On Deck Community builders Fellowship

Supercharge and scale your community. In 8 weeks.

The Community Builders Fellowship is an 8-week remote program where fellows learn how to create communities, get them off the ground, and sustain the magic as they scale. We're taking everything we learned building the On Deck community to help you supercharge your own.

Run our playbook on your community

Dive into the strategy, frameworks, tactics, and best practices for how to start and scale communities straight from the On Deck playbook – from the high level to the super tactical. 

Get your community off the ground

Getting a community off the ground requires a lot of strategy and manual work — they don’t just happen magically, even though part of the magic is making it seem as though they do.

Scale while sustaining the magic

Communities don’t just scale by themselves. Learn how to sustain strong engagement as you grow and how to empower your community to scale itself beyond you.

Build a sustainable business model

Communities are fragile and monetization is the riskiest endeavor of them all. Discover how to monetize your community without jeopardizing the magic and social capital you’ve built.

Join and learn from world-class community builders

Community is the core of the Community Builders Fellowship. Here are just a few of the phenomenal Founding Fellows participating in our first cohort.
Greg Isenberg
Founder, Late Checkout
Brianne Kimmel
Founder, Worklife
Nadia Eghbal
Substack, Author of Work in Public
David Spinks
Founder, CMX
Turner Novak
Partner, Gelt VC
Jesse Genet
CEO, Lumi
Jeff Morris Jr.
Founder, Chapter One
Sahil Lavingia
Founder, Gumroad
Erika Batista
The Family, On Deck
Ashley Tolbert
Netflix, Harvard
Andreas Klinger
Founder, Remote First Capital
Shriya Nevatia
The Violet Society, On Deck

Apply for the Community Builders Fellowship

The second cohort kicks off late August. Access to the program is $1,990 (or four installments of $500.)

Testimonials

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

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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

Louis Pereira

The @beondeck Writer Fellowship was so good that I needed a second helping.

Thrilled to be joining their #NoCode fellowship next month.

It's time to build!

Chris Messina

Beyond moonshots, we need more 50+ year visions for anchoring the thrust and intention of our collective work.

Proud to be a recent alum of the @beondeck Fellowship.

Bocar Dia

Two words review of @beondeck: AMAZING EXPERIENCE 🙌. And a prediction: it will become the default place entrepreneurs go (back) to throughout their career to start/explore what's next. Life is too short to wing it when there is already a place to find amazing folks to work with.

Matt Harris

At @BainCapVC we are huge fans of @beondeck, and thrilled to be involved in this Fintech Fellowship. We need more builders in fintech, and this program will be part of building, and diversifying, the pipeline.

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+.

CS Freeland

Wish I was a part of every @beondeck cohort lol. What a badass concept, and they are really changing the game. Can’t wait to see the outcomes next year.

Wallace Torres

Needed some help making some connections, going over my deck. Sent out the bat signal and have had at least a dozen @beondeck fellows pitch in.

If you're wondering what the program is like, it's this tweet over and over and over again.

Jordi Hays

Two days into @beondeck ODF4 and it’s already very clear the next 8 weeks will be very special.

The value of an MBA, a fraction of the cost, and 10X as fun. Bravo @eriktorenberg @david__booth and company.

Quintin Woods

Founders 🤝 Angels

Instead of sticking all your money in a 1% yield savings account, invest in the future. @beondeck is the best place to do that!

Peter Yang

In all seriousness, I think quality cohort based programs like @beondeck are already starting to disrupt business school.

Miguel Solano

Maybe biased but @beondeck's ODF may well be the closest today to early YC in the Cambridge days.

Parthi Loganathan

Excited for @beondeck's writer fellowship kickoff today! Did the original fellowship and here I am again as a repeat customer.

They're building the best communities for every niche.

Manar

The power of @beondeck - sent in a question about dealing with a difficult personal situation. Within 20 minutes, 4 people offered to share their personal stories in depth and 2 offered general perspective.

Katherine Lynn

I continue to be impressed with the overall program, caliber of fellows, and the ODF employees! (Plus some sweet music playlists during events and I got to practice rap w/ @eriktorenberg during kickoff.)

Happy to be in ODF5!

Curriculum

Here's what we'll cover:
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Introduction

Navigating the Community Builders Fellowship

Learn how to navigate OD Community Builders and make the most of your experience as a fellow.

Hacking Communities 101

The way we do it, in a nutshell: accelerating trust, engineering serendipity and nurturing relationships through an intentional design of interactions.
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Starting With Why

Why community

Why belonging matters, and why we need to reinvent communities. The way we belong has changed, but the reason we stay together remains the same.

Growing through community

What defines a community? Key differences between community building and traditional marketing.

Foundations of community

Crafting stories that connect people. Starting from the core, defining core values and communicating your value to the world.
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Starting a Community

Empowering through storytelling

Strengthening a core identity through storytelling. Reinforce a sense of belonging through shared stories, core beliefs, values and actions.

Growing trust through interactions

Creating a shared sense of contribution openness in your community by designing interactions that reinforce trust and familiarity.

Engineering serendipity

Intentionally designing interactions that enhance the probability of successful collisions that help your community grow.
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Scaling a Community

Business and sustainability

Let’s learn from high-growth communities about various business models that help communities grow and remain true to their core.

Scaling infrastructure

Find best practices to empower people to take action and lead your community to grow through technology. Make yourself obsolete.

Fostering engagement

Enable spaces for people to build lifelong relationships: to connect, stay in touch and consistently add value to each other.
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Intimate Masterminds
Weekly small group conversations with others who are thinking through the same intentional next steps.
Build with Fellows
Work with fellow community builders who are also focused on taking their communities to the next level.
Expert Sessions
Learn from top-notch founders, seasoned community builders and domain-experts through fireside chats, workshops and Q&As.

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 Community Builders Fellowship

The second cohort kicks off late August. Access to the program is $1,990 (or four installments of $500.)

FAQ

Who should apply?

This program is designed for highly-curious, passionate and business-minded people who are serious about building, growing and leveling up their communities. In more detail:

  • Fully committed to growing an existing community for the next 5+ years.
  • Main business or responsibilities involve growing a community, ideally full time or willing to dedicate full time to it (either as a founder, director or manager).
  • Business-minded individuals who’ve already have initial community traction and are thinking about the next steps to make sure their communities continue to thrive (e.g. sustainable models, building lifelong engagement, identifying the right metrics, etc)
  • Interested in building high-growth, high-impact communities in terms of reach (how many lives it could touch) or depth (relevance of relationships and interactions).
  • A builder or leader whose community has had some level of success, but also have awareness of the shortcomings and challenges they must tackle in order to grow further.
  • Ambitious and open-minded, willing to learn and share in order to take their existing communities to the next level.
  • Highly curious, believe that actively participating in a learning community is the best way to accelerate one’s learning curve.
  • Eager to help others and add value first. Thrilled to be both a mentor and a mentee with fellows who have a range of expertise.
What is the time commitment?

Between attending your sessions (socials, fireside chats, workshops) and making the post of peer-to-peer interactions, you should expect dedicating in average 5 hours a week. Of course, you can put more hours in, if you're getting value from it.

Beyond workshops, ODCB is a choose-your-own-adventure buffet. 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 everything and “gorge” yourself on knowledge until you explode
  • Tune in at your leisure to attend sessions that interest you
  • Or just search the directory and connect with interesting people one-on-one

Most ODCB Fellows have full-time jobs, so our programming is designed with that in mind.

Is it a fully remote program?

Yes: ODCB will be run entirely remotely. This enables participation from all corners of the world. We’ve spent the past two 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.

Can I participate from anywhere in the world?

You can! The sun never sets on ODCB. We offer a wide range of scheduling options for our learning and socializing sessions, so you can find a time that works for you, wherever you are. While most of our live programming mostly happens on U.S. Pacific hours, we will also make sure to host sessions in times suitable for both EMEA and APAC. Anyway, it is all recorded and made available later in case you can’t attend live.

There are also many opportunities for asynchronous learning and socializing through our Slack community.

What are the Guiding Values of On Deck?

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

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.

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