On Deck Venture Capital Fellowship

A high-trust network of top venture capitalists looking to fund and support world-changing companies.

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On Deck VC Fellowship

8 Weeks. Exclusive Community. On Deck Access.
The On Deck Venture Capital Fellowship (ODVC) is a community of world-class investors looking to expand their knowledge, build meaningful relationships and better support world changing businesses.

ODVC is peer-to-peer community – there are no speakers – where everyone is world-class at their own domain and delighted to contribute and build the network's communal knowledge.

During the program you'll engage in close-knit, tactical discussions led by expert fellows, broaden your network across geographies and categories, and get exclusive early access to deal flow from the On Deck Founders Fellowship and other programs.
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Participants in the first cohort

A few of the world-class Fellows in our first ODVC cohort. Please note that current application is for the second cohort.

Sarah Guo

Greylock

Nabeel Hyatt

Spark Capital

Matt Mazzeo

Coatue Management

Morgan Beller

NFX

Greg Sands

Costanoa Ventures

Ali Hamed

CoVenture

Katherine Boyle

General Catalyst

Kara Nortman

Upfront Ventures

Chris Farmer

General Catalyst Partners

Ann Miura-Ko

Floodgate

Eurie Kim

Forerunner Ventures

Erik Moore

Base Ventures

Kanyi Maqubela

Kindred Ventures

Nakul Mandan

Audacious Ventures

Anne Dwane

Village Global

Ted Wang

Cowboy Ventures

Aydin Senkut

Felicis Ventures

Sarah Adler

Wave Capital

Jessica Verrilli

GV

Deena Shakir

Lux Capital

Ben Casnocha

Village Global

Sarah Smith

Bain Capital Ventures

Nicole Quinn

Lightspeed Venture Partners

Garry Tan

Initialized Capital
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Deon Nicholas

Founder/CEO, Forethought

Li Jin

Angel Investor & Creator

Dare Olonoh

VP of Sales, Salesforce

Jesse Genet

Founder/CEO Lumi

JD Ross

Co-founder, Opendoor

Elizabeth Weil

Angel Investor

Julia DeWahl

Angel Investor | GM, Opendoor

Ryan Hudson

Co-Founder, Honey

Dan Romero

VP, Coinbase

Jonathan Swanson

Co-founder, Thumbtack

Soona Amhaz

Co-founder, Token Daily

Santiago Suarez

Founder/CEO, Addi

Aadil Mamujee

VP product, Automattic

Celine Halioua

Co-founder and CEO, Celevity

Sheel Mohnot

Angel Investor

Neil Parikh

Co-Founder, Casper

Josh Elman

VP Product, Robinhood. Formerly Greylock

Megan O'Connor

Founder, Hi Clark

Ryan Petersen

Founder/CEO, Flexport

Apply for the next On Deck Venture Capital Fellowship

ODVC1 is already underway, but ODVC2 starts in January. Price is $10,000 donation to the Access Fund.

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Application deadline: December 12, 2020
Kick-off: January, 2021

Access to the On Deck Founder Fellowship

The On Deck Founder Fellowship (ODF) is a 10-week program that creates an incredible community around a cohort of experienced founders & talented individuals in the formative stages of starting a company.

As an On Deck Writer Fellow, you’ll have complete access to the rest of the On Deck Fellowship, full of world-class startup experts who can help you with marketing, growth, and connecting with leaders in your subject matter.

Want to learn more about ODF? 👉Read the ODF5 Announcement Post

Sample sessions from ODVC1 included:

Marketplaces with Sarah Tavel

A practical deep-dive into the "Hierarchy of Marketplaces" framework with Sarah Tavel.

Consumer Tech with Matt Mazzeo

Discover how Matt Mazzeo, one of the sharpest consumer investors, identifies and rides "shifting attention wave." before everyone else.

Fixing the UX of VC with Phin Barnes

A fireside chat with Phin Barnes from First Round on fixing the UX of venture capital and making every touch point with founders valuable – even if you don't invest.

Future of Work with Sarah Guo

Sarah Guo from Greylock on the Future of Work and what she learned interviewing founders and CEOs for her podcast series, #WorkFromAnywhere.

Formalizing Your Thesis with Rebecca Kaden

The commitment to a thesis is part of the fiber of USV – engage with Rebecca Kaden and other investors on how to build, crystalize and communicate an evolving thesis.

Growth-Stage Companies with Yasmin Razavi

Learn how Yasmin Razavi separates good companies from great companies after product-market fit, and how she supports her portfolio to out-execute their competitor.

... and many more.

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Apply for the next On Deck Venture Capital Fellowship

ODVC1 is already underway, but ODVC2 starts in January. Price is $10,000 donation to the Access Fund.

APPLY HERE

Application deadline: December 12, 2020
Kick-off: January, 2021

FAQ

Who should apply?

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

  • A Partner (or above) at an established fund.
  • Keen to level up your knowledge and skills and build a strong network across geographies and categories.
  • 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.

ODVC is not for people looking to break into Venture Capital. If you are interested in becoming an angel investor, please check out the On Deck Angel Fellowship.

What does it cost?

Joining the On Deck Venture Capital Fellowship is a$10,000 donation to the Access Fund.

The Access Fund is our donor-advised fund that supports underestimated talent with scholarships and whatever they might need to be “on deck.”

What is the time commitment? 

ODVC fellows meet twice a week to share their knowledge, collaborate on urgent challenges and explore early theses. You get out what you put in: often, the biggest contributors are also the biggest beneficiaries.

Depending on your schedule and interests, you could choose to:

  • Attend every single session
  • Tune in at your leisure to attend sessions that interest you
Is this a fully remote program? 

Yes: ODVC 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 ODVC, 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?

On Deck lives by four core guiding values, crucial to the culture we strive to foster in the community:

  • Service: On Deck is bigger than any one person. For this community to thrive, it must be driven by a spirit of service to others. Be generous with your time, knowledge, and support. Karma has a way of finding its way back.
  • Sacredness: By default, everything is off the record. Many in this group are searching for something deeper in their lives or making big transitions, and others may not yet have publicly shared this with friends, family, or employers. Please honor that, and avoid sharing anything you learn about each other without explicit permission.
  • Respect: You are all now part of the On Deck family. You’re all embarking on what will surely be a rollercoaster of a journey — but you’re in this shared experience together. With that comes a sense of responsibility: be inclusive, stick together, and respect one another.
  • Gratitude: have a spirit of curiosity and gratitude. We’re bringing together a group of fascinating people, most of whom likely have never met each other…how amazing is that? Get to know each other, and make the cohort what you want it to be for yourself.
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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the goal of the On Deck Angel Fellowship?

But helping founders is just half of the equation. If a startup chooses to raise capital, who they raise from can have an incredible impact on its trajectory in the early days. 

Founders love raising from other founders and experienced operators. They’ve been there before, have great advice, networks, and know their markets better than anyone else. If we’re trying to 10x the number of world-class founders, it stands to reason we should help grow the number of top investors who will back them early, as well.

  • Sacredness: By default, everything is off the record. Many in this group are searching for something deeper in their lives or making big transitions, and others may not yet have publicly shared this with friends, family, or employers. Please honor that, and avoid sharing anything you learn about each other without explicit permission.
  • Respect: You are all now part of the On Deck family. You’re all embarking on what will surely be a rollercoaster of a journey — but you’re in this shared experience together. With that comes a sense of responsibility: be inclusive, stick together, and respect one another.
  • Gratitude: have a spirit of curiosity and gratitude. We’re bringing together 200 fascinating people, most of whom likely have never met each other…how amazing is that? Get to know each other, and make the cohort what you want it to be for yourself.
Do I have to be an accredited investor?

On Deck lives by four core guiding values, crucial to the culture we strive to foster in the community:

  • Service: On Deck is bigger than any one person. For this community to thrive, it must be driven by a spirit of service to others. Be generous with your time, knowledge, and support. Karma has a way of finding its way back.
  • Sacredness: By default, everything is off the record. Many in this group are searching for something deeper in their lives or making big transitions, and others may not yet have publicly shared this with friends, family, or employers. Please honor that, and avoid sharing anything you learn about each other without explicit permission.
  • Respect: You are all now part of the On Deck family. You’re all embarking on what will surely be a rollercoaster of a journey — but you’re in this shared experience together. With that comes a sense of responsibility: be inclusive, stick together, and respect one another.
  • Gratitude: have a spirit of curiosity and gratitude. We’re bringing together 200 fascinating people, most of whom likely have never met each other…how amazing is that? Get to know each other, and make the cohort what you want it to be for yourself.
Will I get deal flow from this?

On Deck lives by four core guiding values, crucial to the culture we strive to foster in the community:

  • Service: On Deck is bigger than any one person. For this community to thrive, it must be driven by a spirit of service to others. Be generous with your time, knowledge, and support. Karma has a way of finding its way back.
  • Sacredness: By default, everything is off the record. Many in this group are searching for something deeper in their lives or making big transitions, and others may not yet have publicly shared this with friends, family, or employers. Please honor that, and avoid sharing anything you learn about each other without explicit permission.
  • Respect: You are all now part of the On Deck family. You’re all embarking on what will surely be a rollercoaster of a journey — but you’re in this shared experience together. With that comes a sense of responsibility: be inclusive, stick together, and respect one another.
  • Gratitude: have a spirit of curiosity and gratitude. We’re bringing together 200 fascinating people, most of whom likely have never met each other…how amazing is that? Get to know each other, and make the cohort what you want it to be for yourself.
How much does it cost?

On Deck lives by four core guiding values, crucial to the culture we strive to foster in the community:

  • Service: On Deck is bigger than any one person. For this community to thrive, it must be driven by a spirit of service to others. Be generous with your time, knowledge, and support. Karma has a way of finding its way back.
  • Sacredness: By default, everything is off the record. Many in this group are searching for something deeper in their lives or making big transitions, and others may not yet have publicly shared this with friends, family, or employers. Please honor that, and avoid sharing anything you learn about each other without explicit permission.
  • Respect: You are all now part of the On Deck family. You’re all embarking on what will surely be a rollercoaster of a journey — but you’re in this shared experience together. With that comes a sense of responsibility: be inclusive, stick together, and respect one another.
  • Gratitude: have a spirit of curiosity and gratitude. We’re bringing together 200 fascinating people, most of whom likely have never met each other…how amazing is that? Get to know each other, and make the cohort what you want it to be for yourself.
Did we miss your question? Drop us a line and we will get back to you asap.