On Deck is laying off a third of its staff after cutting a quarter months earlier


On deck, a technician a company that connects founders with each other, capital and advice, has launched a new wave of layoffs just three months after laying off a quarter of its workforce. Sources say more than 100 people have been affected by the downsizing, representing half of all staff, while the company – which confirmed the layoffs to TechCrunch via email – said that 73 full-time employees had been laid off.

Asked about the discrepancy in the numbers and whether more people were affected by different employment status, such as contractors, an On Deck spokesperson said he had no no further comments. The company offers everyone who leaves the company eight weeks of severance pay, three months of accelerated vesting of options and three months of medical coverage. People interested in hiring laid-off talent can request access to a list of people looking for new positions.

On Deck, not to be confused with small business lender OnDeck, is a company that provides capital and network support to emerging fund managers and founders. Launched in June 2019, the company first announced a Founders Fellowship and has recently expanded to offer more niche programs on specific verticals.

It was this broad focus that led to a need to cut back, based on the characterization of the company by co-founders David Booth and Erik Torenberg. “Over the past two years of hyper-growth, On Deck has launched communities serving over ten thousand founders and career professionals. Our team has worked tirelessly to expand and cover a large area,” said writes the duo in a blog post discussing the layoff “However, this broad focus has also caused significant tension. What we have always projected as a strength – serving multiple user groups and creating ruffles of inertia between them – also fractured our purpose and our brand.

The startup says it terminated multiple communities and the layoff impacted all levels and departments; although he said that no executives were fired, which contradicts this statement. On Deck is also spun off its career advancement arm to “focus on growing learning communities for mid-career professionals who want to accelerate their careers.” The operation will be led by a former Community Director, Mindaugas Petrutis, and will serve the current design, engineering, data science, marketing, business development and sales, chief of staff and No Code communities. ‘On Deck.

“Allowing our Founder and Career Programs to operate under separate entities, led by people who are passionate about these communities, will allow each team to focus on the needs of their core customers and ultimately lead to better results,” said the company told TechCrunch. in a report.

A spokesperson said On Deck’s career development business “generates quite a bit of revenue,” so it doesn’t need a lot of additional capital — beyond the seed funding it does. the company has already provided – to start. The name of the new company is still under development.

In other words, after serving 10,000 founders to date, On Deck is now exclusively focused on helping early-stage founders scale. Its other programs, namely those geared towards career professionals, will either be scrapped or spun off into a new business.

This contrasts with the tone Torenberg and Booth adopted when he was last laid off. In an email obtained by TechCrunch, the co-founders discussed challenges with the company’s recently launched ODX Accelerator.

“In 2021, we launched ODX, our accelerator. We saw an opportunity to stand up and try our hand at innovation in a stagnant accelerator market. In many ways, we achieved that goal,” the email read. “Unfortunately, during the same period, the market began to change drastically. A few months later, the capital and accelerator markets were significantly different than when we started. These factors forced us to reflect and consider how On Deck would continue in the future, support our communities and ensure long-term sustainability.

While the Accelerator may have had to scale back, On Deck teased a return to its founder-focused roots in May. The company rebooted its On Deck Founders platform, which helps founders scale their startups through IRL and virtual programming, as well as On Deck Scale, a program for founders of high-growth companies to understand how to become better leaders .

Sources estimated that the first round of layoffs happened because On Deck only had nine months left of the lead. The startup last raised known venture capital funding in March 2021, a $20 million Series A round led by Founders Fund.

The startup did not respond whether or not it plans to raise capital soon, but said it was capitalized enough to have its track over three years away.

Mike Butcher contributed reporting for this story.

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