Scott runs Operations at Kruze Consulting, a fast-growing Startup CFO Consulting firm that works with over 750 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. Scott hold the CFA designation (Chartered Financial Analyst).
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.
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
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Startup Banks Squeezed by Rising Rates and Less Funding
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Should you shut down state tax accounts when an employee leaves?
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Things You Should Do After Closing a Seed Round
Seed rounds are usually the first material amount of institutional investor money put into a company. So it’s important for startup founders to take the right steps once you have successfully raised that funding.
Sat, 3 December 2022
What is a Cap Table and Why Does Your Startup CPA Need Access?
We often get this question from founders who don’t yet have a cap table or are reluctant to give us access to it.
Sun, 27 November 2022
What is a forward commitment in venture debt?
For startups using venture debt can be a very helpful way to gain additional financing they need, to extend their runways or bridge to the next financing round. In order to strategically utilize venture debt for the best outcome, arranging a forward commitment is a smart move.
Sun, 20 November 2022
Who Appoints a Startup’s CFO?
When you consider hiring a CFO for a startup, you may also want to think about the other people who will help make that decision.
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