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Founder and Managing Partner Greg Sands 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.