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

Rachel Quon | September 18th 2018

“What is the society you want to achieve?”

Since its inception, Silicon Valley flourished by innovating relentlessly to build transformative technologies that would change the world…

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…

Farooq Abbasi | September 4th 2018

Furthering Innovation In Autonomy With Auterion

We are entering the age of autonomy. From robots to drones to vehicles, it is clear that autonomous robotic systems will have a significant…

Martina Lauchengco | August 28th 2018

My Favorite Interview Question for Marketing Leaders

Most leaders trying to bring marketing talent into a startup feel ill-equipped to assess the difference between a good resume and a good…

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…

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

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…