Our clients have secured over three billion dollars in seed and venture funding; over half a billion in the past year alone. 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 million 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.
When early-stage companies get acquired by massive public companies or sophisticated venture capitalists, they need specialized accounting and finance help.
With Kruze on your side, your team will have the numbers – and advice – you need to survive due diligence with your valuation intact.
Check out Kruze's affordable monthly bookkeeping options.
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 $375 per month
Ideal for high-growth, well-funded businesses
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Startup Tax Return
Custom Quote Tool
Kruze's calculator tells you how much it will cost to prepare your startup's tax return.
R&D Tax Credit
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
Startup 409A Valuation
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.
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Our clients are saving almost $5 million 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.
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Over 200 early-stage focused Q&A, 180+ blog posts and research reports and over 100 podcasts with venture capitalists, founders, attorneys and more!
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Kruze answers every Accounting, Finance, HR and Tax Question faced by early-stage companies.
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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.
Co-Founder @ Superhuman
As a startup, moving quickly is a top priority for us and we just needed to get our tax return done. After we uploaded our docs, we got our tax return in 3 days! E-filing was confirmed by Day 4. Super responsive and helpful!
VP, Operations of Calm.com
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.
Alex De Simone
CEO @ Avochato
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.
CEO @ Viz.ai
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.
CEO @ FLYR
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.
CEO @ HobNob
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.
CEO @ Mission Bio
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.
CEO @ Emburse
When you work with Kruze, you’ll get a US-based account manager with an average of over 10 years of experience. And our in-house tax team is there to when you need us - not just on April 15th. We think we’ve got the preeminent accounting and finance consulting firm servicing early-stage companies. Talk to us to see our outsourced CFO, controller and accounting team is right for you!
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
Tuskegee Univesity (under) Mills College, MBA (Grad)
IRS Enrolled Agent, Deloitte Alum, Intuit Alum, Former SFSU Adjunct Instructor
Loves strong coffee
Atlas Venture, Summit Partners, Sunrun
William Blair Investment Banking, Former Transaction Advisory Services Consultant
Avid triathlete, golfer and travel aficionado. Loves the NBA and good coffee!
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
Former Startup Controller
CCTU (EU) Foreign Languages Graduate
Non-Profit and Project Management experience
Loves short stories writing and appreciates good tea
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!
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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.
Kruze Consulting and Goodwin layout strategies for approaching the different kinds of corporate venture capitalists (CVCs) for TechCrunch in this four-part series.
May 26, 2020
Kruze Consulting provided insights regarding the working space reduction during the COVID crisis. Healy Jones, Kruze VP of FP&A, said about half of Kruze customers with WeWork memberships got rid of their space between December and June, and another 26% reduced it. He explained that WeWork memberships often have short terms so they are easier than traditional office leases for cash-strapped small firms to cut.
July 28, 2020
When consulted, Kruze COO, Scott Orn, concluded, that as of May, half of Kruze clients had eliminated the amount they were spending on WeWork, while 26% had reduced their WeWork expenses. His company included. Orn said it was an easy decision because they’ll be able to pick up super-cheap subleases at the very least when people are ready to go back.
July 13, 2020
Corporate venture capitalists (CVCs) are booming in the startup space as large companies look to take advantage of the fast-paced innovation and original thinking that entrepreneurs offer.
May 26, 2020
The average SBA/PPP payout to startups was $261,000, according to new data from Kruze Consulting, a startup accounting, and CFO consulting firm, "which will buy most of them about two months," said Scott Orn, chief operating officer. About 40% of Kruze's startup clients applied for SBA/PPP loans, he said.
June 10, 2020
According to the PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor report, the activity for venture capital fundraising was robust during the first quarter. “We’ve seen about half a dozen of our clients raise money in the past couple of weeks,” said Healy Jones, who is the VP of FP&A at Kruze Consulting.
April 17, 2020
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