Alumni Case Studies

Anthony Geranio, ODF5
Founder, 1v1Me
โ€œOn Deck helped me raise $750k for my startup, 1v1Me, but then we raised an additional $1.25M a month or two later. Now, my foot is on the gas scaling 1v1Me 24/7. However, what I will say is I always make time for On Deck.โ€
Brian Requarth and Gina Gothliff, ODF4
Co-founders of Latitud (
โ€œAt On Deck, the resounding thought in everyone's minds is 'you get what you put in.' And the reason why that's a resounding thought is that it's true. โ€œ
Lucy Mort, ODF4
Co-Founder / CEO, Sunroom
โ€œIt was great to be dropped into this community of people that thought like me, and wanted to do the same things as me, and nerded out over the same things as I did.โ€
Nishant Aggrawal, ODF4 and ODF2
Founder, NOMAWO
โ€œI was blown away by the quality of the members, the other founders in my cohort and overall in the community, all the events, how everyone worked hard to pay it forward, and to the whole On Deck team for making it happen. They literally redefined the meaning of community for me.โ€
Joe Albanese and Kushal Byatnal, ODF2 and ODF3
Kushal Byatnal and Joe Albanese, co-founders of Stir
โ€œWhatโ€™s most impressive to us is how On Deck has grown without diluting the brand at all. Theyโ€™ve kept the bar extremely high, and people love the program (including us). Theyโ€™ve also fully democratized the network, which is extremely important for tech access.โ€
Natasja Nielsen and Shrav Mehta, ODF3 and ODF2
Co-Founders, Secureframe
โ€œWe were able to get quick feedback on what we needed to change, or what was going wellโ€”some of our initial customers were from the On Deck community who were running into problems that Secureframe could solve. That was super helpful for our progress.โ€
Marcus Woxneryd, ODNC1
Founder, ustwo & Venturism
I would describe ODNC as the consistent exchange of belief capital. Even the week before the program starts and you first enter the Slack channel, you see a mountain of introductions and enter a buzzing community with the friendliest, most supportive and engaged people.
Amelia Lin, ODF2
Amelia Lin is the CEO and Co-founder of Saga, an app that helps families save family memories.
"The level of helpfulness from founders who are further along than you and lived through the challenges youโ€™re facing was above and beyond 99% of what Iโ€™ve found in other places."
Maren Kate, ODF5
Founder and CEO, Avra Talent | Author, Going Remote
โ€œBut where I get the most value is the community sessions or following someoneโ€™s thread on Slack and then reaching out to them directly. Everyone is so willing to share their time and expertise. Thatโ€™s huge.โ€
Van Nguyen, ODF4
Founder and CEO, Vidbase
โ€œIt is a total understatement to say that it changed my life. I've made very, very close and hopefully lifelong friends through this, which is amazing.โ€

Elizabeth Slavitt, ODF1
Founder, Speakeasy | Former CMO at Khan Academy
"Itโ€™s a great place to feel like youโ€™re not alone on what can be the very lonely journey of starting a company."
Nick Fitz, ODF6 and ODS1
Founder/CEO: Momentum | Co-Founder: Defeat By Tweet
"The size of the network and the curation of the people in it is so active and dedicated to helping each other. Itโ€™s like a living thing."
Jorg Doku, ODF4
Building Something New | formerly Google Brain, Facebook AI
โ€œFor me, On Deck has been really great for networking in the sense that there's very little friction when it comes to meeting new people. You can schedule a call with almost anyone inside the On Deck community and start talking to them super quickly. It's pretty surprising.โ€
Madison Campbell, ODH1 and ODF6
Founder/CEO: Leda Health | Former Founder of Iyanu
"I can use On Deck as a resource to navigate any challenge that comes up for the rest of my career."
Amanda DoAmaral, ODS1
Amanda is the founder and CEO of Fiveable
After being an ODS1 fellow, I sent my team through other On Deck programs: our Chief Experience Officer will be a fellow at ODD1 and our Community Manager will do ODCB1.
Luba Yudasina, ODF1
Founder, Loka
โ€œOn Deck was literally the catalyst that allowed me to leave my job. I felt supported, and I met people who were already on the same journey. Itโ€™s really allowed me to take that first step and feel comfortable about it.โ€
Michael Jones, ODW1
Founder/CEO: The Supercreator
"There is a general expectation that writing fellowships are very tactical. Those things are valuable, but the humanity of On Deck is what has supported me in my writing life moving forward."
Ann Ferracane, ODF2
Founder Patch Ventures | Former Director of Growth, East Coast at Lyft
"They understand that organic and iterative connection is where the magic happens."
Coco Liu, ODF3
Founder, Socialhaus
โ€œI feel San Francisco or tech culture in general is very transactional and transient. On Deck has made the pitch startup culture a little more permanent and a little more genuine in my experience.โ€ย 

Shiva Rajaraman, ODF3
Former CTO of WeWork | VP of Product at Spotify | Product at Apple
"There is nothing like this forum to reinvigorate and expand your perspective."
Sam Corcos, ODF2
CEO & Co-Founder of Levels | Former Founder/ CEO at CarDash
"By just putting yourself in an environment with a lot of other interesting people, good things tend to happen."
Aashni Shah, ODF4
CEO / Founder, Hype Docs / Taonga
โ€œI actually feel like the On Deck community is one giant co-founder.โ€
Shiku Wangombe, ODNC1
Founder: Teleo Creative
I viewed ODNC as an opportunity to upskill myself so that when I went looking for my next opportunity I would be more competitive with a larger set of skills and experiences.
Andrew Conner, ODS1 and ODF2
Head of Engineering & Co-Founder of Levels | Formerly VP of Engineering at Kifi (Acquired by Google)
On Deck is how I met Sam, who is now my co-founder at Levels.

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Nick Whitaker
Managing Editor, Works in Progress
Dave Nemetz
Cofounder, Bleacher Report
Sedale Turbovsky
Founder, OpenGrants
Shiva Rajaraman
Former CTO at WeWork; VP Product Spotify; Dir. PM at Google
Michael Vaughan
Former COO, Venmo
Morgan Beller
Co-creator, Facebook Libra
Brent Liang
Co-Founder and Executive Producer, The Quest with Justin Kan
Sarah Guo
Peter Light
Cleantech Builder
Jack Butcher
Founder, Visualize Value
Ankur Nagpal
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Matt Harris
Partner, Bain Capital Ventures
Eliana Berger
PM at Attentive, Co-Founder & Director of Envision, Lead Venture Partner at Contrary
Glen Allison
COO at On Deck
Mayor Suarez
Mayor of Miami
Rishi Taparia
Managing Partner, Garuda Ventures
Akanksha Manik Talya
Previous VP of Product at GE Digital
Ellie Wu
Senior Director, CX Transformation at SAP Concur
Rebecca Kaden
General Partner at Union Square Ventures
Aina Abiodun
Previously CEO 8fit & Storycode
Ashley Tolbert
Senior Security Engineer, Netflix. Formerly NASA.
Celine Halioua
CEO, Loyal. CoS, Longevity Fund.
Deon Nicholas
Founder/CEO, Forethought
Nick Caldwell
VP Engineering, Twitter
Madison Kanna
Software Engineer, Keeper Security
Justin Murphy
CEO, Other Life
Nabeel Hyatt
Spark Capital
Sharath Kuruganty
Product Evangelist, Draftbit
Aina Abiodun
Former CEO, 8fit
Li Jin
Angel Investor; Host of Means of Creation
Kevin Dious
CoS to CEO at Reddit
Elizabet Oliveira
Senior Product Designer, Elastic
Ruben Harris
CEO, Career Karma
Ali Abdaal
Doctor, YouTuber, Course Creator
Marie Poulin
Creator, Notion Mastery
Neil Batlivala
CEO, Pair Team
Ema Rouf
Sam Udotong
Co-Founder & CTO of Fireflies, prev. Founder of Releaf, MIT Aerospace Engineering grad
Peter Yang
Product Lead at Reddit
Jeff Justice Williams
Enterprise CS lead, Box. Previously Global VP of CS, Stack Overflow
Peter Boyce
Partner at General Catalyst & Co-founder, Rough Draft Ventures
Anne-Laure Le Cunff
Founder, Ness Labs. Ex Googler
Sean Linehan
Co-founder, Formerly VP of Product, Flexport
Soona Amhaz
Co-founder, Token Daily
Matt Mazzeo
Coatue Management
Michael Gill
Creator, Maker Minions/Cuppa
Clea Kolster, PhD
Director of Science, Lowercarbon Capital
Greg Isenberg
Founder, Late Checkout
Brianne Kimmel
Founder, Worklife
Dennis Yu
CoS and VP, PgM at Chime
Steph Schiller
Product Design Manager, Square
Jessica Catorc
Head of Partnerships, Teachable; Award-Winning Brand Strategist
August Bradley
Founder, Year Zero & Life Performance Systems Course Creator
Candice Blacknall, MD
Christian Vizcaino Jordan
VP & Global Head of Trade & Financial Services, Flexport
Paige Finn Doherty
Dev Success Engineer at WorkOS & Emerging fund manager
Sophie McNaught
Director, Corporate Ventures at Silicon Valley Bank
Ani Mohan
Founder + GM, GameSnacks (Google / ODA)
Leah Hill
Director of CS, ADP
Lisa Wehden
Investor, Bloomberg Beta
Nicolas Steegmann
Founder, Stupeflix (acq. by GoPro)
Yannick Kpodar
Global Director of Product Marketing, PayFit. Ex-LinkedIn & Dell
Elizabeth Slavitt
Founder, Speakeasy. Formerly CMO, Khan Academy
Laura Thompson
Entrepreneur in Residence, Brown University
Neeraj Berry
Cofounder, Sprig
Morgan Beller
Sisa Lleses
Captain, Design Off The Boat
Sahil Lavingia
CEO Gumroad; Angel Investor
Nadia Eghbal
Substack, Author of Work in Public
David Spinks
Founder, CMX
Maya Kuppermann
CoS at MainStreet