John Dawes


John advises portfolio companies on product strategy, product market fit, development processes and all things product.

Why Venture Capital?

Having worked with Greg and Martina in the past, I’m excited to be working again with such a smart, experienced and pragmatic team. Being part of Costanoa provides me the opportunity to work with early stage companies with some innovative entrepreneurs. I really enjoy sharing my experiences and learnings with them on finding product market fit or scaling new businesses or product teams.


I’ve been leading enterprise product teams for over 20 years and have scaled companies from early product market fit to dominating their markets. As an operating executive I’ve been the lead for developing product strategy, implementing product development processes, and growing product teams at Lithium, Tealeaf (acquired by IBM) and several early stage startups. Previously, I held product leadership roles at Netscape/AOL and Adobe.


  • B.A. in Computer Science and Engineering from Dartmouth College
  • M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University

Outside of Work

I love the outdoors and enjoy spending my time hiking, mountain biking, climbing, skiing, camping, and more. My wife and two teenage children have become equally obsessed and I now struggle to keep up with them. We live in Marin, but spend lots of time near Tahoe and enjoy traveling when we can.