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Join a trusted community of strategic operators

Our fellows are ambitious and experienced operators who can support you throughout your career. They come from diverse backgrounds and they all share a strong spirit of service.

Stuart Law
Stuart Law
Head of Operations
Brandon Taleisnik
Brandon Taleisnik
SVP of Operations
Priya Kothari
Priya Kothari
ex-COO @ Creative Market
Yan Sim
Yan Sim
Director, Strategy and Operations
Janeesa Hollingshead
Janeesa Hollingshead
Co-founder & COO
Ahmad Bani
Ahmad Bani
COO
Anne-Marie Schoonbeek
Anne-Marie Schoonbeek
COO
Eric Friedman
Eric Friedman
ODX Partner / Fractional COO
Gabriel Gutiérrez
Gabriel Gutiérrez
CEO
Adam Lawrence
Adam Lawrence
CEO, ex-COO @ Bolt
Lisa Conn
Lisa Conn
Co-founder & COO
Ashley Wilson
Ashley Wilson
Co-founder & COO
Nina Anziska
Nina Anziska
Director, International Strategy & Operations
Jimmy Douglas
Jimmy Douglas
GM, Used Cars North America
Alice Francis
Alice Francis
GM

A trusted, exclusive community

Connect and uplevel alongside a handpicked network of ambitious leaders to help brainstorm and navigate your everyday challenges. Think of it as your personal board of advisors to enable you to optimize your personal and professional trajectory.

Braintrust

Get direct access to early-stage startup founders to explore the opportunity to become their trusted advisors or board members.

The On Deck network

Benefit from unparalleled access to the entire On Deck ecosystem. Invest and take bets on startups (think, future unicorns) that no one else has access to.

Here’s why other fellows are excited about On Deck Strategy & Operations

Yan Sim
Yan Sim
Sr. Director, Strategy and Operations
Sr. Director, Strategy and Operations, Weee!
ODF4

As an operator leading the charge in high-growth startups, you’re often called upon to build the business, create structure for scale, and put out fires, all at the same time. It certainly isn’t easy. When things got tough, I’ve found it valuable to have a community to bounce ideas with, get support from and celebrate wins. ODSO hopes to be that for you. I can’t wait to get to know this crew!

Anne-Marie Schoonbeek
Anne-Marie Schoonbeek
COO
COO, KEY ESG
ODF4

As I reflect on our first conversation on ODSO – I realize the immense power this community can have!

Looking forward to building connections with COO peers across countries and investment series, during the program and beyond!

Stuart Law
Stuart Law
Former VP of Ops
Former VP of Ops, Dray Alliance
ODF4

I've spent my career leading teams and scaling operations at hypergrowth startups. It's high-leverage and meaningful work, but can sometimes feel lonely. ODSO is a unique opportunity to connect with others on the same journey, hone your craft, and tap into an incredible network of operators, founders, and investors.

Janeesa Hollingshead
Janeesa Hollingshead
Co-founder & COO
Co-founder & COO, JJ Studio Agency
ODF4

After participating in ODA's Angels Fellowship, I've seen firsthand how valuable On Deck's network, tools, and resources are. I'm really excited to participate in a program that's just for high-achieving, motivated operations leaders so we can not only elevate our skill sets, but also build strong connections with like-minded peers. I can't wait!

Adam Lawrence
Adam Lawrence
CEO
CEO, Boom & Bucket, ex-COO, Bolt
ODF4

Jobs had Cook. Musk has Shotwell. Visionaries and operators go together like a shot and a chaser; One spices it up, the other smooths it out. I'm excited to join this bad-ass group of operators in ODSO.

Priya Kothari
Priya Kothari
ex-COO @ Creative Market
ex-COO @ Creative Market,
ODF4

As an early-stage operations leader, it's difficult to find resources, mentors and a peer community to support me through my challenges. The responsibility-load of our roles is real and can be lonely. I'm excited for the tools and relationships ODSO will provide to help build my skills and confidence as my company scales.

Brandon Taleisnik
Brandon Taleisnik
SVP of Operations
SVP of Operations, On Deck
ODF4

Running operations for a startup is a moving target. You often have to thread the needle between balancing thoughtful planning and putting out fires. And what works at 50 people won't always work at 200 people. That's why I'm so excited On Deck finally built the perfect program for me :) Excited to join forces with like minded peers and grow together.

Nina Anziska
Nina Anziska
Director, International Strategy & Operations
Director, International Strategy & Operations, Skillshare
ODF4

The beauty of Strategy & Ops work is that there are so many playbooks out there, but finding the one that meets your particular business need is often hard to come by, as are the dos and don'ts from people who have paved the path before you. I am excited for the OnDeck Strategy & Operations fellowship to give me a chance to share my own experiences as a business operator and to learn from colleagues who've been in the trenches, to help build community and take my expertise to the next level.

Jimmy Douglas
Jimmy Douglas
GM, Used Cars North America
GM, Used Cars North America, Telsa
ODF4

Leading a startup through hypergrowth presents problems that are different from what founders face when they’re first starting out. I’m delighted for the exchange of best practices amongst operators who have scaled some of today’s most iconic companies and solved brutally hard problems.

Who should apply?

On Deck Strategy & Operations equips you with the tools you need to level up professionally while building a strong foundation for your organization to scale.

ODSO is perfect for you if…
01
You are currently a COO, VP, or Director of Operations at series A to pre-IPO organization
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You're looking to accelerate learnings beyond your on-the-job experience
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You have a specific mandate to scale your company and want to do it in a sustainable way
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You're willing to have authentic conversations, expand your perspectives and raise the bar for yourself and others
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ODSO is not a fit if…
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You are in Ops but don't run directly the whole Operations (eg. Business, People, Back-Office)
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You do not own your P&L or make executive decisions
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You've just started your role as a Chief of Staff or in BizOps
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You're not keen to share knowledge and support with the On Deck community

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What you get with On Deck Strategy & Ops Fellowship

One-time fee of $4,990. Pay only when your application is accepted. Installment plans and scholarships available.
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12-month membership
Access to the On Deck Directory
1:1s with peers, leaders, and mentors
Signature sessions with thought leaders
Templates, playbooks and frameworks
Choose from Advisory and Investor tracks
Community-led workshops
Remote and IRL networking events
Library of sessions and practical frameworks
BOOST YOUR CAREER

Develop your career toolkit and stay on top of on industry’s best practices

Scale up your career and continuously refresh your knowledge on strategy & operations frameworks via live sessions and fireside chats with incredible guests and an extensive library of content.

Practical Learning opportunities

Regularly expand your knowledge on a variety of in-demand and relevant topics to inform your decisions, and meaningfully grow your career

High-signal sessions with industry’s best

Join intimate deep dives and fireside sessions with top guests

Ever-growing library of content

Enjoy ongoing access to a database of recorded sessions so you can learn on your own schedule
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Instrumentation - the discipline to unleash creativity
Anne Dwane
Co-founder & Partner
,
Village Global
The Rise of the COO Role
Allison Pickens
Investor & Board Director | former COO of Gainsight
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Diagnosing the speed of a startup
Catherine Stewart
Investor & Board Director | former COO of Shippo
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Minding the details - the employee lifecycle
Jared Fliesler
Investor & Board Member | former COO of Scribd
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The pitfalls of scaling
Vishal Makhijani
President & COO
,
Zumper

Develop your recruiting toolkit and stay on top of on industry’s best practices

Scale up your career and continuously refresh your knowledge on recruiting frameworks via live sessions and fireside chats with incredible guests and an extensive library of content.

Practical Learning opportunities

Regularly expand your knowledge on a variety of in-demand and relevant topics to inform your decisions, and meaningfully grow your career

High-signal sessions with industry’s best

Join intimate deep dives and fireside sessions with top guests

Ever-growing library of content

Enjoy ongoing access to a database of recorded sessions so you can learn on your own schedule
Apply Today
Inclusive Hiring Practices
Neha Khurram
Program Director, ODR
,
On Deck
Scrap the EVPS: A New Approach to Employer Branding
Nate Guggia
Co-Founder, Head of Brand
,
Before You Apply
Recruiting for the Future of Work
Adam Gellert
Founder & CEO
,
HiredHippo, The HelpList and LinkusGroup
Hiring Your Next Executive
Mehul Patel
CEO, Board Member
,
True Search, Ex-Hired
Talent Strategy as Business Strategy
Lital Zigelboim-Dvir
Global Head of Recruiting
,
On Deck, Ex-Whatsapp

Everything you need to
accelerate your career, for years to come

On Deck Strategy & Operations is a lifelong community with a 4-week immersive onboarding to help you build lasting relationships from Day 1.
Application Process
Fill out the application form to be considered for the ODSO Membership
We review each application, putting special emphasis on our core values
Successful candidates will be invited to an interview with an ODSO team member
4-Week Onboarding
Welcome aboard! The next 4 weeks is an opportunity to get immersed into the community and learn how to navigate On Deck to achieve your goals for the years ahead!
Attend kick-off and orientation sessions
Meet up with your curated connections
Focus on specific learning outcomes with deep-dives and learn from seasoned guest speakers and mentors
Join community mixers and build meaningful connections with your ODSO peers

Lifelong Community

The onboarding is just the beginning! After orientation, you'll continue to benefit from ongoing access to everything your ODSO membership has to offer:
Access to templates, playbooks and frameworks
Signature sessions with world-class speakers
Access to the On Deck Directory
Social and networking events
Community-led workshops
Curated connections with other members
Mastermind sessions with trusted peers
Opportunity to explore other options within the On Deck ecosystem

Apply to On Deck Strategy & Operations

ODSO Membership is $4,990/year. If accepted, we’ll work with you to help expense through L&D.
Payment plans available.
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What does a typical month at ODSO look like?

Programming for ODSO is 3-4 hours per month. You can dive into everything, or take a step back when you’re too busy. The community will be there for you.

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Ready to apply?

On Deck Strategy & Operations is a lifelong, invite-only community with a 4-week immersive onboarding to help you build lasting relationships from Day 1.
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FAQ

Who should apply?

To be a good fit for ODSO:

  • You are currently a COO or Head of Operations at a startup (Series A to pre-IPO) and are looking to gain practical advice on how to grow your organization.
  • You have a specific mandate to scale your company and want to do it in a sustainable way while preserving culture and preventing hiring inflation.
  • You are looking to accelerate learning beyond the on-the-job experience and learn from proven frameworks and methods from experts in the field
  • You are interested in having authentic off the record conversations and willing to share your experiences, challenge assumptions, expand your perspectives, and raise the bar for yourself and others.
  • Your duties at your company likely include running the P&L and some combination of owning business operations, People, IT, Finance, Legal, and Strategy
I already have a great network and limited time for other commitments. What can ODSO provide that I can’t find elsewhere?

ODSO is a community unlike any you’ve come across — it connects Operations leaders from all over the world who are building world-class teams for which playbooks don’t exist, and who would benefit most from learning and growing together.

We curate all programming and connections to maximize your value and time spent during the fellowship. You can dive into everything the fellowship has to offer, or opt in only to what best suits your goals and time.

Membership comes with unparalleled access to our network of startups — our track record of launching 650+ companies now worth over $5 billion in the last 2 years will only continue to grow with the launch of our new accelerator ODX.

Whether you just raised a Series A check and are going into hyper-growth mode, or just closed your D round and are looking to streamline ways of working, ODSO will provide you with the opportunity to exchange practical frameworks and build deep connections with a highly-curated group of peers.

What is the time commitment?

Expect 2-3 hours per week of programming for the first 4 weeks of onboarding (it’s up to you how much you want to contribute!), followed by 3-4 hours/month for the remainder of the year.

The fellowship is designed for you to opt-in to what suits your goals and time. We recognize that everyone in the community is busy and we aim to accommodate as best as we can while respecting your time.

Are there scholarships or financing options available?

Our goal is to make the Fellowship accessible to the absolute best talent, no matter their financial situation. Please reach out to us at odso@beondeck.com to discuss your personal situation.

All Fellows have the option to pay in four monthly installments (with no interest or additional charges).

Is this a fully remote program? Can I participate from anywhere in the world?

Yes - ODSO will be run entirely remotely. This enables participation from all corners of the world. We've mastered the playbook for building engaging remote communities through multiple On Deck fellowships and will apply the same approach here.

As the year progresses, we’ll be hosting offline events like dinners, small gatherings, and retreats in major cities, but the core Fellowship will remain a remote-first experience.

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