April 1, 2019

The VentureFizz Podcast: Sarah Hodges - Partner at Pillar

For the 87th episode of our podcast, I interviewed Sarah Hodges, Partner at Pillar.

Prior to becoming a Venture Capitalist, Sarah spent a decade as an operator in consumer and enterprise companies like Carbonite, Runkeeper, and Smarterer. As part of the executive team at Smarterer, she oversaw business strategy, operations, and marketing. As you may know, the company was acquired by Pluralsight in 2014 and still today, it has a rapidly growing office in the Boston tech scene.

Pillar is an early-stage venture firm that is on a mission to build the next generation of anchor companies in Boston with a model that has common alignment with the founders. Some of its portfolio companies include PillPack, Soofa, Desktop Metal, Hometap, PathAI, and more.

In addition to being a Partner at Pillar, Sarah is a board member at the New England Venture Capital Association and was a Co-Founder of

In this episode of our podcast, we cover lots of topics, like:

  • Sarah’s background story in terms of all the operating roles she’s held including the details behind the acquisition by Pluralsight.
  • Her career path into the Venture Capital industry as a Partner.
  • Everything you need to know about Pillar, including how the firm is differentiating itself from other investors and why they are doubling down in Boston.
  • Advice for founders who are trying to raise funding.
  • When you should bring in someone to run marketing.
  • Plus, a lot more.

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Keith Cline is the Founder of VentureFizz. Follow him on Twitter: @kcline6.