Sunday, May 26

Back Office Startup Pilot Raises $60M in Series C Funding

SAN FRANCISCO, 26th Jan 2020– Pilot, the largest provider of back-office services for startups and small businesses in the US raises $60 million in Series C funding led by Sequoia Capital, doubling its total funding to $120 million including investments from Index Ventures and Stripe.

The additional raise enables Pilot to expand its breadth of back office services that remove distractions and help companies focus on success in a challenging business environment.

Back office operations like bookkeeping can be painful, expensive, and time-consuming, especially for small businesses,” said Pat Grady, partner at Sequoia. “Pilot combines intelligent software with a concierge approach to deliver a painless and even delightful back office experience. Pilot is doing for the back office what AWS did for computing making it easy, scalable, and on-demand.”

The funding announcement comes as Pilot builds increasing momentum in its mission to bring big-company finance superpowers to SMBs. Pilot has spent the last year focused on empowering SMBs to overcome traditional challenges by providing access to new capabilities previously only available to enterprises with large finance teams. With Pilot, SMBs are able to:

  • Maximize financial outcomes and growth. SMBs typically don’t have access to a seasoned CFO and a team of financial analysts to drive critical financial decisions. Pilot CFO Services fills the void and builds financial strategies and plans that accelerate growth, increase cash flow, and improve profitability – from customer growth planning to sales efficiency optimization.
  • Track and control spending. Controllers at large enterprises analyze and report on spending patterns, but most SMBs lack this function. Pilot provides monthly variance analysis for all its bookkeeping customers, ultimately empowering SMBs to make better budgeting and spending decisions.
  • Access small business tax credits. Many companies miss out on special federal and state tax credits available specifically to small businesses, including a R&D payroll credit of up to $250,000. Pilot has helped small businesses identify and obtain millions of dollars of additional tax credits towards hiring and expansion.

In 2020 Pilot has booked more than $3 billion in bookkeeping transactions for its customers, which range from pre-revenue startups to established companies generating more than $30M of revenue a year.

Started by three-time co-founders Waseem Daher, Jeff Arnold, and Jessica McKellar, Pilot was created to solve problems they’d faced themselves while building their two previous companies.