On Deck First 50 Fellowship

The best place for talented individuals to find their next role at a breakout early-stage company.

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First round application deadline: December 6, 2020
Second round application deadline: December 20, 2020
Kick-off: January 2021
The On Deck First 50 Fellowship

Find your next role at a breakout startup in 10 weeks

The On Deck First 50 Fellowship (OD50) is a 10-week program for operators who want to find their next roles at world-changing companies, surrounded by a community of incredible peers.

The first 50 hires determine if a company succeeds, driving its growth while shaping the culture from the beginning. Their entrepreneurialism helps to build out an organization and make it successful.

OD50 will bring together groups of 150 exceptional individuals who want to find their next ventures, helping them to navigate the early-stage startup ecosystem and decide the right organizations with which to partner on the next phase of their journeys.

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Featuring incredible speakers such as...

Merci Grace

Lightspeed, early Slack

Aston Motes

Employee #1 at Dropbox

Josh Elman

Early Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn

Sarah Smith

Bain Capital Ventures, early Quora

Lenny Rachitsky

Early Airbnb

Anand Chopra-McGowan

Early General Assembly

Jessica Verrilli

GV, early Twitter

Ming Lu

Early Intercom, early Lattice

Tom Conrad

Early Quibi, early Pandora

Sriram Krishnan

Tinder, Spotify

Julia DeWahl

Early Opendoor

Ellen Da Silva

Early hims & hers

Linda Xie

Early Coinbase

Preethi Kasireddy

a16z, Goldman Sachs, Coinbase

Sriram Krishnan

Facebook, Snap, Twitter

Dan Romero

Early Coinbase, early Envoy

A commitment to privacy

Everything is off the record. On Deck First 50 Fellows are searching for something deeper in their lives or making big transitions, and many have not yet have publicly shared this with friends, family, or employers. We’ll honor that.

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Participants in the first cohort

A few confidential profiles of world-class Fellows expected in OD50:

VP of Engineering at large AR/VR company looking to move earlier

Consultant turned first intl. hire for series D company

Machine learning PhD transitioning to tech

First designer at unicorn looking to go back to startups

Product exec from Big Tech looking to lead product at a startup

Fortune 500 salesperson pursuing passion for climate tech

Symphony musician transitioning to Bizops role in tech

Private banker transitioning to fintech

VC Principal at $200mm firm moving to the operating side

Stanford MBA with strategy and product experience

Engineering lead at large ecommerce company

Career management consultant pivoting to food tech

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Deon Nicholas

Founder/CEO, Forethought

Li Jin

Angel Investor & Creator

Dare Olonoh

VP of Sales, Salesforce

Jesse Genet

Founder/CEO Lumi

JD Ross

Co-founder, Opendoor

Elizabeth Weil

Angel Investor

Julia DeWahl

Angel Investor | GM, Opendoor

Ryan Hudson

Co-Founder, Honey

Dan Romero

VP, Coinbase

Jonathan Swanson

Co-founder, Thumbtack

Soona Amhaz

Co-founder, Token Daily

Santiago Suarez

Founder/CEO, Addi

Aadil Mamujee

VP product, Automattic

Celine Halioua

Co-founder and CEO, Celevity

Sheel Mohnot

Angel Investor

Neil Parikh

Co-Founder, Casper

Josh Elman

VP Product, Robinhood. Formerly Greylock

Megan O'Connor

Founder, Hi Clark

Ryan Petersen

Founder/CEO, Flexport

The Program

Navigate the startup ecosystem

  • Small group sessions with the world's best early-stage operators, top executive search consultants, and expert compensation negotiators.
  • Vetted community of exceptional operators who are passionate about joining early-stage ventures.
  • Industry- and job function-specific learning circles to share knowledge, contacts, and best practices.

Land your next breakout role

  • Top early-stage companies pitch you on why they are the best places to work.
  • Exclusive access to early-stage job opportunities and consulting projects sourced from the On Deck Founder and Angel Fellowship communities.
  • Workshops on the mechanics of a successful job search from direction-setting to offer maximization. Figure out what you want to do next and then get help actually attaining it.

Apply for the On Deck First 50 Fellowship

The first OD50 cohort kicks off January 2021
Pricing: $1,990

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First round application deadline: December 6, 2020
Second round application deadline: December 20, 2020

Access to the On Deck Founder Fellowship

The On Deck Founder Fellowship (ODF) is a 10-week program that creates an incredible community around a cohort of experienced founders & talented individuals in the formative stages of starting a company.

As an On Deck Writer Fellow, you’ll have complete access to the rest of the On Deck Fellowship, full of world-class startup experts who can help you with marketing, growth, and connecting with leaders in your subject matter.

Want to learn more about ODF? 👉Read the ODF5 Announcement Post

What to Expect

Unlock Your Career Moat

Understand the intersection between your unique skills, experiences, and interests that early-stage companies value the most.

Offer Maximization & Negotiation

Learn from world-class compensation experts how to negotiate an above-market salary and equity package.

Application & Interview Best Practices

Master the art of getting in front of and impressing the right people at an organization.

Identify Breakout Companies

Get help vetting the world-changing startups that can 10x your career — there’s a huge opportunity cost to getting this wrong.

Access to the On Deck Network

Exclusive access to early-stage job opportunities and consulting projects sourced from the On Deck Founder and Angel Fellowship communities.

Supportive Community

Join a highly-vetted community of exceptional operators who are passionate about joining early-stage ventures and making an impact.

... and much more.

What people are saying...

Apply for the On Deck First 50 Fellowship

The first OD50 cohort kicks off January 2021
Pricing: $1,990

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First round application deadline: December 6, 2020
Second round application deadline: December 20, 2020

FAQ

Who should apply?

To be a good fit for OD50, you are probably:

  • An outstanding performer in your respective industry / job function
  • Mentally ready for your next role, whether or not you currently have a job!
  • Entrepreneurial, with a desire to help build an early-stage startup.
  • 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.
What if I still work full time? Will my manager find out?

All sessions, content, and interactions are completely off the record, including any acknowledgement of a Fellow’s participation. Some OD50 Fellows will choose to be public about their involvement, while many more will not, especially those who are currently employed full time.  

Everyone in the program is searching for something deeper in their next career chapter and making a big transition.  Many will not yet have publicly shared this journey with friends, family, or employers. We and all Fellows will honor that.

Also note that speaker sessions are recorded, which is beneficial from a scheduling perspective, but also important for a Fellow who happens to know a presenter.

Can I apply if I'm non-technical?

Yes!  OD50 is for people joining early-stage startups, regardless of role.  There will be engineers, data scientists, and product managers alongside growth, sales, marketing, HR, and operations folks since all of these roles are essential to turning a startup’s idea into reality.  

Fellows targeting similar roles will be paired so that they can share insights, suggestions, and potential connections to help each other through their respective journeys. 

What if I’ve never worked at a startup before?

No problem! OD50 is broadly designed for two groups of people, with content specifically created for each:

  • Fellows trying to pivot their career into startups.
  • Fellows already working in tech who want to be intentional about the next steps on their career path.
If I’m already well-connected in the startup ecosystem, why do I need this?

The opportunity cost of choosing the wrong startup is huge.  Surround yourself with a community of experts and peers to help you make an informed decision on what’s next, and get access to roles sourced from the On Deck community.

What does it cost?

Joining the On Deck First 50 Fellowship is $1,990.

For this first inaugural cohort, we’re offering the program at an early-bird rate of $1,990, with the cost rising for subsequent cohorts.

Do you have scholarships available?

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

While many eligible applicants do have the means to support themselves, many others don’t. We’re excited to be able to offer scholarships to join the Fellowship through the On Deck Access Fund.

There are no fees to apply so please submit an application to be considered for the fellowship — you’ll have the option to request financial assistance if you receive an offer to join OD50.

What is the time commitment? 

The power of this program is in the community, and like any community you get back what you put in. OD50  is designed for people committing to spend at least several hours per week on their job search, some of which will be engagement with OD50.

Is this a fully remote program? 

Yes: OD50 will be run entirely remotely. This enables participation from all corners of the world. We’ve spent the past few 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.

What if I'm based outside the US?

We are accepting Fellows from around the world.  

For this first cohort, the majority of sessions will be in North American time zones, but recordings will available to Fellows at any time.  There will be additional content specifically designed for Fellows based in Europe.

Fellows from Asia are welcome to join, but we expect to have fewer sessions in local time zones for the first cohort of OD50.

What are the demographics of the Fellowship?

We’re aiming to build a cohort that is diverse across race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, national origin, professional background, age, viewpoint, and subject matter—you name it!

Since this is the first cohort of OD50, we don’t yet have specific demographics for this program, but we released a demographic breakdown for ODF5 that can serve as a useful comparison.

What are the Guiding Values of On Deck?

On Deck lives by four core guiding values, crucial to the culture we strive to foster in the community:

  • Service: On Deck is bigger than any one person. For this community to thrive, it must be driven by a spirit of service to others. Be generous with your time, knowledge, and support. Karma has a way of finding its way back.
  • Sacredness: By default, everything is off the record. Many in this group are searching for something deeper in their lives or making big transitions, and others may not yet have publicly shared this with friends, family, or employers. Please honor that, and avoid sharing anything you learn about each other without explicit permission.
  • Respect: You are all now part of the On Deck family. You’re all embarking on what will surely be a rollercoaster of a journey — but you’re in this shared experience together. With that comes a sense of responsibility: be inclusive, stick together, and respect one another.
  • Gratitude: have a spirit of curiosity and gratitude. We’re bringing together a group of fascinating people, most of whom likely have never met each other…how amazing is that? Get to know each other, and make the cohort what you want it to be for yourself.
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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the goal of the On Deck Angel Fellowship?

But helping founders is just half of the equation. If a startup chooses to raise capital, who they raise from can have an incredible impact on its trajectory in the early days. 

Founders love raising from other founders and experienced operators. They’ve been there before, have great advice, networks, and know their markets better than anyone else. If we’re trying to 10x the number of world-class founders, it stands to reason we should help grow the number of top investors who will back them early, as well.

  • Sacredness: By default, everything is off the record. Many in this group are searching for something deeper in their lives or making big transitions, and others may not yet have publicly shared this with friends, family, or employers. Please honor that, and avoid sharing anything you learn about each other without explicit permission.
  • Respect: You are all now part of the On Deck family. You’re all embarking on what will surely be a rollercoaster of a journey — but you’re in this shared experience together. With that comes a sense of responsibility: be inclusive, stick together, and respect one another.
  • Gratitude: have a spirit of curiosity and gratitude. We’re bringing together 200 fascinating people, most of whom likely have never met each other…how amazing is that? Get to know each other, and make the cohort what you want it to be for yourself.
Do I have to be an accredited investor?

On Deck lives by four core guiding values, crucial to the culture we strive to foster in the community:

  • Service: On Deck is bigger than any one person. For this community to thrive, it must be driven by a spirit of service to others. Be generous with your time, knowledge, and support. Karma has a way of finding its way back.
  • Sacredness: By default, everything is off the record. Many in this group are searching for something deeper in their lives or making big transitions, and others may not yet have publicly shared this with friends, family, or employers. Please honor that, and avoid sharing anything you learn about each other without explicit permission.
  • Respect: You are all now part of the On Deck family. You’re all embarking on what will surely be a rollercoaster of a journey — but you’re in this shared experience together. With that comes a sense of responsibility: be inclusive, stick together, and respect one another.
  • Gratitude: have a spirit of curiosity and gratitude. We’re bringing together 200 fascinating people, most of whom likely have never met each other…how amazing is that? Get to know each other, and make the cohort what you want it to be for yourself.
Will I get deal flow from this?

On Deck lives by four core guiding values, crucial to the culture we strive to foster in the community:

  • Service: On Deck is bigger than any one person. For this community to thrive, it must be driven by a spirit of service to others. Be generous with your time, knowledge, and support. Karma has a way of finding its way back.
  • Sacredness: By default, everything is off the record. Many in this group are searching for something deeper in their lives or making big transitions, and others may not yet have publicly shared this with friends, family, or employers. Please honor that, and avoid sharing anything you learn about each other without explicit permission.
  • Respect: You are all now part of the On Deck family. You’re all embarking on what will surely be a rollercoaster of a journey — but you’re in this shared experience together. With that comes a sense of responsibility: be inclusive, stick together, and respect one another.
  • Gratitude: have a spirit of curiosity and gratitude. We’re bringing together 200 fascinating people, most of whom likely have never met each other…how amazing is that? Get to know each other, and make the cohort what you want it to be for yourself.
How much does it cost?

On Deck lives by four core guiding values, crucial to the culture we strive to foster in the community:

  • Service: On Deck is bigger than any one person. For this community to thrive, it must be driven by a spirit of service to others. Be generous with your time, knowledge, and support. Karma has a way of finding its way back.
  • Sacredness: By default, everything is off the record. Many in this group are searching for something deeper in their lives or making big transitions, and others may not yet have publicly shared this with friends, family, or employers. Please honor that, and avoid sharing anything you learn about each other without explicit permission.
  • Respect: You are all now part of the On Deck family. You’re all embarking on what will surely be a rollercoaster of a journey — but you’re in this shared experience together. With that comes a sense of responsibility: be inclusive, stick together, and respect one another.
  • Gratitude: have a spirit of curiosity and gratitude. We’re bringing together 200 fascinating people, most of whom likely have never met each other…how amazing is that? Get to know each other, and make the cohort what you want it to be for yourself.
Did we miss your question? Drop us a line and we will get back to you asap.