We’ve been involved in building startups for many years.
We’ve had our share of success and of failure.
We’ve been investors and we’ve been investees.
And having been around the block many times, we saw that the traditional VC way was kind of broken.
The term VC itself evokes a bit of evil empire. The “dark side” connotes a painful lack of alignment between interests of investors and entrepreneurs.
In a business where trust is paramount, the dark side created a world with structures and incentives and approaches that often put us at odds with those where trust is needed the most.
Pillar is going to try to fix that.
By aligning incentives and interests and aligning capabilities with needs.
We’re going to deliver the breadth and depth of experience that matches the breadth and depth of what entrepreneurs’ want, and really, need.
The radical hypothesis is that if we invest in and support founders as we would want to be invested in and supported, we’ll end up in a really good place.
In doing so, we want to create the next generation of big, important, lasting technology companies.
Alignment begins with matching the right skills and sensibilities with the questions, challenges and needs of the entrepreneurs we support.
Instead of hoping our own experience aligns with entrepreneurs’ needs, we gathered a dream team of unbelievably talented CEOs as co-founders of our fund. Leaders who know startups and big technology like nobody else in Boston.
Sixteen driven, insightful, connected Founding Pillars who have been there, done that, are there today and doing that as we speak.
An investment from Pillar is an investment from them.
And we won’t stop there.
We’re going to align every step we take, every decision we make, with the interests of our larger community. This is the starting point of a new way — a style, a capability, a commitment, a philosophy that will be larger than our small team. Success will take collaboration and a shared desire to push for greatness in everything we build and in how we build it.
So if you have a big, ambitious idea you simply can’t stop thinking about and want someone to help advance it, or if you have a company you want to take to the next level, or if you simply want to be part of something exciting and new, please reach out. We’d love to connect.