On Deck First 50 Fellowship (OD50)

Land your next role at a breakout startup

The First 50 Fellowship is a 10-week program for operators who want to find their next roles at world-changing companies. We combine a world-class curriculum, a proprietary database of breakout companies and a community of incredible peers to help you accelerate your career.

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The inaugural cohort is full but we welcome your early application
to the second cohort, kicking off in April 2021.

Bring intentionality to your search and land the role you want

Navigate the early-stage startup ecosystem and decide the right organizations with which to partner on the next phase of their journeys.

Identify breakout companies

The company you work for can change your career. We’ll help you identify promising startups and give you access to our proprietary database of breakout companies.

Master the mechanics of a successful job search

We’ll help you master the mechanics of a successful job search: direction-setting, storytelling, interviews and offer maximization.

Access unique job opportunities

Get exclusive access to early-stage job opportunities sourced from the On Deck Founder and Angel Fellowship communities and get pitched by early-stage companies on why they are the best places to work.

A great community
with 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.
VP of Engineering at large AR/VR company looking to move earlier
Consultant turned first intl. hire for series D company
First designer at unicorn looking to go back to startups
Machine learning PhD transitioning to tech
Product exec from Big Tech looking to lead product at a startup
Symphony musician transitioning to Bizops role in tech
Fortune 500 salesperson pursuing passion for climate tech
VC Principal at $200mm firm moving to the operating side
Private banker transitioning to fintech
Engineering lead at large ecommerce company
Stanford MBA with strategy and product experience
Career management consultant pivoting to food tech

Apply for the First 50 Fellowship

The second cohort kicks off in April. Access to the program and the community is $1,990 (or four installments of $500).
Apply Now
The inaugural cohort is full but we welcome your early application
to the second cohort, kicking off in April.

Testimonials

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

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Meeta Sharma

Choosing to be a part of #ODW1 was easily the best decision of this year. I found a group of people who are invested in each other's growth and the growth of the creator ecosystem at large. Cannot recommend it enough.

Aashni Shah

I'm in @beondeck #ODF4 for the last few weeks and it's easily the best decision I've ever made. It's a perfect combination of what I love about school - fun, engaging, incredible community and lots of valuable knowledge without the tests.

Plus the community is so so helpful!

Van Nguyen

Life after @beondeck is crazy good! The network is so powerful. @Auroreserete’s ODF cohort hasn’t even started yet and despite that she has helped me connect with 4 potential customers in completely new/different markets in record time. Thank you!

Matias Sanchez

Couldn't recommend this enough. If you're writing for the internet or writing in general, this is the community you never knew you needed.

Tyler Willis

Did I invest in @beondeck? Yes.

Why? Look at this deck.

Every physical institution is being rebuilt in the cloud. This is the MBA, the meetup, and the hackathon all rolled into one.

It won’t be small.

Jordi Hays

Two days into @beondeck ODF4 and it’s already very clear the next 8 weeks will be very special.

The value of an MBA, a fraction of the cost, and 10X as fun. Bravo @eriktorenberg @david__booth and company.

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.

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.

Dave Nemetz

After a week in the @beondeck ODW1 writer fellowship, I'm pumped about the future for interdisciplinary communities. It's awesome to join a group from diverse professional backgrounds over a shared passion.

Props to @eriktorenberg for what he is building.

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.

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.

Terry Xu

HOOOOOOOLY! The @beondeck kick-off event is beyond my wildest imagination on how an online community can be run.

Max Greenwald

Masterclass in launching & iterating: @eriktorenberg, @david__booth, @btaleisnik and the @beondeck crew.

Something wild being announced every week it seems. Incredibly hard to launch & iterate on community too. By doing it with humbleness and transparency they are crushing it.

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.

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!

Speakers & Curriculum

Some of the world-class speakers joining us for our first cohort:
Merci Grace
Josh Elman
Aston Motes
Sarah Smith
Lenny Rachitsky
Jessica Verrilli
Anand Chopra-McGowan
Ming Lu
Introduction

Navigating the First 50 Fellowship

Learn how to navigate OD50 and interact with fellows.

Navigating the startup ecosystem

Industry- and job function-specific learning circles to share knowledge and contacts.
Job-search Mechanics

Direction setting

Figure out what you want to do next and then get help actually attaining it.

Storytelling

Build a narrative that ties your background to what you want to do next.

Networking strategy

Strategize your approach to networking efficiently to maximize your offers.

Interviews

Be prepared with expert- and peer-led workshops so that you nail it.
Accepting Offers

Compensation negotiation

Learn how to negotiate from world-class compensation consultants.

Legal and stock options

Learn how to navigate contracts and stock options with ease.
Success as an Early Hire

Insights from Early Hires at Prominent Startups

Learn from people who have successfully shaped companies as early employees.

Community of Early Hires

Maximize your impactby surrounding yourself with others doing the same.
INCLUDING...
Intimate masterminds
Weekly small group conversations with others who are thinking through the same intentional next steps.
Talent Demo Days
Get pitched by early-stage companies on why they are the best places to work.
Database of startups
Access to a proprietary database of amazing opportunities with breakout startups.

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 First 50 Fellowship

The second cohort kicks off in April. Access to the program and the community is $1,990 (or four installments of $500).
Apply Now
The inaugural cohort is full but we welcome your early application
to the second cohort, kicking off in April.

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 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?

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

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