients in more than 20 industries.
TenBridge Communications specializes in strategic communications support across the breadth of biotech. Among our offerings: Patient engagement, website design, biomedical illustration, talent recruitment, biomedical illustration, thought leadership, investor communications and consistently effective media outreach built on decades of strong relationships with leading journalists.
KKH Advisors is a life sciences and digital health advisory firm, which provides: Early-Stage Financing/Fundraising and Investor Targeting CEO & Executive Media Training Advisory Services Corporate Communications & Media Relations Counsel Financial Communications Advisory and Counsel Crisis Communications Materials Branding and Development Corporate Rebranding & Message Development.
We’re a small design shop that’s big on craftsmanship. From branding to design to coding, we do it right. Most shops separate designers and developers, and often struggle to bridge the communication gap. We're developers who are also skilled designers, and our work reflects a more holistic approach to the development process. The results are websites and apps that are beautiful inside and out.
JEO Creative is a dexterous creative studio that partners with enterprising businesses to build differentiated, compelling, and strategic brands. Their services come recommended from other VC Platform leaders.
Jan Losert is a designer, Webflow & product creator who comes recommended from other VC Platform leaders. His portfolio is on Dribbble and Behance.
We Make Heart
Thomas O'Connell is the founder of We Make Heart. Thomas is a master storyteller and helps companies bring their identify to life through content and visual design. He helped to create the Pillar brand.
Ueno is a full-service agency, helping companies design and build beautiful digital products, brands, and experiences. They've worked with Pillar portfolio company Abridge, with great results.
The Addis team has deep roots in branding which enables them to be creative partners with a long- term strategic vision for the brands they work with. The firm provides cost-effective support and works with well-established clients in Boston.
Wilfey is a creative house that partners with VC firms to provide its portfolio companies with cost-effective design and positioning resources. Wilfey specializes in producing high-quality work on tight deadlines with expertise in branding, positioning, pitch decks, and marketing assets.
John Skurchak created our Pillar logo, and we have worked with him on several projects. He is extremely talented, and can help with full brand development.
ezCater is a rapidly growing local Boston late-stage company that instantly connects your office with hundreds of catering options. ezCater makes it easy to order catering from hundreds of caterers on one website. This is our favorite solution for office meals at Pillar!
Host is a digital platform that connects corporate customers with pre- vetted, certified, and insured bartenders within 2 minutes. They provide their customers the insurance and experience they need to have a successful event. Our portfolio has worked with Michelle Carazas at the company.
Bread & Ginger
Meghan Hargraves from Bread & Ginger is a talented chef and caterer, who often prepares delicious meals for Pillar events. Meghan provides in-office catering and at-home meal delivery.
SixPlus is like OpenTable for groups. Their free concierge service can help you book your next event, whether it is a restaurant private room or buyout.
Popavent is a club of planners representing tech startups, non-traditional venues + unexpected experiences. The company has helped to plan several Pillar events, including our Pillar Portfolio Unconference and our Annual Thanksgiving Feast. Popavent collaborates with companies of all sizes across events of different scales. We work with Caitlin Carey at the company.
Sam Moody Photography
Sam Moody is an incredibly talented photographer who works with companies across the Boston startup ecosystem. We've worked with Sam on our firm headshots and portfolio photos. He is wonderful to collaborate with and always creates beautiful photography.
Allison is a Freelance Graphic Designer & Illustrator living and working in Portland, Maine, and serving clients throughout New England.
Meaghan Kane comes highly recommended to Pillar as a brand, web, and experience designer for digital products.
Erik DiMauro Design
Erik is a graphic and logo designer, and has created several logos for companies in the broader Pillar community.
Britni Linford Design
Britni Linford is based in SLC, Utah. and frequently freelances for the Pillar team. She is creative, fast, and a wonderful person to collaborate with.
Made by Craft creates digital products focusing on beautiful, human-centered design, UX and product strategy. The Pillar team has worked with Jeremy in the past, and the team is responsible for the Petri.bio website.
Ally from Noonan Communications is a PR Consultant who can work with your team to create press releases, media advisories, media fact sheets, media lists and more. We've worked with her at Pillar.
The Pillar team has worked with Dena at StrongHouse Media on social media, content, SEO, analytics, and more.
Nucleus Creative Group
Led by Chris Kovach, Nucleus Creative Group develops swag across the full spectrum from basic to bold. Chris works with well-known bands across the country to develop their tour merchandise, and brings a strong eye for design to every new project.
Pillar has worked with Axis Promotions for the last four years to source high-quality, creative, durable swag for our portfolio companies and community. The firm is full of interesting ideas for how to turn your swag from zero to hero. Reach out for help!
Lara Miller PR
Lara Miller, an award winning publicist, has been in the PR industry for over 15 years and primarily works with tech clients, with a specialty in AI, Blockchain, Enterprise Tech and SaaS startups. Lara has assisted both startups and large corporations with their PR needs with great success.
Fama works with a number of companies across Boston and beyond. They're pros, and generally work with later stage companies.
Our portfolio companies on the West Coast have had great success working with the team at Launch Squad to gain news and momentum around everything from new company milestones to launch events.
Launch Pad Agency
One of Pillar's portfolio companies in the robotics space has had great success with this firm. The company is based on the west coast.
Chap Public Relations
Chap Public Relations is based in Chicago. The firm works with businesses to create, develop, and tell their stories to the media in a way that will resonate with key constituents - from prospective customers and employees to potential investors and partners. The firm comes recommended to us from an established founder who has worked with the firm on contributed content, product launches and more. We work with Keith Chapman at the firm.
Element Public Relations combines experience, passion and imagination to help today's technology companies tell their stories. One of our portfolio companies based in SF has seen strong results in working with the firm.
Data Point Partners
Data Point Partners is a full-service strategic consulting and digital marketing agency specializing in SEO and SEM. Partner, Pat McManus, comes recommended to us from a trusted founder in Boston.
Christine Fiske is an independent marketing consultant who recently branded her firm Duende to focus on people-first engagement. She helped with Pillar’s launch. We’ve known her for years, and she’s a wonderful person and a strong marketer. Christine's focus with Duende now is audience building (acquisition) and nurturing (retention) and live event strategy.
thoughtbot is a design and development consultancy with an office in Boston that mentors your team while bringing your digital product ideas to life. The company has partnered with hundreds of founders and growing startups to build web and mobile apps that delight users.
Fresh Tilled Soil
Fresh Tilled Soil solves hard design UX / UI problems and brings complex product ideas to life. Over the past 13 years the team has delivered UX and product design to 700+ clients across the world.
Emerging BioCommunications combines deep life science experience with the great storytelling of award-winning journalism. When we work with your company, we don’t find talking points – we find stories that will resonate with the media and the key stakeholders you need to reach.
Specializing in healthcare communications for small to mid-sized firms. Specialty areas include: • Communications strategy and execution • Positioning and branding • Key message development • Media training • Content development • Media relations
BWK is a strategic PR firm partnering with companies and organizations that are building, designing and growing the future.
1AB is a strategic external communications partner to the C-suite and communications heads of startup, development-stage and commercial-stage life sciences companies.
Cory has more than 15 years of experience in developing and executing communications strategies on behalf of biotech, pharmaceutical, and medical device companies.
MacDougall is a team of experienced, multi-talented consultants providing an integrated suite of services to organizations creating innovation in healthcare to help patients lead more productive lives.
At Alpine, we design for print & digital and we breathe new life into seasoned brands. We lean on creativity to inspire new ideas and utilize our deep design knowledge to build quality results. There’s a reason we tend to become close with our clients – we simply care. We care about our work, we care about the people we work with, and we care about the investment that business owners are making in their company.