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

Mark Selcow | August 16th 2018

How to Close Your Quarter and Hit Plan: Sales War Rooms

I recently participated in establishing a Sales War Room at a portfolio company of ours, and it reminded me of how often it was a…

Costanoa Ventures | August 6th 2018

Behind the Scenes: Executing on Costanoa Ventures’ Values and Vision

By: Pamela Magie, Operations Manager

Martina Lauchengco | July 23rd 2018

Get Out of the Paid Growth Trap — Focus on Product

In the past few months, I’ve been in board meetings, pitch meetings and product development meetings in which a disturbing trend has…

John Dawes | May 25th 2018

The Stages of Product Market Fit

By: Greg Sands, Founder & Managing Partner at Costanoa Ventures, and John Dawes, Executive in Residence at Costanoa Ventures

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…

Michelle McHargue | July 17th 2018

How to Make Sure Your New Employees Are Successful in Their First 90 Days

Time flies when you’re having fun. It’s been nearly three months since I joined Costanoa and it already feels like I’ve been a part of the…

Martina Lauchengco | May 10th 2018

The Work is Everyone’s: What I Learned from Seat @ the Table

My body woke up this morning at 5:00 a.m. abuzz with the energy I got from last night’s Seat @ the Table. More than 300 people crowded into…

Greg Sands | April 27th 2018

Good to Great: Being an Independent Board Director in a Venture-Backed Startup

A startup board is an unusual ecosystem where unstructured roles, personal chemistry, differing degrees of knowledge and expertise combine…

Chris Wake | July 9th 2018

Why Everyone Should Care About Space

I like to say that space is sexy. It is sexy in so far as seemingly every person that I have ever met enjoys talking about it, dreaming…