About Fast Track

Join First Round's Mentorship Community

Expanding Our Program

Given the high demand for this program, we’ve historically reserved most of the Mentee spots in Fast Track for team members at First Round-backed companies. But as we shared last year, we decided to open up our cohorts to Black and Latinx startup employees and founders outside of the First Round portfolio. We're excited to do the same for Fast Track 11.

Our Current Tracks

Applications for the spring are now closed, but we'd love to hear from you. Click here for updates on future sessions.

Your Mentee Experience

Mentorship is made up of the memories that you cherish long after the program — the “aha” moments that change the course of your career. Mentorship can help you be your best self: whether that’s deepening your own understanding of your goals, receiving critical feedback and encouragement, leveling up in your career, and making new, long-lasting connections. As a Mentee, we’ll match you based on your goals, in addition to similarities in functional area and professional experience. You’ll also receive exclusive invites to virtual professional development workshops, curated learning sessions for your functional expertise, one-on-one coffee chats with other Mentees, and more.

The Makings of a Mentor

Our Mentors come from different backgrounds and are passionate about developing people. Some Mentors are successful founders, while others are superstar directors or VPs at breakout companies. The common thread is that all of them have a valuable perspective to share, but more importantly, seek to understand before they give advice. They use their own learnings and candor to elevate the knowledge of others, helping their Mentees discover and amplify their talents.

Your Mentor Experience

Fast Track is built on the belief that when you tap into the wisdom and generosity of a community, incredible things happen. As a Mentor, you'll join impactful virtual events in key areas of interest, such as angel investing, advising, founding and more. You'll receive invitations to virtual coffee chats, fireside chats with First Round Partners, digital experiences and programming designed to foster lasting relationships and deep connections.

Meet the Mentors

Some of our Mentors are former First Round founders, angel investors we co-invest with, top operators we've had relationships with for 10+ years, and brilliant folks we only recently met. Most of our Mentors have 10+ years of experience — but we make exceptions for people with an uncanny ability to coach and wisdom beyond their years.

Alex Schleifer

Former Chief Design Officer at Airbnb

Andrea Chesleigh

VP of Product at Boxed

Ashita Achuthan

Former Group Product Manager at Twitter

Aubrey Blanche

Director of Equitable Design & Impact at Culture Amp

Brandon Harris

Global Head of Financial Products Marketing at Bloomberg

Caitlin Collins

VP People and Operations at AllStripes

Judy Abad

Former Global Director of Field Business at TripActions

Jules Walter

Product Lead at YouTube

Kash Mathur

Former COO at Re:store

Kelly Peeler

CEO at MoneyMentor

Kevin Flores

Director of UX Design at LinkedIn

Khalid Halim

Founding Partner & Coach at ReBoot.io

Kimber Lockhart

CTO at One Medical Group

Lee Anne Grant

Former Chief Business Officer at The Assembly

Matt Wallaert

Executive Director of Behavioral Science at frog

Mike Boufford

CTO at Greenhouse

Miyishia Slay

Director of Partner Marketing at Udemy

Mollie Chen

Co-Founder at Birchbox

Peter Wang

CTO at Buzzfeed

Steven Jacobs

Former Product Lead at Facebook

FAQ

What is the time commitment?

This program requires mentorship pairs to meet six times from September 7th to November 20th every other week for 1 hour. You are also required to attend a 1-hour training session during the week of August 27th to prepare for the program.

Who should apply to become a Fast Track Mentee?

Given the high demand of the program, we’ve historically reserved most of the Mentee spots for team members at First Round-backed companies. But as we shared last year, we decided to open up our cohorts to Black and Latinx startup employees and founders outside of the First Round portfolio. We're excited to do the same for Fast Track 11. Mentees can come from any functional background, whether it’s marketing, sales, engineering, product, design, people ops, and more. The common thread is that we're seeking people who are looking to learn and level up in their careers, either as individual contributors or as team leaders.

Who should apply to become a Fast Track Mentor?

We're seeking the best founders and operators at both early- and late-stage tech companies looking to work side-by-side and share their experiences with their Mentee. We're specifically seeking women, underrepresented minorities, and people who have had unconventional paths to tech.

Do Mentors need a certain level of experience to apply?

You should have significant experience as an operating leader, founder, or executive. We are seeking folks across a diverse range of industries and roles - design, engineering, customer success, sales, HR, product marketing, etc. Most of our Mentors have 10+ years of experience — but we make exceptions for people with an uncanny ability to coach and wisdom beyond their years.

What is the selection process for Fast Track Mentors and Mentees?

Becoming a First Round Mentor or Mentee is by application or nomination only. To nominate someone, please email julia@firstround.com sharing a few sentences about why they'd be a great addition.

Do I need to have been a part of the First Round community previously?

Not at all. We believe in creating the most diverse community and are excited to open up our Mentorship program to those outside our existing network.

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