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 | April 20th 2017

Sales Metrics for Early Stage Companies

I recently attended a CEO panel discussion and asked the group, “What metrics do early stage companies measure to help make data driven…

Greg Sands | March 22nd 2017

Costanoa Access Fellowship

There is a lot of discussion about the lack of women and underrepresented minorities in venture capital. Many debate if it’s a problem of…

Martina Lauchengco | April 10th 2017

Sarah, Selena, Lauren, Annie and Kelly

I met Kelly over dinner as she explained some of the important things she’s learned about recruiting top talent at Riveria and Oracle. Her…

Martina Lauchengco | April 3rd 2017

How to Avoid the “Revolutionary” Messaging Fallacy

Netflix and Zendesk both transformed their industries without ever saying they were. Yet many companies start their messaging like these…

Greg Sands | March 13th 2017

Steve Young: “Life is more athletic than just wearing one pair of shoes.”

Last week, we were honored to have Steve Young, three-time Super Bowl- winning quarterback and Pro Football Hall of Famer, speak to a…

Neill Occhiogrosso | January 28th 2017

Startups: When and how to go vertical

In their early days, many software companies find themselves asking which customers to target. That may mean choosing between small…

Greg Sands | March 2nd 2017

The Potential for Transformation

We are honored to be hosting a discussion with Steve Young, 49er, two time NFL MVP and the MVP of Super Bowl XXIX. He is an incredibly…

Neill Occhiogrosso | February 9th 2017

The Power of Messaging Platforms

Messaging-based interfaces are transforming the way business gets done — and how businesses interact with their customers. Messaging-based…

Jim Wilson | January 12th 2017

A New Year’s Checklist for Sales Leaders

The Holiday Season, and New Year’s in particular, has never been a favorite holiday for anyone in Sales. For many companies, the last two…