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.

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.)

Testimonials

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

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Matt Harris

At @BainCapVC we are huge fans of @beondeck, and thrilled to be involved in this Fintech Fellowship. We need more builders in fintech, and this program will be part of building, and diversifying, the pipeline.

Bocar Dia

Two words review of @beondeck: AMAZING EXPERIENCE 🙌. And a prediction: it will become the default place entrepreneurs go (back) to throughout their career to start/explore what's next. Life is too short to wing it when there is already a place to find amazing folks to work with.

Madison Campbell

So far I’ve been in @beondeck slack for two days and raised $20,000. The program doesn’t even kick-off until tomorrow. If this doesn’t convince you to join, idk what will. #beondeck #odf6

Todd Goldberg

Teaming up with @beondeck here.

Whoever I hire will get to participate in On Deck's Chief of Staff Fellowship.

It’s an incredible community to connect with and learn from others doing the CoS role.

I'll cover the cost.

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.

Hugo Amsellem

I wanted to write again and @BeOnDeck launched the Writer Fellowship.

Then I wanted to start a podcast and they announced the Podcast Fellowship.

Now I'm thinking about becoming a YouTuber...

TAKE MY MONEY.

Matt Restivo

I thought I knew talented people. Then I joined @beondeck.

Shiku Wangombe

Shoutout to the community for the feedback when I shared this internally.

So many people willing to help and everyone is excited to learn from each other. I love this community.

Arwina Mogul

I have this theory that if I joined @beondeck sooner, I would've avoided many early-stage founder mistakes. I implore any early-stage founder to check out the fellowship. It will extend your financial, emotional, and mental runway.

Marissa Goldberg

The @beondeck fellowship is the most optimized environment for finding cofounders.

Griff Foxley

Will @beondeck please just right now setup an annual pass type thing so I can just be apart of every damn thing they offer?

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!

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.

Nicaia

Mannnnn @beondeck's just scooping everybody the heck up.

If @beondeck were to create a physical product, it'd be where some of the top talent of the world hangs out.

Concentratedly.

Alexander Hugh Sam

Just finished the @beondeck kick-off session for ODW1 and 🤯.

It's the most fun I've ever had for any onboarding whatsoever. The team and fellows are amazing and can't wait to get started.

Even did some (very bad) freestyle rapping and met cool people like @AnthonyMcG2!

Curriculum

Here's what we'll cover:
Introduction

Navigating the Community Builders Fellowship

Learn how to navigate OD Community Builders and make the most of your experience as a fellow.

Hacking Communities 101

The way we do it, in a nutshell: accelerating trust, engineering serendipity and nurturing relationships through an intentional design of interactions.
Starting With Why

Why community

Why belonging matters, and why we need to reinvent communities. The way we belong has changed, but the reason we stay together remains the same.

Growing through community

What defines a community? Key differences between community building and traditional marketing.

Foundations of community

Crafting stories that connect people. Starting from the core, defining core values and communicating your value to the world.
Starting a Community

Empowering through storytelling

Strengthening a core identity through storytelling. Reinforce a sense of belonging through shared stories, core beliefs, values and actions.

Growing trust through interactions

Creating a shared sense of contribution openness in your community by designing interactions that reinforce trust and familiarity.

Engineering serendipity

Intentionally designing interactions that enhance the probability of successful collisions that help your community grow.
Scaling a Community

Business and sustainability

Let’s learn from high-growth communities about various business models that help communities grow and remain true to their core.

Scaling infrastructure

Find best practices to empower people to take action and lead your community to grow through technology. Make yourself obsolete.

Fostering engagement

Enable spaces for people to build lifelong relationships: to connect, stay in touch and consistently add value to each other.
INCLUDING...
Intimate Masterminds
Weekly small group conversations with others who are thinking through the same intentional next steps.
Build with Fellows
Work with fellow community builders who are also focused on taking their communities to the next level.
Expert Sessions
Learn from top-notch founders, seasoned community builders and domain-experts through fireside chats, workshops and Q&As.

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:

Deep Friendships

Our virtual fellowship programs 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!

Community Diversity

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.

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 of the On Deck community.

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.)

FAQ

Who should apply?

This program is designed for highly-curious, passionate and business-minded people who are serious about building, growing and leveling up their communities. In more detail:

  • Fully committed to growing an existing community for the next 5+ years.
  • Main business or responsibilities involve growing a community, ideally full time or willing to dedicate full time to it (either as a founder, director or manager).
  • Business-minded individuals who’ve already have initial community traction and are thinking about the next steps to make sure their communities continue to thrive (e.g. sustainable models, building lifelong engagement, identifying the right metrics, etc)
  • Interested in building high-growth, high-impact communities in terms of reach (how many lives it could touch) or depth (relevance of relationships and interactions).
  • A builder or leader whose community has had some level of success, but also have awareness of the shortcomings and challenges they must tackle in order to grow further.
  • Ambitious and open-minded, willing to learn and share in order to take their existing communities to the next level.
  • Highly curious, believe that actively participating in a learning community is the best way to accelerate one’s learning curve.
  • Eager to help others and add value first. Thrilled to be both a mentor and a mentee with fellows who have a range of expertise.
What does it cost?

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

apply now

What is the time commitment?

Between attending your sessions (socials, fireside chats, workshops) and making the post of peer-to-peer interactions, you should expect dedicating in average 5 hours a week. Of course, you can put more hours in, if you're getting value from it.

Beyond workshops, ODCB 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 ODCB Fellows have full-time jobs, so our programming is designed with that in mind.

Is it a fully remote program?

Yes: ODCB 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 ODCB. We offer a wide range of scheduling options for our learning and socializing sessions, so you can find a time that works for you, wherever you are. While most of our live programming mostly happens on U.S. Pacific hours, we will also make sure to host sessions in times suitable for both EMEA and APAC. Anyway, it is all recorded and made available later in case you can’t attend live.

There are also many opportunities for asynchronous 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.

Did we miss your question? Drop us a line and we will get back to you asap.
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