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Greg Sands

Founder & Managing Partner at Costanoa Ventures

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. 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.

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  • Founder & Managing Partner

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