Fueled by risk and high energy, Silicon Valley is not the typical CPA launch pad. But Kruze Consulting founder Vanessa Kruze has more in common with the pioneers of the startup world than her license would suggest, making her an ideal accountant to service their needs.

Before she took the leap to establish her Bay Area firm, Kruze began her career with the Big Four at Deloitte Tax. “It was a great place to start my career, but a little bit boring — classic cubicle life,” she explained. “It was a great training ground, but I didn’t feel like it was my long-term path. I got my CPA while there, which was a really good outcome.”

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