Wondering how much your VC-backed startup's tax return will cost?   Check out our startup tax cost calculator to get an estimate now!
Q&A icon

Startup Q&A

Back to questions

Where can I find a part-time Silicon Valley-based startup CFO/Consultant or firm?

Vanessa Kruze, CPA, is a leading expert in startup taxes and tax compliance. Her team at Kruze Consulting has filed thousands of tax returns for companies that have raised billions in VC funding, and her work has been diligenced by leading VCs, attorneys, and M&A teams at the largest technology companies.
Vanessa Kruze, a highly-experienced CPA, brings valuable tax expertise to startups, drawing from her rich background at Deloitte Tax and as a financial controller for a $20 million startup. As the leader of Kruze Consulting, recognized multiple times in the Inc 5000 list, she specializes in navigating the complex tax landscape for startups. Her firm is known for delivering precise and strategic tax solutions, delivering tax credits utilizing advanced tools to ensure compliance and optimize tax benefits for startups throughout the United States.

Table of contents

If you’re looking for interim CFO level services for your startup, my team would be happy to help!

I’m a CPA and the founder of Kruze Consulting, one of the leading providers of part time CFO services to venture funded startups. My team provides CFO, Controller, accountant and bookkeeper level services to over a hundred funded companies in Silicon Valley and beyond. We can do everything from basic bookkeeping to board preparation to strategic fund raising advisory - in fact, our clients have raised over half a billion in venture capital funding in the past 12 months.

We’ve also built a CFO match making service for startups looking for part-time CFO help. Select any of the Chief Financial Officers who you think might be a good fit for your company, and we’ll help you get in touch! Part time finance help is the right answer for a large number of early-stage businesses, where the cost (and workload) don’t justify a full time hire. Plus, many fractional CFOs bring deep fundraising expertise and contacts. With part time financial experts in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, New York, Boston, and beyond, we should have the right senior financial help that you need.

My team also provides recurring monthly bookkeeping, financial modeling, venture capital and venture debt consulting, 409A valuations, and tax advice. We are totally focused on working with funded Delaware C-Corps; no coffee shops or law firms as clients, just high growth companies. 

What does a Silicon Valley CFO do?

Silicon Valley is pretty unique… the companies built here aren’t like anywhere else on the planet. As businesses here scale, the financial advice that founders need goes beyond simple bookkeeping. As a CEO, you should be seeking to partner with a CFO who will provide provide tactical and strategic support in all aspects of your company’s finances. Here are some of the tasks you should expect your CFO to handle:

  • Directing all aspects of accounting operations
  • Coordinating and reviewing monthly, quarterly, and annual reports (it’s very normal, and quite budget conscious, to have an outsourced bookkeeping firm actually prepare the books at this stage, but the CFO can manage the bookkeeping firm for you)
  • Overseeing stock administration - one of the many things that is quite common in Silicon Valley, but not in the rest of the world
  • Overseeing and managing the company’s finance IT system and choosing appropriate software programs & processes based on unique needs - for example, you may be nearing a point in your company’s growth where upgrading from QuickBooks Online to Netsuite makes sense
  • Leading financial planning and budgeting
  • Providing strategic guidance around fund raising, and leading a fund raising strategy

Feel free to reach out to me: vanessa@kruzeconsulting.com

Kruze Consulting San Jose
75 East Santa Clara St
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 831-3221


We are the experts at helping seed/VC-backed Delaware C-Corps with their accounting and finances!

Talk to an experienced accountant, not a generic sales person

 Kruze Consulting
Alex Janeck
 Kruze Consulting
Edith Silva
 Kruze Consulting
Randy Hall
Viz AI

$250M+ VC Funding Raised

"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


Startup Venture Capital Assistance

With former venture capitalists on staff, our team is here to help you navigate the fundraising process and manage your board of directors

 Kruze Consulting
Scott Orn
COO | Former VC
 Kruze Consulting
Healy Jones
VP FP&A | Former VC

Scale Remote Operations & Team

"Kruze has supported us above and beyond basic accounting needs by ensuring we have everything we need to expand and support our team wherever they may be located"
Zack Fisch

Zack Fisch

Head of Operations & Legal

Clients who have worked with Kruze have collectively raised over $15 billion in VC funding.

We set startups up for fundrising success, and know how to work with the top VCs.

 Kruze Consulting
Vanessa Kruze, CPA
Founder & CEO
Kruze Logo

Experienced team helping you

Our account management team is staffed by CPAs and accountants who have, on average, 11 years of experience.

 Kruze Consulting
Bill Hollowsky, CPA
VP of Accounting Services
 Kruze Consulting
Claudine Vantomme, CPA
 Kruze Consulting
Morgan Avery
SUT/R&D Sr. Tax Accountant
 Kruze Consulting
Beth Bassler
Controller, CPA
Protara Therapeutics

Grew from a 2-person startup to a NASDAQ listed public company.

"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

Jesse Shefferman


Kruze Logo

Get in Touch

Please help us connect with you

How can we reach you?

Our first response is typically via email, so please check your inbox.

Help us have a productive first consultation by providing some additional information.

What year was your startup incorporated?

What is your stage of funding?

(pick up from the list)

Approximately how much funding have you raised?

(please enter a dollar value such as 5000000)

Help us understand what you are looking for:

(Optional, click the ones you need)

Anything additional that you’d like to share?

Optional - if you’d like to share anything else to help us prepare for our consultation, please let us know. We are also happy to sign an NDA, just let us know.


We are the experts at helping seed/VC-backed Delaware C-Corps with their accounting and finances!

Talk with a real accountant, not a generic salesperson!

 Kruze Consulting
Scott Orn
 Kruze Consulting
Alex Janeck
 Kruze Consulting
Edith Silva

Help us get in touch

Enter your name
Enter Company name
Enter Phone number
Enter Email
Enter Message

Important Tax Dates for Startups

  Talk to a leading startup CPA