Kruze consulting Blog

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 175 startups. We love what we do! Working with so many startups helps us learn faster and spot trends in the startup ecosystem earlier. This blog shares our insights with the entire startup community. Let's be successful together!

Ed Aten of Merchbar on The 1 California Podcast

Ed Aten of Merchbar on The 1 California Podcast
Posted on Thu, 20 August 2015 by Scott Orn

Kruze Consulting is continuing a new podcast series called The 1 California from our COO, Scott Orn. Today’s episode is with Ed Aten of Merchbar. Merchbar is an exceptional mobile shopping experience for all the music merchandise fit to buy.

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Dan Croak of Thoughtbot on The 1 California Podcast

Dan Croak of Thoughtbot on The 1 California Podcast
Posted on Tue, 18 August 2015 by Scott Orn

Kruze Consulting is excited to bring you a new podcast series by Chief Operating Officer, Scott Orn. The podcast is called The 1 California and it focuses on startup life.

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Does Your Startup Have What It Takes to Raise a Series A?

Does Your Startup Have What It Takes to Raise a Series A?
Posted on Tue, 21 July 2015 by Scott Orn

When I was a partner at Lighthouse Capital, I invested in tons of startups. I invested in startups like it was my job—because it was my job, and at Lighthouse we did our job well. So I have seen exactly what it takes to raise a Series A.

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Startup CFO Tax Checklist: Key Dates for 2015 Taxes

Startup CFO Tax Checklist: Key Dates for 2015 Taxes
Posted on Wed, 1 July 2015 by Vanessa Kruze

As the Consulting CFO and CPA to over 70 venture backed startups, the most common question I get asked every January is, “What do we need to do about taxes? What about this Delaware Annual Filing? And SF Payroll Tax Expense?” So about this time every year I send out a customized road map to all of my clients that details everything they can expect for the coming year. I wanted to share this “cheat sheet” with you, but keep in mind that this is just a “cheat sheet.” Please reach out to me or your local CPA about tax filings that are specific to your business…because every startup is unique!

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Fundraising Friday: CircleUp

Fundraising Friday: CircleUp
Posted on Wed, 1 July 2015 by Vanessa Kruze

Crowdfunding has become more popular than ever before. It is a great way for start-ups to raise much needed cash. One of our favorite crowdfunding companies is CircleUp. With a large helpful staff, accredited investors and great success stories, they are a great resource for any start-up. Check them out!

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Don’t Be a Scrooge with Sick Days (Because That’s Illegal Now) - Kruze Consulting

Don’t Be a Scrooge with Sick Days (Because That’s Illegal Now) - Kruze Consulting
Posted on Wed, 1 July 2015 by Vanessa Kruze

Starting July 1, 2015, all California employers must offer paid sick leave to employees. So if you don’t have a paid sick leave policy in place, you’re breaking the law. Don’t worry—we’ll show you how to get up to speed in 5 easy steps, right after we take a look at the fine print.

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