Listen to John Cowgill (Costanoa) on Inevitable Podcast

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In this episode, I had the honor of talking to John Cowgill, Partner at Costanoa Ventures. You can listen to it on YouTube, Spotify, and other podcast apps.

Costanoa leads Seed and Series A investments in tenacious and thoughtful founders who change how business gets done. The firm's investments include companies such as Alation, BillGo, Demandbase, Kenna Security, Roadster, and Quizlet.

In this episode, we talk about John past experience as a McKinsey consultant, how he got into the VC industry, the current VC landscape, his investing frameworks, and many other topics.

In the episode, I asked him questions such as:

  • When you were in college, you worked in business development for Techweek, a nationwide technology conference company. There, you helped to host the first tech conference ever in Miami, and you booked Pitbull as a keynote speaker. How was that experience?
  • Before you came to Costanoa, you were a consultant at McKinsey, advising consumer and technology companies on strategy and operations projects. How was your experience working at McKinsey? What is your current stance on consulting firms and their role in forecasting and giving their customers insights for the future?
  • One of your biggest investing regrets has been to pass opportunities where growth and team were great but TAM seemed bounded at the time. What are some other non-intuitive truths you learned about investing?

I hope you enjoy the episode as well.

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