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Kruze

Accounting, Finance,
Tax & HR for Startups

Vanessa Kruze, CPA

Accounting, Finance, Tax & HR for Startups

Interim CFO
Looking to raise a round of capital? We'll guide you through the process.
Bookkeeping
We reconcile your accounts, provide reporting, and help you manage AP/AR.
Financial Modeling
We build financial models that have been used to pitch top investors and VC firms.
Reg CF Review
Title III CPA Reviews for Crowdfunding.
409A Valuation
Know what you're worth. We'll help you get it done right.
Best
Practices
Get the insider's view on tips and tricks.
Tax & Audit

We help you stay in compliance, from sales tax to R&D tax credits to local tax to annual tax.

Human
Resources
We'll help you set up payroll & benefits, as well as manage your employee onboarding process.
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Founders and Friends Podcast by Kruze

Startup Podcast

Kruze's Founders & Friends Podcast interviews Startup Founders, Executives and Industry Experts to share their journeys, tips, and important lessons.

Need your startup taxes done?

Our startup tax CPA's use software to get your startup's tax returns done faster, cheaper and better.

We are experts at helping startups understand their taxes, and our clients are saving $3 million in payroll taxes due to our R&D tax credit work!

Is your startup ready to work with a tax expert?

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Kruze Tax Dashboard
Kruze's free tax calculators

Try our free tax calculators

Our online calculators are a powerful and free resource to help you estimate your startup's R&D tax credit or the cost of preparing your startup's tax return.

Read our Startup Q&A

Read our Startup Q&A

Kruze answers every Startup Accounting, Finance, HR and Tax Question imaginable.

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Tax, Accounting and Financial Information for Every Startup

5 Tips For Startup Financial Health

2019 
Startup Tax Compliance Calendar

Concerned about your 2019 Tax Deadlines? We've done the work for you with these 2019 Tax Compliance Calendars by city. 

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Technology Partners

Client testimonials

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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.

Vivek Sodera
Vivek Sodera
Co-Founder @ Superhuman
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Kruze's financial infrastructure empowers me to focus on my team, our products, and our customers. As an entrepreneur I couldn't be happier.

Jake Lodwick
Jake Lodwick
Creator of Vimeo
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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
Alex De Simone
CEO @ Avochato
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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.

Chris Mansi
Chris Mansi
CEO @ Viz.ai
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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.

Brett O'Brien
Brett O'Brien
CEO @ FLYR
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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.

Tina Fitch
Tina Fitch
CEO @ HobNob
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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.

Charlie Silver
Charlie Silver
CEO @ Mission Bio
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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.

Peter Lai
Peter Lai
CEO @ Emburse

Our clients graduate from top accelerator programs including

Our Core Team

Vanessa Kruze, CPA, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Vanessa Kruze, CPA

Founder & CEO

Deloitte alum
Former startup Controller
Lover of bad reality TV

Scott Orn, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Scott Orn

Chief Operating Officer, CFA

Kellogg MBA
Former VC partner and investment banker
Espresso junkie

Stephen Yarbrough, CPA, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Stephen Yarbrough, CPA

VP of Tax

IRS, PWC Alum
UT Austin

Jim Gellas, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Jim Gellas

VP of Finance

USC MBA (go Trojans!)
Former North American Head of Finance @ Xero, Former Corp. Controller @ NASDAQ listed company

Britt Ballard, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Britt Ballard

VP of Technology

Texas A&M
Running programmer from Austin

Kevin Houk, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Kevin Houk

Senior Controller

Former startup Controller
Travel aficionado

Chithra Rajagopalan, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Chithra Rajagopalan

Controller & Head of San Jose Executive Operations

CPA Candidate
Deloitte & EY Alum
Lives in San Jose

Gohei Seino, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Gohei Seino

VP of Operations

USF Alum
CPA Candidate,
Running & Winter Sports Enthusiast

Lori Rosenberg, CPA, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Lori Rosenberg, CPA

Consulting Director

Graduated from UC Santa Cruz
Enjoys tea and dogs

Liz Wagner, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Liz Wagner

Tax Operations Manager

USAF Veteran
PhD - University of Texas, Austin
Emoji practitioner

Tatiana Marin, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Tatiana Marin

Operations Manager

CCTU (EU)
Foreign Languages Graduate
Loves short stories writing and appreciates good tea

Alex Janeck, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Alex Janeck

Onboarding Manager

Clemson University Alum
Avid Triathlete

Kruze Consulting's Prices

Financial Consulting

Staff Accountant $85
Senior Staff Accountant $110
Controller $140
Financial Modeling $300
Venture Debt $300
CFO $250
Tax Advisory $395

Kruze's calculator tells you how much it will cost to prepare your startup's tax return.

Save on payroll taxes immediately
We charge a fixed fee of 15% of the anticipated captured credit amount with a minimum fee of $2,000

Startup 409A Valuation

Seed $1500
Seed A $2000
Seed B $2500
Seed C $3000

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About Us

A CPA Firm Specialized in Startup Accounting & Finance

A CPA Firm Specialized in Startup Accounting & Finance

Startups are our niche, and our passion. Our clients have raised over half a billion in venture capital financing in the past 12 months. We are one of only a few accounting firms that specialize in funded startups - we only offer financial and tax services to fast growing startups in the Seed, Series A, Series B and Series C stages.

The Right Accounting Partner for Your Startup’s Next Round

The Right Accounting Partner for Your Startup’s Next Round

We know how to de-risk your startup’s next venture capital round. Our team makes sure sure you are ready to fly through your next VC’s accounting, HR and tax due diligence. And when you use us as your bookkeeper, we set up and keep up-to-date a due diligence folder so you can get that next round of fundraising.

A Leader in Cloud Accounting Software

A Leader in Cloud Accounting Software

Our practice is built on best of breed cloud accounting software like QuickBooks, Xero, Netsuite, Gusto, Zenefits, Expensify, Avalara, Brex iand Bill.com. Technology makes us more efficient, saving our clients money and letting us offer higher value services like FP&A modeling, 409A valuation and venture debt consulting. Startups deserve to work with CPAs using modern software.

Trusted by Top Venture Investors

Trusted by Top Venture Investors

Top angel investors and VCs refer Kruze because they trust us to give the right advice. Our clients are portfolio companies of top technology and Silicon Valley investors, including Y-Combinator, Kleiner, Sequoia, Khsola, Launch, Techstars and more. With us, your books and taxes are in order when it’s time to raise another round of venture financing.

What types of startups does Kruze Consulting usually work with?

What types of startups does Kruze Consulting usually work with?

Kruze Consulting works with a variety of funded Delaware C-Corps, but the majority of our companies have secured Seed, Series A, Series B and Series C. We look to partner with our startups, going beyond the typical accounting relationship and seeking to provide a higher level advisory role. We feel honored to be a part of making the world a better place, even if it’s one debit and credit at a time.

Accounting, Finance, Taxes, & Payroll all in one solution

Accounting, Finance, Taxes, & Payroll all in one solution

Startup CFO services, startup accounting and bookkeeping services, startup annual taxes, expense reports, payroll, benefits: we've got you covered. Custom tailored dashboards are provided weekly or monthly, depending on your preference. Startup founders are often too busy building their company that they don’t have time to take care of their finances. Traditionally, these startups have had to work with a basket of people to get their work done, including bookkeepers, accountants, AP clerks, CFOs, startup consulting companies, and tax accountants. Just coordinating the conversation between all these parties drained even more of a founder’s precious time. At Kruze Consulting, our founders have one point person to manage all startup accounting needs, which saves them time and money.

Our Locations

Our accountants serve startups all over the US, with offices in San Francisco, Silicon Valley (San Jose), Los Angeles (Santa Monica) and New York City.

1515 7th Street #363 Santa Monica, CA 90401
84 W Santa Clara St, Suite 380 San Jose, CA 95113
333 Kearny St. 4th Floor San Francisco, CA, 94108
145 W. 30th Street FL 7 New York, NY 10001

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