Our Focus

We back tenacious and thoughtful founders who change how business gets done. We partner early and make meaningful investments in a select few. Our job is to enable you to succeed faster.

Every company is different

Each company is its own puzzle and on its own journey. We stay with them every step of the way.

Product market fit

Product market fit is more than getting the product to market. It’s getting all elements of the go-to-market business cycle aligned so a company can reach its potential. Our operating partners and expertise focuses on these areas.

We believe

Working with venture investors should feel genuinely helpful. We believe in candor, education and a community that helps build companies that stand the test of time.

Our Portfolio

We invest in companies like:

"Costanoa has been with us every step of the way. They’ve been true partners.”

- Christopher Golec, Founder and CEO at Demandbase

“There’s a playbook to building strong enterprise software companies and Costanoa has it. Their counsel has saved us countless hours of wasted time and energy.”

- Satyen Sangani, Co-Founder and CEO

“Greg and Neill use their own experience and network as former product managers to help me navigate through the early product market fit challenges.”

- Brandon Levey, Co-Founder and CEO

"Costanoa immediately offered hands-on operational help to jumpstart announcing our growth and expanding our team and product.”

- Andrew Sutherland, Founder and CTO

“Costanoa has created a real community with their CEOs. We share best practices or ask questions and get immediate support from one another.”

- Casey John Ellis, Founder and CTO

Our Perspectives

Mark Selcow | December 15th 2017

6 Steps To An Annual Plan That Accelerates Growth

It’s that time again, and most CEOs and leadership teams are pulling their 2018 plan together. There are a lot of ways to plan and set…

Costanoa Ventures | November 9th 2017

CEO to CEO: What We Learned

On Friday, we had 23 CEOs from our portfolio gather to learn from experts and one another about things they could be doing better. Here…

Greg Sands | October 31st 2017

Focus on Progress, Not Perfection

This post originally appeared on NVCA’s blog.

Greg Sands | October 23rd 2017

What the “Rule of 40” Means at the Early Stage

Over the past few years there have been a flurry of articles about the “Rule of 40”, which describes a tradeoff between growth and…

Martina Lauchengco | October 26th 2017

“Bring Yourself to Work Day” and Other Ideas Whose Time Has Come

We wanted to find out what happens when you get 125 people together to brainstorm ideas on Gender Equality in Tech. So at our most recent…

Costanoa Ventures | October 6th 2017

Your First Finance Hire: Why, Who, When

By: Mike Albang, VP of Finance at Costanoa Ventures

Rachel Quon | October 24th 2017

The Evolution of #HerSeat

“In terms of next seat, I don’t really look at it as the next seat. Everything that I’ve done, at least over the last four, five years, has…

Martina Lauchengco | September 19th 2017

Adaora, Maureen, Patty and Sarah

Right after our inaugural Seat @ the Table, Megan, a Solutions Engineer at Stitch Labs grabbed me: “A bunch of us want to talk about how to…

Neill Occhiogrosso | September 15th 2017

Welcoming FaunaDB

In any investment decision, the team is the single most important variable. Once in awhile, though, we meet people who are so talented that…