On Deck Scale (ODS)

Scale your company and grow as a leader, surrounded by top founders.

On Deck Scale is a close-knit, trusted community of talented founders of some of the fastest-growing companies in the world. Everything we do at ODS is in service to helping our founders scale their companies and grow as leaders while building lifelong friendships with high-integrity peers. We created ODS because we wish we had this community as founders.

Cultivate the trusted community you need to scale as a leader

Navigate the complexity of startup scaling with executive coaching, mentorship, peer accountability, tactical sessions, and exclusive access to executive talent and investors.

Meet other world-class founders of scaling companies

We identify the very best founders from around the world through a competitive application process. Connect with your future friends, peers, (co-)investors, and collaborators through Founder Meals, intimate Mastermind Groups, Off The Record discussions, and in-person events. You'll develop deep relationships with talented peers from around the world that will last far beyond 4 months or a year.

Strictly off the record and fully confidential

Everything in On Deck Scale is off the record by default. We even have topic-specific sessions called OTRs (Off-The-Records). Scaling a company is hard; speak your mind, share your advice and get help on the difficult challenges from your peers.

Go deep with your Mastermind Groups

Engage with a mastermind group of 6 exceptional founders at similar stages to help you work through your biggest challenges and achieve your goals. Our Mastermind groups are opt-in only, and they're designed to get you to drop your guard, be vulnerable, and go deep.

A close-knit, trusted community of world-class founders.

Community is the core of On Deck Scale. Foster relationships with leaders at your stage, solve problems collaboratively and grow together.
Sander Daniels
Co-Founder, Thumbtack
Jesse Genet
Co-Founder & CEO, Lumi
Charlie Feng
Co-Founder, Clearco
Vivek Sodera
Co-Founder, Superhuman
Justin Mares
Founder, Kettle & Fire
Meredith Perry
Co-Founder & CEO, Elemind Technologies
Allie Meng
Co-Founder & Head of Product, BeyondHQ
Trevor Martin
Co-Founder & CEO, Mammoth Biosciences
Dan Miller
Founder & CEO, Spora Health
Ish Baid
Founder & CEO, Virtually
Lisha Li
CEO, Rosebud AI
Jeffrey McGregor
CEO, Truepic
Amanda DoAmaral
Co-Founder & CEO, Fiveable
Jazear Brooks
Founder & CEO, Sifchain
Mac Reddin
Co-Founder & CEO, Commsor
Dom Wong
Co-Founder & CEO, Pogo

Apply for On Deck Scale

The fellowship kicks off on July 11, 2021. Access to the fellowship costs $8450 (or four installments of $2,450) for the first year, followed by a membership fee of $4,950 in subsequent years for exclusive ongoing access to certain aspects of On Deck Scale.

Testimonials

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

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Coco Liu

The word “community” didn’t have a meaning to me until I joined @beondeck.

Kai Faust

My experience with On Deck in 2020:

- Several deep friendships and that I expect to last a lifetime.

- Warm intros to customers, talent and advisors.

- Access to capital (Raised $100K+ during ODF6)

- $20K+ in perks (AWS, DocSend, and more)

I kinda feel like crying. So grateful.

Lyle McKeany

It's not an overstatement to say that @beondeck has changed the trajectory of my writing life. I know that sounds hyperbolic, but it's not.

If you want to start writing, hold yourself accountable to a regular writing practice, or level up your writing, don't hesitate.

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.

Crystal Chen

@beondeck for me has been friends, confidants, experts, and advisors all bundled in one amazing community of people.

It’s the vibe of childhood play groups, late night talks, college discussions, weekend hackathons, and so much more.

No better way to step into 2021.

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.

Dom Potter

For me @beondeck is so exciting because it is becoming a platform for bundling of the many strands of identity of ambitious people who want to change the world.

Kyleigh Smith

Some people may be wondering if the hype is real.

The past 2 weeks I've joined fireside chats with @rrhoover @jmj @thehelenmayer @gregisenberg @bentossell.

Small groups in zoom. Deep insights shared. And they leave 30 min for audience questions.

The hype is real.

Toby Allen

Wow #ODNC1 👉 best decision of 2021!

@beondeck So many epic contacts, knowledge and connections! The ROI of the intro day alone is worth it all!

The next few weeks are going to be challenging, but looking forward to stepping up my game and making something epic! 🙌

Aditi Parekh

Searching the directory for any startup-related questions before searching on Google or Twitter 🤟

Luba Yudasina

One of the best decisions of the last 2 years was joining @beondeck. So grateful to witness their growth first hand ❤️

Thank you @eriktorenberg and @david__booth for building something this special!

Anthony McGuire

Highly recommend that people apply to the On Deck Writer Fellowship! It has been a gamechanger for me--one of the best programs in the world!

Sunil Rajaraman

I'm decently networked in tech. But I joined @beondeck on the advice of @hnshah and @tylerwillis. I learned that networks need refreshing.

On Deck opened me up to a new set of amazing people I will invest in, be friends with, and follow for life.

Alexander Hugh Sam

Just finished the @beondeck kick-off session for ODW1 and 🤯.

It's the most fun I've ever had for any onboarding whatsoever. The team and fellows are amazing and can't wait to get started.

Even did some (very bad) freestyle rapping and met cool people like @AnthonyMcG2!

Griff Foxley

Will @beondeck please just right now setup an annual pass type thing so I can just be apart of every damn thing they offer?

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 On Deck Scale

The fellowship kicks off on July 11, 2021. Access to the fellowship costs $8450 (or four installments of $2,450) for the first year, followed by a membership fee of $4,950 in subsequent years for exclusive ongoing access to certain aspects of On Deck Scale.

FAQ

Who should apply?

To be a good fit for On Deck Scale, you are probably

* A highly motivated founder of a venture-scale company who would benefit from the authentic relationships forged with other growth-oriented founders.
* Open to seeking the support, coaching, and mentorship required to scale yourself and your company.
* Willing to share your experiences, challenge assumptions, expand your perspectives, and raise the bar for yourself and others .
* Committed to lifelong learning and a spirit of service to others.

What does it cost?

The cost of On Deck Scale  is $8,450 or 4 installments of $2,450.

What is the time commitment? Will this be a distraction?

You should plan to invest 2-3 hours per week in On Deck Scale. The curriculum is designed to help you leverage time, networks, and resources to your exponential advantage. It’s our intention that one unit invested will yield many in return.

What if I'm too early? What if I'm too late?

We are committed to identifying and supporting the very best founders at every stage of company growth from Seed to IPO. We’ll group founders appropriately based on company stage and other relevant factors. Founders who have not raised capital should consider applying to the On Deck Fellowship.

Are there minimum capital or revenue requirements to apply?

We’re accepting applications from founders of seed stage companies to IPO. Seed stage founders must have raised at least $1.5M in the last six months or achieved $100k MRR run rate.

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

We certainly believe so. ODS will benefit any founder committed to significant learning and personal growth, expanding their network and personal influence, and becoming a better leader. While the On Deck network is large and continually expanding, On Deck Scale is designed to help you scale yourself as fast as you’re scaling your company.

What if I'm based outside the US?

We are accepting Fellows from around the world.  

For this first cohort, the majority of sessions will be in North American time zones, but recordings will available to Fellows at any time.  There will be additional content specifically designed for Fellows based in Europe.

Fellows from Asia are welcome to join, but we expect to have fewer sessions in local time zones for the first cohort of ODS.

Can non-founding CEOs apply?

Not yet – At this time we’re keeping focused on company founders.

Is this a fully remote program?

Yes: ODS 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.

Can founders who are not CEOs apply?

Yes – As long as you are the founder of a venture-scale company.

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.

What are the Guiding Values of On Deck?

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

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