ABOUT ASTUTE

Positive. Professional. People-Oriented.

When it comes to corporate accounting, it’s refreshing to work with top accounting professionals that are truly down to earth. Ashwini and Sandhya deliver excellence in every aspect of their practice.

“We believe in educating our client—and providing extra value wherever we can,” says Ashwini. “Our accounting firm is innovation and automation focused, which is why many Silicon Valley businesses choose us.”

“We also embrace digital transformation. It’s about speed, accuracy and access to information to make better, more profitable decisions. This even transforms our business relationships—we have happier clients,” she says.
Ashwini and Sandhya work openly with their clients as trusted financial business partners. Their positive, engaging workstyle appeals to both entrepreneurs as well as corporate executives. “Startups hire us to help establish their business,” Sandhya says. “We also advise CFOs on financial strategy and more.

Sandhya & Ashwini

It’s both our passion to help businesses succeed.”

MEET THE PARTNERS
We bring on board a collective experience of over 22 years in accounting and business services.

Ashwini VasudevaAshwini Vasudeva (Partner /Co-Founder)

Ashwini Vasudeva, Partner and Co-Founder at Astute, advices clients on Financial stability, Sustained growth and Financial recovery. She assists companies on Licensing/Royalty Compliance Audits, Technical Accounting, R&D Tax Incentive and Forensic Audit related work as well as works closely with clients’ CFOs/Controllers to develop stronger processes and controls within business. She has over 15 years of experience in public accounting and various industries.

Prior to founding Astute, Ashwini has served some of the most reputable publicly held companies in Silicon Valley as a financial and internal auditor with KPMG, LLP. Besides technical accounting and auditing, Ashwini has a broad knowledge of internal audits, business processes, internal controls, Intellectual Property Compliance Audits and Forensic Audits. Ashwini has also developed Internal Audit and Intellectual Property/Royalty/Licensing Compliance Audit Programs for a variety of industries. Among her achievements are:

  • A fully functional Internal Audit program for a manufacturing company fully owned subsidiary of GE to optimize the internal financial and operational processes; and
  • She has played a key role developing and implementing “Royalty Compliance Audit Program” within a giant Life Science Corporation that helped save Millions in royalty payments and recovering lost royalty revenue.

Her business acumen along with her strong ability to communicate effective has reaped financial benefits to clients in the following industry sectors:

  • Technology (software and hardware)
  • Manufacturing
  • Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
  • Medical Devices
  • Semiconductor
  • Entertainment
  • Gaming
  • Construction
  • Telecommunications

 

Ashwini's LinkedIn Profile


Sandhya MukkamalaSandhya Mukkamala, CPA (Partner /Co-Founder)

Sandhya Mukkamala, CPA, Partner and Co-Founder at Astute, advises clients on R &D Tax incentives, strategizing Tax planning, Technical accounting, Forensic Audits, and other corporate compliance related matters. She has more than 15 years of experience in audit and review engagements, complex M&A due diligence audits, Accounting for Income Tax Provisions (ASC-740) and Corporate Tax planning for private and public sectors.

Prior to founding Astute, Sandhya has served as Merger & Acquisition due diligence auditor for several years in a reputed public accounting firm in Silicon Valley. She has led the audit team in planning, structuring, and performed M&A due diligence activities across all functional areas such as financial, products, operations, and technology etc. She has also served as an external Auditor for various high-tech, automotive, retail, and service industries nationally and globally. As an acumen auditor, she helped companies uncover millions of dollars lost due to fraudulent activities or lack of control over processes, addressed complex accounting and financial reporting challenges.

Besides Auditing and Corporate finance, Sandhya has an extensive experience in R&D tax credit consulting projects (IRC. Sec. 41), SEC reporting, internal controls, and fraud testing over financial reporting for multitude of industries from early Startup’s to Pre-IPO to Publicly held companies.

Her unique understanding, problem-solving skills and providing reliable solutions has benefited clients in the following industry sectors such as-

  • Technology (software and hardware)
  • Semiconductor
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction and Architecture
  • Food and Beverage
  • Real Estate
  • Telecommunications
  • Automotive

 
Sandhya's LinkedIn Profile

Astute is a certified Accounting Corporation under the California Board of Accountancy (CBA).

Astute is also a certified Women-Owned and Minority-Owned Business.

With these certifications we can focus on helping all businesses, corporations, non-profits and government agencies succeed in their ventures.

California Board of Accountancy
WBENC
NMSDC
SBA WOSB

Both Ashwini and Sandhya are always there for us. We came to Astute for tax services only but now we use them for corporate compliance and payroll along with other business consulting services. They were able to design a package that fits our needs as a tech startup. Ashwini and Sandhya have a wide spectrum of the knowledge base, a friendly team, who is always willing to do their best. If you are a business owner, get Astute for accounting, tax and other business services and focus on things where your business needs you the most.”

~ Sumit Kumar
Co-Founder at Talentnook, A technology startup

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