Join founders who have been backed by the best

On Deck Scale (ODS) is a close, trusted community of founders leading high-growth, venture-scale companies from around the world. Our off-the-record events and curated network create a safe space for decision-making and developing frameworks that will help you scale — from seed-stage to IPO.
The next ODS cohort kicks off in January 2023.
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Connect with other top founders

We are a strong and growing collective of 220 founders representing 27 countries, 9 unicorns (and counting), and over $9B in collective capital raised.
Emad Mostaque
Emad Mostaque
Founder, Stability AI
Julia Zhu
Julia Zhu
Founder, FEW MODA
Jeff Mckinnon
Jeff Mckinnon
Co-Founder of
Aida Lutaj
Aida Lutaj
Founder & CEO, Legitify
Akshay Chaturvedi
Akshay Chaturvedi
Founder & CEO, Leverage Edu
Sherwin Gandhi
Sherwin Gandhi
Co-Founder & President, Jeeves
Jeff Schnurr
Jeff Schnurr
Co-Founder & CEO, Jaza
Amanda DoAmaral
Amanda DoAmaral
CEO, Fiveable
Sander Daniels
Sander Daniels
Co-Founder, Thumbtack
Bebe Kim
Bebe Kim
CEO, Basis
Allie Meng
Allie Meng
Co-Founder, Beyond HQ
Dom Wong
Dom Wong
CEO, Pogo
Dan Miller
Dan Miller
CEO, Spora Health
Job van der Voort
Job van der Voort
CEO, Remote
Mike Murchison
Mike Murchison
CEO, Ada
Trevor Martin
Trevor Martin
CEO, Mammoth Biosciences
Charlie Feng
Charlie Feng
Co-founder, Clearco
Mac Reddin
Mac Reddin
CEO, Commsor
Lloyd Lobo
Lloyd Lobo
CEO, BoastAI
Leah Ellis
Leah Ellis
CEO, Sublime Systems
Ish Baid
Ish Baid
CEO, Virtually
Kingsley Advani
Kingsley Advani
CEO, Allocations

A community to learn from

Access a community of top founders who are post product-market fit and quickly scaling their companies.

Curated introductions to other leaders

Overcome common scaling challenges like hiring, fundraising, and strategy through 1:1 conversations with other founders who get it.

Absolute discretion and confidentiality

Join a community where you can learn, grow, and form lasting relationships through shared experiences.

$10 billion

In collective capital raised. $1.8 billion raised after joining ODS.

10 unicorns

And counting. Our community is strong, from seed-stage to pre-IPO.

30 countries

We are a global community – from Silicon Valley to London to New Delhi.

Talk through high-impact decisions with peers

It doesn’t have to be lonely at the top. Meet regularly with other high-caliber founders of venture-scale companies to learn, work through decisions, and grow as leaders in a closed environment.

Founder Forums

Founder Forums: Participate in confidential monthly forums led by professional coaches, to build meaningful relationships with founders who are at similar stages of their leadership journey.

Small, intimate groups of 8-10 other founders

Work through your challenges in a supportive environment and get practical tips and guidelines from individuals at your company stage.

Meaningful connections

Develop deep, long-lasting relationships with talented peers from around the world who will be able to provide meaningful support.
On Deck Scale members
Define Your Leadership Style
Ally Sprague
Ally Sprague
Build a Team That Sets You Up for Success
Annie Pratt
Annie Pratt, former CEO of The Coffee Bean
Raise a Series A
Paul Hsaio
General Partner and Co-Founder at Canvas Venture
Building High-Performing Remote Teams
Rapahael Ouzan
Founder and CEO at A.Team

Become a better leader and operator.

ODS provides a flow of connections, events, and content that can be tailored to your needs and availability.
Schedule private sessions with highly-qualified executive coaches, in collaboration with Inward.
Become a better operator with interviews, presentations, and Q&A’s with industry experts.
Learn on your own schedule with our evergrowing on-demand content library.

Build lasting relationships in an intimate setting

Join highly curated events and immersive experiences at startup hubs around the world like Toronto, Mexico City, Berlin, Dubai, New York and San Francisco.
Closed-door exclusive events
Intimate social get-togethers
Curated speaking events featuring top leaders
Global Summit bringing founders together in person

The community you need to scale as a leader, for years to come

On Deck Scale is a life-long, invite-only community that begins with an immersive onboarding experience to help you build lasting relationships from Day 1.
Application Process
Fill out the application form to be considered for the ODS Membership
We review each application, putting special emphasis on our core values
Successful candidates will be invited to an interview with the Program Directors
Welcome aboard! On day one, you’ll have the opportunity to get immersed into the community, get to know your cohort, and learn how to navigate On Deck to achieve your goals for the years ahead.
Attend kick-off and orientation sessions
Connect with founders tackling similar problems.
Identify your immediate needs as an  executive and how the community can address them.

Life-long Community

On day one, you can officially start benefiting from ongoing access to everything your ODS membership has to offer.
Scale Talks
Interviews, presentations, and Q&A’s with industry experts.
Exclusive in-person events around the world.
Discussion Tanks
Open conversations with founders centered around specific themes or topics.
Executive Coaching
1 on 1 sessions with highly qualified executive coaches.
Founder Forums
Facilitated group sessions that provide support at every stage of your journey.
Leadership Retreats
Immersive offsites designed to help increase your impact on your team.
Case studies

Stories from our community


Here’s what other Fellows have been saying about their ODS experience

Aidan Fitzpatrick

On Deck Scale is a powerful tool to forge close relationships with other founders and investors in the ecosystem, especially in the Bay Area. It’s given me greater insight into founder journeys through Series A and beyond, and I’ve got a lot of value from the relationships and fora.

Aidan Fitzpatrick, Founder & CEO, Reincubate
Michael McCarty

As a founder, joining the On Deck community was a pivotal moment in my personal development. Over the last year I've been able to navigate some of the most difficult situations you can experience as a founder with the help of this community. The founders I've met are thoughtful, engaging, and passionate about building scalable companies. I couldn't imagine going back to a time I wasn't part of On Deck.

Michael McCarty, Co-Founder & CEO, Shrimpy
Nick Neuman

As CEO of a quickly growing startup, it’s critical to invest time and effort in consistent personal growth. ODS helps me do that by connecting me with other founders that I can learn from (and share my experiences with). In a world that has moved to be largely remote, it has become much more difficult to build that learning community. On Deck makes that possible again, and as a bonus brings in a much broader set of CEO’s from around the world to grow and learn with.

Nick Neuman, CEO, Casa
Clarke & Jeff Mckinnon

“As founders, we take our time really seriously. We’ve been skeptical about joining other communities in the past, but it’s clear On Deck brings more to the table than others. The fellowship is full of smart, talented, and hungry individuals. We couldn’t be happier to be here and looking forward to the IRL meetups so we can build deeper relationships with these fellows.”

Clarke & Jeff Mckinnon, Founders,
Kingsley Advani

"On Deck Scale has provided me with a group of top founders that are hitting inflection points in the scaling of their companies. The close-nit community of founders have been trusting, authentic and inspiring! I highly recommend more top founders to apply!"

Kingsley Advani, Founder, Allocations
Amanda DoAmaral

“As an early stage founder, I’m always looking for ways to strengthen my own leadership skills while supporting my team’s professional development. I’m grateful for the relationships I’ve built and advice I’ve received from other founders as part of ODS, and I’m equally thrilled that every one of my team members who joins an On Deck fellowship comes away with an impressive network of peers and mentors to help them level up well beyond the program.”

Amanda DoAmaral, Founder & CEO, Fiveable
Jacob Knutzen

“On Deck Scale has been an amazing way for a European founder like myself to create close-knit relationships with awesome founders from across the world on the same stage. With a community that’s second-to-none, great advisors and super actionable workshops, it has without a doubt helped me scale myself as a CEO and take Butter to new heights!”

Jacob Knutzen, Co-Founder & CEO, Butter
Ish Baid

“I had the opportunity to connect with some truly remarkable founders of high-growth startups and got tactical advice on how to improve as a leader and build-out our GTM. It’s been an invaluable experience and I recommend ODS to any post-seed stage founder looking to level up as a CEO/Founder.”

Ish Baid, Founder & CEO, Virtually
Charlie Feng

The On Deck Scale Fellowship provided me with a trusted, close-knit community of like-minded scaling founders. The access to the broader On Deck ecosystem is also incredible. I highly recommend founders of scaling companies to participate.”

Charlie Feng, Co-Founder & CEO, ClearCo

Apply to ODS

On Deck Scale is an exclusive, global community for leading founders of venture-scale companies. If you’re looking to level up as a leader and join a robust and growing network of founders, we invite you to apply.
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The next ODS cohort kicks off in January 2023.


Who should apply?

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

  • A highly motivated founder of a venture-scale company who would benefit from the authentic relationships forged with other growth-oriented founders.
  • Open to seeking the support, coaching, and mentorship required to scale yourself and your company.
  • Willing to share your experiences, challenge assumptions, expand your perspectives, and raise the bar for yourself and others .
  • Committed to lifelong learning and a spirit of service to others.

What does it cost?

The annual membership cost of On Deck Scale is $10,000 or 4 monthly installments of $2,750, starting when you accept the offer.

What if I'm too early? What if I'm too late?

We are committed to identifying and supporting the very best founders at every stage of company growth from Seed to IPO who have demonstrated strong signs of product-market fit. We’ll group founders appropriately based on company stage and other relevant factors. Founders who have not raised capital should consider applying to the On Deck Fellowship. 

What is the time commitment? Will this be a distraction?

On Deck Scale is designed to be flexible, so that you can tailor the program to your goals, needs, and availability. We've learned from our first 5,000 fellows that in order to make the most of the On Deck Experience, you should be prepared to spend at least 2 hrs/week engaging with the community and fellowship.

ODS is a choose-your-own-adventure experience. You get out what you put in: often, the biggest contributors are also the biggest beneficiaries.

Are there minimum capital or revenue requirements to apply?

We’re accepting applications from founders of companies ranging from seed-stage to IPO. Seed-stage founders must have raised at least $1.5M in the last six months or achieved a $100k MRR run rate.

I’m fairly well connected and plugged into other communities, do I need this?

Having access and building meaningful relationships are very different. ODS will bring value to any founder committed to significant learning and personal growth, expanding their network and personal influence, and becoming a better leader. While the On Deck network is large and continually expanding, On Deck Scale is designed to help you scale yourself as fast as you’re scaling your company.

Is programming fully remote and virtual?

At On Deck, we are big believers in the power of global access and flexibility that remote, virtual community creates. Your location will not impact achieving your goals in ODS.

We've heard from many of our fellows that they have been pleasantly surprised by the connections they've been able to build virtually through the fellowship.

We also love getting together in person when possible and organizing offline programs such as dinners, socials, conference meetups, and retreats.

Can I participate from anywhere in the world?

Our Fellows come from around the world, however, a majority of the sessions are most conveniently accessible in timezones across North America, South America, and Europe. 

Can non-founding CEOs apply?

Yes. If you are a CEO of a scaling startup, we welcome you to apply!

What happens after the first year of membership?

After one year of membership, you will have the opportunity to renew your membership. If you choose not to renew your membership, you will no longer have access to On Deck platforms, networks, and content.

What are the Guiding Values of On Deck?

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

I’m an investor or represent an investor and believe my portfolio companies make a good fit.

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