Venture backed startups are 16 times more likely to be acquired than go public. While getting acquired can result in tremendous outcomes for startup founders and venture capitalists, a startup M&A process is fraught with risk. Public technology companies have sophisticated M&A teams who conduct extensive diligence on the startups that they acquire. These companies expect your accounting to be accurate.
We know what it takes to exit your company - on average, one to three of our clients are acquired every month! From day one, we work to get you accurate financial statements and begin creating a due diligence folder where, together, we can retain important information that you’ll need during M&A (or venture capital) due diligence. Access our free M&A and VC due diligence checklist here.
Our tax team also works closely with you and your law firm during the transaction. Transaction structure can result in meaningfully different tax consequences to founders and investors, so we work hard to get you the advice you need to negotiate intelligently.
Kruze’s teams are with you every step of the way, meeting with executives, other accountants, lawyers. Our experienced team is here to support you!
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"I just want to send you a note of thanks for all your help and dedication during the transition period after our acquisition of [Kruze Client Company, name confidential]. You were wonderful to work with and always willing to go the extra mile to get us everything we needed. In an environment where we asked you to accelerate your work and provide even more than you had previously, you went above and beyond anything we could have hoped for. I appreciate all your help and hard work and wish you nothing but the best in 2019."
"I literally love the Kruze team. Every part of it. Everyone on the Kruze team cared deeply about our success. Kruze helped us all the way through our journey - from our seed round to our A to our eventual acquisition by a public company. Real professional tax and due diligence advisory made all the difference. I highly recommend startups choose Kruze for the consulting you’ll need as you raise venture capital, grow and get ready for a big exit."
Read some of our expert commentary on the VCs and the M&A/exit market for early-stage companies.
What is Pay to Play in Venture Capital?
Posted on Sun, 13 November 2022
Pay to play in venture capital typically only gets talked about when times start getting tougher and, currently, times are definitely getting a little tougher. Pay to play provisions are trending upward now as startup founders seek additional financing for startups.
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Startups are our niche, and our passion. Our clients have raised over $10 billion in venture capital financing. We are one of only a few outsourced accounting firms that specialize in funded early-stage companies - we only offer financial and tax services to fast growing startups in the Seed, Series A, Series B and Series C stages.
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We know how to de-risk your startup’s next venture capital round. Our team makes sure you are ready to fly through your next VC’s accounting, HR and tax due diligence. And when you use us as your bookkeeper, we set up and keep up-to-date a due diligence folder so you can get that next round of fundraising.
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Top angel investors and VCs refer Kruze because they trust us to give the right advice. Our clients are portfolio companies of top technology and Silicon Valley investors, including Y-Combinator, Kleiner, Sequoia, Khsola, Launch, Techstars and more. With us, your books and taxes are in order when it’s time to raise another round of venture financing.
What types of startups does Kruze Consulting usually work with?
Kruze Consulting works with a variety of funded Delaware C-Corps, but the majority of our companies have secured Seed, Series A, Series B and Series C. We look to partner with our clients, going beyond the typical outsourced accounting relationship and seeking to provide a higher level advisory role. We feel honored to be a part of making the world a better place, even if it’s one debit and credit at a time.
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Startup CFO services, startup accounting and bookkeeping services, startup annual taxes, expense reports, payroll, benefits: we've got you covered. Our software provides custom tailored dashboards that can be provided weekly or monthly, depending on your preference and plan. Founders are often so busy building their company that they don’t have time to take care of their finances. Traditionally, these companies have had to work with a basket of people to get their work done, including bookkeepers, accountants, AP clerks, CFOs, consultants, and tax accountants. At Kruze Consulting, our founders have one point person, saving time and money.
We're huge fans of Vanessa and the folks at Kruze Consulting. They set up our books, finances, and other operations, and are constantly organized and on top of things. As a startup, you have to focus on your product and customers, and Kruze takes care of everything else (which is a massive sigh of relief). I highly highly highly recommend working with Vanessa and her team.
Co-Founder @ Superhuman
As a startup, moving quickly is a top priority for us and we just needed to get our tax return done. After we uploaded our docs, we got our tax return in 3 days! E-filing was confirmed by Day 4. Super responsive and helpful!
VP, Operations of Calm.com
Avochato has been growing rapidly in the past year – in fact, too quickly for us to keep up with books, taxes, and budgeting for growth. Partnering with Kruze Consulting has been fantastic to manage, track, and analyze our finances while we continue focusing on building our customer base. Kruze’s team knows what startups need.
Alex De Simone
CEO @ Avochato
Everybody, go to Kruze Consulting. They do a great job. I personally can tell you, they've done a great job for our companies, including Calm.com. I'm sure they’ll do a great job for you.
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"The Kruze team helped us grow from a 2-person startup to a NASDAQ listed public company in 2 years. We wouldn’t have gotten public without Kruze’s support. Anyone thinking of launching a startup should make Vanessa their first call!"