Accounting, Finance,
Tax & HR for Startups

Vanessa Kruze, CPA

The Best Funded Startups Trust Kruze

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$5.5B+ in Funding

Our clients have secured over five billion dollars in seed and venture funding; close to 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.

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Successful Exits Every Month

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.

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$30 million in Cash Burn Saved

Our clients are saving over $10 million in cash expenses - per year - from our tax credit work. Our startup tax experts know how to help unprofitable startups use tax credits to reduce their burn. Hundreds of funded startups trust Kruze to deliver the right advice, at a reasonable price.

Due Diligence Success Stories

When early-stage companies get acquired by massive public companies or sophisticated venture capitalists, they need specialized accounting consulting 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.

Scott Orn on the This Week In Startups Podcast

Everybody, go to Kruze Consulting. They do a great job. I personally can tell you, they've done a great job for our companies, including I'm sure they’ll do a great job for you.

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Jason Calacanis

Angel investor in Uber, Robinhood, Thumbtack, Wealthfront, and

Voicea acquired by


Kruze helped us all the way through our journey - from our seed round to our A to our eventual acquisition by a public company.


Omar Tawakol

Founder and CEO

Fleetsmith acquired by


From a team of three to multiple VC investments to an acquisition by Apple, the Kruze team worked hand in hand with Fleetsmith’s founders. Congratulations to their success!


Scott Orn

Kruze COO

Protara Therapeutics, Inc.
Nasdaq IPO


The Kruze team helped us grow from a 2-person startup to a NASDAQ listed public company in 2 years. We wouldn’t have gotten public without Kruze’s support. Anyone thinking of launching a startup should make Vanessa their first call!


Jesse Shefferman


Tubi acquired by


Kruze knows R&D, SAFE Notes, SaaS, and venture debt and they gave us valuable advice. We have 100% confidence in their work.


Farhad Massoudi



Check out Kruze's affordable monthly bookkeeping options. 

Monthly Company Expenses

Monthly costs vary based on your needs and company expenses.

monthly startup expenses
Basic Bookkeeping

Ideal for angel funded companies

Starting at $325 per month

  • Dedicated Bookkeeper
  • Operations in 1 State
  • No HR Services
  • No State Tax Compliance
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Founder Timesaver

Great for busy founders

Starting at $425 per month

  • Dedicated Accountant
  • Operations in 2 States
  • HR Services Available
  • State and Local Tax Compliance
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Ideal for high-growth, well-funded businesses

  • Controller or Fractional CFO
  • Multiple States, International
  • HR Services Available
  • State and Local Tax Compliance
  • Complex Revenue Recognition
  • Custom Reporting

Consulting, Tax and Valuation Prices

Competitively priced for high-growth companies

Financial Consulting

Staff Accountant $85
Senior Staff Accountant $110
Controller $140
Junior Financial Modeling $175
Financial Modeling $400
Venture Debt $400
CFO $350
Tax Advisory $395

Startup 409A Valuation

Seed $2,000
Seed A $2,500
Seed B $3,000
Seed C $3,500

Accounting, Finance, Tax & HR for Startups

Interim CFO

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.

Financial Modeling

We build financial models that have been used to close venture rounds with top investors.

409A Valuation

High speed, low-cost valuations for pricing stock options.

VC Support

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.

Tax Compliance

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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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.

Can you cut your startup's burn rate?

Our clients are saving almost $8 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?

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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 return.

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Over 200 early-stage focused Q&A, 260+ blog posts and research reports and over 180 podcasts with venture capitalists, founders, attorneys and more!

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Kruze's Top Blog Posts for Startups about Accounting, Finance, HR and Tax:

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Read our Startup Q&A

Kruze answers every Accounting, Finance, HR and Tax Question faced by early-stage companies.

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Tax, Accounting and Financial Information for Every Startup

Tips For Startup Financial Health

Startup Tax Compliance Calendar

Concerned about your 2021 Tax Deadlines?
We've done the work for you with these 2021 Tax Compliance Calendars.

Check our 2021 Tax Deadlines For C-Corp Startups or Click for your customized compliance calendar by city

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Focused on Making Startup CEOs Successful

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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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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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!

Casey McKerchie

Casey McKerchie

VP, Operations of

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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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Everybody, go to Kruze Consulting. They do a great job. I personally can tell you, they've done a great job for our companies, including I'm sure they’ll do a great job for you.

Jason Calacanis

Jason Calacanis

Angel investor

Our clients graduate from top accelerator programs including

Our Core Accounting and Consulting Team

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 when you need us - not just on April 15th. We think we’ve got the preeminent accounting consulting and finance advisory firm servicing early-stage companies. Talk to us to see if our fractional CFOs, controllers and accounting team are right for you!

Vanessa Kruze, CPA, Kruze Consulting

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

Bill Hollowsky, CPA, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Bill Hollowsky, CPA

VP of Accounting Services

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

Will Davis, CPA, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Will Davis, CPA

Tax Director

Walsh University and Capital University Law School
He worked for publicly traded companies and private equity companies
Will is a licensed attorney in the State of Ohio, as well as a Certified Public Accountant

Blake Rutledge, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Blake Rutledge


Chartered Accountant, ANZ, University of Technology Sydney
Corporate FP&A specialist
Gardening rookie

Healy Jones, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Healy Jones

VP of FP&A

Dartmouth, Wharton
Atlas Venture, Summit Partners, Sunrun
Pizza lover

Jim Gellas, CPA, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Jim Gellas, CPA

VP of Finance

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

Matt Ziser, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Matt Ziser

VP of Business Operations

JD-MBA from Kellogg/Northwestern and a BA from UC Berkeley
Matt touches on over 15 years of operational, strategic, and general management experience
His favorite quote: "Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference." - Winston Churchill

Alex Janeck, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Alex Janeck

Head of Onboarding & Sales Operations

Clemson University
William Blair Investment Banking, Former Transaction Advisory Services Consultant
Avid triathlete, golfer and travel aficionado. Loves the NBA and good coffee!

Kevin Houk, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Kevin Houk

MCP/BPO Director

Gonzaga University
Former Startup Controller
Travel aficionado

Find an Outsourced CFO for your Startup

Kruze is more than just an accounting consulting firm. We have helped hundreds of fast-growing companies find strategic, 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!

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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 $5.5 billion in venture capital financing. We are one of only a few outsourced accounting firms that specialize in funded early-stage companies - 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 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 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 clients, going beyond the typical outsourced 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. Our software provides custom tailored dashboards that can be provided weekly or monthly, depending on your preference and plan. Founders are often so busy building their company that they don’t have time to take care of their finances. Traditionally, these companies have had to work with a basket of people to get their work done, including bookkeepers, accountants, AP clerks, CFOs, consultants, and tax accountants. At Kruze Consulting, our founders have one point person, saving time and money.

Kruze Consulting's Core Values

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.

Communication & Collaboration

Communication & Collaboration

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.

Data Driven Quality

Data Driven Quality

We use data to improve our client experience, measuring our accuracy, timeliness, customer satisfaction and more.

Enabling Customer Greatness

Enabling Customer Greatness

We care deeply about our startup clients, acting as trusted advisors and helping them change the world.

Our Locations

Kruze is a US focused, national accounting consulting firm. Our accountants serve startups all over the US, with offices in Austin, San Francisco, Silicon Valley (San Jose), Los Angeles (Santa Monica) and New York City.

1515 7th Street #363 Santa Monica, CA 90401
75 East Santa Clara St San Jose, CA 95113
600 California St. 12th Floor San Francisco, CA, 94108
145 W. 30th Street FL 7 New York, NY 10001
10900 Research Blvd Ste 160c-3024 Austin, TX 78759

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