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 portfolio. We share best practices or ask questions and get immediate support from one another.”

- Casey John Ellis, Founder and CTO

Our Perspectives

Jim Wilson | April 16th 2018

QBRs: Why they matter and how to run them effectively

Everyone in sales has experienced Quarterly Business Reviews (QBRs) in their careers. Done well, they give great insight into the business…

Farooq Abbasi | April 12th 2018

Exploring Enterprise ML

Since the early applications in the 1960’s, Machine Intelligence has had many names attached to it, including data science, adaptive…

Martina Lauchengco | April 9th 2018

Brotopia is real…and if you work with engineering leaders, you may not realize you’re a part of it

Have you ever been in a meeting and felt completely invisible, even though you may lead a function at your company? Do you know what it is…

Rachel Quon | April 3rd 2018

Personal Cybersecurity 101

Do you connect to public coffee shops’ wifi? Snooze computer software updates? Use the same password for multiple sites? If you said “yes”…

Greg Sands | March 29th 2018

Welcoming Farooq Abbasi and Casey Aylward to Costanoa

When Costanoa opened its doors in 2012, it was just Pamela and yours truly. We were still proving the value of our approach: Focus, high…

Greg Sands | March 26th 2018

Focal Systems: Computer Vision & Deep Learning to Improve Customer Experience

Writing in the 1940s about how emerging technologies push out the old, the brilliant economist Joseph Schumpeter coined the phrase…

Michelle McHargue | March 19th 2018

Take the Time to Find Top Talent

I’ve been in talent for the past 15-plus years, starting back during the the era of the brick phone — which I happily owned — but that’s a…

Mark Selcow | March 19th 2018

On Joining Costanoa and Becoming a VC

After two years working as a Venture Partner at Costanoa Ventures, I am thrilled to announce I am joining the firm as a new General…

John Dawes | March 15th 2018

Three Reasons Product Planning for Enterprise Needs to Be Different from Consumer

Hint: It’s all about the buyer