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,
Casey, Greg, Jim, John, Mark, Martina & Michelle

Our Investment Themes

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

Our Perspectives

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…

Greg Sands | July 30th 2019

Making data driven decisions in the matrix

Recently, the board of a startup I sit on was facing an important decision. The company was raising a new round of funding, and we had the…

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…

Martina Lauchengco | January 8th 2019

Why your startup shouldn’t rush to $1 million in revenue

There is a prevailing belief that the magic formula for early-stage tech startups hinges on how quickly they achieve $1 million in annual…

Mark Selcow | March 4th 2019

The CEO’s Role in HR from Founding to Scaling: 10–25 employees: CEO = Player/Coach

Earlier in this series, I discussed the CEO’s role in HR when there are fewer than 10 employees. The CEO is the doer — recruiting the…

Mark Selcow | September 10th 2018

Founding to Scaling: A CEO Should Play a Role in HR

As companies scale, CEOs need to scale with them. It’s is no longer enough to be the charismatic, visionary member of the team who serves…