A quality of every great founder is someone who can inspire other people to want to get on board.

Sarah Hodges

Partner, Pillar

Sarah Hodges is a Partner for the early stage venture capital firm Pillar.

If you sat down with Sarah two years ago and asked if she’d want to become a venture capitalist, she would have shaken her head and said, “Absolutely not!” But she changed her mind after having a heartfelt conversation about Pillar’s mission and values with founder and VC veteran, Jamie Goldstein.

He’s very convincing.

Before making her way into the VC world, she had a successful career in business. From taking a 30-year old brick-and-mortar business online, to heading up marketing for Runkeeper, one of the top running apps in the iTunes store that generated millions of downloads in just a few short days.

As a founder, she and her partner built a world-class leadership development program in Boston, which included training sessions from the likes of marketing guru Seth Godin, Hubspot founder Dharmesh Shah, and venture capitalist and expert brand storyteller, Mike Troiano.

Sadly, she and the team recently closed intelligent.ly. You can read about her farewell on Medium where she often blogs about venture capital, building businesses and the Boston tech ecosystem.

All of this to say she had the experience to make the transition from executive and founder to venture capitalist.

Sadly, she and the team recently closed intelligent.ly. You can read about her farewell on Medium where she often blogs about venture capital, building businesses and the Boston tech ecosystem.

All of this to say she had the experience to make the transition from executive and founder to venture capitalist.

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On This Episode You’ll Hear

  • How Sarah made the transition from corporate, to founder to venture capitalist.
  • How startup founders should prepare to have a conversation with a venture capitalist and what they can do to knock it out of the park.
  • Why Pillar wants to be anything but a traditional VC firm by building a company that focuses on alignment, relationships and support for founders.
  • How venture capital contributes to innovation
  • Why Sarah is going all-in on the Boston tech ecosystem and what they have that Silicon Valley does not.