Land your next role at a breakout startup

On Deck First 50 (OD50) is an 8-week program for talented individuals who want to land roles at breakout startups. Join our trusted community and learn how to navigate the startup ecosystem, choose the right organization to work with, and land your dream job.

Accepting late applications for the OD50-5 cohort kicking off in December. Applications now also open for OD50-6 kicking off in January 2022.
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Bring intentionality to your search and land your dream job

The company you work for can change your career. Watch this video from our Program Director, Anthony Nardini to learn how OD50 helps fellows identify, access and land top startup opportunities.

Search with intentionality

Boost the mechanics of your job search by mastering a range of areas, including direction-setting, storytelling, interviewing and compensation negotiation through exclusive access to Pave compensation data.

Grow your network

Leverage our global community to build a  strong network within the startup ecosystem. Whether you’re a startup veteran or a seasoned professional, OD50 will help you form the right connections at the right time.

Find new opportunities

Get exclusive access to early-stage job opportunities sourced from the On Deck community and get pitched by startup founders on why their companies are the best places to work.

A community with a commitment to privacy

In On Deck First 50, everything is off the record. Fellows are searching for something deeper in their lives or making big transitions, and many have not yet have publicly shared this with friends, family, or employers. We’ll honor that.

Senior Engineering Manager with e-commerce expertise
Consultant turned first intl. hire for series D company
Big Tech designer seeking more impactful role
Transitioning founder looking to lead sales at a high-growth startup
Startup veteran searching for their next big data science opportunity
70%
of fellows are mid-career professionals
17%
of fellows are late-stage career professionals
58%
of fellows are pivoting in their careers (compared to 42% startup veterans)
30%
of fellows are non-US based

Connect with founders of breakout startups

OD50 gives fellows direct access to break-out startups that are actively looking for top talent.

Talent Demo Days
Get pitched by high-growth startups that match sectors and job functions you’re searching for. Companies are in the hot seat, while you get to ask the tough questions—reverse recruiting in action!
Talent Hub
Leverage our internal job platform and get access to hundreds of startups that are actively hiring.
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Cut through the noise of opportunities you don’t want by only connecting with companies with which you mutually expressed interest.
*Displayed companies are examples, every situation will vary
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How to Evaluate Job Offers
Kelsey Bishop
Founder
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Candor
Early Employee Mindset
Pete Huang
Currently WorkOS; previously early Airtable
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Entering Startup Land
Jeffrey Bussgang
VC & Professor
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HBS
How to Stand Out as an Early New Hire
Bocar Dia
Sales Leader
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ex-Hootsuite
Startup Compensation
Matt Schulman
Founder & CEO
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Pave

Continuously level up with regular discussion sessions

You’ll have access to 5-7 live events per week. Most fellows attend 1-3 discussions per week, but you can choose as many or as few as you like based on your goals.

High-signal sessions
Join deep dives and fireside chats with startup leaders and learn actionable tips to apply directly to your job search.
Intimate masterminds with a group of peers
Engage in weekly small group conversations with others who are at similar stages in their career journeys and work through challenges together.
Ever-growing library of content
Enjoy ongoing access to a recording library of 150+ historical sessions on every aspect of the startup job search.
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Everything you need to make your next career move

On Deck First 50 is a supportive community to help you build lasting relationships from Day 1.
Application Process
Fill out the application form to be considered for OD50.  Be thoughtful — nearly 2,500 people have applied so far this year.
We review each application, putting special emphasis on
our core values.
Successful candidates will be invited to an interview with the Program Director or an alumnus of the fellowship.
Cohort Kickoff
Attend kickoff to get immersed into the community and learn how to navigate On Deck to achieve your goals.
Connect with select companies at Talent Demo Days.
Join community mixers and build connections with your peers.
Engage in high-signal sessions designed to help you intentionally decide what you want next and then get that job.

A thriving and active community

The 8 weeks is just the beginning! We support you until you land a role, and for as long as you want to remain engaged.
Talent Demo Days with curated companies
Signature sessions with world-class speakers
Access to the On Deck Directory
Social events
Learning groups with trusted peers
Interactive workshops with actionable job search tips

Apply to On Deck First 50

Access to OD50 is $2,490 (lump sum or 4 equal installments). After acceptance, we’ll award need-based scholarships through the On Deck Access Fund.
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Accepting late applications for the OD50-5 cohort kicking off in December. Applications now also open for OD50-6 kicking off in January 2022.

What does a typical week at OD50 look like?

Programming for OD50 is 5-7 hours per week. You can dive into everything, or take a step back when you’re too busy and participate on an asynchronous basis (most sessions are recorded). The community will be there for you.

MONDAY
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9AM EST
Defining Your Career Moat with Erik Torenberg
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Signature Session
TUESDAY
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WEDNESDAY
20
10AM PT
Weekly Learning Groups
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Peer to Peer
thursday
21
8AM PT
Talent Demo Day featuring Social Impact Startups
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Signature Session
FRIDAY
22
11AM PT
Idea Jam for Career Pivoters
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Peer to Peer
MONDAY
25
2PM PT
Job Search Strategy
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Workshop
TUESDAY
26
9AM PT
Talent Demo Day – Product Management Focused
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Signature Session
WEDNESDAY
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10AM PT
Weekly Learning Groups
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Peer to Peer
thursday
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FRIDAY
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2PM PT
1:1 with another Fellow
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TESTIMONIALS

Here’s what other fellows are saying about their OD50 experience

"OD50 was a life altering event in the most positive of ways — I accepted a role at a mission based startup that I found through Talent Demo Day where I get to work alongside brilliant and passionate people every day, and the bonus is that two of them are from my cohort!"

Vic de Aranzeta, OD50-1

“OD50 is the must-join community of Silicon Valley in the cloud. The core program and AMAZING community will help operators, builders and founders take their journey to the next level, whether you are a SaaS veteran or career pivoter. This is the place to incubate your next chapter and go for your moonshot goal."

Leslie Mertz, OD50-3

"My journey is a true testament to the Talent Hub. I was able to connect with multiple companies & founders building incredible things and ultimately found a role in a mission-driven startup that truly resonated with my goals and career trajectory. "

Cheryl Francis, OD50-3

"I can honestly say that I wouldn’t have found my new role without OD50 — I met the founders through a Talent Demo Day! Special shoutout to my learning group for all the support and laughs during the process as well as the OD50 network for always being available to help."

Jeffrey Sefa-Boakye, OD50-2

"If you are an operating leader considering your next act in world-changing start-ups, highly recommend @beondeck’s OD50. The programming & community as part of this program is TOP notch. Your network and mindset will expand instantaneously."

Akanksha Manik Talya, OD50-1

"Signed my offer today — they invented the role for me because they liked me so much! I'm so excited for this next step, and I couldn't have done it without the confidence I gained through OD50. Also a HUGE shoutout to my learning group — they're the real MVPs who provided encouragement and help navigating interviews and offers."

Kaelen Medeiros, OD50-1

"I interviewed many MBAs to explore that path. Not worth the time or $ to me. I’m using OD50 to pivot from consulting to startupland instead for 1% of the cost."

Katy Culver, OD50-1

"Highly recommend the OD50 program. The team is awesome, and your peers in the program will be super high caliber (we’ve recruited multiple candidates from this pool!)"

Hari Raghavan, OD50-1 Speaker

"In this last round of recruiting, @beondeck helped me immensely. I went into the program not knowing what type of role I wanted next - just that I was ready for a change. 8 weeks, many sessions, and so many new friends/advocates later, I can’t recommend this fellowship enough.”

Chrystal Zou, OD50-1

"OD50 is the beacon of light that guides you through dark waters. When I didn't know what to do, the fellowship's team, resources, guidance, and community helped me find my way."

Deepa Mohan, OD50-2

Ready to apply?

Access to OD50 is $2,490 (lump sum or 4 equal installments). After acceptance, we’ll award need-based scholarships through the On Deck Access Fund.

Accepting late applications for the OD50-5 cohort kicking off in December. Applications now also open for OD50-6 kicking off in January 2022.

FAQ

Who should apply?

To be a good fit for OD50, you are probably:

* An outstanding performer in your respective industry / job function
* Mentally ready for your next role, whether or not you currently have a job!
* Entrepreneurial, with a desire to help build an early-stage startup.
* 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.

What if I still work full time? Will my manager find out?

All sessions, content, and interactions are completely off the record, including any acknowledgement of a Fellow’s participation. Some OD50 Fellows choose to be public about their involvement, while many more do not, especially those who are currently employed full time.  

Everyone in the program is searching for something deeper in their next career chapter and making a big transition.  Many have not publicly shared this journey with friends, family, or employers. We and all Fellows will honor that.

Also note that speaker sessions are recorded, which is beneficial from a scheduling perspective, but also important for a Fellow who happens to know a presenter.

Can I apply if I'm non-technical?

Yes!  OD50 is for people joining early-stage startups, regardless of role.  There will be engineers, data scientists, and product managers alongside growth, sales, marketing, HR, and operations folks since all of these roles are essential to turning a startup’s idea into reality.  

Fellows targeting similar roles will be paired so that they can share insights, suggestions, and potential connections to help each other through their respective journeys.

What if I’ve never worked at a startup before?

No problem! OD50 is broadly designed for two groups of people, with content specifically created for each:

* Fellows trying to pivot their career into startups.
* Fellows already working in tech who want to be intentional about the next steps on their career path.

If I’m already well-connected in the startup ecosystem, why do I need this?

The opportunity cost of choosing the wrong startup is huge.  Surround yourself with a community of experts and peers to help you make an informed decision on what’s next, and get access to roles sourced from the On Deck community.

Other than Talent Demo Days, what other opportunities are there to connect with companies that are hiring?

Talent Demo Days are valuable opportunities that occur on a recurring basis, however, if you can’t attend or don’t see companies of interest, you will also have access to On Deck’s Talent Hub – a comprehensive job board that's available to you throughout the fellowship.

What does it cost?

Tuition is $2,490 (lump sum or 4 equal installments). After acceptance, we’ll award need-based scholarships through the On Deck Access Initiative.

Do you have scholarships available?

Yes! Our goal is to make the Fellowship accessible to the absolute best talent, no matter what their situation.

While many eligible applicants do have the means to support themselves, many others don’t. We’re excited to be able to offer scholarships to join the Fellowship through the On Deck Access Fund.

There are no fees to apply so please submit an application to be considered for the fellowship — you’ll have the option to request financial assistance if you receive an offer to join OD50.

Is this a fully remote program?

Yes: OD50 is 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 Guiding Values of On Deck?

You can view our values here, but to summarize: Service, Confidentiality, Respect, and Family.

How long will I have access to the community?

We support fellows until they get their new jobs and for as long as they want to remain engaged after that!

What is the difference between the On Deck Founder Fellowship and OD50?

If you’re committed to the founder path as the next step in your career journey (anywhere from ideation to cofounder dating and MVP building to first fundraise), the Founder Fellowship is definitely the right fit!

If you’re trying to make the founder vs joiner decision or likely want to join a startup as an early employee, then First 50 will be the best place to help you figure things out, from direction-setting to interview prep and offer negotiation.

We have a lot of cross-over between the two with fellows who do one and then the other as they figure things out. We also share some mutually-relevant programming.

What is the difference between On Deck Catalyst and OD50?

On Deck Catalyst is designed for early-career individuals who want to make the most of their current position, or decide what to do next (found, join, or invest in startups), and are looking for a community of outstanding peers to grow alongside in the years to come.

OD50 includes some exceptional early-career individuals (~15% of the cohort) who are focused on finding their next role as their biggest immediate priority.

Many early career OD50 fellows will choose to join a later cohort of ODC after they find that next role. We also share some mutually-relevant programming.

Should I join OD50 or one of On Deck’s position-based fellowships such as ODCoS or ODPM?

Each of On Deck’s position-based fellowships include some job-seekers in the cohort, people who are clear on what role they want and how to get it so are leveraging the community to network with peers. But the primary content is designed for people who are looking to level-up in their current jobs.

If you are looking for help navigating your career journey, from direction-setting and storytelling through to interview prep and negotiation, then you should join OD50, which includes job-seekers across all functions.

We have a lot of cross-over between the two with fellows who do one and then the other as they figure things out. We also share some mutually-relevant programming.

Should I join OD50 or one of On Deck’s sector-based fellowships such as ODFintech or ODClimateTech?

Each of On Deck’s sector-based fellowships include some job-seekers in the cohort, people who are clear on what role they want and how to get it so are leveraging the On Deck community to network with others who care just as deeply about the space as them.

If you are looking for help navigating your career journey, from direction-setting and storytelling through to interview prep and negotiation, then you should join OD50, which includes job-seekers focused across all sectors.

We have a lot of cross-over between the two with fellows who do one and then the other as they figure things out. We also share some mutually-relevant programming.

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