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). Both LinkedIn and Google have made sizable grants in the last two months to help Ben’s Friends continue to grow.

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.

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Podcasts by Scott Orn

Q Motiwala

01/13/2021

Q Motiwala Managing Director
at DNX Ventures

Summary

Q Motiwala of DNX Ventures talks about partnering with entrepreneurs on their crazy startup journey.

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Weston Rice

01/11/2021

Weston Rice Director
at Silicon Valley Bank

Summary

Weston Rice of Silicon Valley Bank joins us to talk about how Silicon Valley Bank helps innovative companies and their investors move bold ideas forward fast.

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Everett Cook

01/04/2021

Everett Cook Co-founder and CEO
at Rho

Summary

Everett Cook of Rho talks about co-founding Rho, the all-in-one digital bank for startups.

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Mang-Git Ng

12/29/2020

Mang-Git Ng Founder and CEO
at Anvil

Summary

Mang-Git Ng of Anvil stops by to talk about his company's mission of helping companies and governments transition from paper-based forms to PDF-based processes and online workflows.

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Haje Kamps

12/21/2020

Haje Kamps CEO
at Konf

Summary

Haje Kamps talks about founding Konf, the virtual conference platform for planning and running events with a focus on networking and social connection.

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Andrew Farah

12/14/2020

Andrew Farah CEO
at Density

Summary

Andrew Farah talks about co-founding Density, a software and sensor platform that helps keep people safe.

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Mark Loranger

12/07/2020

Mark Loranger Co-founder
at Braavo

Summary

Mark Loranger talks about founding Braavo, a leader in on-demand funding for mobile apps and games.

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Michael Martin

11/17/2020

Michael Martin Co-founder
at Avenue 8

Summary

Michael Martin, co-founder of Avenue 8, talks about the startup's residential brokerage platform that empowers agents to be more entrepreneurial.

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Patrick Lee

11/10/2020

Patrick Lee Founder and Managing Partner
at Top Corner Capital

Summary

Patrick Lee stops by to tell the founding story of Top Corner Capital, a venture debt fund for early-stage startups.

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