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

Brian Parks

04/14/2021

Brian Parks Co-Founder and Managing Partner
at Bigfoot Capital

Summary

Brian Parks, co-founder and managing partner of Bigfoot Capital stops by to talk about how his company helps provide Growth-oriented loans for B2B SaaS companies and fuels their growth, and saves their equity.

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Thejo Kote

04/05/2021

Thejo Kote Founder
at Airbase

Summary

Thejo Kote, Founder of Airbase, a cloud-based business spend management software company, chats on the importance of, and the strategy behind controlling spend, and so much more.

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John Houston

03/29/2021

John Houston Founder
at Houston Advisors

Summary

John Houston, the founder of Houston Advisors, chats with Kruze COO, Scott Orn, about how his management consulting firm provides revenue operations expertise for Private Equity and Venture Capital investors and their portfolio companies.

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Sandra Miller joins us to talk about Runway, a technology innovation hub bringing together entrepreneurs, startups, VCs, mentors, Fortune 500 Corporations, and industry experts.

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Krista Mitzel

03/15/2021

Krista Mitzel Founder and Managing Partner
at Mitzel Group

Summary

On this podcast, we welcome Krista Mitzel of the Mitzel Group. The Mitzel Group is an integrative law firm that connects businesses all over the world with their strategic legal vision, ultimately guiding their clients to achieve their goals.

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Casey Woo

03/08/2021

Casey Woo Co-Founder, Managing Member
at Operators Guild

Summary

Casey Woo stops by to share more on Operators Guild and how they created an organization that brings together like-minded professionals.

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Evan Meagher

03/03/2021

Evan Meagher VP of Finance
at Logikcull

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Evan Meagher Evan Meagher, VP of Finance at Logikcull, a powerful DIY Legal platform, talks about having a remote workforce, 2021 business predictions, bitcoin, and more.

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Ben Parr

02/22/2021

Ben Parr Co-founder and President
at Octane AI

Summary

Ben Parr stops by to tell us more about how Octane AI, a real-time marketing platform, helps merchants to connect, convert, and retain customers.

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Taylor Matthews

02/08/2021

Taylor Matthews Founder
at Farther

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Taylor Matthews of Farther, talks about how his modern judgement-free wealth management company.

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