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

- Casey John Ellis, Founder and CEO

Our Perspectives

Jim Wilson | January 12, 2017

A New Year’s Checklist for Sales Leaders

This is the first of a series on Company Kick Off Planning.

Greg Sands | December 14, 2016

Costanoa Ventures

As the year comes to a close, we want to express our gratitude to everyone in the Costanoa community for making this a memorable year for…

Greg Sands | December 8, 2016

Innovation Journal: Customer In and Technology Out

A few years back, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos was receiving an award as Entrepreneur of the Year from Stanford GSB. Several of us…

Neill Occhiogrosso | December 5, 2016

Putting Together a Board Deck — Tips and Techniques

A few weeks ago, Casey Ellis, CEO of Bugcrowd, emailed the Costanoa CEO group looking for tips on the mechanics of assembling a board deck…

Bucky Moore | September 27, 2016

Welcoming Propeller Aero

I am thrilled to announce that Costanoa has led a $3.1M seed investment in Propeller Aero, with participation from our friends at Accel…

Costanoa Ventures | August 21, 2016

Why classic B2B positioning statements don’t work

Positioning statements are one of the most foundational marketing tools for any company. So why are so many of them bad?

Greg Sands | November 16, 2016

Bringing the ‘Ed’ to NovoEd

We are thrilled to announce Ed Miller has joined NovoEd as CEO.

Greg Sands | November 10, 2016

Be a quilt maker, not a puzzle builder

Last week, Dr. Tina Seelig, Stanford Professor on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship, introduced our LPs and portfolio CEOs to…

Greg Sands | October 26, 2016

Your First Marketing Hire

As many have written (most recently Jason Lemkin on Quora), B2B marketing contains at least four really discrete disciplines: demand…