On Deck Community builders Fellowship

Supercharge and scale your community. In 8 weeks.

The Community Builders Fellowship is an 8-week remote program where fellows learn how to create communities, get them off the ground, and sustain the magic as they scale. We're taking everything we learned building the On Deck community to help you supercharge your own.

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Application deadline: January 31
Kick-off: March 13

Run our playbook on your community

Dive into the strategy, frameworks, tactics, and best practices for how to start and scale communities straight from the On Deck playbook – from the high level to the super tactical. 

Get your community off the ground

Getting a community off the ground requires a lot of strategy and manual work — they don’t just happen magically, even though part of the magic is making it seem as though they do.

Scale while sustaining the magic

Communities don’t just scale by themselves. Learn how to sustain strong engagement as you grow and how to empower your community to scale itself beyond you.

Build a sustainable business model

Communities are fragile and monetization is the riskiest endeavor of them all. Discover how to monetize your community without jeopardizing the magic and social capital you’ve built.

Join and learn from world-class community builders

Community is the core of the Community Builders Fellowship. Here are just a few of the phenomenal Founding Fellows participating in our first cohort.
Li Jin
Angel Investor; Host of Means of Creation
Greg Isenberg
Founder, Late Checkout
Brianne Kimmel
Founder, Worklife
Nadia Eghbal
Substack, Author of Work in Public
David Spinks
Founder, CMX
Turner Novak
Partner, Gelt VC
Jesse Genet
CEO, Lumi
Jeff Morris Jr.
Founder, Chapter One
Erika Batista
The Family, On Deck
Sahil Lavingia
Founder, Gumroad
Ashley Tolbert
Netflix, Harvard
Andreas Klinger
Founder, Remote First Capital

Apply for the Community Builders Fellowship

The first cohort kicks off early March. Access to the program and community is $1,990 (or four installments of $500.)
Apply Now
Application deadline: January 31
Kick-off: March 13

Testimonials

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

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Kevin David

On Deck is going to be huge!

Thanks for letting me in when I was exploring what next after my stint at @AngelList.

Joined @beondeck in June 2020, met my co-founders in August, raised a seed round late last year. Team of 11 now, building a MVP with a few creators.

Sneh Ganjoo

Midway through ODF & every time I attend a session or interact with the community I have the same excitement as Day 0. I wish all founder communities were like this.

I have never seen a community that translates the true essence of business & ideas beyond borders before @beondeck

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.

Harvey Multani

@beondeck will do for human capital what @AngelList did for financial capital

Coco Liu

The word “community” didn’t have a meaning to me until I joined @beondeck.

David Hoang

I’m so glad I decided to do @beondeck’s writing fellowship. The weekly writing workshops are so helpful. In addition to the writing, it’s great connecting with other writers and brainstorming.

One idea is called “Design Management: Year One.”

#ODW1

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.

Wallace Torres

My On Deck journey:

- A community of incredible entrepreneurs all who can switch between emotional support and strategic guidance depending on what you need that moment

- What LinkedIn is supposed to be

- Exposure to lots of company building perspectives

Can’t recommend enough.

Hiten Shah

I had a blast chatting with the @beondeck community earlier today.

They were super engaged, thoughtful and curious.

I say no to most things, this group (virtually like today and in-person) is something special in a weird, unexplainable but awesome way.

Terry Xu

Joining On Deck is like getting 1000+ mentors, 1000+ thought partners, 1000+ accountability partners, and 1000+ followers instantly.

It's too good to be true, but it's true.

2021 will be the year where On Deck becomes known to all new entrepreneurs.

Jackie Hyland

Yesterday was the last day of @beondeck cohort #4. I'm feeling so many things, but the main one is gratitude. I spent 10 weeks with some incredible humans who I feel are lifelong friends and collaborators.

Manar

The power of @beondeck - sent in a question about dealing with a difficult personal situation. Within 20 minutes, 4 people offered to share their personal stories in depth and 2 offered general perspective.

Griffin Johnson

@eriktorenberg is going to be responsible for more job placements than anyone else in the world. @beondeck is a game changer

Kevin Huang

Online education will evolve to become more social.

@beondeck is a prime example. It is, without a doubt, one of the most transformative learning experiences I've had in my adult life.

I am very grateful for being a part of this community.

Everett Berry

When fundraising stopped cold and enterprise budgets froze in March 2020 i freaked tf out.

Luckily, as one of my favorite founders @mishkaorakzai said, "Silicon Valley moved to the cloud".

Forever grateful to the OD team and community for helping me meet the moment. #ODF3

Curriculum

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Writing Groups
Intimate groups with peer accountability and built-in structures to keep you writing.
Editing Support
Peer editing and feedback and 1:1 editing support with the ODW team and newsletter writers.
Writer's Library
Full access to a carefully curated Writer's Library with copious literature on writing, distribution and monetization.

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 Community Builders Fellowship

The first cohort kicks off early March. Access to the program and community is $1,990 (or four installments of $500.)
Apply Now
Application deadline: January 31
Kick-off: March 13

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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