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 | June 8th 2018

What the $%&* is Applied AI?

When Costanoa opened its doors in late 2012, the data revolution was underway. Thanks to the intersection of the internet, mobility and…

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

Charles Cooper | May 18th 2018

Workplace Gender Equality: Lots of Obstacles, but Signs of Progress

A lot has changed in the three decades since I began covering the technology business. When I started out as a reporter, the IBM PC…

Rachel Quon | May 18th 2018

“Just because it’s hard, doesn’t mean it’s impossible.”

Last week, we hosted our third Seat @ the Table in partnership with LinkedIn. This event brought together a range of voices: still climbing…

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…

Martina Lauchengco | May 7th 2018

Good Fails, Bad Fails, and How to Know the Difference

“Fail fast!” as a Silicon Valley mantra is beyond cliché. But in reality, even when companies try to fail fast, most do something more akin…

John Cowgill | May 1st 2018

Accelerating Time to Safety with Parallel Domain

How Autonomous Vehicles Get Safer, Faster

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…

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…