With Curt Mastio

Curt Mastio, who established Founder’s CPA, joins Randy for Episode 150 of The Unique CPA. They delve into Curt’s transition from Big Four to his own firm, the complexities of dealing with the blockchain and crypto industries, and FinTech niche and the unique challenges it presents for accountants. They also discuss modern firm practices, tax planning strategies including utilizing R&D tax credits, and the journey of tech startups from seed stage to exit.

Important Links

Founder’s CPA

Curt Mastio on LinkedIn

About the Guest

Curt Mastio started Founder’s CPA in 2017 and currently serves as the Managing Partner of the firm. Curt started his career in Big Four public accounting. Shortly thereafter, Curt served as the Chief Financial Officer of Storage Squad, began his stint as an Adjunct Instructor at Northwestern University’s Farley Center for Entrepreneurship, and has been teaching Accounting & Finance to undergraduate students for over six years. 

In his current role as Managing Partner of Founder’s, Curt oversees strategy, operations, and business development, utilizing his experience working directly with over 200 startups and small businesses providing accounting, tax, and outsourced CFO services. His industry expertise lies in the SAAS, Blockchain, Marketplace, and Fintech industries. Curt’s efforts in both leadership and community involvement were recognized when he was awarded the Illinois CPA Society’s Outstanding Young Professional Leadership Award in 2020.

Meet the Host

Randy Crabtree, CPA


Randy Crabtree

Randy Crabtree, co-founder and partner of Tri-Merit Specialty Tax Professionals, is a widely followed author, lecturer and podcast host for the accounting profession.

Since 2019, he has hosted the “The Unique CPA,” podcast, which ranks among the world’s 5% most popular programs (Source: Listen Score). You can find articles from Randy in Accounting Today’s Voices column, the AICPA Tax Adviser (Tax-saving opportunities for the housing and construction industries) and he is a regular presenter at conferences and virtual training events hosted by CPAmerica, Prime Global, Leading Edge Alliance (LEA), Allinial Global and several state CPA societies. Crabtree also provides continuing professional education to top 100 CPA firms across the country.

Schaumburg, Illinois-based Tri-Merit is a niche professional services firm that specializes in helping CPAs and their clients benefit from R&D tax credits, cost segregation, the energy efficient commercial buildings deduction (179D), the energy efficient home credit (45L) and the employee retention credit (ERC).

Prior to joining Tri-Merit, Crabtree was managing partner of a CPA firm in the greater Chicago area. He has more than 30 years of public accounting and tax consulting experience in a wide variety of industries, and has worked closely with top executives to help them optimize their tax planning strategies.