Scott Orn Chief Operating Officer, CFA

Scott Orn

Chief Operating Officer, CFA

Scott runs Operations at Kruze Consulting, a fast-growing Startup CFO Consulting firm that works with over 350 startup clients. Kruze is based in San Francisco with clients in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York and all over the United States. In addition to his Operations responsibilities, Scott runs the Venture Debt Consulting practice at Kruze. In his spare time, Scott publishes the Founders & Friends Podcast, which interviews Startup CEO’s, Investors and Other Service Providers in the Startup Ecosystem.

Before Kruze Consulting, Scott was a Partner at Lighthouse Capital, a private debt fund that lends to startups. In addition, Scott ran Community Products at Callisto Media.

Scott still manages his portfolio on behalf of Lighthouse. Some of his high-profile deals include Angie’s List, UpWork, J Hilburn, Serena & Lily and Impossible Foods. He’s led 20+ deals and invested over $100M+ with $0 losses and a mid-teen’s % IRR.

In his spare time, Scott co-founded Ben’s Friends, an Internet patient support community for people with rare diseases. Ben’s Friends is a 501C3 non-profit and has become one of the largest rare disease support communities on the Internet with 120,000 uniques last month (a 20% increase month over month).

Prior to joining Lighthouse, Scott spent three years in Technology Mergers & Acquisitions at Hambrecht & Quist which was later acquired by JPMorgan Chase.

Scott has an MBA from Kellogg, and an undergraduate business degree from CAL Berkeley. He also has a CFA and has passed the Series 7.

Scott’s Favorite Quote:  from Oceans by Pearl Jam

You don’t have to stray
The oceans away

Waves roll in my thoughts
Hold tight the ring
The sea will rise
Please stand by the shore**I will be there once more

Scott’s Favorite Book:
Hawaii by James Michener

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Blake Oliver Founder & CEO
at Earmark

Summary

Blake Oliver from Earmark discusses the Earmark app which empowers CPAs to earn Continuing Professional Education credit easily from their smartphone by listening to accounting and tax podcasts.

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Marcelino Pantoja

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Marcelino Pantoja CEO and Founder
at Measurement

Summary

Marcelino Pantoja from Measurement discusses launching the first venture capital index fund that brings in investors at the beginning of Series A funding, allowing smaller investors, endowments, and foundations to access these investment opportunities.

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Brian Sterz

03/22/2022

Brian Sterz Founding Partner
at Wavepoint Capital

Summary

Brian Sterz of Wavepoint Capital talks about launching the Wavepoint Fund, an equity hedge fund focused on disruptive opportunities in technology, media, healthcare, and financial services.

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Alex Song

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Alex Song Head of Finance and Capital Markets
at Ramp

Summary

Alex Song of Ramp discusses the company's new products for credit cards and cash management, including an assisted travel solution and crypto options.

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David Greenbaum

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David Greenbaum Founder and CEO
at OnPlan

Summary

David Greenbaum of OnPlan discusses OnPlan's product, combining spreadsheets, native business intelligence, and a multidimensional database to help companies integrate and visualize financial forecasting data with greater ease and fewer errors.

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Don Muir

03/02/2022

Don Muir Co-Founder & CEO
at Arc

Summary

Don Muir of Arc explains how Arc's technology and data can streamline the venture debt underwriting process, providing greater accuracy and access to funding for SaaS companies.

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Natalie Paterson

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Natalie Paterson Co-Founder & CEO
at Ingarden

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Natalie Paterson discusses Ingarden, and talks about the advantages of cultivating microgreens in your home and how Ingarden's technology can help grow food for families.

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Kareem Saleh

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Kareem Saleh Founder & CEO
at FairPlay AI

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Kareem Saleh of FairPlay AI talks about how the company is working with lending institutions to improve and advance their lending practices to reduce systemic bias.

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