Founder & Managing Partner

Greg Sands

I wanted to build a firm that was deeply personal and pragmatic in its approach with founders.

Why Venture Capital?

My passion for entrepreneurs started in high school when I was working in a community bank in St. Paul, MN. It continued in college and as a graduate student when I co-founded a micro-enterprise incubator in East Palo Alto. In founding Costanoa, I wanted to build a firm that was deeply personal and pragmatic in its approach with founders. We aspire to combine the best of the old and new—the craft of early stage investing while developing new ways for companies to achieve efficient growth.

Experience

Prior to founding Costanoa, I was a Managing Director at Sutter Hill, where I invested in early stage enterprise software startups, such as Merced Systems, AllBusiness, Youku, Quinstreet, and Feedburner. I was the first product manager at Netscape Communications where I wrote the initial business plan, coined the name Netscape, and built the SuiteSpot Business unit from $0-$140M. I also served as a business development manager at Cisco where I architected a channel management plan.

Education

- B.A. Harvard College Magna Cum Laude

- MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Favorite Book to Recommend

Guns, Germs and Steel

Jared Diamond

Board Position

Alation

Bugcrowd

Aquabyte

Focal Systems

Inflection

Roadster

Costanoa Investments

3scale

6sense

Acquired by Insight Partners

Alation

Alpha Health

Amplify.ai

Aquabyte

Auterion

BeyondHQ

Cyral

Datalogix

Demandbase

Directly

FluroSat

Focal Systems

GameChanger

Acquired by Dick's Sporting Goods

Grovo

Acquired by Cornerstone OnDemand

Guardian Analytics

Acquired by NICE

Inflection

Intacct

Acquired by Sage

iSocket

Acquired by Rubicon Project

Kenna Security

Landit

Lex Machina

Acquired by LexisNexis

PayNearMe

Pepperdata

Quizlet

Rafay Systems

Return Path

Acquired by Validity

Roadster

StackHawk

Stitch Labs

Acquired by Square

VictorOps

Acquired by Splunk

Vic.ai