Our clients have secured over half a billion dollars in seed and venture funding in the past 12 months. Top tier VCs trust our clients’ books, and Kruze knows how to prepare startups’ financials for VC due diligence. Our clients know that they’ll be ready for their next round.
On average, one to two of our clients are acquired every month. Our team has experience producing accounting and tax due diligence requests for the biggest public companies. Every month we help founders navigate the most important transaction of their life.
Right now, our clients are saving almost $5 millions in cash expenses from our R&D tax credit work. Our startup tax experts know how to help startups navigate taxes to reduce their burn. Hundreds of funded startups trust Kruze to deliver the right advice, on time, at a reasonable price.
Kruze only works with funded startups - we know what it takes to raise that next round, and we'll help you get there.
Monthly costs vary based on your needs and company expenses.
Ideal for angel funded companies
Starting at $275 per month
Great for busy founders
Starting at $350 per month
Ideal for high-growth, well-funded businesses
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Kruze's calculator tells you how much it will cost to prepare your startup's tax return.
Save on payroll taxes this year
We charge a fixed fee of 15% of the anticipated captured credit amount with a minimum fee of $2,000
Raising capital or beginning hyper-growth? Our CFOs provide valuable guidance.
Professional CPA's & Automated Systems deliver books that you and your investors can trust.
We build financial models that have been used to close venture rounds with top investors.
High speed, low-cost valuations for pricing stock options.
We'll help you be prepared for your next Venture Capital round.
R&D Tax Credits
Cut your burn with a R&D Tax Credit study.
Yearly tax returns, ongoing tax & compliance for seed and venture funded companies.
We'll help you set up essential HR and payroll systems so you can scale from 1-100 employees.
Brock Blake of Lendio, a small business and SBA loan expert, talks about the recent COVID / coronavirus stimulus act for startups and small businesses.
Founder and CEO
Jacob Yormak, one of the co-founders of and Partner at Story Ventures, discusses his journey into venture capital.
Congress is about to pass legislation that may make it possible for VC and seed backed companies to access “disaster” type SBA loans.
Chief Operating Officer, CFA
Our clients are saving almost $5 millions in payroll taxes this year due to our tax team’s R&D tax credit work.
Unprofitable startups can seriously reduce their burn rate - up to $250,000 per year.
Is your early-stage company ready to work with a tax expert?
The Kruze Consulting R&D Tax Credit Calculator is designed to estimate your R&D tax credit using Federal Form 6765
We've put together this calculator to help you estimate the cost of preparing your startup's return.
This calculator is designed to estimate your Delaware franchise tax.
Over 200 early-stage focused Q&A, 180+ blog posts and research reports and over 100 podcasts with venture capitalists, founders, attorneys and more!
Kruze's Top Blog Posts for Startups about Accounting, Finance, HR and Tax:
Kruze answers every Accounting, Finance, HR and Tax Question faced by early-stage companies.
Concerned about your 2020 Tax Deadlines?
We've done the work for you with these 2020 Tax Compliance Calendars.
Check our 2020 Tax Deadlines For C-Corp Startups or Click for your customized compliance calendar by city
It’s not just about getting the books right. As a registered CPA firm 100% focused on serving funded startups, we provide the advice our CEOs need.
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We're huge fans of Vanessa and the folks at Kruze Consulting. They set up our books, finances, and other operations, and are constantly organized and on top of things. As a startup, you have to focus on your product and customers, and Kruze takes care of everything else (which is a massive sigh of relief). I highly highly highly recommend working with Vanessa and her team.
Kruze's financial infrastructure empowers me to focus on my team, our products, and our customers. As an entrepreneur I couldn't be happier.
Avochato has been growing rapidly in the past year – in fact, too quickly for us to keep up with books, taxes, and budgeting for growth. Partnering with Kruze Consulting has been fantastic to manage, track, and analyze our finances while we continue focusing on building our customer base. Kruze’s team knows what startups need.
I had a great experience working with Kruze Consulting when we raised Series A. They know what VCs need to see, and how to present a startup’s books and finances. If you are going to raise venture capital, you need experts like Kruze.
Kruze Consulting is the perfect Accounting, Finance and Tax partner for Los Angeles Startups. Kruze delivers exceptional monthly reporting and financial projections. When we need help with benefits or payroll, Kruze solves our problems. Kruze does our taxes for a fraction of what previous accountants have charged. Thank you Kruze for being a great partner.
Being a repeat tech entrepreneur, I know how challenging it is to find the ideal CFO - not only is it often expensive to find the right one, but CFOs who combine expertise with scrappiness, market vision and perspective with detail orientation and 'roll up your sleeves' execution is near impossible for an early stage company. So I've been thrilled to work with Kruze Consulting, who not only provide all the ideal characteristics of a top-tier tech CFO, but also live and breathe entrepreneurship themselves. I've known Scott and Vanessa for many years and their deep personal integrity and strong reputation in the industry and made it an easy decision to work with them again.
NIH, NSF, and SBIR grant compliance can add a lot of overhead for a start-up. The Kruze team makes it easy, so we can spend our time growing the business instead of shoveling paperwork.
As a startup, it’s incredibly important to keep track of where our money is coming from and where it’s being spent. Kruze Consulting really helps keep our books and taxes in order so that we can focus on the core business. Extremely responsive and very professional, the accountants at Kruze Consulting are a pleasure to work with. We’d highly recommend their services.
Former Startup Controller
Lover of bad reality TV
Former VC Partner and Investment Banker
University of Maryland
CPA. KPMG and Oracle alumnus. I've lived in three countries, 10 states and the District of Columbia.
Loves cooking, swimming, scuba diving and yoga
USC MBA (go Trojans!)
Former North American Head of Finance @ Xero, Former Corp. Controller @ NASDAQ listed company
I've climbed to the top of Mt. Olympus
Atlas Venture, Summit Partners, Sunrun
Tuskegee Univesity (under) Mills College, MBA (Grad)
IRS Enrolled Agent, Deloitte Alum, Intuit Alum, Former SFSU Adjunct Instructor
Loves strong coffee
Former Startup Controller
PhD - University of Texas, Austin
Kennesaw State University
IBM Alum; Former CFO/President of Global Digital Marketing company
Loves backpacking and bicycling
Kruze has helped hundreds of fast-growing companies find part-time CFO help, and we have a network of finance professionals that we can refer into your company. And, once we are comfortable with a CFO’s qualifications and experience, we add the “Kruze Certified” designation!
Looking for an outsourced CFO for your startup? Check out our startup CFO network today!
We are privileged to serve so many exciting, early-stage clients. As accountants and advisors to these high-growth companies, we need to share values such as innovation and kaizen - while staying true to the standards of the accounting profession.
We hope that Kruze Consulting’s values align with your company’s, and look forward to collaborating with you during your entrepreneurial journey!
We promote the continuous improvement of our teammates, our clients, and our firm.
We conduct our work with openness, honesty, and integrity.
We seek to overcome challenges through unique and innovative solutions.
We seek to establish processes and systems that are clean, intuitive, nimble, and scalable.
We communicate and collaborate with our teammates and clients in a respectful and clear way, while not forgetting to have some fun along the way.
We use data to improve our client experience, measuring our accuracy, timeliness, customer satisfaction and more.
We care deeply about our startup clients, acting as trusted advisors and helping them change the world.
Last year, we analyzed data from 125 startups to find that the average 2018 salary for a startup CEO was $130,000. This year, we expanded the data to over 200 of our seed and venture-backed clients and found that in 2019, CEO salaries rose to an average of $142,000 annually, nearly a 10% increase.
March 18, 2020
Based on our experience as experts at tax preparation for funded companies, we wrote an article for AccountingToday on how accounts can survive tax season.
March 05, 2020
From our perch as accountants to close to almost 200 venture-funded startups, we may be seeing some signs of a coming economic slowdown. Here is our advice on what startup founders should do to prepare for a recession.
November 05, 2019
Thanks to a report from last year undertaken by Kruze, here are the estimated totals of domestic venture debt.
February 14, 2020
Many young companies are spending less and raising more than they planned, said Scott Orn, chief operating officer at Kruze Consulting, a San Francisco firm that provides accounting and human resources services to more than 200 start-ups.
November 17, 2019
Nearly 60 percent of startups pay for Slack’s workplace communications software, according to new data from Kruze Consulting, an accounting firm that analyzed anonymized spending of its nearly 200 venture capital-funded startups.
September 19, 2019
For the second year in a row, Kruze Consulting has been named one of the fastest growing private companies in the US. We are #710 for 2019, with 617% 3-year revenue growth. Additionally, Inc says that Kruze is the 28th fastest growing private financial service company in the US, and the 38th fastest growing company in the San Francisco Bay Area.
January 01, 2019
Just like several of our clients, Kruze Consulting is named as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. Check out this year’s winners and see the locations of the fastest-growing private companies in the San Francisco Bay Area at a glance on the map.
October 21, 2019
Kruze named one of the most influential women-owned businesses headquartered in the Bay Area, which is defined as Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties.
September 27, 2019