Many founders tie themselves in knots over the funding process. Everyone knows that early stage investors want to back great founders, but it’s difficult to anticipate precisely what will resonate with VC firms.Is it your background? Industry knowledge? Charisma or connections? Despite...

Entrepreneurship is all about bravery and taking bold action. The path to achieving success in any venture can be challenging and disorienting, and it requires a lot of hard work, patience, and dedication to turn your ideas into reality. From selecting the right team to raising the required...

Welcome to Series A — and your blind spotsPhoto by Alex SamuelsGetting what you wish for can be a mixed blessing. So it is with startup companies. They begin as an idea; progress into a founding team and initial product. And then, if they’re lucky, work hard, and don’t unravel from the...

Amy Cheetham and Tony Liu join Costanoa’s investment team.As Costanoa approaches its eighth birthday, we are more than ever convinced that our unique approach to venture investing is just what the market needs. We strive to discover the best early-stage, product-driven companies — and serve...

It is common knowledge that 90 per cent of startups fail due to a range of reasons: misreading market demand, weak founding team, poor communication, wrong product, wrong time; and or running out of funding or personal money are a few of these. What do the 10 per cent of startups that succeed have...