Recommendation for accountant in San Francisco


May 13th, 2013

I am looking for a good accountant in San Francisco who can help with book keeping and taxes for a Delaware C Corp. Any recommendations? Also I would like to know how much one should budget for such activities. I am sure rates are all across the board so I am trying to find out what is considered reasonable for a small startup with very little accounting activity.

Thanks in advance for your response


Fergus Hurley Product Manager, Engineer & Entrepreneur

May 13th, 2013

I definitely recommend Leslie Murdock of Murdock Martell. They specialize in providing finance and accounting services to tech start-ups. They use off the shelf SAAS tools that substantially automate the bookkeeping and provide you with weekly dashboards and monthly financial reports. As Leslie has worked with literally hundreds of start-up he can also provide you with business and financial counsel. He can be contacted at

Jonathan Vanasco

May 13th, 2013

You may be able to go for a "cheaper" option on the week-to-week work if you commit to an accountant for your yearly tax filings and have him set up the books + do periodic cleanups.  My accountant offers that ( he doesn't want the day-to-day bookkeeping , but doesn't want to deal with a headache at the end of the year )

Meghan Conroy

May 13th, 2013

Lou Battaglia at Morling in SF

Leigh Goldstein COO at Getable

May 13th, 2013

We use Beyond Bookkeeping in SF and they've been great to work with. We spend about $350/mo. We're also fairly light on accounting but do have 7 people and angel funding.

M. Clarke 2016 Man of the Year Candidate | Business Consultant | Entrepreneur

December 11th, 2014

Ive worked with John Volk at Sensiba San Filippo (SSF) and was very happy with them.  They are an experienced firm and though not the cheapest, they do work to control costs.  Accounting is an area I would recommend spending the money as it will cost more to cleanup if errors are made.  In terms of cost, as you said, it all depends on the business, but for a small startup with little activity you might be able to get a bookkeeper at a decent firm for $75-100/hr (5ish hrs per month) and expect to spend $2-5K for tax returns, 1099s, etc. 

Yin Li Founder at NurtureList

December 6th, 2014

Jonathan or others - Any recommendations for an account who will do the initial set up/periodic cleanups/tax and works well with Wave or Zero?  Wave seems fairly straightforward and I don't have much going on in my startup right now except a few expenses, so I'm looking for a low cost option that basically makes sure I'm not doing anything wrong and does the taxes.

Thanks so much!