介绍：Meet top entrepreneurs about to start/join something new
Seth Louey: I'd personally like to see an Austin event (since I'm moving there in July). ;)
Jason Shah: On Deck is meaningful and novel. Excited for this. 🔑
Jack Smith: looks like a great initiative, solving a pain point that isn't currently adequately addressed. Congrats @eriktorenberg
Adam Besvinick: Looking forward to getting involved - I can't imagine a better person to spearhead this than @eriktorenberg
Christian Montoya: Man, this makes me want to shut down my company and start a new one just so I can join :)
Krystal Choo: As an entrepreneur, I can say I would be using this constantly. Great people and great energy is something I always look out for, and personally I am a huge supporter of communities that enable and empower each other. I hope this becomes a real thing.
Shahed Khan: Congrats duuude! :-) Always a pleasure being invited to some of your events. Can't think of anyone better to start this, than you. One of the nicest and welcoming individuals I've gotten to meet in SF -- excited to see where you take On Deck!
Aaron Batalion: 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.
Steven Sinofsky: Congratulations! Awesome!!👏😸👊🙏
Jared Friedman: 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. Erik does it right.
Morgan Beller: An On Deck brunch helped introduce me to the Valley. An On Deck dinner helped me connect the dots for my last move. The On Deck community makes up my personal advisory board. TL;DR - if you want to be inspired for your next idea and meet great people while doing it, you have to join On Deck.
Just submitted my application.. Really exited to join the community!
Looking forward to see events all over the world too!
Erik Torenberg: HUGE thanks to @sethlouey for designing and building this site. This dude is a super talented designer and, ironically, is On Deck himself. Any startup would be lucky to work with Seth. Holler if you want an intro :)
Arielle Zuckerberg: I'm going to go to as many On Deck stuff as I can because I know I'll meet someone awesome who's working on cool shit.
Chris Sacca: 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.
Dearest Erik (and PH community),
I'm thrilled to see you make this public. It so perfectly represents all of your amazing talents; connecting people, helping people, and bringing interesting people together. The energy you've put forth building deep and meaningful friendships will surely help make On Deck something special.
Over the years you've introduced me to some incredible entrepreneurs. I can't wait to meet more and find out what's on deck (see what I did there?)
I've met incredible people through On Deck and have also re-connected with folks I otherwise wouldn't have talked to at really serendipitous times.
@eriktorenberg thanks for all you do.
Adam Churcher: Nice! I'll be attending as soon as there's one in the UK.
Michael Seibel: We're excited to support these events and meet potential YC founders through it.
Jonathan Swanson: Through On Deck dinners, I’ve met investors, hires, and had fantastic conversations with fascinating people
Nick Zieber: @eriktorenberg this is fantastic. I just sent the link to some awesome folks in Hong Kong who may want to be involved. Love it.
One of my favorite hobbies is bringing people together. I especially love bringing great entrepreneurs together who are about to start, join, or just explore their next "thing."
If this is you, fill out the form and let's jam! (100% Confidential :)
Would love to hear feedback!
Edit: YC, Slow, and Ludlow Ventures are our first "collaboration partners" signed up -- if you'd like to help host and/or sponsor email me at email@example.com. That would be VCs who meet great entrepreneurs before they start next co (if they opt-in), or great companies that want to meet top tech talent as they explore whether to start or join their next thing (if they opt-in :)
Is the 'digital community' part of this a Slack group or similar? How are you connecting people from all over the world?
What does it take to be a host?
It says the community has to be small to be tight-knit, is there a limit of how many people can be involved? or does this grow and become a more tiered structure when more and more hosts starts taking other cities?
Ian Mikutel: Love this idea! I'd attend one of these in Seattle for sure if it expands there eventually 😎
Bea Arthur: I left one of these brunches 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.
Erik Torenberg: @mwseibel Excited for lots of people On Deck to go through YC
Shawn Cheng: @eriktorenberg this is awesome!
@bentossell Great Qs!
Re: Dinners, right now we're in SF, NYC, and LA, but as people volunteer to host in other cities we'll help them rally great groups of folks. To host, just apply and specify that you'd like to host on the app!
Re: Digital community, Slack group is a good MVP of this right now, but I'll be interested to find out through the application results what type of community and content people want.
I know this sounds vague -- it's an experiment :)
Muhammad Saad Khan: @eriktorenberg Can I opt-in too as I am just finalizing the details of my first big idea?
Erik Torenberg: @paulbz Thank you Paul! excited to hang soon
Kenny Goldman: @eriktorenberg Congrats Erik! Would love to support for Toronto.
Nicolas Nemni: @eriktorenberg Done. I'd love to help.
Erik Torenberg: @sandrojazzar very open!
Kunal Bhatia: @eriktorenberg @kylejudah I filled out the app already. No idea what is involved in hosting though. Perhaps you could write about what it takes to run your events in SF and what you'd need from us On Deck'ers in other cities. Excited to learn more!
Erik Torenberg: @larry_lawal Let's get it down there!
Erik Torenberg: @adamdexter Thank you Dex!!
Erik Torenberg: @noah_l Thank you Noah!
Erik Torenberg: @jasonyogeshshah Thank you my man
Erik Torenberg: @desmondduggan2 99% of it is just great people
Erik Torenberg: @theo_dimarhos let's jam on it! fill it out in the application
Erik Torenberg: @katherinekrug <3
Erik Torenberg: @theo_dimarhos specialize that in the application!! let's definitely talk
Erik Torenberg: @bhavesh sounds good! any volunteers....?
Erik Torenberg: @_shahedk Thank you man!! It's been a pleasure jamming with you as well and looking forward to more.
Erik Torenberg: @stevesi Thank you Steven!!
Erik Torenberg: @danielrubin109 that's the million dollar Q....
Erik Torenberg: @shacheng thank you!
Laz Alberto: @sydney_liu_sl Looking forward to seeing you at the events!!
@eriktorenberg such a cool idea, thanks for bringing it to life.
"There’s only one rule at On Deck: everything is off the record and completely confidential."
Remember you mentioning this a couple weeks ago - https://twitter.com/eriktorenber....
Sandro Jazzar: @eriktorenberg How open are you to international applicants :)
Seth Louey: @whattheferguson want a change of scenery and expand my network in the startup world. Been in Upstate NY for awhile. Plus, my fiancée loves warm weather. :)
@sethlouey Agreed! Would love to see this in Austin as well. There's a large, thriving tech community here that would definitely benefit by having On Deck around.
Seth - what brings you to Austin?
Seth Louey: @sacca Thanks for the support Chris.
Adam Leidhecker: @sacca 👍 💯
Adam Leidhecker: @eriktorenberg Well done! 👏👏👏
Adam Besvinick: @eriktorenberg hit me up whenever you're ready!
Seth Gold: Looks Awesome @eriktorenberg . I think curation will be the biggest thing here, which looks exactly what you are doing ;)
Erik Torenberg: @thepollara Thank you! Let's do a Future Party collab sometime
Kevin Shin: @eriktorenberg thanks for putting this together and inviting everyone to apply! Really appreciate what you're doing to bring together different people who want to meet other awesome people in tech.
Erik Torenberg: @naveen Thank you Naveen! Excited to jam on a NYC one with you guys
Erik Torenberg: @aurorakb yes!! Let's definitely do something together
David Chang: @eriktorenberg Congrats! This looks great!
Erik Torenberg: @darrenlee Definitely. Thank you!
Erik Torenberg: @tarungangwani Absolutely -- excited!
Kevin: @eriktorenberg Erik this is AWESOME!
Erik Torenberg: @shib88 Look out for it! and specify on application if you'd like to host :)
Erik Torenberg: @davidnagy Yes! Let's DM
Erik Torenberg: @jactorrez @sethlouey Thank you Javier!! As this is a side project, I'm flying by the seat of my pants right now and trying to empower the community to self-organize as this is clearly a need. Let's get something going in DC. DM'ing you :)
Erik Torenberg: @tweetannamarie Thank you Anna! And definitely agree - excited to jam with you on it!
Francis Pollara: @eriktorenberg Really great work Erik, let me know how I can help!
naveen: @eriktorenberg always had a feeling you were going to work on something like this :) –– often, it's the people you're around who influence what you end up working on (or whom you end up working on things with)
Erik Torenberg: @rebeccak46 Thank you Rebecca! Excited to do more with you and Maveron team.
Erik Torenberg: @snowmaker Thank you Jared!
Erik Torenberg: @jtriest Thank you for your support! Go Ludlow.
Erik Torenberg: @danielfrese Thank you Daniel!! Let's definitely do Berlin. Can you email me?
Erik Torenberg: @jjjams Thank you James!!
Erik Torenberg: @besvinick Thank you Adam! Let's jam on one in NYC soon :)
Erik Torenberg: @brianmwang Thank you Brian!!
Erik Torenberg: @themelamini Thank you Melanie!!
Erik Torenberg: @tylerwillis thank YOU!!
@eriktorenberg @bentossell For those of us living outside SF, Slack is a great MVP!
Do you know how you would address confidentiality on that platform? For example- if I'd want to connect with some other 'On-Deckers' not others?
Kunal Bhatia: @kylejudah I second Boston as a good community to expand to!
Seth Louey: @decktonic just don't tell your company. ;)
Erik Torenberg: @yassinelanda Excited too! :) LMK if you want to host something for data scientists
Erik Torenberg: @swaaanson Stoked to have Thumbtack!
Erik Torenberg: @abatalion High 5
Erik Torenberg: @nzieber Perfect! Let's do some in HK :)
Erik Torenberg: @metakrystal Thank you Krystal!
Seth Louey: Thanks @eriktorenberg for making On Deck my #14 product on Product Hunt! :) Excited to see what comes from it.
Erik Torenberg: @_jacksmith Thank you! :)
Erik Torenberg: @ianmikutel yes!! if any one wants to host in Seattle LMK
Erik Torenberg: @ariellezuck Yes! Thank you AZ
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