On Deck First 50 Fellowship (OD50)

Land your next role at a breakout startup

The First 50 Fellowship is an 8-week program for operators who want to find their next roles at world-changing companies. We combine a next-level curriculum, private access to startup founders, and a community of incredible peers to help you accelerate your career.

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 and give you access to promising startups.

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, Scale 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.
Senior Engineering Manager with e-commerce expertise
Consultant turned first intl. hire for series D company
Big Tech designer seeking more entrepreneurial role
Employee #5 at just-acquired fintech startup
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
CTO at late-stage healthtech startup
Entrepreneurial 2nd year MBA from top 5 school
Director of Engineering at edtech startup

Apply for the First 50 Fellowship

The second cohort kicks off in mid-May.
Tuition is $2,490 (lump sum or 4 equal installments).

Testimonials

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

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Harvey Multani

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

Nick Singh

On Deck helped me realize that writing was a viable career. As a Software Engineer in SV, thought founding a tech startup was the only path. Then ODF1 happened.

12 months later, and I got a book on the way & a newsletter with 44k subscribers. Big fans of @david__booth & team!

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

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!

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.

Marissa Goldberg

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

Matt Restivo

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

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.

Mckay Wrigley

Last “official” @beondeck day tomorrow - I highly recommend applying for a cohort.

There are programs for anyone from founders to investors to writers to podcasters and more.

On Deck puts out great programs, you’ll connect with amazing people, and community workshops are A+.

Kyleigh Smith

Some people may be wondering if the hype is real.

The past 2 weeks I've joined fireside chats with @rrhoover @jmj @thehelenmayer @gregisenberg @bentossell.

Small groups in zoom. Deep insights shared. And they leave 30 min for audience questions.

The hype is real.

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.

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?

Dan Stern

The kickoff for @beondeck ODW1 was the best onboarding experience I've ever had.

Huge props to @eriktorenberg and @maxnuss and team for making 3 hrs of zoom actually enjoyable

Anthony McGuire

Highly recommend that people apply to the On Deck Writer Fellowship! It has been a gamechanger for me--one of the best programs in the world!

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 who joined us for our first cohort:
Merci Grace
Aston Motes
Sarah Smith
Linda Xie
Anand Chopra-McGowan
Albrey Brown
Tom Conrad
Ming Lu
Introduction

Get to know the First 50 Fellowship

Learn how to maximize your engagement with the On Deck community.

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 impact by surrounding yourself with others doing the same.
INCLUDING...
Intimate masterminds
Weekly small group conversations with others who are at similar stages in their career journeys.
Talent Demo Days
Get pitched by early-stage companies on why they are the best places to work.
Access to top startups
Engage with high-profile startups across the On Deck ecosystem.

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 First 50 Fellowship

The second cohort kicks off in mid-May.
Tuition is $2,490 (lump sum or 4 equal installments).

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 choose to be public about their involvement, while many more do 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 have not 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?

Early Bird pricing for those who complete an application by March 14th is $1,990.  Regular pricing for those who complete an application after March 14th is $2,490.  Tuition can be paid in a lump sum or 4 equal installments, starting when you accept your offer.

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 5+ hours per week on their job search, some of which will be engagement with OD50.

Is this a fully remote program?

Yes: OD50 is 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.

How long will I have access to the community?

After the fellowship, you’ll retain access to your cohort and be able to subscribe to membership for continued access to the On Deck ecosystem.

What are the Guiding Values of On Deck?

You can view our values here, but to summarize: Service, Confidentiality, Respect, and Family.

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