Announcing: The On Deck First 50 Fellowship

 min read
Last Updated: 
November 10, 2020

Announcing: The On Deck First 50 Fellowship

On Deck is launching the On Deck First 50 Fellowship to help talented operators find their next role at a breakout company. The first cohort kicks off in January.

 min read
Last Updated: 
November 10, 2020
Heading 1
Heading 2
Heading 3
Heading 4
Heading 5

Heading 1

Heading 2

Heading 3

Heading 4


Paragraph text goes here

Block Quote looks like this
  1. List 1
  2. List 2
  3. List 3

As an accomplished individual, finding a job isn’t that hard.  

Maybe you reach out to a friend to put in a referral for you, or you’re lucky and are the one out of 1,300 applicants who gets a call back on a cold submission.

But getting the right job is hard. 

Not only is it challenging, but the stakes are tremendous. The company you work for is one of the pivotal decisions you’ll make this year – or your lifetime – and has a tremendous opportunity cost. Jumping on a rocketship can accelerate your career 10x but working on a random startup (although fun) can plateau it. 

The problem is the process of finding breakout roles is broken: you need to decide what you want, identify breakout startups that match your target profile, prepare a convincing story that will land you the job, assess if the team is worth your investment of time, and finally negotiate to maximize the offer. 

On top of that, you normally don’t have nearly enough information to make the decision. Joining a startup as an employee is not all that different from joining as an investor. The difference: while venture capitalists have 30 shots at target and access to internal metrics to find the unicorn that returns the fund, you only have a couple chances and the information asymmetry doesn’t play in your favor. And you are investing your time.

Going on that journey alone makes it even harder.  

Enter the On Deck First 50 Fellowship (OD50).

OD50 is a community of talented operators – the best engineers, sales people, marketers, product managers, etc. – ready to build early-stage companies as the next step in their own journeys.

Introducing On Deck First 50 Fellowship

The On Deck First 50 Fellowship (OD50) is a 10-week program for operators who want to find their next role at a world-changing company.

We curate expert-led content to help you make the right decision on what’s next, and bring together an outstanding group of peers who are thinking through the same things. We also provide access to a proprietary pool of job and project opportunities from across the On Deck network and beyond.

As an On Deck First 50 Fellow, you’ll have access to:

  • Fireside chats and small group breakouts with the world's best early-stage operators, top executive search consultants, and expert compensation negotiators.
  • Workshops on the mechanics of a successful job search from direction-setting to offer maximization. Figure out what you want to do next and then get help actually attaining it.
  • Industry- and job function-specific learning circles to share knowledge, contacts, and best practices.
  • Exclusive access to early-stage job opportunities and consulting projects sourced from the On Deck Founder and Angel Fellowship communities.
  • Vetted community of exceptional operators who are passionate about joining early-stage ventures. Get to know others who are at a similar career transition point

The inaugural OD50 cohort kicks off in January. You can apply here before January 2nd. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Who is in the first cohort

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, so here are a few confidential profiles of some world-class Fellows expected in OD50:

  • VP of Engineering at large AR/VR company looking to move earlier
  • Consultant turned startup founder turned first international hire for series D company
  • Machine learning PhD transitioning to tech
  • First designer at unicorn looking to go back to startups
  • Product exec from Big Tech looking to lead product at a startup
  • Fortune 500 salesperson pursuing passion for climate tech
  • Symphony musician transitioning to Bizops role in tech
  • Private banker transitioning to fintech
  • VC Principal at $200mm firm moving to the operating side
  • Stanford MBA with strategy and product experience
  • Engineering lead at large ecommerce company
  • Career management consultant pivoting to food tech

Ready to get started?

We’re thrilled to launch this new initiative, and can’t wait to build this space for you. This is where the best early hires at tomorrow’s break-out startups come today. Applications are open.

Get tactical advice sent straight to your inbox every month.

Aaron Appleton
Abhijeet Patra
Abhishek Anirudhan
Ada Nguyen
Adam Gelman
Afraj Gill
Akanksha Manik Talya
Alexandra Barr
Alexandra Worthington
Ali Greenberg
Allison Dea-Kemp
Amaan Sayed
Amine Aboura
Amrutha Adusumilli
Amy Story
Anastasia Chapman
Andre Bjork
Andrea Torres
Andreas Klinger
Andrew Rea
Andrew Yu
Angie Ryan
Ani Pai
Ann Ferracane
Ann Miura-Ko
Anna Drabovskaya
Anne Bosman
Anthony Nardini
Ari Calumpang
Ari Gootnick
Arielle Tannenbaum
Ash Wesley
Ashley Tolbert
Ashna Mahtani
Ashwin Lalendran
Asta Diabate
Barry Conrad
Bea Aguila
Becky Stephens
Benjamin Plummer
Bernadeth Madlangbayan
Blue Davis
Brandon Taleisnik
Brandon Zhang
Brennan Foo
Brett Wietecha
Brianne Ilagan
Callie Cox
Callum McDonnell
Candice Ammori
Carly Dalgleish
Carolyn Wakulchik
Chai Flores
Chaitanya Choudhary
Chance McAllister
Charles Cushing
Charlie Taibi
Charm Lagura
Chioma Kalu
Chris Moreno
Clara Ma
Conor Brady
Cullin McGrath
Curtis Cummings
Curtis Sandy
Danitra Blue
David Booth
David Fallarme
David Hoang
David Weinstein
David Zhou
Denise Devlyn
Dishita Shah
Don Ho
Donté Verrill Huffman
Eade Bengard
Edgar Brown
Egor Zaitsev
Eliot Gattegno
Eliza Popa
Emily Edmonds
Eric Friedman
Erik Torenberg
Erika Batista
Flo Bühringer
Gajus Kuizinas
Gautam Shewakramani
Gianna Chan
Gonz Sanchez
Halden Ingwersen
Haleigh Wilson
Harry Siggins
Harshita Jain
Hayley Wade
Holly Stinson
Ilia Schelokov
Imran Mumtaz
Jack Fritzinger
Jacki Glass
Jackie Miller
Jackie Williams
Jackson Steger
Jake Schonberger
Jake Singer
James Sinka
Jamie Farrell
Janel Loi
Jared Gordon
Jason Piersialla
Jenna Kellner
Jeremy Sto Tomas
Joanna Cohen
Joe Penn
John Yang
Jolisa Masucol
Josefin Graebe
Josh Sushan
Julia Culhane
Julian Weisser
Justine Kim
Karel van der Vyver
Karthik Puvvada (KP)
Katarina Smith
Katie Kent
Katya Delaney
Keith Williams
Kelly Hook
Kelly Kang
Kieran Ryan
Lana-Lea Dennis
Lauren Hoffman
Laís de Oliveira
Lei Ugale
Leon van der Vyver
Liam Herbst
Lili Welch
Lorenzo Castro
Lucas Hasselfeld
Lucía Júdez-Serrano
Manar AlSagob
Margot Black
Maria Jimena Sanchez
Mariya Boykova
Marshall Kosloff
Marty Bode
Matias Sanchez Sarmiento
Max Nussenbaum
Michael Bassani
Michael Butler
Michael Gill
Michelle Kwok
Mike Daugherty
Mike Wilner
Mindaugas Petrutis
Mindy Zhang
Ming Lu
Minn Kim
Mohga Koshty
Morris Huang
Natalie Toren
Nate Snow
Nathan Cheng
Niko Zona
Nur Sevencan
Odi Mustadi
Omer Kalderon
Owen Willis
Pablo Pinto
Patrick Blumenthal
Patrick Watson
Paul Gleger
Paula Abarca
Payam Salehi
Pujaa Rajan
Rachel Farley
Randi Kay
Rebecca Senchak
Reza Saeedi
Riley Gibbs
Rishi Tripathy
Rod Cherkas
Rodrigo Bou
Rui Nunes
Sabrina Fathi
Sachin Maini
Sahar Mor
Salomé Taieb
Sam Huleatt
Sam Kirschner
Sar Haribhakti
Sara Hennings
Sarah Rothenberg
Sasha Orloff
Satya Chheda
Saul Diez-Guerra
Savannah Sodeman
Selena Carrion
Shriya Nevatia
Sierra Ching
Siffrein Diana