Kruze Consulting, a leading CPA, tax and consulting firm for venture and seed backed startups, published The Ultimate Finance, Tax and HR Due Diligence Checklist for Startups. This checklist contains common diligence items requested by venture capitalists during a fundraise, including the historical and projected financials, tax returns and hiring plans.
“Our clients have raised more than half a billion dollars in seed and venture capital financing in the past 12 months,” said Vanessa Kruze, Kruze Consulting’s Founder and CEO. “We’ve helped with a lot of due diligence process over the years. This checklist consolidates the most important questions we’ve seen, so that startup founders can know what to expect before they kick off a fundraising process.”
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Every venture capitalist has their own due diligence process. Kruze Consulting’s accounting team compared finance, tax and HR due diligence checklists from top tier venture investors to create this detailed checklist. While it’s unlikely that a startup will receive a diligence checklist as detailed as this one, startup founders can use this list to be better prepared to approach investors during a fundraise.
Kruze Consulting was founded in 2012 by Vanessa Kruze, a big four alum, startup controller and CPA. Kruze provides Startup CFO Consulting to over 170+ startups in Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, New York, and other major startup hubs. Kruze’s clients have raised over $500 million in venture capital in the past 12 months, and are market leading Saas, software, eCommerce, eHealth and FinTech startups. The firm handles all things Accounting, Tax, Finance, & HR: interim CFO Consulting, financial modeling, startup tax returns, venture debt consulting, 409A valuations, bookkeeping, AR/AP, and Seed/Series A/B Fundraising Preparation.