Bucky joined Costanoa after 4+ years investing and working in and around technology companies. Prior to joining Costanoa, Bucky was an investor at Battery Ventures, where he focused on early stage investments in enterprise software and infrastructure. During his time at Battery, he invested in companies such as Veradocs and Lightcyber. Bucky graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in Finance. He serves as a mentor for the Alchemist Accelerator program.
What start up verticals interest you most right now?
While we have witnessed innovative enterprise SaaS platforms like Workday, Box, and most recently Slack emerge, I believe the most exciting future opportunity will be applying the key principals (cloud-native, mobile, data-driven) that led to these successes within verticals that have been historically underserved by good software. Manufacturing, Construction, Oil & Gas, and Logistics are good examples of verticals that spend billions on software annually, yet have been using the same products for the past 10–15 years. These products are almost always installed on-premise, poorly designed from a UX standpoint, lacking mobile support, and far from data-driven. I believe the next five years in enterprise software are going to be defined by companies who can find innovative ways to disrupt legacy vendors in these markets.
Are there any specific company ideas that you really want someone to build and would potentially fund?
- Mobile-first, SaaS-based workforce management platform targeting industrial verticals
- Maintenance and Insurance platform for commercial-grade UAVs
What are your biggest predictions for the year ahead?
- More $1B+ SaaS companies emerge this year than the last 2 combined
- Machine Learning / Deep Learning transition from emerging technologies to “table stakes” in software; every new product will incorporate one or both in some way
If you could wave a magic wand and instantly have any imaginable solution to a problem you’re facing (personally or at work), what problem would you solve?
While I know there are many great products out there that are solving (part) of this issue, I am still searching for the perfect solution to manage my email, calendar and notes together in a cohesive manner; if anyone is building something for this, I would love to talk.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
I am always looking to meet great people in sales, marketing, product, and of course, engineering. If you are passionate about b2b technology / infrastructure and ever want to trade notes or chat, email me!
If you have a startup or you’re interested in any of Costanoa’s portfolio companies, feel free to email us directly and we will send Bucky your note.