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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Podcasts by Scott Orn

Shensi Ding

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Shensi Ding Co-founder
at Merge API

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Shensi Ding, Merge API's co-founder, explains how her team’s needs led to a startup with product-driven growth.

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Ted Bojorquez

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Ted Bojorquez & Steve Tessler Executive Vice President, Silicon Valley
at California Bank of Commerce

Summary

Ted Bojorquez and Steve Tessler of California Bank of Commerce on how they help the businesses they serve succeed in a constantly evolving and dynamic business world.

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Roger Philipp

08/17/2021

Roger Philipp Founder and Chief Creative Officer
at UWorld Roger CPA Review

Summary

Roger Philipp of UWorld stops by to talk about how taking the UWorld Roger CPA Review courses can help future-proof your accounting career.

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Lauren Creel

07/13/2021

Lauren Creel Partner, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital
at Cooley

Summary

Lauren Creel, partner at Cooley, an American international law firm, talks about how she represents startups and venture capital funds with an emphasis on early-stage companies and financing.

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Antonio Soler

06/22/2021

Antonio Soler Managing Director & Head of US Corporates
at Vistra

Summary

Antonio Soler, Managing Director of Vistra, stops by to chat about how with a laser focus on minimizing risk and enhancing efficiencies, Vistra provides expert advisory and administrative support to Fund, Corporate, Capital Market, and Private Wealth clients.

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Chiara Portner

06/07/2021

Chiara Portner Shareholder
at Hopkins & Carley

Summary

Chiara Portner, Shareholder, and Counsel at Hopkins Carley, a Silicon Valley law firm, stops by to chat about how she offers practical advice on technology and commercial transactions as well as privacy matters.

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Nate Williams

05/25/2021

Nate Williams Founder & Managing Partner
at Union Labs

Summary

Nate Willaims, Founder of Union Labs stops by the Founders & Friends podcast to chat about how his company Union Labs, a Seed Fund/Incubator is applying DeepTech to solve real problems in our physical world.

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Suneel Gupta

05/18/2021

Suneel Gupta Author
at BACKABLE

Summary

Suneel Gupta, Entrepreneur, activist, and author of BACKABLE stops by Founders & Friends to chat about his book and how the opposite of success isn’t failure. It’s boredom.

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Job van der Voort

05/10/2021

Job van der Voort CEO
at Remote

Summary

Job van der Voort, Co-founder and CEO of Remote stops by to talk about the future of work.

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