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Accounting, Finance, HR and Tax for Startups


Hi! I'm Vanessa Kruze, CPA and I founded Kruze Consulting in 2012. Our firm handles all things Accounting, Finance, HR and Tax for over 200 startups. Follow Kruze Consulting on Twitter to keep up with all of our blog posts, videos and podcasts.

Top three negatives that employees feel about their bosses

Top three negatives that employees feel about their bosses
Posted on Thu, 30 July 2020 by Scott Orn, CFA and COO of Kruze Consulting

As the COO of a people-driven services firm, I spend a lot of time thinking about our employees. We aren’t perfect here at Kruze, but I think we’ve taken a lot of very great steps in the past couple of years to make this a good place to work.

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Your startup is a giant sea monster

Your startup is a giant sea monster
Posted on Tue, 21 July 2020 by Jim Gellas, CPA, VP of Finance

You’re a startup and the world of possibilities lies at your feet.  You’ve developed a product that can provide value to organizations across the globe.  You simply need to let the world know about you.

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What is EPLI and how it could save your startup $100,000 dollars

What is EPLI and how it could save your startup $100,000 dollars
Posted on Wed, 8 July 2020 by Jim Gellas, CPA, VP of Finance

This is the story of how a 20-person startup lost $100,000 of their cash because they didn’t have EPLI.  If you are a startup founder, have employees, and haven’t heard of EPLI, this post is for you!

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Understanding VC’s thought process during the COVID crisis

Understanding VC’s thought process during the COVID crisis
Posted on Mon, 29 June 2020 by Healy Jones, VP of FP&A

The COVID crisis has dramatically slowed down early-stage venture activity.

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Leading ScaleFactor Alternative

Leading ScaleFactor Alternative
Posted on Tue, 23 June 2020 by Healy Jones, VP of FP&A

Kruze Consulting is a leading alternative to ScaleFactor. Our team assists hundreds of high-growth companies with their books, taxes and provides CFO level support. Learn more now.

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Bill.com vs Gusto for paying contractors

Bill.com vs Gusto for paying contractors
Posted on Wed, 10 June 2020 by Scott Orn, CFA and COO of Kruze Consulting

Founders have a few different options for paying their contractors - we’ve seen everything from check (pretty standard) to Venmo (maybe not the best idea). But two of the most popular cloud solutions for paying contractors are Bill.com and Gusto.

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Is it better for startups to pay a vendor via a check or credit card?

Is it better for startups to pay a vendor via a check or credit card?
Posted on Mon, 1 June 2020 by Scott Orn, CFA and COO of Kruze Consulting

We get this question a lot; should a startup pay vendors via a check or credit card? Now, for the startup, it’s always easier to pay via credit card.

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How do you calculate the True Cost of a startup employee?

How do you calculate the True Cost of a startup employee?
Posted on Wed, 27 May 2020 by Scott Orn, CFA and COO of Kruze Consulting

The first hire for a startup is an exciting time! When a startup goes beyond the founders and has employees, the business can start to feel “real.”

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Kruze on CVCs

Kruze on CVCs
Posted on Mon, 25 May 2020 by Healy Jones, VP of FP&A

Scott Orn, Kruze COO, recently co-authored two posts on TechCrunch on how startups should approach and negotiate a venture capital investment with CVCs.

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PPP Loan Documentation and Forgiveness

PPP Loan Documentation and Forgiveness
Posted on Tue, 5 May 2020 by Healy Jones

Now that Paycheck Protection Program loans are finally flowing to our clients, what are the steps you need to take to make sure you get the maximum amount of loan forgiveness possible?

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Fintech Equity & Debt Staircase

Fintech Equity & Debt Staircase
Posted on Tue, 28 April 2020 by Healy Jones, VP of FP&A

Fintech companies have special needs when raising funding that they are going to use to loan money out to their clients - often called “equity and debt staircase”.

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Podcast with Kruze Client and Sean Ellis

Podcast with Kruze Client and Sean Ellis
Posted on Mon, 20 April 2020 by Healy Jones, VP of FP&A

Recently, Kruze COO, Scott Orn, participated in Sean Ellis’ new podcast accompanied by one of our clients - the CEO of SonderMind, Mark Frank.

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Webinar: SMB loans during COVID

Webinar: SMB loans during COVID
Posted on Sun, 19 April 2020 by Scott Orn, CFA and COO of Kruze Consulting

Kruze Vice President FP&A, Healy Jones, will be joining this new Procurify’s webinar on All You Need To Know For Small Business Loans.

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Venture Lenders Asking for Right to Invest Equity

Venture Lenders Asking for Right to Invest Equity
Posted on Fri, 3 April 2020 by Scott Orn

A lot of times venture lenders, they’re smart. They know when they find a good deal when they’ve done a loan with a good startup, they want to get a little piece of the equity too.

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Venture Debt Pre-Payment Penalty

Venture Debt Pre-Payment Penalty
Posted on Fri, 3 April 2020 by Scott Orn

Pre-payment means that you’re going to pay back your loan early. You know, typically, when a venture lender makes a deal, they project out the total interest they’re going to capture over the life of the loan, and that’s their return.

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