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Who are the best startup accountants in the Bay Area?

Vanessa Kruze, CPA, is a leading expert in startup taxes and tax compliance. Her team at Kruze Consulting has filed thousands of tax returns for companies that have raised billions in VC funding, and her work has been diligenced by leading VCs, attorneys, and M&A teams at the largest technology companies.
Vanessa Kruze, a highly-experienced CPA, brings valuable tax expertise to startups, drawing from her rich background at Deloitte Tax and as a financial controller for a $20 million startup. As the leader of Kruze Consulting, recognized multiple times in the Inc 5000 list, she specializes in navigating the complex tax landscape for startups. Her firm is known for delivering precise and strategic tax solutions, delivering tax credits utilizing advanced tools to ensure compliance and optimize tax benefits for startups throughout the United States.

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The best startup accountants in the Bay Area

If you’re looking for a full-stack accounting solution for your startup, consider Kruze ConsultingKruze only works with VC-backed startups, providing bookkeeping, finance, tax, tax credit and HR/fintech stack setup services. Clients that we have worked with have raised over $10 billion in venture and seed financing.

Why we are the best startup accountant in the Bay Area

  • Offices is SF and San Jose, serving the world. While we have offices in San Jose and San Francisco, our team provides cloud accounting services to startups all over the US - and world. We bring Silicon Valley / Bay Area accounting expertise to funded startups, from Palo Alto to Oakland to Marin - and beyond. 
  • We love funded startups. In fact, our accountants only work with venture-backed Delaware C-Corps. Funded startups have specialized needs - from due diligence to board meetings - and our accountants know how to deliver the metrics and books founders need to keep their businesses scaling. 
  • We provide Bookkeeping, Finance, Tax, Tax Credits & HR all in one back office solution. Founders shouldn’t have to make half a dozen phone calls to various CPAs and bookkeepers to get their company ready for VC due diligence or to make sure their tax credits went through. We handle all of it, from state tax compliance to monthly books. 
  • We use automation. Our team of developers has built tools to make our accountants more efficient. This saves you money! Plus, we set up the best fintech stack for your startup we get your QuickBooks set up, connect your payroll system, help you pick and set up the best credit card for your startup and more. Funded companies scale fast - we’ll make sure you are ready to grow. 
  • We charge a Fixed Fee for the Monthly Close. If you need more help - like assistance with workers comp audit - we’ll quote that out separately. Bottom line is that there are no surprises on your bill.
  • We’re a lot more than just bookkeeping. Our CFO services and finance team help you craft financial models that get you funded - and keep you from running out of cash (ok, help keep you from running out of cash, it’s really on the CEO to follow the budget!) Our tax team has secured tens of millions in tax credits for our clients. And our team of former VCs is there to help answer important questions that you have during your fundraising process.
  • We’re a team of seasoned Accounting & Finance professionals: I’m a CPA, Deloitte Tax alumni, and was the Controller of a 120+ employee startup. Our COO Scott Orn is a Kellogg MBA, former VC Partner at Lighthouse Capital Partners, and before that was an investment banker at JPMorgan. Our VP of FP&A Healy Jones is a Wharton MBA, former VC, and before that was an investment banker at JPMorgan. Our tax team’s work been proven by IRS audits and during M&A due diligence by some of the largest technology companies in the world. We have MBAs, former operating executives and more on staff to help you.
  • We know M&A exits. Anywhere from one to three of our clients are in the process of getting acquired by major technology companies every month! We know what these teams look for when doing diligence on early-stage financials and taxes, and are there to help our founders every step of the way.

Bay Area Startup Accountants

We believe that we are the largest CPA totally dedicated to serving VC-backed startups. And we are one of the fastest growing companies in the US, having been on the Inc 5000 for the pas several years in a row. Ready to take your financials to the next level? Reach out to Kruze!

Feel free to reach out to me if you’d like to work together.

Kruze Consulting San Francisco
600 California St. 12th Floor
San Francisco, CA, 94108
(415) 322-1610


We are the experts at helping seed/VC-backed Delaware C-Corps with their accounting and finances!

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$250M+ VC Funding Raised

"I had a great experience working with Kruze Consulting when we raised Series A. They know what VCs need to see, and how to present a startup’s books and finances. If you are going to raise venture capital, you need experts like Kruze."
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Startup Venture Capital Assistance

With former venture capitalists on staff, our team is here to help you navigate the fundraising process and manage your board of directors

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Scott Orn
COO | Former VC
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Healy Jones
VP FP&A | Former VC

Scale Remote Operations & Team

"Kruze has supported us above and beyond basic accounting needs by ensuring we have everything we need to expand and support our team wherever they may be located"
Zack Fisch

Zack Fisch

Head of Operations & Legal

Clients who have worked with Kruze have collectively raised over $15 billion in VC funding.

We set startups up for fundrising success, and know how to work with the top VCs.

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Founder & CEO
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Experienced team helping you

Our account management team is staffed by CPAs and accountants who have, on average, 11 years of experience.

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VP of Accounting Services
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Morgan Avery
SUT/R&D Sr. Tax Accountant
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Beth Bassler
Controller, CPA
Protara Therapeutics

Grew from a 2-person startup to a NASDAQ listed public company.

"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!"
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