On Deck Chief of Staff Fellowship (ODCoS)

Master the Chief of Staff role. Surrounded by incredible peers.

The Chief of Staff Fellowship is an 8-week remote program for accomplished Chiefs of Staff who want to use the role as an accelerant for their team and their careers. We combine a comprehensive curriculum, world-class speakers and an unmatched community to help you navigate this unique role.

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Application deadline: December 27, 2020
Kick-off: Early January, 2021

Everything you need to master the role

Join a community of peers to gain a support system, expand your network, and share knowledge with other world-class Chief of Staff.

Learn company-building frameworks

Learn the frameworks, tactics and mental models that will help you accomplish on your own what normally take a team of three people and supercharge your team.

Build a support system and network

Build tight-knit relationships with CoS in a similar career/company stage through dedicated Mastermind groups and share best practices on how to be most effective in your role in a private forum.

Master effective communication

So much of your role is dependent on effective written and verbal communication between executives and leaders. We’ll set you up for success in your interactions with the most important people you support.

Join a community of accomplished Chief of Staff

Community is the core of the Chief of Staff Fellowship. Here are just a few of the phenomenal community members participating in our first cohort.
Kevin Dious
CoS to CEO at Reddit
Dennis Yu
CoS and VP, PgM at Chime
Maya Kuppermann
CoS at MainStreet
Matt Lanter
CoS to Keith Rabois at Founders Fund
Jiani Chen
CoS at Felicis Ventures
Lily Mintz
CoS at Bitly
Evan Mula
CoS to Josh Kopleman at First Round Capital
Jay Kennedy
CoS at Floodgate Ventures
Saumil Shah
CoS to the CEO at Arm
Aarti Bhatnagar
Former CoS at change.org, CoS at Guild Education
Luke Whiting
CoS at You.com (Fmr. COO at Clearbit)
Leland Chamlin
CoS at Bowery Farming

Apply for the Chief of Staff Fellowship

The second cohort kicks off early March. Pricing is $5,000. After acceptance, we’ll work with your executive to expense some or all of the cost as L&D.
Apply Now
Application deadline: February 27
Kick-off: Early March

Testimonials

Our Fellows are the heartbeat of our community. Here's what they have to say.

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Kai Faust

My experience with On Deck in 2020:

- Several deep friendships and that I expect to last a lifetime.

- Warm intros to customers, talent and advisors.

- Access to capital (Raised $100K+ during ODF6)

- $20K+ in perks (AWS, DocSend, and more)

I kinda feel like crying. So grateful.

Chris Messina

Beyond moonshots, we need more 50+ year visions for anchoring the thrust and intention of our collective work.

Proud to be a recent alum of the @beondeck Fellowship.

Louis Pereira

The @beondeck Writer Fellowship was so good that I needed a second helping.

Thrilled to be joining their #NoCode fellowship next month.

It's time to build!

Vartika Manasvi

Join @beondeck for its 3Cs formula —> Community + Character + Culture

All of that is very practical, generosity of its members is real, serendipity is digital, connections are meaningful and all friendships are very humane!

This is best ‘Give First’ culture on the internet.

Dipti Desai

@beondeck has created an unparalleled product, community & a loyal, authentic member base like I’ve never seen before. In my time in SV I’ve seen many attempts at creating communities large & small. On Deck is magical because the team behind it is just relentless & good people.💕

Matt Alston

The two best decisions I made in 2020 were leaving my job to start a company with @MelissaZhang13, and joining @beondeck.

Pretty wild how much On Deck has grown and evolved in just the last 6 months. Can’t event imagine what it’ll look like a year from now 🚀

Kennedy McDaniel

A lot of starting and growing a company is growing yourself.

I joined the @beondeck Fellowship (Cohort 3!) in March and have spent the last 1 month achieving what should have taken 4-5 months.

Griff Foxley

Said it before, will say it again. On Deck Writers Fellowship continues to be a profound learning community of electric content and collaboration. Can't recommend enough.

CS Freeland

Wish I was a part of every @beondeck cohort lol. What a badass concept, and they are really changing the game. Can’t wait to see the outcomes next year.

Anna Nasr

@beondeck enabled me to work with incredible founders, helped me discover my product idea--and, through an On Deck fellow--got me my first pre-seed funding. I can't articulate how amazing the On Deck network is and what a positive force it's been in my life. Apply!

Mike MacCombie

The quality of ODF companies that pitched today were fantastic - congrats to the whole @beondeck team for putting together that demo day.

Celine Halioua

So thankful for the personal and strategic support (not to mention emotional!) On Deck provided for the last 2 months. Love the team & couldn’t recommend them more.

Happy to chat about my experience + refer.

Nathan Baschez

The network you get from it is kinda like joining a great company full of super talented people —except you skip the step where you're working on someone else's business, and proceed straight to the "mafia" phase!

Luba Yudasina

One of the best decisions of the last 2 years was joining @beondeck. So grateful to witness their growth first hand ❤️

Thank you @eriktorenberg and @david__booth for building something this special!

Joey DeBruin

Not only is community the new scarcity, it's absolutely a cold-start problem. Before @beondeck, I hated "networking." After, I have the opposite problem: too many genuinely energy-adding connections which keep branching out into more.

Speakers & Curriculum

Some of the world-class speakers joining us for our first cohort:
Sam Teller
Melisa Tokmak
Julia DeWahl
Ben Casnocha
Katie Szeto
Chris Lyons
Brian Rumao
Leah Cohen-Shohet
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The On Deck Method

We're building a modern educational institution that redefines how community and learning come together. Being part of any On Deck program means you’ll have access to a community of world-class professionals. With every new program we launch and cohort we start, your network gets stronger.

Here are the cornerstones of the On Deck experience:

Peer to Peer

Our 8- to 10-week-long virtual fellowships provide members with community, education, and support. This is a place for cohort-style learning, but also deep personal connections.

Unparalleled Knowledge

There are limitless opportunities for learning and sharing here. You’ll get access to expert speakers, office hours, build weekends, and our session library full of curated content. Dig in!

For All Identities

We’re proud to have a community diverse in culture, thought, and life experiences. This enables revolutionary ideas, inclusive solutions, and boundless growth opportunities.

Scaled with software

We’re building in-house tools to improve how we share community knowledge, aligned opportunities, and helpful connections.

Engineered serendipity

When everyone is going through a shared experience and seeking similar goals, incredible things happen. It’s like walking into a party where everyone is single. FUN.

Spirit of Service

One of the things we love most about our community is how willing and excited members are to support one another. This spirit is the strong heartbeat at On Deck

Apply for the Chief of Staff Fellowship

The second cohort kicks off early March. Pricing is $5,000. After acceptance, we’ll work with your executive to expense some or all of the cost as L&D.
Apply Now
Application deadline: February 27
Kick-off: Early March

FAQ

Who should apply?

To be a good fit for ODW, you are probably:

* A strong and enthusiastic writer with some form of past work to point to, whether that’s a published piece, an existing newsletter or blog, some copywriting you did for a job, or even just a short story you wrote when you were fourteen.
* At least a little bit entrepreneurial, with an independent spirit.
* Eager to be an active participant in a growing community, as much of the value of On Deck comes from the network and peer-to-peer connections.

You do not need to have an existing blog or newsletter to apply to the Fellowship. ODW is for writers who want to start building an audience as well as grow an existing one.

What does it cost?

Joining the On Deck Writer Fellowship is $1,990.

We're currently offering this as special early-bird pricing—it'll rise in the coming months, so apply now!

Are there scholarships or financing options available?

Our goal is to make the Fellowship accessible to the absolute best talent, no matter their financial situation.

All Fellows have the option to pay in four monthly installments (with no interest or additional charges). We also have a limited number of scholarships available thanks to our Access Fund. Information about scholarship applications will be provided to accepted Fellows closer to the kickoff date.

What is the time commitment?

Between attending your workshops and giving peer feedback, you should expect your writing workshop to take up around three to four hours a week.

Beyond workshops, ODW is a choose-your-own-adventure buffet. You get out what you put in: often, the biggest contributors are also the biggest beneficiaries.

Depending on your schedule and interests, you could choose to:

* Attend everything and “gorge” yourself on knowledge until you explode
* Tune in at your leisure to attend sessions that interest you
* Or just search the directory and connect with interesting people one-on-one

Most ODW Fellows have full-time jobs, so our programming is designed with that in mind.

Do I have to write about tech, business, or any other specific topic?

Absolutely not! Our Fellows write about a diverse list of topics. ODW1 features writers focused on technology, history, philosophy, science, international relations, arts and literature, religion, personal stories, and even fiction.

Is this a fully remote program?

Yes: ODW will be run entirely remotely. This enables participation from all corners of the world. We’ve spent the past two ODF cohorts mastering the playbook for building remote communities and relationship building online, and will apply the same approach here.

Post-COVID, we’ll return to organizing offline programming like dinners, small gatherings, and retreats, but the core Fellowship will remain a remote-first experience.

Can I participate from anywhere in the world?

You can! The sun never sets on ODW1: roughly 30% of current Fellows are from countries other than the U.S.

We offer a wide range of scheduling options for writing workshops so that you can find a time that works for you, wherever you are. Our other live programming mostly happens on U.S. Eastern hours, but is all recorded and made available later in case you can’t attend live.

There are also many opportunities for asynchronous editing, learning, and socializing through our Slack community.

What are the Guiding Values of On Deck?

You can view our values here, but to summarize: Service, Sacredness, Respect, and Gratitude.

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