Scott Orn, CFA Chief Operating Officer

Scott Orn, CFA

Chief Operating Officer

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.

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

Recent Blog posts by Scott Orn

Recent Podcasts by Scott Orn

Luke Hutchison

01/29/2023

Luke Hutchison Co-founder and CEO
at Perfect Venue

Luke Hutchison, CEO and Co-Founder of Perfect Venue, explains how Perfect Venue works with hospitality businesses to streamline event management.

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Simon Gleeson

01/16/2023

Simon Gleeson Partner
at Blick Rothenberg

Simon Gleeson of Blick Rothenberg talks about different ways that startups can pay workers in other countries, including professional employer organizations (PEOs), employers of record, and non-domiciled employers.

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Leon Mueller

12/31/2022

Leon Mueller Co-founder and CEO
at Bloom

Leon Mueller, co-founder and CEO of Bloom, talks about Bloom's self-directed therapy app that provides mental health assistance to people in need.

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Benjamin Döpfner

12/11/2022

Benjamin Döpfner Founder and CEO
at Vesto

Benjamin Döpfner of Vesto talks about cash management strategies and explains how Vesto can help startups get a better yield on their cash while maintaining liquidity and preserving their capital.

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Navneet Loiwal

12/04/2022

Navneet Loiwal Co-Founder and CEO
at Coefficient

Co-founder of Coefficient, Navneet Loiwal, discusses how Coefficient connects Google sheets with source systems to automatically sync data with a single click and easily monitor changes with Slack and email alerts.

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Emily Wang

11/29/2022

Emily Wang CEO
at Bento

Emily Wang, CEO of Bento, shares the company's vision of everboarding, an ongoing software adoption process that helps B2B SaaS companies build more effective onboarding workflows.

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Joyce Zhang Gray

11/16/2022

Joyce Zhang Gray Co-founder and CEO
at Alariss

Joyce Zhang Gray, CEO and Co-Founder of Alariss, talks about how Alariss matches global companies with US talent.

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Manik Suri

11/08/2022

Manik Suri Founder and CEO
at Therma

Manik Suri, founder and CEO, explains how Therma helps prevent refrigeration issues by providing 24/7 equipment monitoring for companies that use refrigeration.

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Jonathan Grant

10/25/2022

Jonathan Grant VP of Finance & Operations
at Osano

Jonathan Grant, VP of Finance & Operations, explains how Osano helps companies manage their website privacy programs and maintains compliance.

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