Pilot, which provides an automated accounting service, raises $40M Series B led by Index Ventures with participation from Stripe (Jeff John Roberts/Fortune)


The tech industry claims “software is eating the world” and, if that’s true, bookkeepers could be the next course. That will be case if startups like Pilot, which helps small businesses replace their accountants with an automated service, continues to get traction.

On Wednesday, Pilot announced it had raised a $40 million Series B funding round led by Index Ventures, and supported by online payments giant Stripe, which joined as a strategic investor. The startup also announced the launch of a new product called Pilot Tax, which is part of its larger ambitions to handle all of its clients back-end operations.

San Francisco-based Pilot, which launched in 2016, specializes in gathering all of the paperwork generated by a business—from sales to payroll to credit card transactions—and transferring it to commercial software like QuickBooks. This serves to move many mundane tasks off-site and, according to Pilot, allow business owners to focus on other aspects of their operations.

Pilot’s products rely on integration with QuickBooks, which is owned by software giant Intuit—and which could, in theory, regard the startup as a potential competitor. Daher, however, downplayed the potential strategic risk, saying Intuit for now likely appreciates the business Pilot is generating

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