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In collective capital raised. $1.8 billion raised after joining ODS.
And counting. Our community is strong, from seed-stage to pre-IPO.
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"We initiated remote-first before it was popular, so before the pandemic. I'm a strong believer, as a leader, that finding talent wherever they are, and enabling people access to a startup environment, regardless of geography, is really important. And it allows for a better team."
"One of my main challenges was growing a team quickly. I had a few people in my Mastermind group that had thousands of employees at different parts of their career and they were able to give me advice throughout the process. Without On Deck I could have made some hiring and firing mistakes."
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Here’s what other Fellows have been saying about their ODS experience
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
"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!"
“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.”
“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!”
“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.”
“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.”
Apply to ODS
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.
The annual membership cost of On Deck Scale is $10,000 or 4 monthly installments of $2,750, starting when you accept the offer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes. If you are a CEO of a scaling startup, we welcome you to apply!
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.
We partner with investors all over the world and would love to connect. Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.