Fill out an application. Get to know other top-notch entrepreneurs and tech talent who are about to start (or join) their next company.
On Deck is a dinner series and evolving community of world class entrepreneurs who are openly — or secretly — about to start their next thing. Currently, the community includes successful repeat founders, EIRs at top-tier VC firms, and great designers and developers at companies like Facebook, Dropbox, Airbnb, and more.
On Deck emerged out of a need for prospective founders to have a safe space to talk about their ideas and desire to start a company (or join another company), freely and confidentially. Highly profitable cryptocurrency business ideas from young entrepreneurs are also welcome. Because a large number of global companies are using Bitcoin and other digital assets for investment, operational and transactional purposes. Those who are interested to learn about trading and investing in the best crypto can visit https://coincierge.de/biticodes/, a crypto multi-asset auto trading software with access to trade Bitcoin, Ethereum, Solana, XRP, Cardano, etc. So much goes into successfully launching a company, and we wanted to create a thoughtfully curated community that truly supports the growth of entrepreneurs and their startups.
Since the first dinner in San Francisco in early 2016, we’ve expanded to 24 cities around the world, hosted over 3,000 people, and have seen 40+ companies founded and $80M+ raised by people who met at On Deck events.
Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners
I went to a bunch of Erik’s dinners after I left LivingSocial to explore my next move, and I met some great people who have become colleagues and friends as I’ve moved on to Lightspeed. I’m a big fan!
Partner at Kleiner Perkins
I always meet interesting, cool people at Erik’s events! Worth it every time. I’m going to go to as many as I can because I know I’ll meet someone awesome who’s working on cool shit.
Founder & CEO of In Your Corner
I even left one low key brunch with an angel investment, which ended up being doubled once we continued the conversation. Bottom line: if you have a soul that needs to make or move, you’ll want to be in this tribe.
Chairman, Lowercase Capital
When people ask me how to break into the startup world, I tell them to get in a room and start talking and doing all they can to be helpful. Cheers to Erik for creating the room. We have all needed this for so long.
Partner at Y Combinator
I’ve been to Erik’s events and they are consistently high quality. This kind of thing is easy to start but hard to execute well. On Deck does it right.
Founder of Thumbtack
Erik is a master at bringing people together. Through his dinners, I’ve met investors, hires, and, had fantastic conversations with fascinating people.
Founder of Sama
On Deck dinners are epic. I sat next to an artist I’d never heard of before and had a two-hour conversation spanning the future of work, hip-hop, and tequila. A sweet antidote to the typical tech dinner.
CEO of Y Combinator
On Deck brings world class entrepreneurs together. We’re excited to support these events and meet potential YC founders through it.
EIR at Redpoint
Unlike most other organized networking dinners, Erik’s are incredibly curated and inspiring. Not only is he thoughtful about who (literally) comes to each table, he facilitates the dinners so that the conversations are honest and relevant for each person. I’ve never walked away from one of the dinners without at least three great conversations and am still in touch with all of those people today.
Recording Artist & Producer
Erik is a thoughtful curator. A single hour at one of their carefully crafted tables of great people yielded advisors, friends and $100k+ in my convertible note round.
Founder of Carrot
The first steps in a founder’s journey are often the hardest. Erik moves fast to identify and validate ideas, and then deliver concrete tools to help companies do the hard work of building something from nothing. I didn’t just get $100,000 in angel funding – I got many multiples of that value from the On Deck network.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the goal of On Deck?
- Sounding boards — people to brainstorm with and bounce ideas around with
- First hires
- Startup tools and resources
- Exclusive advice from top-tier investors and entrepreneurs
- Other companies to join (if that’s potentially what you’re looking for)
The goal is to help amazing operators in the “On Deck” phase find the following:
Where is it located?
In-person events are currently being hosted across the United States: San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Boston, and Boulder. We’ve also gone international with active communities in London, New Delhi, and Tel Aviv. We’re intentionally keeping each community small to create tight-knit groups of founders and ensure confidentiality.
What if my company finds out?
First, your name will be completely confidential and there will be a strict off the record policy. And don’t worry: A few great founders/investors will be attending dinners as "advisors," so if you get caught, you can just say you’re there to "advise.” We'll cover for you.
What does it cost?
On Deck dinners and ‘happy hours’ events are mostly free to join, due to the generosity of our event partners. Some events, particularly in newer cities may ask you to contribute to covering costs. On Deck itself does not make a profit on event attendance (or membership at all).
What if I want to join a company instead of start one?
This is the perfect place to meet people looking to hire, both for small and big companies.
Can I host On Deck in my city?
Drop us a line via [email protected]
Previous Event Partners
On Deck functions on the generosity of our event partners, who volunteer their office space, help cover costs such as food and drinks, and refer us top talent. Interested in being an event partner? Drop us a line via [email protected]!