Land your next role at a breakout startup

On Deck First 50 (OD50) is an 8-week program for ambitious job-seekers looking to land roles at breakout, early-stage companies alongside a supportive community of peers.

Apply by September 26th to join the next cohort kicking off in mid-October. Also accepting early applicants to the following cohort kicking off December 2021.
Our fellows have landed roles at

Bring intentionality to your search and land the role you want

The company you work for can change your career. The OD50 team is dedicated to helping you identify and access promising startup opportunities. Hear from our Program Director, Anthony Nardini!

Bring intentionality to your search

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

Grow your community

Whether you’re a startup veteran or a seasoned Big Tech professional, OD50 gives you the tools to build a global network within the startup ecosystem.

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 great community with a commitment to privacy

Everything is off the record. On Deck First 50 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 entrepreneurial role
Employee #5 at just-acquired fintech startup
Transitioning founder looking to lead sales at a high-growth startup
Fortune 500 salesperson pursuing passion for climate tech
Operator deciding whether to found or join a startup
Startup veteran searching for their next big data science opportunity
CTO at late-stage insurtech startup
Product exec from Big Tech looking to lead product at a startup
Director of Engineering at edtech startup
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

At Talent Demo Days – events that give fellows access to startups that are actively looking for top talent. Over 130 founders have pitched so far this year!

Curated company selection
Get pitched by high-growth startups matching the sectors and job functions you’re searching for.
Open forum
Companies are in the hot seat, while you get to ask the tough questions—reverse recruiting in action!
Double opt-in
You and the company both need to express interest in a conversation to help you cut through the noise of opportunities you don’t want.
*Displayed companies are examples, every situation will vary
APply Today
Early Employee Mindset
Pete Huang
Currently WorkOS; previously early Airtable
,
Build Your Career Board of Directors
Victoria Hepburn
Author & Business Coach
,
Hepburn Coaching
Career Stories
Kerri Twigg
Founder & Coach
,
Career Stories
Startup Compensation
Reed McBride
Strategy & Business Development
,
Carta
Entering Startup Land
Jeffrey Bussgang
VC & Professor
,
HBS
Choosing the Right Stage Startup
Ming Lu
Cofounder & COO
,
Sensible

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 about which they’re most excited, but you can choose as many or as few as you like based on your goals.

High-signal sessions
Join impactful deep dives and fireside sessions with top startup leaders who can give you 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.
Ever-growing library of content
Enjoy ongoing access to a recording library of 150+ historical sessions on every aspect of the startup job search!
APply Today

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

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.  Please be thoughtful — nearly 2,500 people have applied so far this year.
We review each application, putting special emphasis on our 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.
APply Today
Apply by September 26th to join the next cohort kicking off in mid-October. Also accepting early applicants to the following cohort kicking off December 2021.
MEET THE TEAM

Designed and led by top operators

The team behind OD50 has a unique mix of experience having worked at a range of organizations from early-stage startups to large enterprises.

Anthony Nardini
Program Director
Lili Welch
Program Manager
Satya Chheda
Coaching Partner
Jolisa Masucol
Program Associate
Paul Frio
Program Partner
Salomé Taieb
Candidate Operations Associate
Justine Kim
Growth
Brennan Foo
Head of Talent Marketplaces
Pablo Pinto
Marketplace Operations & Strategy
Payam Salehi
Marketplace Growth
Vipul Bhavsar
Senior Software Engineer

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
18
9AM EST
Defining Your Career Moat with Erik Torenberg
Star icon
Signature Session
TUESDAY
19
Grayed out area
WEDNESDAY
20
10AM PT
Weekly Learning Groups
An icon showing connection
Peer to Peer
thursday
21
8AM PT
Talent Demo Day featuring Social Impact Startups
Star icon
Signature Session
FRIDAY
22
11AM PT
Idea Jam for Career Pivoters
An icon showing connection
Peer to Peer
MONDAY
25
2PM PT
Job Search Strategy
An icon showing multiple paths
Workshop
TUESDAY
26
9AM PT
Talent Demo Day – Product Management Focused
Star icon
Signature Session
WEDNESDAY
27
10AM PT
Weekly Learning Groups
An icon showing connection
Peer to Peer
thursday
28
Grayed out area
FRIDAY
29
2PM PT
1:1 with another Fellow
An icon showing connection
Peer to Peer
Case Studies

Read stories from our alumni

Brigid Babbish went from Performing in an Orchestra to Working at an Early-Stage Startup with the help of OD50

"Everyone in the program genuinely wanted to best serve one another during their time together and most often that took the form of, ‘Have you had a chance to talk to x yet, I think you would totally bond over [insert topic]. Let me connect you!"

How I went from Performing in an Orchestra to Working at an Early-Stage Startup
- Brigid Babbish
Read Case Study
TESTIMONIALS

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

"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

"I started with my new company today! Incredibly thankful for OD50; from the amazing program which helped me refine my approach, to the 1:1s where fellows shared their experience leaving jobs without backups, to the community for being so dang hungry for what's next, and the sessions that turned job apps to a tried-and-true process. Thank you all!"

Luke Cresante, OD50-2

"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

"The fellowship is a tremendous source of information and connections to support a healthy, intentional startup job search!"

Sunil Rao, OD50-2

"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

"OD50 had excellent tactical training, great folks to meet and talk to, and gave me the freedom to explore what's next!"

Janna Mcgregor, OD50-2

"The team have built something truly special at #OD50 and joining was one of the best career decisions I ever made. Looking forward to life as an On Deck alum!"

Talal Syed, OD50-1

"OD50 builds a virtual community of peers at the same career stage, with the same goals, and provides enough structure and encouragement to help us help each other."

Rishi Pahuja, 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.

Apply by September 26th to join the next cohort kicking off in mid-October. Also accepting early applicants to the following cohort kicking off December 2021.

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 Fund.

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.

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