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We believe in transformation.

Yours. Your ideas. Your business.

The startup journey asks a lot of you. So will we.
But we will give you everything we can in return.

We’re Seed and Series A investors in technologies for business. We're boutique by design, funding only a handful of companies a year. We give hands-on help, working shoulder-to-shoulder with you as you grow, even when times get tough. If you need it, we're big enough to fund you all the way through your company's lifecycle.

We believe that pushing you to be great is part of being supportive. That’s why we’re truly collaborative and make time for our founders. Our Operating Partners are the very best at their craft and can coach you on what you need—from sales and marketing to technology and HR. Our Learning Labs--in which outside experts share best practices--help your entire team grow their skills. We’re proud of our +75 Net Promoter Score not just because it’s considered world class but because we believe in the value of measuring ourselves the same way the market will measure you.

We are great at building early stage companies and are always looking for founders that care about building a product and company that makes a real impact. Are you ready to learn faster than ever before? Then maybe we’re for you.

We’ll see you on your journey,
The Team at Costanoa

Our Investment Themes

  • Rethinking Infrastructure & Security
  • Data-Driven Intelligence & SaaS
  • Future Workforce & Marketplaces
  • Rise of the Developer

Our Perspectives

Greg Sands | October 9th 2019

Welcoming Amy Cheetham and Tony Liu to Costanoa

As Costanoa approaches its eighth birthday, we are more than ever convinced that our unique approach to venture investing is just what the…

Costanoa Ventures | September 30th 2019

3 signposts on the road to product market fit

In the earliest stages of startup life, every founder’s central task is to find the right product market fit. They must find a real…

John Cowgill | September 16th 2019

Keeping Code up to Code. Why We’re Thrilled to Invest in FOSSA.

Companies that start in so-called unsexy markets are my thing.

Martina Lauchengco | September 4th 2019

You’re the founder of an early-stage startup. This is how You Start Marketing.

Marketing seems pretty straightforward, right?

Costanoa Ventures | August 13th 2019

Roadster: Disrupting an industry from the inside out

When startups approach a category, their goal is often to replace existing processes with something entirely new, digital, and better. But…

Costanoa Ventures | July 22nd 2019

How to leverage product as your growth engine

When many startups take on a funding round, their immediate instinct is to scale the business. Often, that involves massive digital and…

Costanoa Ventures | June 5th 2019

How to Create and Secure a Category

A question we hear a lot of B2B startups ask is “What is necessary for us to lead our category?” It can take many forms, but there are…

John Cowgill | May 20th 2019

A Practical Guide to Understanding and Reducing Churn

High growth SaaS startups often think they have it all figured out. They nail product market fit, staff up a go to market team, and grow…

Greg Sands | April 30th 2019

The key metric every SaaS startup should track: churn

When I was in business school, I made a lot of great connections (including one with my wife) but only learned two tangible things. Both…