Accelerate your career in Tech through upskilling, mentorship and community

Why We Started The Commons

Careers are no longer static ladders to climb. They’re dynamic, non-linear and 100x more exciting. Yet today’s education institutions are built for yesterday’s careers.
MBAs and masters degrees are expensive, time consuming and taught by academics with outdated content. Online courses lack job context, are lonely and lack accountability. And networking too often feels transactional and awkward.

To catalyze your career, you need to combine relevant education, thoughtful relationship building and access to opportunities.

So we built a new learning model that delivers education, mentorship and community together to advance your career in tech - whether that’s exploring and landing your next role, landing a promotion, or performing better in your current role.

Our Approach & Outcomes

We’re laser focused on business roles in tech
You’ll learn what you need to know from who you need to know (our mentors who work in tech), while gaining access to an ambitious and engaged global community of business + tech professionals, driving real impact to your career.

How we deliver impact to our members...
92
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of participants said they learned new skills and concepts
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of participants said they feel more confident about their understanding of roles in tech through The Commons
90
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of participants would recommend The Commons to a friend

The Strategic Finance Sprint

What You'll Learn

Build critical skills tailored for
Strategic Finance roles in Tech

We built this Sprint in collaboration with Strategic Finance mentors at Netflix, Wealthsimple, and Alto Pharmacy so that you learn what you need to thrive in those roles today.

Here’s some of the key topics you’ll cover together:
Key Metrics for B2B/B2C
Financial Modeling
Financial Impact Analysis
Strategic Recommendations
Competitor Analysis
Unit Economics
P&L Breakdown
Learn like you would on-the-job
Build skills in the most practical way. You’ll learn new skills in live workshops with industry mentors and then apply those skills to a project, resulting in higher uptake and retention.

Receive weekly feedback and career coaching from your mentor. A rapid feedback cycle, directly from mentors who work in tech, enables you to level up quickly so that you can deliver more impact on the job or nail your next interview.
You’re a member of the Strategic Finance team at media streaming company Picflix.
Picflix recently launched tiered subscriptions - basic, standard and premium. The leadership team at Picflix wants to shift users towards the premium tier to increase margin while maximizing revenue. With interactive workshops, mentor office hours and hands-on 1:1 guidance from your mentors, you will pitch initiatives to accomplish that goal (get creative!) and build a supporting revenue model.
Who This Is For
Professionals join The Commons from both tech and non-tech backgrounds, to hone critical skills relevant for today’s roles in tech, while building an impactful network.
Here’s who should join this Sprint:
Tech Pivoters
to make their pivot more effective and efficient
Professionals who want to expedite their pivot into tech by building tangible skills, tackling problems that double as interview prep, building their network, tapping into an exclusive job board and meeting hiring managers.
Common Profiles:
Banking
Accounting
Corporate Finance
MBA Grads
New Hires
to deliver more impact, faster
People who have recently landed a new role in tech join to deliver impact faster by tapping into mentors, building skills faster than they could on-the-job and gaining a community of peers to get advice from.
Common Profiles:
Product Finance
FP&A
Strategic Finance Analyst / Associate
Corporate Development Manager
Corporate Finance
Tech Professionals
to reach for an internal pivot or promotion
People who work at a tech company and want to accelerate a promotion or pivot to a new role within their company by bridging skill gaps and gaining external, feedback-driven mentorship.
Common Profiles:
FP&A Analyst / Associate
BizOps
Strategy & Operations
Chief of Staff
Power Networkers
to authentically build professional relationships
Not all members of The Commons are looking for a career pivot. Many seek meaningful community and mentorship as they continue to hone their craft in the tech industry and broaden their network.
Common Profiles:
Finance + Revenue Leaders
Startup C-Suite
Entrepreneurs
Tech Pivoters
to make their pivot more effective and efficient
Professionals who want to expedite their pivot into tech by building tangible skills, tackling problems that double as interview prep, building their network, tapping into an exclusive job board and meeting hiring managers.
Common Profiles:
Banking
Accounting
Corporate Finance
MBA Grads
New Hires
to deliver more impact, faster
People who have recently landed a new role in tech join to deliver impact faster by tapping into mentors, building skills faster than they could on-the-job and gaining a community of peers to get advice from.
Common Profiles:
Product Finance
FP&A
Strategic Finance Analyst / Associate
Corporate Development Manager
Corporate Finance
Tech Professionals
to reach for an internal pivot or promotion
People who work at a tech company and want to accelerate a promotion or pivot to a new role within their company by bridging skill gaps and gaining external, feedback-driven mentorship.
Common Profiles:
FP&A Analyst / Associate
BizOps
Strategy & Operations
Chief of Staff
Power Networkers
to authentically build professional relationships
Not all members of The Commons are looking for a career pivot. Many seek meaningful community and mentorship as they continue to hone their craft in the tech industry and broaden their network.
Common Profiles:
Finance + Revenue Leaders
Startup C-Suite
Entrepreneurs

Your Mentors

You’ll tackle the Sprint under the guidance of one of our industry mentors. They’re accessible experts who have been in your shoes, and live and breathe these roles daily. Here are a few of them!
Accessible and friendly
Our mentors are accessible experts. They want to invest in your career and help you hone your skills, get guidance on your career, double down on interview prep or learn more about roles in tech. They’re very approachable and friendly. You can reach them directly through a simple message on Slack, hop on a quick Zoom chat. Plus, they lead frequent fireside chats.

Your Schedule

Built for busy professionals. Part-time & online.
Live sessions are on evenings or weekends and are recorded.
Sprints are broken down into 3 components:
Workshops led by mentors
(approx. 2 hours / week)
This is where we teach you the key concepts & skills that you’ll then apply to your project, like subscription-based modeling, product finance and executive presentations. Our workshops were created by mentors based on their on-the-job experience. All workshops occur during evenings and weekends ET. Sessions are recorded in case you can’t make them live.
Team + Mentor Meetings
(1-2 hours / week)
Each week you’ll meet with your team and mentor to jam on the project, ask questions, get feedback and build your final output. Timing is flexible - you’ll schedule these based on your team’s schedule.
Independent Work
(approx. 2-4 hours / week)
You’ll want to carve out time to dive into the project on your own - it’s the best way to reflect on what you’ve learned and put it into practice. Timing is flexible!
time
5 weeks
4-8 hours / week
Learning Group

1:8 Mentor to Student Ratio

Authentic, meaningful relationship building
CALENDAR
Work compatible
See upcoming schedules here →
FYI here’s why we’ve doubled down on…
Live Workshops
Learning in a silo is lonely, boring and lacks accountability. That’s why we’ve built our Sprints around live workshops + interactive team sessions. You’ll learn directly from mentors who leverage these skills in their jobs in tech, and have the opportunity to ask questions in real-time.
Small Team Sizes
The best way to build meaningful relationships is by working together. Plus, teamwork simulates being on-the-job. You’ll still get the added benefit of having access to the full community so your relationship building can extend well beyond your team.

Community

Build Your Network
Connect with 1,000+ ambitious professionals in business + tech who are eager to open doors for one another. Whether you want to learn about an up and coming FinTech, are working on a case interview for a marketplace org, or are looking for a remote opportunity - chances are, someone in the community works there or has gone through a similar experience and can help share advice and learnings.
Hone Your Craft
Access to workshops and fireside chats outside of your Sprint, so you can build knowledge and continue to refine your skillset.
Maximize Your Opportunities
Joining our active Slack workspace to engage in discussions on the latest tech news, interview prep, and more. You’ll build a thorough understanding of what’s out there and how you can make the most of your opportunities. Looking for a new role? You’ll have full access to our exclusive job board. It’s filled with the hottest roles in tech and introductions to hiring managers. So you can stop applying cold and start getting your foot in the door.
Create Lifelong Connections
Take the URL to IRL (and back again)! Grow your network with in-person events that are ~actually~ fun! From speed networking mixers to picnic park hangs and everything in between.
Ally
6:33 PM

2 FP&A Manager Roles at Snapcommerce available! So hot off the press they're not even posted yet ;) You can send your resume to me.

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Member Outcomes

The Commons' model of upskilling + mentorship + community leads to material outcomes for our members. Here are just a few examples...

Schumann joined The Commons just as he was starting a new role to drive more impact from day 1. He had just pivoted into his first Finance role in tech, joining a Series C software company as a Senior Financial Analyst. Prior to his pivot into tech, Schumann had worked in financial analyst roles across banks, transportation and entertainment.

By the time Michael joined The Commons, he was already working at a tech company - a market leader in the digital sports and entertainment industry. Prior to making his move into tech, Michael spent a number of years working in data analytics and FP&A at Liberty Mutual Insurance. He joined the Strategic Finance Sprint to hone in on his technical, analytical and presentation skills and drive more impact on-the-job.

Nicole was working as a Senior Business Analyst at a bank when she joined The Commons, looking to build her core competencies and drive towards a promotion. Through the Strategic Finance Sprint, she was able to learn new skills that were applicable to her to “real life” by “focusing less on the actual numbers and more on your thought process and justification.” Shortly after her Sprint wrapped, she landed a promotion to Manager. 

Mitch joined The Commons to build on his economics and finance background by learning tech-focused KPIs, financial analysis and planning skills. He has spent a number of years at GM Financial on the Debt & Derivatives, Corporate Performance, and Investor Relations teams. After completing the Strategic Finance Sprint, Mitch landed a role as a Senior Financial Analyst (Revenue) at Ibotta, a Series D e-commerce platform providing cash-back rewards.

Mitch joined The Commons to build on his economics and finance background by learning tech-focused KPIs, financial analysis and planning skills. He has spent a number of years at GM Financial on the Debt & Derivatives, Corporate Performance, and Investor Relations teams. After completing the Strategic Finance Sprint, Mitch landed a role as a Senior Financial Analyst (Revenue) at Ibotta, a Series D e-commerce platform providing cash-back rewards.

David
Consulting @ Vena Solutions
Strategy & Operations Manager @ TopHat
Aman
Investment Banking @J.P. Morgan
Head of Strategic Finance at Replit
Steph
Portfolio Manager @ Wealthsimple
VP of Wealth Management at WIllow
Hinal
Senior Financial Analyst @ Drop
Senior Financial Analyst @ Vena Solutions
Melanie
E-commerce Manager @ Loblaw
E-commerce Integration Manager @ Aritzia

Nicole was working as a Senior Business Analyst at a bank when she joined The Commons, looking to build her core competencies and drive towards a promotion. Through the Strategic Finance Sprint, she was able to learn new skills that were applicable to her to “real life” by “focusing less on the actual numbers and more on your thought process and justification.” Shortly after her Sprint wrapped, she landed a promotion to Manager. 

Kelly
Manager, Enterprise Strategy & Transformation @ RBC
Senior Manager, Enterprise Strategy & Transformation @ RBC
Farid
Director, Corporate and Project Finance @ Northland Power
Director and Head of Project Finance @ Northland Power

Schumann joined The Commons just as he was starting a new role to drive more impact from day 1. He had just pivoted into his first Finance role in tech, joining a Series C software company as a Senior Financial Analyst. Prior to his pivot into tech, Schumann had worked in financial analyst roles across banks, transportation and entertainment.

By the time Michael joined The Commons, he was already working at a tech company - a market leader in the digital sports and entertainment industry. Prior to making his move into tech, Michael spent a number of years working in data analytics and FP&A at Liberty Mutual Insurance. He joined the Strategic Finance Sprint to hone in on his technical, analytical and presentation skills and drive more impact on-the-job.

Roberto
levelled up for their role
FP&A @ Velcro Companies
FP&A @ Velcro Companies
Saad
levelled up for their role
Financial Analyst @ Lotus Capital Corp
Financial Analyst @ Lotus Capital Corp
John
levelled up for their role
Founder
Founder
Jeff
levelled up for their role
Head of Finance @ NorthOne
Head of Finance @ NorthOne
Jimmy
levelled up for their role
Analyst @ Frankel & Company
Analyst @ Frankel & Company
Shezal
levelled up for their role
Corporate Controller @ Waabi
Corporate Controller @ Waabi

Wall of Love

Strategic Finance Sprint Alum

I highly appreciated interacting with team members & mentors who were currently in the roles that I target for my career. It provided a lens on how the function work in various organizations.

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John T.

The Strategic Finance Sprint was a great way to get a refresher on how to fo about modeling a business problem or opportunity, and actually scope out the different inputs / levers that we, as a business, could pull to realize those opportunities. In addition, I really enjoyed meeting others though The Commons as everyone was very different backgrounds.

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Armish S.

The Commons community has helped me so much as I ventured into the world of tech. Such a game changer 🙌

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Sam W.

The Commons is where world-class operators intentionally learn and grow together. Starting out complete non-technical, I was able to incubate and supercharge my budding skillsets in data, product, and growth. In fact, I loved the learning experience so much that I did 4 different programs.

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Aditya B.

The job board has given me more movement than an entire year of LinkedIn premium.

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Max N.

The Commons has the richest virtual learning environment that I have ever seen and I feel privileged to be able to contribute to it.

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Taylor F.

Joining The Commons was the best thing I've done for myself in 2022 😌

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Sunny K.

This community is like no other I've seen. Everyone is engaged, they root for each other to succeed, and when you need help there are always multiple people lending a hand in support. The confidence that The Commons has given me and the skills that I've learned will stay with me throughout my career. I'll always be grateful to the people here.

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