On Deck Founders

Meet other founders. Build great things.

Go from pre-idea to fundraise, supported by a community of founders who have launched over 1000 companies.
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In the past 2 years, we've helped 2,500+ founders explore and accelerate what's next

Max Greenwald
Max Greenwald ODF2
Co-founder & CEO, Warmly
Shiva Rajaraman
Shiva Rajaraman ODF3
VP Commerce at Facebook, Former CTO at WeWork
Gina Gotthilf
Gina Gotthilf ODF4
Co-founder at latitud, Former VP Marketing at Duolingo
Yair Livne
Yair Livne ODF5
Former VP Product at Quora
Sarah Du
Sarah Du ODF1
CEO and Co-founder, Alloy Automation
Andrew Conner
Andrew Conner
Co-founder, Levels
Matt Schulman
Matt Schulman ODF3
Founder and CEO, Pave
Hari Raghavsan
Hari Raghavsan ODF1
Former COO at Forge
Conner Sherline
Conner Sherline ODF1
Founder & CEO, co-op
1000+ of them built companies now worth over $9 billion
Hired employee #1, then raised $63M including a16z and YC Continuity.

On Deck helped us hire our first employee, raise $900k in pre-seed, and accelerate our GTM motion within the network. Our Series B wouldn’t have happened without On Deck.

Matt Schulman
Matt Schulman ODF3
ODF4
Founder and CEO
Raised $51M from True Ventures and Village Global.
Viswa Colluru
Viswa Colluru ODF3
ODF4
Founder and CEO
Found customers, recruited a team, and raised $21.5M.

On Deck helped me recruit our team, find our first beta customers, and build a community of support to get through the challenges of the founder to CEO transition.

Sasha Orloff
Sasha Orloff ODF8
ODF4
Founder and CEO
Validated an idea and raised $118M from Paradigm, a16z, and Solana.

On Deck helped me get conviction on one of the four ideas I had when I joined. Those same fellows became our most valuable early users.

Francesco Agosti
Francesco Agosti ODF5
ODF4
Co-founder & CTO
Raised $56M from Accomplice. Kleiner Perkins, Gradient Ventures and more.
Shrav Mehta
Shrav Mehta ODF2
ODF4
Founder and CEO
Made 5 key hires, then raised $12M from Elevation Capital and General Catalyst.

The On Deck Community helped me make 5+ key early hires, and raise a $12 million seed round from great investors.

Amrit Singh
Amrit Singh ODF2
ODF4
Co-founder and CRO
And raised over $900 million from top investors
Major VC firms investing in On Deck fellows

Start or build a company

The process

Start or build a company and leverage the On Deck community to go from "curious" to "cofounder".

If you decide not to start a company, let us know and we'll help you figure out your next step.

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Apply to the program

We review applications on a rolling basis. The next kickoff is September 13.

Experience our signature onboarding

Get access to the On Deck network and form meaningful connections with hundreds of curated builders from day 1. 

Weekly programming

Learn best practices, frameworks, and tactical skills with expert-led fireside chats and hands-on workshops.

Leverage the community

Build deep relationships through virtual and IRL networking events and masterminds. Leverage the community to help you on your founder journey.

Exploration (for up to 12 months)

Our year-long programming will help you explore markets, validate ideas, find a co-founder, build your MVP, and help you get ready to raise.

Draw up to $25,000 to cover living expenses

If you need to cover living expenses while you explore, you can draw up to $25,000 from our Access Initiative via ODF Advance. If you build conviction to start a company, the $25,000 converts to 1.4% equity, and we'll invest another $125,000 via ODX. If you don't, we only ask you to pay it forward to the next founder by contributing back to the Access Initiative.

Learn more about ODF Advance
COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Meet your community

Build relationships with other founders who share a strong spirit of service through IRL and virtual talks, co-working days and socials.

On Deck gave us the skills and support we needed to build our MVP as non-technical founders. 3 months later, we'd raised a €1.2 million pre-seed round on the strength of that MVP.
Rebecca Görres
Rebecca Görres, co-founder at Remi
Raised €1.2 million pre-seed led by btov partners
#asks
Jorge Richardson
ODF6
We're putting together a media strategy for our public launch and looking for intros to a few tech & sustainability reporters. Any leads?
4 replies Last reply 2 hours ago
#immigration
Deboshree Dutta
ODF10
Anyone have experience bringing on an H1-B or H4 candidate on your founding team? Legal costs and other things I need to be mindful of?
3 replies Last reply 8 hours ago
#hiring
Taylor Crane
ODF5
Looking to make an offer to employee #1. Any frameworks, tools, resources or tips?
5 replies Last reply 1 hour ago
#legal
Havi Nguyen
ODH2
Does anyone have recs of law firms well-versed on healthcare regulations and have worked with startups before?
4 replies Last reply 3 hours ago
#growth
Dan Stern
ODF1
Anyone an expert on optimizing landing page copy for conversions? Would appreciate a 10 second glance at our page.
3 replies Last reply 7 hours ago
#pitch-feedback
Mei Ling Ng
ODF6
Any one open to review my pitch deck? Raising a seed round this fall for Hearth Display.
5 replies Last reply 1 hour ago
FIND AN IDEA worth building

Find and validate ideas 

Navigate the idea maze through market explorations led by top investors and industry experts and use the Slack community to get help and ask questions as you dive deeper into a particular problem space. 

Then validate your idea by presenting to the community at Memo Day.

On Deck helped us validate our idea, find our first users, and connect us with the fund who led our $1.85 million seed round.
Ferruccio Balestreri, CTO June
Raised $1.85 million from Point Nine and Speedinvest
Healthtech Network
+100s
Climate Tech Network
+100s
Fintech Network
+100s
EdTech Network
+100s
… and PropTech, Deep Tech, Longevity and more.

Shared interests:

Metabolic Health

Sleep

Wearables

Shared interests:

Creator Economy

Tools

Culture

Shared interests:

Sustainable Fashion

Community

Shared interests:

Remote work

Marketplaces

Freelancers

FIND the right partners

Find a cofounder or a team

Find the right partner through Cofounder Sprint. Meet founding team members and collaborators through the community, curated 1:1 introductions, and virtual and IRL social and networking events.

100+  CO-FOUNDERS Met through ON deck
BUILD YOUR MVP and raise

Build your next idea and get ready to raise

Build alongside founders in your space and learn tactical skills that are immediately applicable through hands-on workshops. Get traction by leveraging the community for feedback, customer intros, and early adopters.

Talk to angels and investors through Investor Index, perfect your pitch with fundraising bootcamp, present to the community at Pitch Day, and apply for access to Deal Drop to raise your next round.

Still surreal that we won #1 Global Build Weekend. Surreal because we all just met Wednesday and Sunday we have a company.
Quinta Caylor

Investor Index

Connect with over 3500 angels and investors.

If you’re ready to build, we’re ready to back you

We believe in you and your ideas. When you join ODF, we commit to this handshake deal: if you start a company within the next year, you'll join ODX, and we'll invest on our standard terms of $125,000 for 7%.

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Community
Fund

Access our playbooks right now

We invested hundreds of hours to co-develop On Deck playbooks with industry experts.

Problem validation

Validate ideas & markets with Asher King Abramson

Coming soon

Co-founder dating

Find the right co-founder with Erik Torenberg

Build a founding team

Hire your early team with Keith Rabois

Coming soon

Go-to-market

Find the right co-founder with Erik Torenberg

Seed fundraising

Find the right co-founder with Erik Torenberg

Apply to ODF

If you’re thinking about starting a startup or are in the early stages of building one, apply today. Yearly membership for ODF is $2,990.
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FAQ

Who is ODF for? At what stage are fellows normally at?

ODF is for people at the earliest stages of their founder journey. All you need to join is a special skill or insight, and the desire to build a venture-scale business. If you have an idea or a cofounder already, that’s great — ODF can help you with traction, product, and more.

What should I expect to get out of ODF?

ODF is for people who are exploring the possibility of starting a company, but are unsure if that’s actually what they want to do. As a member of ODF, you have an All Access Pass to the On Deck network. What you choose to take advantage of is up to you. If you’re looking for a cofounder, our cofounder matching service will help you find the right people. If you want to explore and validate ideas, you can tap into world-leading experts via our Sector Networks. If you want to tighten up your founder skills, you can attend workshops and talks multiple times per week. When you join, you’ll go through orientation and your community manager will help you navigate the many resources available.

How long is ODF?

When you join ODF, you get 12 months to use your All Access Pass to the On Deck network. After your time in ODF is up, you become a lifelong member of our alumni community.

What is the time commitment?

How much time you invest in ODF is largely up to you. For your first month, we recommend spending at least 4 hours per week attending onboarding sessions and getting to know your cohort. After that, ODF is flexible. Some weeks you may want to spend 20 hours taking calls with fellows or attending sessions. Other weeks you may choose not to do anything. Many ODF fellows are working around families and jobs, and we fully support and respect these commitments.

What does ODF cost?

Yearly membership for ODF is $2,990.

Will ODF be held virtually?

Because we recruit founders from all over the world, ODF is fully virtual. However, we have thriving alumni communities in many major metros, and will host periodic in-person events for founders to meet each other in person.

Can people from outside the US join ODF?

Absolutely! We believe that talent is distributed evenly around the world, and a big part our mission for ODF is to elevate and support founders outside of Silicon Valley. We accept applicants from anywhere in the world.

I have a company already. Can I still join?

If you’re not yet ready to work full-time on your startup, you should apply for ODF (even if your company is already incorporated). 

Will anyone else know that I joined?

Participation is held in strict confidence. Even if you’re happy to share, you are requested to respect the privacy of other members who aren’t ready to make their plans public.

How do rolling admissions work?

Rolling admissions means that you can apply to ODF anytime. There is no cutoff date, and if accepted, you will join the upcoming cohort. New ones kick off quarterly.

What are the guiding values for On Deck?

On Deck lives by four core guiding values, crucial to the culture we strive to foster in the community: Service, Confidentiality, Gratitude, Family.