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

Greg Sands | November 5th 2018

How companies falter with big checks and prosper with boutique VCs

For the last 14 years, I’ve regularly heard people exclaim, “The world (especially the VC ecosystem) is awash with liquidity.” Both…

Farooq Abbasi | November 1st 2018

Investing in Leap to Unlock Scale in Retail

Spinning up an online store is easier than ever before. Tools like AWS, Shopify, and Shippo have enabled retailers to quickly scale sales…

Mark Selcow | October 30th 2018

Bringing Health Savings Accounts to the Masses

A couple of years ago, I was working on business ideas in consumer health and chose a high-deductible health plan to see how my decisions…

Jen Mazzon | October 22nd 2018

Busting Myths about Startup Success in Product

Your startup’s product is your brain child and parents know best, right? Maybe not! Your instincts about how to develop your nascent…

Jim Wilson | October 10th 2018

Busting Myths about Start-Up Success in Sales

Right now in startup sales, the current trend is to get to scale quickly. Founders rush to hire a VP, sign up huge clients, and ride off…

Michelle McHargue | October 3rd 2018

Busting Myths About Startup Success in Attracting Talent

If you’re hiring, there’s a big chance you’re screwing it up. Yep, you heard that right. I work with countless startups and see where they…

Martina Lauchengco | September 25th 2018

Busting Myths About Startup Success in Marketing

One of the best things about early stage companies is they “do” instead of deliberate. It’s a healthy and important way to be when you’re…

Mark Selcow | September 10th 2018

Founding to Scaling: A CEO Should Play a Role in HR

As companies scale, CEOs need to scale with them. It’s is no longer enough to be the charismatic, visionary member of the team who serves…

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…