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Greg Sands

Greg Sands

Founder & Managing Partner

Greg brings 13 years as a successful investor at Sutter Hill Ventures where he was an early investor in important companies such as Merced Systems, QuinStreet, Feedburner, AllBusiness, Return Path, and Youku. His track record there shows the ability to identify and attract great entrepreneurs and to balance adding value and active company-building without "micro-managing."

Prior to Sutter Hill, Greg was the first hire at Netscape Communications after its founding engineering team. He was its first Product Manager, wrote the initial business plan, coined the name Netscape, and created the SuiteSpot Business Unit, which he grew from zero to $150m in revenue. He also served as Manager of Business Development at Cisco where he architected a global channel management plan. Most importantly, Greg has a long-standing love of entrepreneurs and start ups. He began investing in and advising starts ups in 1991 as a consultant at Corporate Decisions, Inc. (now Mercer Consulting) where he led case teams to write business plans and develop market entry strategies for technology companies.

While a student at Stanford Graduate School of Business, he co-founded a micro-enterprise program in East Palo Alto to help entrepreneurs with limited access to resources start businesses of their own. Costanoa is the embodiment of this lifelong passion, combining his dedication to helping entrepreneurs with the opportunity to build his own firm.

Greg has an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated from Harvard College Magna Cum Laude. He currently serves as President of the Stanford DAPER (Athletics Department) Investment Fund, is Former President of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists and served as a Trustee of the Stanford Business School Trust and Chair of its Venture Capital committee.

Greg currently serves on the boards of DemandBase, Guardian Analytics, Inflection, Intacct, LinkSmart, Return Path, and QuinStreet.

Neill Occhiogrosso

Neill Occhiogrosso

Partner

Neill has been involved in venture capital for almost eight years and in technology startups since 1998.

Prior to joining Costanoa, Neill was at Investor Growth Capital where he was responsible for their investments in Maxymiser, HireVue, Conductor, Acquia, and Guavus. Before IGC, Neill spent four years at Highland Capital Partners where he was actively involved with a number of the firm’s B2B technology investments, including Gigamon, VMTurbo, 2U and Ocarina Networks.

Prior to his career in venture capital, Neill worked in various capacities at two enterprise software startups, starting as an engineer and most recently as a Product Manager at InnaPhase — a laboratory information management system vendor that was acquired by Thermo Electron in 2004.

Neill received a B.S. in Computer Science at Duke University, graduating in three years and publishing research on data structures and computational geometry. Neill also received an M.B.A. from the Wharton School with concentrations in Finance and Entrepreneurship.

Lisa Seeman

Lisa Seeman

Principal

Lisa joined the investing team at Costanoa in 2013. Prior to Costanoa, Lisa was on the founding team of two startups and has experience in early stage investing in Silicon Valley and Mexico.

In 2008, Lisa was the co-founder and CTO of 3jive, an advertising-supported digital media site where bands could create a profile, stream music and videos to fans, and earn money through ads. She went on to become the VP of Engineering for Aktana, a venture-backed SaaS company that optimizes the daily activities of large sales organizations using machine learning and predictive analytics. At Aktana she led the engineering team and designed and developed a suite of sales optimization products including territory alignment, data visualization, lead bidding, and smart call planning tools.

In 2011, Lisa created Mexican VC, a seed fund for software startups in Mexico. Over two years, she helped develop the startup community in Mexico and invested in several early stage ventures across the country. Additionally, Lisa mentored startup founders in all growth stages and organized startup weekends and hackspeditions for engineers and developers. Mexican VC is now 500 Startups Mexico City.

Lisa holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Caltech, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Lisa lives in San Francisco and is enthusiastic about modern art and design, running marathons, and supporting women in technology.

Paul Melmon

Paul Melmon

EIR

Paul is Costanoa’s “dual threat” EIR. Paul is an active part of the investing team while exploring new opportunities in SaaS enterprise and healthcare software.

Paul has been an innovative product leader in Silicon Valley. Most recently, Paul ran global engineering for the workforce optimization business at NICE systems, after NICE acquired Merced Systems where he ran engineering. Prior to Merced Systems, Paul headed engineering at Hyperic, an open source application monitoring vendor acquired by Spring Source, and Wily Technology; where application performance management for java was created, acquired by CA. Prior to that he was CIO of the infamous pets.com. He also held engineering roles at HP, Sybase and Scopus Technology early in his career.

Paul is a native californian, with a degree from UC Davis in Computer Science and Math. Outside of technology, Paul enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 teenage kids. He also enjoys skiing, backpacking and the outdoors. He is a big aviation enthusiast and active as a pilot, flying out of KSQL.